As the name suggests the Wildfire is the strongest point of impact that HTC has made on the low end smartphone market. The HTC Wildfire is called the Mini Desire and believe me the cost of the device is the only feature that is “Mini” about it. The phone is available is India for somewhere around 15K and is topping the charts when it comes to low to mid-range phones in the country. Before taking a closer look at the device let us try to look into the specs that the device offers:
HTC WildFire Specifications:
- Operating System: Android 2.1 + HTC Sense interface
- Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, EDGE / GPRS, UMTS / HSDPA 900/2100
- Platform: Qualcomm MSM7225-1 processor with 528 MHz
- Memory: 384 MB
- 512 Mb (ROM)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (A2DP), jack microUSB (USB 2.0) for the charge / synchronization, 3.5 mm headset jack
- Screen: capacitive touch-type, 3.2 “with a resolution of 240×320 pixels (QVGA)
- Camera: 5MP with Autofocus and Flash
- Navigation: One Platform Qualcomm GPS chip (support A-GPS)
- Sensors: sensor approach light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope
- Battery: removable Li-Ion 1300 mAh
Now let us try to take a closer look at the device whether the claims put up in its specs sheet are really fulfilled by the phone:
1. Screen, Exteriors and Make:
Well I have never been a fan of rounded edges phone, but I will have to say that this one was not something that I hated outright. The phone comes with excellent exteriors pretty much like the HTC desire. The 3.2’’ screen is well lit, though I was not very impressed with the resolution of the screen the sense UI running on it drove the grudges away. The make of course is metallic something that is really HTC’s forte and the white colour device that I had a hands on with can really be a Blonde’s envy. Inthis section I would like to mention that the screen is the weakest component of the device, as this is the item with the help of which the smartphones are being classified as affordable.
2, Network, Connectivity and Processor:
The device supports GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, EDGE / GPRS, UMTS / HSDPA 900/2100 networks which guarantees a 30 to 35 kbps internet speed in normal circumstances. There is connectivity options like Bluetooth and WiFi available and it does not lag behind its predecessor in this area. The processor however is another Weak link of the device it comes with a Qualcomm MSM7225-1 processor with 528 MHz which indeed is clocked a little low. This lack can let you to loss of graphics on your phones and you will not be able to run many applications simultaneously, we also experienced a lag while playing the Angry birds game on the phone.
3, Camera and Sensors:
The phone comes with a 5Mp camera with auto-focus and I have always loved the camera from HTC. However this time I am not very impressed. The count is fine but the speed of processing does seem to be a problem. However the quality is still pretty much the same GREAT! The phone is equipped with all the modern day sensors like the Accelerometer and Gyroscope which indeed is good enough for a complete smartphone experience. The sense UI doubles your experience even more.
The fact is that this device – as I can remember one of the few smartphones from the company HTC, which is not overvalued at the start, that is, the price / quality ratio for Wildfire excellent even for the “white” option at the beginning of sales. Among low-and middle price segments of the Android platform the Wildfire is certain to burn the floor.