HTC Wildfire review

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Accessing the dial pad is as easy as pie – there's a big fat icon at the bottom of the home screen that takes you there. You can then start dialling a number or name (using the T9 predictive text method) and smartdial will work out who you're aiming for from your contacts.

Calls made using the Wildfire could be clearer; although not bad quality, callers' voices were a touch on the fuzzy side. We also had a couple of issues with dropped calls even when the reception was perfectly fine.

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We're quite taken with HTC's polite ringer feature – if a caller isn't someone you fancy chatting with, simply turning the Wildfire over puts the ringer to silent until your voicemail kicks in.

Contacts are integrated with Facebook and Twitter should you wish it, which is great in that it means most of your contacts will end up with snazzy photo icons without you having to go through setting each one.

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The only downside is that we ended up with a load of duplicates and no obvious or easy way to get rid of them.

As with many current handsets, favourite contacts can be saved to one of the seven home screens for quick access.

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The HTC Wildfire is all about social networks being integrated fully into the phone's operations – this includes caller ID. If the person calling is also a Facebook contact, it'll tell you their latest status update and if their birthday is coming up.

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This is great and all, but we're so used to just answering as soon as we glance at the name it wasn't something we found particularly useful.

PJ: I've always found smart-dial invaluable, and it's nice and easy to use on the Wildfire. When making and taking calls I do really miss the dedicated call and end buttons, though. Call quality is fine, no complaints.

The HTC Wildfire's contacts book is pretty good – I like having the favourites panel and it would be cool if it auto-populated using people you call most often – but you can see these in the call log anyway I suppose.

DS: I've not got Google contacts set up, so I imported mine from Exchange, which turned out to be a big mess thanks to not having to ever look at that address book before.

I did try linking them together, and the offered links mostly helped. However, I simply couldn't be bothered to do them all as there were loads; I imagine if you have the phone for a long period of time you might manage to do it eventually.

Call quality was decent though – although it was annoying how long it took to connect to people, and at times it failed on the first go, which was really irritating.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory512 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value0.75 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourSilver
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Product ModelWildfire
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Weight (Approximate)118 g
Maximum Video Resolution320 x 240
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.1 Eclair
Messaging TypeEmail, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height106.7 mm
Width60.4 mm
Depth12.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameWildfire Smartphone
Processor Speed528 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass, G-sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HLC130-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
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