It may be a cheaper alternative to the HTC Desire, but the Wildfire still offers a 3.2-inch touchscreen, HTC Sense and a 5 megapixel camera
Editor's Review of the Wildfire
HTC is one Taiwanese player in the mobile phone market that is currently dominated by Korean manufacturers and the Finnish Nokia. But it has made its mark with its line of Android devices. The HTC Wildfire is the company's latest venture into the Android market, but this time it is focusing its sights on the low end market. Certainly, something to look forward to when it is released on the third quarter of 2010!
The HTC Wildfire is running on a 528 megahertz Qualcomm MSM 7225, using Android Eclair as its operating system. It also runs on HTC's patented Sense user interface, which provides for a high level of customisability with its seven home screens. These are basically what made the HTC Hero a standout phone.
The HTC Wildfire features a 5 megapixel camera that allows you to snap pictures with up to 2592 pixels by 1944 pixels of resolution. Great pictures are possible even at night with its LED flash, smile detection and autofocus functions. You can also capture videos.
Getting bored on the road? No problem, you can tune into your favorite radio station with the Wildfire. You can even use its music player for your MP3, WAV, WMA9, AAC+ music files or play back MP4, H.264, H.263 and WMV9 videos on it. You can also catch up with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr with the preloaded applications.
The HTC Wildfire is the result of HTC's renewed push to bring social networking integration into its phones. Aside from easy access to social networking sites, the Wildfire also features the Friend Stream feature that brings you all the latest updates from your social networking sites and allows you to update your status on all of them as well. The Wildfire also gives you the option of organising your contacts from different networks all at one place.
And getting online is not a problem as you can do so via any EDGE Class 10 and GPRS Class 10 networks. High speed Internet is available, as well as wireless b/g capability. If you have been turned off by earlier phones because of the absence of Flash capability, then the Wildfire is for you. The handset's browser is now Flash capable. The handset also supports Bluetooth v2.1 and microUSB v2.0 connectivity.
Further, the handset's 384 megabyte RAM and 512 megabyte ROM gives you unlimited phone book entries and call records. If that is not enough for your files, you can get a 32 gigabyte microSD card to expand it.
While closely reminiscent of the HTC Desire, the Wildfire is a bit smaller at 106.8 millimetres long by 60.4 millimetres wide and 12 millimetres thick. But even with its smaller dimension, it still packs a 3.2 inch touch screen display that has a 240 pixels by 320 pixels resolution. The capacitive touch screen has a pinch to zoom capability, accelerometer, multi-touch input and optical track pad.
The HTC Wildfire is differentiated from the Desire by a wide metal band on the back and a stretched bottom. You can choose from four different colours too: black, red, grey and red.
What is new with the HTC Wildfire? When someone calls you, the caller ID does not only show the number and name of the calling party, but their Facebook status and birthday as well. This way, you can add some personal and up-to-date touch to your conversations. You can also recommend apps with the App Sharing feature.
On paper, the HTC Wildfire brings together the best of the best features that have been seen in earlier HTC mobile phones, including HTC Hero and HTC Desire. But the Wildfire is a mobile phone that is directed at the budget set. And so while the handset is packed with features, the processing power is not that powerful. This would mean that at some times, the Wildfire would not work optimally. In fact, some slowing down has been observed as more and more applications are put into the Wildfire.
The lack of a physical keyboard, QWERTY or alphanumeric might present a small nuisance for those who are used to having it.
THe HTC Wildfire is a budget smartphone but with a lot of features! This wonderful phone is a successor to the Desire but much cheaper and not lacking in any major features. The low resolution screen and 528mHz processor means it cant play as many games as your standard Android mobile but because of the sheer size of Android market there are still many great games to choose from. Overall the HTC Wildfire is well worth its money and is great for a first time Android smartphone.
A phone i have recently used is HtC Wildfire. The Wildfire is both easy to use and supremely powerful, with access to thousands of apps. Combined with a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, a media player, GPS, Google Maps, fast internet, a fast processor, plenty of memory and a big battery. However the phone touch screen isnt brillant and some times freezes. Overall it is a very good phone
I am now on my second Wildfire,and going for the third.The first just died,and would not restart.The second,and at the moment my current one,the battery does not last 12hours,even though it is on standby most of the time,so I think this one will be going back.
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HTC Wildfire News
HTC Wildfire users on Three can expect an upgrade to Android 2.2 before the end of the month, the network has confirmed via Twitter. In response to a customer query, the UK network said: “Once the Wildfire is updated to 2.2 (end of Jan) you can use the built in WiFi hotspot to connect”, confirming […]
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HTC Wildfire Specifications
106.8mm x 60.4mm x 12.2mm
Full capacitive touch screen
Type: TFT LCD
Size: 3.2 inches
Resolution: 240 x 320
Scroller: Optical trackpad
Interface: HTC Sense
External: microSD up to 32GB
A-GPS with Google Maps
Up to 7.2 Mbps download speed
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g
Audio: 3.5mm stereo jack
Data: Standard microUSB
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
5.0 megapixel camera
Auto Focus and LED Flash
Battery Capacity: 1300 mAh
Talk Time: 490 minutes
Standby Time: 690 hours
Radio: FM with RDS
Audio supported formats
Video supported formats
Playback: MPEG4, H.263, DivX, WMV