HTC are now firmly established as a mobile phone developer associated with cutting edge, good quality handsets. They have reigned things back a little with the HTC Wildfire in an attempt to compete at the lower end of the smartphone spectrum, and in doing so have created a superb little handset.
The general consensus is that as far as operating systems go, Android is the one to beat. For this reason alone it is pleasing to see version 2.1 running on the Wildfire. The attractive feature of Android is that developers can incorporate many different elements into applications. For example the IOS found on iPhone 4 looks superb but its lack of flash support can make web browsing less enjoyable. Flash is supported on Android as it is now owned by any one corporation trying to promote its own system at the expense of other, perhaps more established alternatives. From a consumers point of view the huge range of downloads currently available make it an attractive proposition indeed. HTC have used the own Sense user interface on this model, improving the user friendliness of the platform further. The "Leap" view offers a simple overview of all homescreens rather than relying upon you scrolling through every one. The handy People application gathers all manner of information from e mail accounts as well as social networking sites, and merges it all together in one very simple yet very comprehensive phonebook. Features such as this make operation both fun and easy, and the speed at which they operate also impresses thanks to a good quality 528Mhz processor.
The HTC Wildfire is more than just a mobile phone, and its great range of media features make it a brilliant audio player and a capable digital camera. Audio wise a huge range of file formats can be used with the phone. These include MP3, AAC+ and WAV, whilst the headphone socket means you are not restricted to using only the phones that come supplied with the model. An understated yet useful feature comes in the form of the FM RDS tuner, which enables you to listen to local or national radio stations. At 5 million pixels, the quality of photograph captured on the in built camera is impressive, with daylight photographs in particular looking superb. Should you want to capture images in poorer light, then an LED flash allows you to do so. Any snaps you take can be geo tagged which put a geographical position on them by using the phones own GPS system. The Wildfire also gives you the opportunity to capture video footage should you need to. Regardless of how extensively you want to use the media features, you can tailor the storage capacity to your exact requirements thanks to a microSD card slot capable of accepting cards up to 32GB.
The easiest way of describing the HTC Wildfire is as a Desire Lite, boasting great functionality and a modern, sleek look, together with the always excellent HTC Build quality.
The HTC Wildfire and the Nokia X2 Black Chrome are available now.