The HTC Wildfire continues to be a popular choice thanks to its abundance of social networking features and full touchscreen functionality, and provides the power of the Android operating system all with an affordable price tag.
The handset measures 106.8x 60.4x 12 mm so it is compact and pocket friendly and also very lightweight at just 118 g. It boasts a 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen which is on hand to display up to 16M colours with the utmost quality and clarity within its pixel configuration of 240x 320. The screen supports multi-touch input and comes with both proximity and accelerometer sensors and also includes a touch-sensitive shortcut panel and an optical trackpad offering an alternative means of navigating the HTC Sense UI.
The HTC Wildfire comes with 384 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM as standard however there is also an integrated microSD slot which users can take advantage of by installing an appropriate memory card of up to 32 GB. This means that the handset can potentially store an entire digital music collection along with a large number of other files such as video clips, documents and photos. The internal media player supports a number of different video and music file formats making it a great multimedia device.
In order to stay connected to the appropriate cellular networks and to offer the initial means of Internet connectivity, both GPRS and EDGE are called upon in class 10 versions. In areas where 3G coverage is available, users can enjoy Internet access at speeds of up to 7.2 megabytes per second, whilst the optimum Internet connection is achieved via Wi-Fi connectivity. GPS, micro USB and Bluetooth connections are all included as standard.
The HTC Wildfire is a capable cameraphone thanks to a 5 mega pixel unit which operates at 2592x 1944 pixels resulting in good quality still images. Autofocus and LED flash are on hand to improve the photos quality. The geo-tagging feature is also included and this records the location at which the camera was used, thanks to GPS. As an additional means of image capture, users can also shoot video footage using this camera.
The HTC Wildfire ships with Android v2.1 (Eclair) as standard, however this is upgradeable to later versions. A number of social networking features such as Facebook, Flickr and Twitter apps are all included, along with the standard package of Google Android features such as Google search, maps, Gmail and Google Talk. Users can take advantage of the Android Market which now contains over 100,000 apps from numerous categories. These can be downloaded straight to the phone at varying costs.
The HTC Wildfire is surprisingly functional given its price tag, and is available in a number of different colours meaning it does not sacrifice its aesthetic appeal. This makes a great choice for those who also view their phone as a fashion statement, or those who simply want an affordable yet functional Android smartphone.