While the HTC Incredible S and HTC Desire S look set to scrap it out with their fully featured Android smartphone rivals, the HTC Wildfire is aiming at the affordable compact end of the market. How does it shape up alongside the petite Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini?
Despite the Wildfire S fitting into the same compact Android category as the Xperia X10 Mini, they sit at opposite ends. The Wildfire S is at the larger end of the scale with a 3.2-inch screen, while the X10 Mini’s teeny-tiny 2.55-inch screen almost put it in its own super-compact category. While both screens are of decent quality, it comes down to which you value more – portability or operability?
I’ve swallowed bits of food bigger than the Xperia X10 Mini. At 83 millimetres long and 50 millimetres wide, it’s significantly smaller than the Wildfire S’s 101.3 x 59.4 x 12.4mm measurements. The X10 Mini is a stout fellow, though, and is actually more than three-and-a-half millimetres thicker than its rival. The important point is that both are highly pocketable and both benefit from exemplary build quality.
Despite the size difference, it’s surprisingly even on the performance front. Indeed, both the Wildfire S and the X10 Mini use the same 600MHz Qualcomm MSM 7227 processor to drive things along, although the Wildfire S edges out in front with double the RAM (512MB against 256MB). Of course, the smaller screen of the X10 Mini lessens the performance hit this would otherwise suggest, but it seems the Wildfire S has the edge.
Neither phone is going to be winning any awards for their picture-taking capabilities, but both provide decent point-and-shoot snaps. It’s hard to draw line between them here, as both phones have 5-megapixel cameras with autofocus and an LED flash. Considering the compact, entry-level nature of these phones, that’s a pretty healthy spec.
The Wildfire S wins this one by a clear margin. It’s expected to come with Android 2.3, modified to include HTC’s beloved Sense UI overlay. That’s essentially the very latest OS version with sprinkles on top, while the Xperia X10 Mini has to put up with good old Android 2.1 Froyo. Meanwhile the Sony Ericsson UI modifications, while pretty decent, aren’t up to the standard of HTC Sense. Altogether, it’s a big Android OS-shaped win for the HTC Wildfire S.
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