The HTC Desire has proved an incredibly popular smartphone, and the manufacturers have taken the blueprint for this model and scaled it down, resulting in the impressive lower end handset the Wildfire. Still boasting modern looks and great features, cutbacks on areas such as the screen have allowed HTC to market this model at a very competitive price point.
The Wildfire runs on the excellent Android operating system, accompanied by the always impressive Sense user interface. Android is established as an OS, and thus users can take advantage of the numerous downloads already available in the market place. What Sense does to Android is simplify matters and make the whole operation of the phone a little more logical. Take the "Leap" view for example, with seven homescreen available, finding the one you require would noprmally mean scrolling through until you spot it. Leap view gives a helicopter view of all of your screens on the one page, leaving you to simply tap on the one you require. The handset also manages and synchronises various social networking sites along with e mail accounts and Microsoft Exchange. It brings all of these together in the "People" application, suggesting what contacts can be merged and where duplicates are present. What this leaves you with is a kind of universal phonebook that is not used only for making calls, but for messaging and for social networking use as well. All of these features run at impressive speed thanks to a processor clocked at 528Mhz, which breezes through all tasks asked of it. Pages load quickly and even simple operations such as swiping the screen are performed instantly.
Multi media is an important aspect of the modern smartphone, and thus the HTC Wildfire comes well prepared in this area. The 5 mega pixel camera offers a good quality of snap for you to keep or upload instantly to sites such as Facebook. Colour reproduction is generally good in natural light but suffers slightly in lower levels, despite the presence of an LED flash. Autofocus does make the taking of the photograph an easy affair, and should you feel the need to capture the snap as a video clip, the Wildfire allows you to do so in quite reasonable quality. Storage wise the phones offers limited internal storage, but does benefit from a micro SD card slot, allowing you to ad your own storage at any level up to 32GB. If you want to use your phone as an MP3 player, the Wildfire is well equipped thanks to multiple file formats being accepted, alongside a built in FM tuner which allows you to listen to radio stations and a 3.5mm headphone socket.
The Wildfire, despite being marketed as a lower end smartphone, can hold its own against more heavyweight models, and thus represents great value whilst offering an excellent user experience. The HTC Wildfire and the HTC 7 Mozart are available now.