Suiting your budget the HTC has launched a new phone-the HTC Wildfire which runs on the latest Android operating system and offers several interesting features similar to an expensive phone at a far cheaper price.Being available on a contractual basis for a year at a cost of around £15-a-month or £230 SIM-free it sports a smart look in the hands of those who want an “All in One”phone.
Wildfire’s Design and Looks
The Wildfire sports a sexy,sleek metal body similar to an HTC Desire and is jumbo-packed with advanced features which make it a smart phone.Running on Android 2.1 it also supports Outlook email.The OS has been further enhanced by adding an outstanding on-screen keyboard.
Unlike even an iPhone,you can gain access to any of the seven home screens without having the need to open an applicaton using the array of widgets that HTC offers.Chatting on the favorite sites such as Facebook or Twitter has been rendered highly accessible using the well-crafted and attractive widgets of HTC such as the favourite Friend stream widget.An added advantage that Wildfire offers is that we can easily download 1000s of other widgets & apps from the Android market by using a feature called the App Sharer that links us directly to our favourite programs over social networking sites,text message,email,etc. Similarly, Wildfire’s address book is pretty advanced in the sense of merging our friends on Facebook and Twiiter by simply peeping into our Gmail & phone memory and showing their saved photos right directly.At a time of receiving a call,yours callers Facebook status,date of birth and photo shall be screened.However,the system does not allow us to hang around while our phone rings.It boasts of a 5-megapixel camera which gives a clearer view of the world around.
Even with a comparatively slow processor of only 528MHz which may keep us on wait for a few seconds for functioning after tapping the capacitive screen yet it may not be a cause for your irritation owing to its low price,and a smooth scrolling menu features.Moreover the Wildfire can boast of a smooth optical trackpad which may not of use quite often but proves handy to edit text and scroll through small links on Web pages suffering a traffic.
Efficient Connectivity Options
The Wildfire proves its excellency to surf the internet with the help of a Flash Lite Support & a multi-touch support system which speeds up the zooming process by either pinching or just stretching with our fingers.On-board are the HSPDA and Wi-Fi communication technologies offering faster browsing options over 3G as well as the GPS which guides us through the right direction with the help of Google maps.
Wildfire Multimedia Features : Great for Music Lovers
Capable of handling formats from WMA to MP3,the media player seems too good.It has an in-built memory of 512MB which can be expanded upto 32GB via the MMC slot by inserting a microSD card.Besides,the in-built FM Radio makes you hear lovely songs whenever you wish wiping away the need to download all.
Inspite of possessing such advanced features,the Wildfire suffers a low or QVGA resolution screen which makes for it a struggling affair to run on the advanced Android OS.The 3.2″ seemingly large resolution screen with a 240×320pixel blurs the image and renders the Web pages undiscernable until zoomed.Sharing a commonality with other such phones which run on Android, the on- screen keyboard obscures the screen and it is difficult to place the keyboard aside while sending messages.
HTC Wildfire Pricing & Alternatives
HTC Wildfire Price in India – Rs.16590
HTC Wildfire Price in US – $ 281.70 to $ 345.70 (USD)
HTC Wildfire Price in UK - £ 230
On the whole it appears that except the low-resolution screen the HTC Wildfire offers great features that makes it worth a buy.However for those who are highly obsessed with good looking screens,the Samsung Monte is a good option offering smart phone software and advanced features.