HTC Wildfire Review
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
- 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.
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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.
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 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.