Product Type: HTC Smartphone
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Good budget smartphone
Member Name: scoi
Advantages: Full smartphone functionality
Disadvantages: A bit low on processor power
The Wildfire is my first 'smart' phone. Setting up the phone is achieved with an integrated wizard which works very well and I was able to use the phone very quickly for a device with such a large range of functions.
The range of applications you can download from the market place is vast and you can get most of what you want for free whether it is games or something more useful. Google maps built in is very accurate and the free sat nav function is good but not ideal as the vocal directions are a bit too late coming but for a free system you can't complain too much.
The battery life is pretty poor. With the help of a task manager application and some tweaking of the number of automatic updates this can be extended but 24 hours with reasonable use is typical. What is handy is that you can charge it from any USB port on a computer or in some cars.
Travelling abroad it is easy to forget to turn off the email updates through phone signals which can lead to large monthly bills. The phone comes with the easily accessible options to disable updates unless connected to a mobile internet source which keeps the phone fully functional when at a hotel, airport etc.
This isn't the most powerful of devices and if you have a number of applications open or even one power hungry one (angry birds for example) it noticeably slows down and takes time to open up menu's leading to frustration of delayed key presses open up the wrong message for example.
The media player is very good, music is clear from the internal speakers and even better from headphones and TV shows/movies are very handy and good quality for the screen size making it ideal for the commuter although they do drain the battery swiftly.
One very nice function is the ability download retro 90's and earlier games and play them on the move.
Call clarity is adequate although it's very sensitive to where you place the speaker in regards to your ear. It could do with a higher maximum volume. In call options such as keypad and loudspeaker are easily accessible and the phone can sense when you pull it away from your ear disabling the keypad lock, a very nice touch.
The touch sensitive keypad has a few issues. It cannot sense you when you are cold so during the winter it can be frustrating. The screen tilt function sometimes plays up so you can become stuck in the wrong orientation.
Linking the phone to email and facebook etc is great and its possible to directly upload photo's and documents to you accounts instantly. The camera is pretty good for a phone and comes with the zoom and flash functions you'd expect.
The onboard memory card, which can be expanded, can be used to store documents with easy transfer to computers through the cable or by email and it comes with build in software to read most document types although on a small screen.
As an introduction to the world of smart phones this device has performed well enough and has done enough to convince me to stick with the HTC brand although a more powerful version for my
Summary: A good first smartphone without the price tag of the top of the range models
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