The HTC Wildfire is the next inline to launch a full scale attack on the smartphone market. We’re in complete agreement with HTC that their next handset is most definitely wild and fiery. Supporting the company’s midrange portfolio, this little number packs quite a punch, especially when pitted against its main rivals, the likes of the Sony Ericsson X10 Mini, Samsung Apollo, and to a lesser extent its brother, the Tattoo. How are we so completely taken with this device you ask? Find out after the cut.
The Wildfire has banished the plasticy toy town exterior that’s currently being slapped across every midrange smartphone and replaced it with well, more plastic but, and this is a big but it’s a better quality build giving a more refined, high end appearance. Keeping this in mind, the HTC Wildfire holds a striking resemblance to its elder, the HTC Desire. It shares the same sleek build, optical trackpad and capacitive touchscreen, though a few cm’s have been shaved off during the downsize. However, we believe 3.2″ is more than enough space to ravish the Android Éclair and Sense UI that is lurking within.
The Wildfire’s spec list speaks for itself, apparently that’s thanks to HTC cracking the whip on their engineers and suppliers during the build to make sure the Wildfire inherited as many features as it could handle. We’ve already mentioned screen size, but what’s worth noting is the technology running behind it. HTC have given the Wildfire a capacitive display and 384MB RAM to keep it ticking over, there’s also a 528MHz processor thrown it for good measure. This may come up short against the majority of high end smartphones, who seem to have the 1GHz Snapdragon permanently engaged, but it’s the same as HTC’s original saviour, the Hero. Furthermore, HTC are assuring everyone and anyone that’s more than enough juice for the most avid Wildfire owner.
HTC Sense is a key component for the company, helping users make the distinction between HTC’s line up and the rest of the Android pack. It’s as easy as ever to use and newcomers shouldn’t face any problems getting started, especially with informative wizard setups on hand which cover pretty much everything. One of our favourite Desire traits that the Wildfire has inherited are the homescreens, all seven of them providing plenty of room for shortcuts, widgets and bookmarks. The Leap application has also found it’s way into the mix giving users a helicopter view of all seven pages by simply pinching the screen, making getting around that little bit easier. HTC Sense is based on making things simple and accessible; something which every socialite will know is of utmost importance. Luckily, Friendstream does just this, not only does it access all your social network feeds and bring you regular updates, but it pulls them all into one single stream giving you complete access to all areas of your online communications at the touch of a button. Piggybacking on this is the rather unique delivery of caller Ids, which pulls up useful info about your contacts when they call, birthdays, events and status updates can all be seen alongside their name – something which is extremely useful to determine a friend’s mood before taking a call!
In the media department, the Wildfire has a similar inventory to its elder, the Desire. The 5megapxiel snapper is supported by an LED Flash and various options to enhance image quality, including autofocus, smile detection and that handy geotagging tool, which allows you to tag pictures based on location providing a pinpoint marker for every image, whether you can remember them or not! The standard connectivity brethren are present, quadband GSM/GPRS and EDGE sort out worldwide roaming and there’s 3G with HSDPA. WiFi, Bluetooth and MicroUSB are onboard and there’s a microSD card slot too. This full feature set is particularly useful to support the monstrous web browser – which is among the best we’ve seen with an easy to use, intuitive interface, which by the way can handle flash files too.
Comparisons will undoubtedly be made between the HTC Desire and Wildfire, after all it’s Mini Me all over again. While the HTC Wildfire may not lead the pack in terms of technology it’s a stunner in its own right and will almost definitely meet the needs of every smartphone enthusiast. Thumbs up from us!