HTC Wildfire review

The low-cost version of the HTC Desire arrives

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The HTC Wildfire comes with a WebKit browser onboard – it's actually pretty good; generally loading speeds were fairly nippy although sometimes images would take a few seconds longer than we'd like.

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Multiple windows come as standard and switching between them is just a two-command affair.

The screen is a bit small for browsing full web pages, so zooming is a must; multi-touch zoom worked well and we could zoom in quite far before the text and images became distorted by pixellation.

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The HTC Wildfire also features a 'find on page' option, which makes wading through text-heavy web pages much easier.

Switching between Wi-Fi and 3G is fairly easy – the HTC Wildfire won't auto-connect to those annoying BT Openzones but will remember any Wi-Fi you've connected to before to save you entering passcodes a second time.

If you are planning on switching between 3G and Wi-Fi regularly, we'd recommend adding the HTC power control widget to one of the home screens. It's a one-stop shop for controlling your 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS connections.

This can also control your automatic updates, screen brightness and push notifications if you need to save battery. To manually switch connections, you'll have to go into the Settings menu.

One benefit of the HTC Wildfire over some handsets like the iPhone is that you can watch Flash content on it as you browse the web; this means you aren't restricted to a specific YouTube app, for example, and can play Flash games and watch embedded videos on web pages like BBC News.

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However, Flash won't work on every site, and will be a little choppy at times – we're looking forward to the Android 2.2 upgrade that brings Flash 10.1 and a much better browsing experience.

PJ: The web browser renders really quickly over Wi-Fi – much quicker than I've been used to on my handset. It's a shame there's no autofill in the address field, and it's a bit annoying that the URL bar locks to the top of the webpage – especially when you're zoomed in.

DS: I liked using the internet on the Wildfire a lot – it was quick and easy to use. However, I found my Wi-Fi kept dropping out for no reason when at home, which meant that speeds were a bit lower.

I shared a couple of websites through Facebook, and it worked really well – although this seemed to tax the Wildfire a little bit too much at times, causing a few error messages.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
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
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 Address
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