Product Type: HTC Smartphone
Newest Review: ... but when played through the speakers it is lacking. At the end of the day the HTC Wildfire is quite a dated phone now and can only be f... more
Lent it off of a friend, glad to give it him back
Member Name: NotMyToothbrush
Advantages: Fairly responsive, good buildquality and design, trackball
Disadvantages: Awful screen (and I really do mean AWFUL)
I borrowed this phone from my friend for 2 weeks while I went away last year as my phone decided it wanted to stop working. During this time I got to get very familiar with this device and where it excelled and struggled.
The phone itself is very well made, the design of the phone is nice and sleek and the build quality is excellent. It doesn't feel plasticy and cheap like some other phones and it feels very durable.
The responsiveness of the phone is pretty good. I have tried phones which perform better in this area but also tried ones which are far worse. When you tap, it usually happens immediately however on a few occasions, when I was running some more intensive applications, it could lag a little and responsiveness would be reduced. This wasn't helped by the small screen which I will talk about later.
The phone has all of the common features of an android phone; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, touch screen etc... but ti also comes with an additional feature, a trackball. This enables you to scroll through many of the menu (All customised for trackball phones by the HTC custom launcher) using a physical device rather than the touch screen. For certain people or in certain situations this may be easier as you do not have to be precise when selecting something and you are not blocking the screen with your finger.
Now onto my most hated part of the phone, the screen. The screen on this phone is tiny and square. Two things which do not work well on a smartphone. If you are going to be using the touchscreen then a tiny screen makes selecting something small nearly impossible and even what you do it, it will be after multiple attempts. The display quality was also very poor - I like to watch YouTube video on my phones and this phone offered the worst experience I have ever had with this. Partly because of the square screen, partly because of the small screen and partly because of the poor colouring and resolution of the display. This put me off watching videos on this phone completely.
The battery life of the phone is better than some I have had, but still not ideal. Even though it doesn't have much of a screen to power, it will blow through the charge within a day with intermittent usage or within a couple of hours if (for some reason) you chose to watch videos on it.
Summary: Definitely not a phone for media
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