Product Type: HTC Smartphone
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Great for an introduction to smartphones but quite outdated nowadays
Member Name: junkyardbluess
Advantages: Sleek design, fairly good performance for everyday tasks, Android OS
Disadvantages: Screen resolution, outdated hardware and software
In November of 2010 I was looking for a smartphone which had a good operating system, could meet my needs, had a nice feel and look, and also didn't brake the bank. I found all of this in the HTC Wildfire.
The first thing you notice about this phone is that it's very nicely built, feels good and light in the hand, and has a very modern and presentable design. It also fits perfectly in my small hands, without looking weird (like most high-end smartphones these days) and without fear of me dropping it by accident. It very much looks like the Desire's little brother but I much prefer the Wildfire's capacitive buttons instead of the Desire's physical ones. The track ball, although I don't use it, completes the overall look of the phone. The HTC Wildfire comes in several colours (blue, red, black and variations of brown/gray) so you have a few options if you're tired of the standard black or white phones.
The material of the phone is good and 'feels' expensive as opposed to most phones in the same price range, which are rather plastic-y. The phone has both 'soft' and metallic parts and the latter is the only part (besides the screen, of course) that might get scratched over time. I have dropped it quite a few times over the years (including on concrete!) and, apart from a small dent on one corner, the phone is in great condition. Its sturdiness makes it perfect for a child that is prone to dropping and throwing things around.
The camera on the back is nicely positioned and would not get in the way in a pocket or a case. It's 'only' 5MP but it's fairly decent, especially if you're not going to use the phone as your main way of taking photos. The default camera app is good but I'd recommend getting Vignette.
Sound-wise it's decent but certainly not for people who love listening to good-quality music. A memory card can be inserted so you can have more of your music library with you. The radio app is also good but I've rarely used it.
The screen is probably the biggest let-down when it comes to this phone. It is in the entry price range but the HTC could have put a better screen on this phone. However, if this is your first smartphone and haven't used the likes of iPhone before, I doubt you'd notice. The screen itself is a good size for people with small hands and or fingers.
The processor is not the best either, but if you use the phone for calls, texting, e-mail and some Facebook browsing, I think it's good. You can up the processor power by rooting and overclocking the phone but if you don't want to lose your warranty (and are content with the phone's performance), there's no need to meddle with the phone.
Games-wise it's not the best phone. Many games don't run on it anymore with very few exceptions (e.g. Solitaire). I never used it much for games anyways so that didn't bother me at all.
When I bought it it came with Android 2.1 Eclair but was later updated to 2.2 Froyo and I believe that's the last version of the software that this phone supports without using a custom ROM. I liked 2.2 a lot, along with the custom HTC Sense skin that comes with all HTC phones. However, some apps may not run on that version of Android anymore.
Overall, I'd say it's a great phone for someone who doesn't have much previous experience with using smartphones (both adults and children) but by now there should be slightly better phones for the same price.
Summary: Great first phone for a reasonable price
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