This will be a very short update on HTC Wildfire as I promised to give my view and share my experience with it like what I mention earlier in this post. Because I’m too busy this few weeks so I didn’t had the chance to really update this. As mention in my previous post this HTC Wildfire is no doubt a beauty/handsome phone, the looks is an easy reason to fall in love with it. But this Wildfire is also no doubt a lower end HTC smart phone and compare to others in the line up like HTC Legend and Desire, some features has been not included in Wildfire. As I’ve used HTC Tattoo before this Wildfire can be said to be a replacement of Tattoo or an enhance and upgraded version of Tattoo. As most of the HTC user know Tattoo is one of those low end and among the cheapest when Android phone was first introduced by HTC in their line up.
Compared to its predecessors, the Tattoo, Wildfire look more advance and matured in term of design (like Tattoo have grown up hehehe). So here are some of the upgraded feature of this Wildfire:
1. Running on Android 2.1 (Tattoo on Android 1.6) but the processor is still the same as Tattoo
2. Bigger 3.2 inches screen compared to Tattoo’s 2.8 inches screen but sadly the resolution is still the same old 240×320 QVGA.
3. No more four way navigation button, Wildfire equipped with HTC’s latest Optical Trackball, a very nice new addition.
4. New 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash, Tattoo only have 3.2 megapixel camera without auto focus and flash so this is a very good upgrade.
5. Improved battery capacity from 1100 mAh in Tattoo to 1300 mAh in Wildfire.
For more technical features of Wildfire, check it HERE
From those five major upgrades, although it is a low end smart phone, this Wildfire is still a sophisticated multi-function phone. It got the good looks and it featured with some good features. So enough for the technical specifications, now what I really like about this phone after a week playing with it? Here’s what I like:
1. Optical trackball! Innovative addition by HTC, I like it because it is something different, not a typical kind of navigation button on a typical phone.
2. Android 2.1, what great OS on a rather cheap phone, even low budget person like me can have a taste of the great Android.
3. Super-sensitive capacitive screen, no need to press the screen too hard.
4. Five megapixel camera with auto focus and flash (which can be turned into a flashlight when needed)
5. All of the social networking apps were pre-installed, such as facebook, twitter and plurk.
6. Awesome social networking widget the “Friend-Stream” where all major social networking site account updates can be view on one widget.
7. New enhance caller-ID, integrate their facebook and birthday into their contacts detail and every-time they called the update will be shown.
8. The new “Leap View”, like it because it is something new :p
9. Something HTC called “Polite Ringer” and it does really polite, when someone called, the phone ring, you pick up the phone and the ringer volume will automatically drop and when you’re still sleeping and someone nagging you by calling in 4.30 a.m just to remind you to bring important files when you’re already put it in your car the day before, you just have to turn your Wildfire over and the ringing will stop altogether :p
10. A lot of useful and awesome apps in the android market which can be useful in your everyday life with Wildfire :p
….. and many many more like-able things
Yes, that were the 10 things I like about this Wildfire, not only it’s a pretty/handsome phone but it still a sophisticated phone. But like other things in this world, nothing is perfect and so does this Wildfire, it also has its own downsides. Furthermore, this Wildfire is not the high end smart phone, that’s the thing that should be kept in mind. It shows how concern HTC are, they even come with a phone which a low budget person (like me) can buy and have a taste of the great Android 2.1 :p (I’ll praise them more if they give me free HTC Evo or Nexus One myahaahaha).
Ok now the sad part of this phone:
1. Because the processor is still the same old processor, running too many apps at one time can make this phone lag.
2. The installation of any apps will be installed into the phone little memory and can’t be installed into memory cards, so you might not be able to installed all the apps you want (this happen to be the downside of Android 2.1 and they’ll fixed it in Android 2.2 I think)
3. Small phone memory (for apps installation)
4. Quiet a small QWERTY pad in vertical mode so for more comfort of typing use horizontal mode.
5. The touch screen panels at the bottom part of the screen is too sensitive and rather a troublesome although it is a good substitute to the button kind of thing. You can easily mistakenly accidentally pressing the search button when you operate it with you right hand and the even worst when using left hand you can accidentally pressing the Home button especially when typing in vertical mode.
So that’s the 5 things I don’t like about that phone but what I like about it were 10 things so the likeness still win hehehehe
Using phone with Android 2.1 one can never run away from the feel to really find a good apps to suits their preference. Android market have so many free apps which can be an additional awesomeness to your phone and in this case the Wildfire. So here are some recommended apps:
1. Dolphin Browser HD
– Advance web browser with translation capabilities, sharing text and web url into the social network and with many extension and of course the best of it is, it’s free! Click HERE
for more info.
– For killing apps running in the background to make the phone faster. Personally this is a must have apps
3. Document To Go
– For viewing, creating and editing documents such as words, sheets and slideshow.
– For editing and getting creative with your photos
5. Yahoo! Mail
– For those using yahoo mail service (Gmail user need not to worry, it’s already in the phone.
– For those who wants different Twitter client apart from the already-installed HTC Peep and Friend Stream apps.
- Official Facebook apps for Android
That are 10 recommended apps for Wildfire, more than that do feel free to browse in the Android Market
. As for games, I would not suggest any, simply because everyone have different preferences and again do browse the Android Market
for any games you like
So that’s all about Wildfire that I would like to share and any suggestion or comments are very much welcome (though I know I might be last to share about this phone :p ).
Conclusion: This phone is for those with low budget but want to have a taste of Android platform phone, with not much concern over using it to the extreme level, only do light web surfing, social networking (Facebook, Twitter etc..), not for hardcore mobile gamers, not much multi-task and those who seek something different or switching from older platform phone such as Symbian and ordinary phone. And for me, so far I’m satisfied with my Wildfire :p