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PostSubject: HTC Wildfire Review   Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:17 am

Itís a little hard to size up a smartphone like the HTC Wildfire when youíve been using its better sibling (HTC Desire) and given it good marks. Check out our full review of the HTC Wildfire after the jump.



However, if you take into consideration the price point at which the
Wildfire has been set, it would definitely be a good contender for an
entry-level Android phone.

Then again, when you compare the specs of the HTC Hero
against the Wildfire, youíd realize theyíre like fraternal twins,
separated only by wide gap in the retail price (~Php15k vs. Php22k) and
an odd form factor.



The Wildfire follows the same great design and construction as most
of HTCís Android smartphones to date ó thin, sleek with a combination of
matte and glossy finish all around. The plastic back panel also has a
band of brushed-metal finish on the middle part to give it an elegant
design accent.

The bottom section has a bit of a subtly curved end ó not as much as
the Legend or Hero but more like that of the Desire. The circular
optical trackpad is smack in the center at the bottom end with a row of
touchpad-engraved buttons just above it ó similar to the ones weíve
seen on the Google Nexus One.



The display is bright but not too crisp and while that LCD screen
does the job well, I missed the AMOLED display quality of the Desire or
even the resolution of the Legend or the Hero. Still, the brightness
level of the screen looks better than any of the units in the Xperia X10 line weíve tried.



The Wildfire is HTCís comes with Android 2.1 Eclair pre-installed and
despite the conservative processing power, the handset seems snappy and
fairly responsive. You get 7 panels or homescreens on the HTC Sense UI.
Check the short video clip below and how it looks like.
The smaller screen real estate did have an impact on the on-screen
virtual keyboard ó looks a bit cramp so texting could be a challenge if
youíre used to bigger screens. You get used to it in time though so itís
not a big issue.


HTC Wildfire specs:
Qualcomm MSM 7225 528MHz processor
3.2″ TFT display @ 240◊320 pixels
384MB RAM, 512MB ROM
up to 32GB via microSD
WiFi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP
3G/HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
5MP autofocus camera w/ LED flash
FM Radio with RDS
GPS w/ aGPS support
1300mAh Li-Ion battery

The specs on the Wildfire is actually decent and complete with all
the necessary connectivity options. Thereís not much internal storage
here (384MB) but expansion via microSD up to 32GB is possible (card sold
separately).

The HTC Wildfire comes in a variety of colors ó black, brown, red and white. We especially liked the red one.
The built-in 5MP camera isnít impressive but somewhat decent. The AF
works but has a hard time to focus on subjects especially on low light
conditions. Video capture didnít perform as well too. Itís got the same
over-all performance as the HTC Desire we tested here.



Battery life is also not impressive. The unit barely lasts 2 days on a
single charge with light internet use and normal voice/SMS use.
What really made the HTC Wildfire and attractive
smartphone, aside from the solid construction and design, is the
price-point of the handset. The introductory price is almost half that
of itís better sibling, the HTC Desire. Even the similarly spec-ed HTC Hero was first sold at Php33,999 back in December.

The Wildfireís suggested retail price of Php17,500 (with some stores
selling it for as low as Php15,000) makes it an attractive buy for an
entry-level Android handset. Itís not the cheapest in its category but
the combination of a good set of specs and solid design puts it near the
top of the heap for an affordable Android smartphone.
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