The younger brother of Desire
HTC Wildfire is a smartphone which costs less than 300 euros outside premium operator offers, with a quality capacitive screen. This version benefits from the versatility of the new version of Android Operating System. The HTC Wildfire is a smartphone running Android 2.1 and is dedicated to social networks.
In the spring of 2010 HTC announced the arrival of the little brother of the excellent smartphone called Desire. The news was about the Wildfire phone. This device uses Android 2.1 (Flash) OS and is powered by a Qualcomm processor, running at 528 MHz. The smartphone tested for this review was launched in June 2010.
A fast look at Nexus One and Desire
At a first glance, the Wildfire seems to look very similar to Nexus One (produced by Google) and HTC Desire. We should therefore find the glossy brown finish, the matte black soft touch and nice appearance of these smartphones.
We like Nexus One, but HTC Legend is also very impressive. At the bottom of the display (with a diagonal of 8.1 inches – 320 x 240 pixels) you can find a capacitive touch-sensitive keys for the stall, good access to the menu and choices of fast rewind or info search.
Anyway, the ball used to move through menus or move the cursor is replaced by a new optical sensor, similar to the sensor used at HTC Desire and the Legend models. As these last two models, the new HTC Wildfire incorporates a powerful photo sensor with five million pixels, autofocus and a LED flash that you can use to take pictures in the dark.
Friendly Stream interface
The new HTC Wildfire is presented as a smartphone dedicated to youth and social networking junkies. Its interface called Steam Friend is able to combine Facebook messages, Twitter and Flickr in a single widget. This is an easy and pleasant way to go directly to the comments of your favorite social networks, directly from the smartphone interface.
In addition to that interface, another widget is Sense HTC. It is able to handle the interaction between the contacts of your social networks and contacts stored in the directory. A good example could be the next one. When you receive a call from a contact found in the address book, its photo from his Facebook profile (if he really has such an account) will appear on the phone display. Apart from Internet Mobile (HSDPA), the HTC Wildfire incorporates a module wireless working at 802.11g standard.
This model has been available on the market since June 2010 at a price of € 299. At this price, it’s a safe bet. However, the phone tested for the today’s review is available at some phone operators packs with a price of less than 100 euros.
Positive points (pros)
* Good price for the phone
* Interface Sense Widget included
* Application Stream Friend for Social Networks access
* The 5 megapixel camera sensor with LED flash
Negative points (cons)
|Weight in Grams||118|
|Resolution Width in Pixel||2592|
|Resolution Height in Pixel||1944|
|Type||Excluding Pack (Phone Only)|
|Integrated TV Tuner||No|
|Height in mm||106.7|
|Width in mm||60.4|
|Depth in mm||12.9|
|Memory Card Reader||Yes|
|Number of Display Colours||16 Million Colors|
|Any stall Button||No|
|Keyboard / Touchscreen||Virtual Keyboard On Touchscreen|
|Customer Video||N / C|
|Number of Screens||1|
|Push (Email and Multimedia Content)||Yes|
|MP3 or WMA||Yes|
|Talk Time (H)||8.1|
|Standby time (in days)||20|
|Video resolution in pixels||320 x 240 (QVGA)|
|Specific Absorption Rate in W / kg (DAS / NAS)||0.75|