HTC Wildfire - A Consumer Review

A review of the latest HTC Wildfire Smart Phone

This latest phone is a slimmer and a tiny version of the Nexus One. Most of the things it's predecessors have, Wildfire has it a little less. But don't let the word "less" fool you. Anyway let's have a brief look at the hardware specifications first,

Dimensions    - It's 0.48 inch in depth, 2.4 inches in width and 4.2 inches in length.

Display          - 3.2 inch, touch sensitive. It runs at a 240 x 320 QVGA resolution

Processor      - 528 MHz

Memory        - 512 MB of ROM and a RAM chip with 348 MB, external memory expansions up to 32 GB (microSD)

Network Bands - WCDMA/HSDPA/GSM - 900/2100 MHz and for 850/900/1800/1900MHz for GSM

Camera             - 5 Megapixles, Auto focus, flash and Geotagging

Connectivity      - 3G (7.2 Mbps download, 384 kbps upload)
                            EDGE - Up 560kbps download                           
                            GPRS - Up 114 kbps download
                            Bluetooth 2.0

Battery (1300 mAh -WCDMA Talk time up to  7 hours, Standby time 28 days 
                                 GSM        Talk time up to 8 hours, Standby time 20 days

The latest HTC phone looks eye catchy. But one apparent problem with it is the small screen resolution. So some of the Android powered apps which require higher resolution won't appear nicely. So this is one of the drawbacks of the unit. For better apps visibility users are advised to go for at least 480 x 320.

There are many difficulties with the gadget, such as the slow responding camera applications and web browser crashes. These are could be because of the a bit Slow CPU (528MHz). But the 384 RAM works well and seems to fit nicely the software memory balanced nicely.

Thanks to the processor (mainly) an impressive 12 hours of battery life can be achieved with this latest HTC phone. This includes 3G web browsing, occasional music and video playback etc. So the overall battery performance is excellent. Another thing with the networks are that, the new CDMA standard is really power friendly and conserve less battery than the older GSM. So when going for a connection try to avoid the old standard. But keep in mind that the coverage of the GSM is still better than the WCDMA.

This supports many multimedia formats such as mp3, AAC, amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma and for videos 3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv. But the resolution of the playback is really poor. With 640 x 480 (low frame rates), it struggle to playback it without hassles. So if you need quality video playback this is not for you.

The camera is good, but the overall picture quality and the videos are not in the top of the standards set by the latest phones.

Anyway after considering the low display and video play back abilities, bit slow responses and crashes while browsing the web, this may not be the ideal option for you. However it has an excellent battery life and if you're okay with viewing low resolution videos and few android apps support, considering the price, won't be a bad choice. But there are certainly better options than this in the latest phones world!

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