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HTC Wildfire Review

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HTC Wildfire Review
This is a global GSM phone, it can be used with AT&T and T-Mobile USA, but without 3G.

HTC Wildfire Review
HTC Wildfire Review
HTC is on sabbatical from its high-end line with the Wildfire. There is nothing really wild or fiery in the specs of this mid-end Android handset. Compared to most of the company's Android offerings, it naturally has smaller screen with paltry resolution, and a low-end CPU. They don't promise much of a performance, but the phone is certainly a looker. When we add the familiar sturdy construction HTC is in the hall of fame for, the company's foray into the budget Android line with the Wildfire might just do it justice.

What's in the box:

  • HTC Wildfire
  • 1300 mAh Li-Ion Battery
  • Quick start guide and warranty card
  • Charger
  • microUSB cable
  • Headset with microphone


The handset strays away from the usual tall and narrow look of pure touchscreen phones lately, boasting a more squarish, intriguingly disproportionate shape, which makes it pleasant to look at, and comfortable to hold. Plus the weight is just right, so that the phone doesn't feel like a toy in the hand.

HTC Wildfire Review

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The HTC Wildfire's 3.2” screen has a 240x320 pixels QVGA resolution, which we are more accustomed to see in cheapo 2.8” types. At 3.2”, the pixel density lets you almost count the individual dots when close to the display, and we are not exaggerating. On top of that legibility and viewing angles really suffer outside under direct sun rays, unless brightness is at the fullest. At least the screen supports up to 16M colors, and is capacitive with multitouch, which brings a world of difference in terms of scrolling and responsiveness.

Underneath that wonder of nature, the Wildfire's screen, are the four Android navigational buttons in capacitive touch form, backlit in white. They return haptic feedback, if that feature is turned on for the touchscreen. The phone comes with HTC's trademark optical trackpad, which also serves as a shutter button. The ear speaker above the screen looks like a BMW grill, the way it is split in two parts, and is a nice design decision, similar to what we have on the Desire. Beneath it on the left of the HTC logo is the notification LED.

Underneath the screen of the HTC Wildfire are the four Android navigational buttons - HTC Wildfire Review
Underneath the screen of the HTC Wildfire are the four Android navigational buttons - HTC Wildfire Review
Underneath the screen of the HTC Wildfire are the four Android navigational buttons - HTC Wildfire Review

Underneath the screen of the HTC Wildfire are the four Android navigational buttons

The lock/power button is situated on the top right, while on the top left is the standard audio jack. The left side houses the volume rocker – a whole piece – and the unprotected microUSB port. All keys are chromed and with a good travel click to them.

The sides of the HTC Wildfire - HTC Wildfire Review
The sides of the HTC Wildfire - HTC Wildfire Review
The sides of the HTC Wildfire - HTC Wildfire Review

The sides of the HTC Wildfire

The HTC Wildfire sports a 5MP camera with LED light, the lens of which are elevated above the back cover like a periscope. It looks different, but we can imagine all sorts of scratches and bruises arising from that frivolity. The back has a wide strip of plastic with brushed metallic looks running across it. It obviously got inherited from the HTC Desire, as it's even the same brown color. The material also surrounds the screen and the sides, with the exception of the curvy bottom where the soft touch plastic of the back panel transitions to the front up to the optical trackpad, thus making the lower front side look like a three-layered cake. That soft touch plastic is above the back metallic strip as well, surrounding the camera, and, as usual, brings an air of comfort to holding a phone. Thanks to these touches the overall look and feel of the HTC Wildfire is that of a high quality designer handset. If the brown finish of our review unit doesn't click with you, there are versions dressed in white and red as well.

The back houses the 5MP camera - HTC Wildfire Review
The back houses the 5MP camera - HTC Wildfire Review
The back houses the 5MP camera - HTC Wildfire Review
The back houses the 5MP camera - HTC Wildfire Review

The back houses the 5MP camera

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. tride (unregistered)

This has hardly been reviewd..... :(

posted on 07 Nov 2010, 12:57

2. samir (unregistered)

this phone looks good , and i am going to get the phone soon. i have never had a htc phone beforeXD

posted on 11 Nov 2010, 03:53

3. this_sux (unregistered)

u call THIS a review??

posted on 23 Nov 2010, 13:44

4. samir (unregistered)

i love this phone!!!

posted on 04 Dec 2010, 09:50

5. kunnyfunt (unregistered)

jeeeeeeez man.wat a review. it scks. r u guys on nokia or samsung payrolls. get a life guys. this phone rocks. u guys need a holiday to clear ur heads. cheeeeeers

posted on 06 Dec 2010, 10:51

6. samir (unregistered)

mmm this review sucks, but the phone is still best and i going to buy it soon XD

posted on 10 Dec 2010, 06:14

7. halides (unregistered)

Worth to have this Android Phone. It will give value for your money spent.
Touch is pretty good, very near to apple touch devices, quiet responsive and rugged and sleek design.

posted on 19 Dec 2010, 03:11

8. vineet (unregistered)

bought this set couple of days back n it rocks:) the review is total shit!!!

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 08:15

9. Nilanjan (unregistered)

The phone surely lacks in the display (therefore no support for live wallpaper) and the processor. However, the processor has not let me down till date.

I have expected performance while listening to music, be it the built-in music player or market apps, reading books in market app and searching a file at the background. The book reading did not hamper, the pages flipped normally, the music played unhindered and the search yielded results in expected time.

I have tested HTC Legend as well. And I have not noticed much difference in performance, keeping in mind the difference in processor capacity among the phones.

In such a price, HTC Wildfire rocks, if you are not much obsessed with the display, which I must say, is not bad at all.

posted on 09 Jan 2011, 09:17

10. ryq (unregistered)

other web site which reviewed this phone also have same conclusion. they just don't like this phone. but are all praise for HTC high end phones.

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 23:45

11. bharat bhatia (unregistered)

this is d zakas fon................go 4 it.............

posted on 03 May 2011, 02:12

12. janam (unregistered)

yes its rite...... seems dat u guys hve got d agency of nokia. inspite of slow processor n camera quality the phone still keeps it fair position... good goin.....

posted on 16 Jun 2011, 02:51

13. sayantan (unregistered)

i hate itttttttt

posted on 19 Jun 2011, 05:43

14. htc slow (unregistered)

This phone SUCKXXXX super slow

posted on 30 Jun 2011, 02:35

15. tourist (unregistered)

This phone got 7.5 which is fairly above average. I also have it - the drawbacks have been properly pointed out, however it is still a good phone, hence 7.5.

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 11:36

16. lion-killer (unregistered)

this phone is very pretty n sexy in look , slim and fit to hand.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 05:07

17. Sharadakanta Dash (unregistered)

I am having HTC Wildfire. It has a very less batery back up. If u browse for continuously for 1 or 1 n half hr the batery levels reduces to red signal. Otherwise it is a good android handset. Till now HTC wildfire has given the best features so far within a budget of 11000 only. Sound quality in head phone is very nice. Over ally its performance is very good. No call drops is here like other phones. Even u talk with the loud speaker it gives a very audible voice to the listener at the other end.

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HTC Wildfire

HTC Wildfire

OS: Android 2.2 2.1
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Display3.2 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (125 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7225, Single core, 528 MHz, ARM11 processor
384 MB RAM
Size4.20 x 2.38 x 0.51 inches
(106.7 x 60.4 x 12.9 mm)
4.16 oz  (118 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 8.16 hours talk time

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