HTC Wildfire Review
A smartphone for those on a tight budget, the HTC Wildfire provides a small, low-cost handset that offers all the features of the top end smartphones. The handset’s small size makes it more comfortable to handle than many of the larger handsets. The excellent build quality that the higher end handsets offer is evident in this small package, with soft-touch plastic construction, glass capacitive touch screen, touch sensitive buttons and optical trackball. , as well as a 528MHz processor to support the 3.2 inch 240×320 resolution screen.
The 3.2inch QVGA capacitive touch screen handset runs Android 2.1 with the user-friendly HTC Sense User interface which supported by a 528MHz processor. The touch screen and optical trackpad work in tandem to provide easy navigation through the full featured phone. The optical trackpad doubles as the front panel’s only button with all other commands controlled by touchpads at the bottom of the touchscreen panel as well as the shooter for the 5 megapixel camera. There is a one-button volume control on the side of the HTC Wildfire as well as the power/screen-lock button and 3.5mm headphone jack on the top of the handset making it straightforward and uncomplicated.
The HTC Wildfire is aimed at social networking with a host of social networking features, integrating Facebook into everything from the calendar to caller ID.
The HTC focuses on convenience and simplicity. The handset is extremely pocket friendly because of its size and weight as well as the well designed layout which makes the phone harder to accidentally unlock in your pocket with only the power button being able to unlock it as well as the multi-part charger/USB connector cable serving multiple functions.
The HTC Wildfire is simply treated like an external storage device when plugged into a computer via USB allowing for copying songs, video files and documents across to be done the same as between folders on the desktop.
Continuing with the simple and clean theme, setting up the HTC Wildfire is straightforward and can be done in eight steps to import contacts, set up social network sites and Google accounts, connect Wi-Fi and set preferences. Users can also choose between swiping and scrolling the optical trackpad while HTC’s Leap View, introduced with Android 2.1, allows for a quick overview of your home screens and a shortcut to moving between them.
Additionally, users have full access to the Android Market on the HTC Wildfire, to download additional apps for the handset with reasonably fast download speeds over Wi-Fi and acceptable speeds from the 3G. The Wildfire also provides the ability to send links for app sharing via email or text to friends which is far simpler than having to search for the app in the Marketplace.
Having seven home screens may be a little more confusing, but the ability to customize them to the users preferences makes them extremely simple to navigate. Being able to view all the Home Screens at once using the pinch gesture also simplifies the process of moving between the large number of home screens.
HTC Wildfire manages to give many of the older smart phones a run for their money with easy customisation and flexibility in a small and low-cost handset that offers all the benefits of a smart phone such as the HTC’s Sense interface, social networking integration and 5MP camera with LED flash.
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
Dimensions 106.8 x 60.4 x 12 mm
Weight 118 g
Display Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Display Size 240 x 320 pixels, 3.2 inches
- Multi-touch input method
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- Touch-sensitive controls
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Optical trackpad
- HTC Sense UI
- Turn-to-mute and lift-to-dim-out a call
Alert types Vibration, MP3
3.5mm jack Yes, check quality
Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Practically unlimited
Internal 384 MB RAM; 512 MB ROM
Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, buy memory
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Wi-Fi hotspot (Android 2.2)
Bluetooth Yes v2.1 with A2DP
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
OS Android OS, v2.1 (Eclair), upgradable to v2.2
CPU 528 MHz ARM 11 processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7225 chipset
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Via third party application
- Digital compass
- Dedicated search key
- Facebook, Flickr, Twitter integration
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail
- YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa integration
- MP3/AAC+/WAV/WMA9 player
- MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV9 player
- Voice memo
- Predictive text input
BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1300 mAh
Stand-by Up to 480 h (2G) / Up to 690 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 7 h 20 min (2G) / Up to 8 h 10 min (3G)