Product Type: HTC Smartphone
Newest Review: ... in my pocket. These days mobile phones are far too bulky, but this phone fits great. The next thing I like about this mobile phone is ... more
Worth the money but with it's fair share of technical difficulties
Member Name: lotharia
Advantages: Price, features, smartphone capabilities
Disadvantages: Internet is a little unreliable, touchscreen issues, memory problems
A year ago I bought a HTC Wildfire, like new, from Ebay for £80 but have seen slightly older ones sold for less than £60 on websites selling used phones. I bought it wanting some of the perks of an iphone with the price of a lower budget smartphone. So far, I have relatively few regrets. There are some niggles which would bug less patient people, but they haven't impacted my usage particularly strongly.
The first niggle is the keyboard. The operating system is quite common and I've seen a lot of people use the same touchpad keyboard with no problems, however, I find it too small sometimes and I have not been able to type with the ease of other mobile phones. I find this is not conducive to a student lifestyle, as it only takes one mug of Frosty Jack's cider to render the keyboard unusable.
The camera is okay but probably not as good as smart phone competitors in a slightly higher price range like Samsung Galaxy S and it's predecessors. There is sometimes a blur when taking photographs in lights which other camera phones would make short work of. It's 5 megapixels, though, so not bad for the price at all. I actually have digital cameras knocking about the house with the same definition.
If you are buying this as a smartphone to stay up to date with photo apps like those for iphones, however, you may be disappointed. Instgram-style photographs are nowhere near the quality of iphones when it comes to clarity and definition. However, if you purchase this with average expectations you will find the camera passable for an above-average quality phone. Little things like a camera for front-view pictures would be nice, but I'm not majorly hung up about it at all as the price is a bit of a steal anyway.
One other niggle is a problem which seems to have sorted itself out but lasted for about two months. I kept clicking on a text to reply, started typing a response, then realised the phone had randomly selected a different text to reply to. I had some heart-stopping moments where I caught myself accidentally typing less than studious messages to lecturers. I think a lot of touchpad phones have gripes like this, but the phone hasn't weathered the use that many other phones do before these idiosyncrasies occur. I only started using this phone relentlessly about five months ago and would expect a little better from a smartphone.
The OS is android so it comes with a lot of apps, although you do miss out on some of the larger memory applications that iphone users and some up-market smartphones can enjoy. This is because of lack of space; the internal memory is very poor quality. The app "Just Dance", a video editing programme, didn't work because of memory issues even when I installed, uninstalled, and reinstalled again. As I'm sure you can imagine, there are few things more disappointing than getting ready to record a techno mashup of your mum snoring with her mouth wide open, only to realise there isn't enough room on your phone to complete your magnum opus.
The shape of the phone is reasonably good, not too small but with a big enough screen to play games like angry birds, or scroll through emails without squinting. Most of the phone's front comprises of the screen so it's quite neutral lookswise. It's not a hugely attractive phone, but it's definitely not a brick either. I wouldn't be embarrassed, as a student or professional, to be seen using it.
For those inbetween phones, it's probably a good bet. If you're looking to save money, as I have done, by buying a cheap handset and going with Giffgaff or the like for pay as you go, then I would recommend this phone. However, for those looking at a contract, especially long term ones like 24 months, this is not the phone for you. This especially applies to young adults and students on a budget who desire smartphone/iphone quality applications. In a few months of your contract you will have some major gripes and will probably regret the decision. This is a good phone in many ways, but it is let down by the technical difficulties and memory issues which put it in a lesser league to other smartphones.
I would repurchase again if forced to make a decision, but in a few months I plan on starting a contract to use a phone with better capabilities
Summary: Okay as a cheap handset, not the best for long-term contract