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3 Feature-Packed Budget Smartphones Compared - HTC Wildfire S, LG Thrive and HP Veer

By Rizwan Ahmad - 24 January 2013 No Comments
Smartphones Compared - HTC Wildfire S, LG Thrive and HP Veer
Budget smart phones are often known to have a lot of sub-par features stacked into their hardware. However, with the HTC Wildfire S, the LG Thrive, and the HP Veer handsets, you are sure to secure smart phones that are decent, perform well, and are a joy to have. Ideal for first-time smart phone owners, the pros and cons they have are listed here for your review.

HTC Wildfire S
Small and compact at 4.5 inches, the HTC Wildfire S is a delightful handset with a robust 2.3 Android Gingerbread OS supporting its apps and the 600 MHz processor it comes with. The handset also has a 5 MP rear facing camera that clicks snaps decent quality images and video for easy playback.

HTC Wildfire S
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The smart phone however, is not really useful when it comes to multitasking and syncing. The Internet speeds are way too low, with 2.5G compatibility making downloads and browsing a chore. Moreover, looking things up on websites could be tricky with the tiny screen size that the Wildfire S comes with, at just 3.2 inches. Tiny is relative of course, the iPhone 4 only has a 3.5 inch screen and that was lauded as the best thing since sliced bread when it was launched.
At most, the HTC Wildfire S could be used as a fun phone with innovative interfaces and chatting features for a reasonable price.

LG Thrive
Another example of a smart phone on a budget, the LG Thrive offers you reasonable performance and speed, but nothing great. At 600 MHz, the processor makes browsing the 3G compatible network very easy and the Android 2.2 version enables downloads and app gaming in style, excluding Flash applications.

LG Thrive
Image Credit: LG
There is a decent 3.2 MPcamera and a formidable GPS app activated in the handset by default. Moreover, the call quality, range, battery, and networking options are great for the price. The design is good and the screen is wide enough to view apps and organize your work place on the handset.

All in all, for the price you will pay for the LG Thrive, it is a good handset with limited multitasking but great Wi-Fi speeds and connectivity at 1 Mbps browsing.

HP Veer
Cute, small, compact, and trendy – is how most mobile users describe the HP Veer handset. It is powerful though, since there is a dynamic WEB OS backing the 800 MHz processor providing you with 8 GB internal storage memory that could be expanded to around 16 GB with external devices on an SD slot. Add to that, Wi-Fi connections that are 4G compatible and you know you have a great little performer that is a force to be reckoned with.

HP Veer
Image Credit: Techcrunch
The screen could have been made larger and at 3.2 inches, might be a little too small for some when reading texts or web browsing. Navigation is a hassle because of the small screen and the limited resolution. The 5 MP camera that the Veer comes with is also good for the price. HP Veer might not be the best, but it is a pleasing phone with an innovative design and a powerful software-hardware integration that allows you to multitask with style and enjoy the WEB OS interface.

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Rizwan Ahmad
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This article is contributed by Phil Turner and posted by Rizwan Ahmad Author and founder of, He is a tech blogger from India and he loves to share his thoughts by writing articles on this site to the different topics related to technology world,


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