The HTC Wildfire S is the latest Android-powered smartphone I’ve had the opportunity to review. Generally I’ll shoot an unboxing and hardware overview video, spend a day or two using the phone, shoot a video using the phone’s camcorder, then start getting into the software and performance metrics to wrap up the review.
This time, however, I ran into some technical “difficulties” that set me back a few days. The problem? I could only shoot 480p video with the phone. I factory-reset a few times only to have the same problem. I dug and dug to see if others had this “problem”. After all, the phones I use and have recently reviewed all have 720p or 1080p video recording capabilities, and this phone has a 5 megapixel camera, which should be high enough resolution for some HD video.
Finally I realized, this little phone only has a 600MHz processor on-board, and HTC must have felt it wasn’t enough to power HD recording. I re-shot the demo video at 480p (640×480) and uploaded it straight to YouTube (no editing in the processes) so you can see the quality of the video that it can shoot.
Overall, other than the lack of HD, I’m fairly impressed with the video capabilities of this little phone.