HTC Wildfire | Rich in features but not so rich in performance

If you use your phone camera for serious shooting or if you want to run some Android app that will test mettle of cell phone's processsor , HTC Wildfire is not for you. Okay now lets see what this Android machine has got to offer. This is a smart phone with smart looks. Even though its not a costly phone, its looks are not of a cheap phone, it has got a sleek fresh design similar to HTC desire.
HTC Wildfire
HTC Wildfire | looks impressive
Running with a 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7225 processor and with 384 MB of RAM HTC wildfire has enough power to run Android 2.1 (Eclair) smoothly but due to increasing number of applications that demand processing speed and RAM on higher side, HTC wildfire's specs fall short for these apps. If you have been following HTC Android phones releases then it is easy to see that HTC wildfire is an upgraded version of its earlier release HTC Tattoo. Even HTC admits that they  have learnt their lessons with HTC Tattoo and improved HTC Wildfire in those areas in which HTC Tattoo performed badly. First change that was much needed was to give HTC wildfire a capacitative touch screen; HTC burnt its fingers by offering a resistive touch screen in HTC Tattoo. Second improvement over tattoo is wildfire's 5 MP camera. While both HTC Tattoo and HTC wildfire run on same CPU and GPU , Wildfire has got more RAM. Also HTC wildfire has got a bigger screen of 3.2 inches.
HTC wildfire
HTC wildfire with HTC Sense
Built quality of the phone is solid, when you hold the phone it feels sturdy, this is not exception for a HTC mobile. Over the years we have seen HTC releases with better built quality than offered by most other manufacturers. HTC Wildfire is smaller in size than Desire, and its design gives a easy to use handling of the mobile. On the backside is a 5 mega-pixel auto focus camera with LED flash light.Photo quality of the camera is acceptable in most cases. The downer for this mobile can be its video capturing abilty, it gives a patchy looking video of a low frame rate. HTC wildfire has got Android 2.1 (Eclair) operating system with HTC sense UI. User interface is clean and easy to use . For a closer look into Sense UI, check this youtube video
Detailed specifications
  • CPU Processing Speed  : 528 MHz
  • Platform  Android™ : 2.1 (Éclair) with HTC Sense™
  • Storage  ROM: 512 MB RAM: 384 MB
  • Expansion slot: MicroSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible); Supports up to 32 GB
  • Camera : 5 megapixel color camera Auto focus and flash Geotagging
  • Connectors3.5 mm stereo audio jack ; Standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)
  • Sensors : G-Sensor Digital compass Proximity sensor Ambient light sensor
  • HTC Widgets : Bookmarks, Calculator, Calendar, Clock, FM Radio, Friend Stream, Mail, Messages, Music, News, People, Stocks, Weather, Settings (such as Profile, Ringtone, Wi-Fi™, Bluetooth®), and more Downloadable widgets
  • Multimedia :Photos application for viewing photos and videos ; Music ; FM Radio
  • Audio supported formats:Playback:.aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, mp3, .wav, .wma ; Recording:.amr
  • Video supported formats : Playback:.3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv ; Recording:.3gp
  • Power & Battery : Battery type: Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery ;Capacity: 1300 mAh
  • Talk time: WCDMA: Up to 440 mins; GSM: Up to 490 mins; Standby time2; WCDMA: Up to 690 hours GSM: Up to 480 hours
  • Network : HSPA/WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 3G:Up to 7.2 Mbps download speed ; Up to 384 kbps upload speed
  • GPRS : Up to 114 kbps downloading ;EDGE:Up to 560 kbps downloading ; Wi-Fi™:IEEE 802.11 b/g
  • Bluetooth® :Bluetooth® 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate
  • Social Networking :Facebook© for HTC Sense ;Friend Stream ;Photo sharing on Facebook©, Flickr®, and Twitter™ ;Video sharing on YouTube™ ;HTC Peep for twittering
  • Special Features :HTC Caller ID that shows the caller's Facebook© status and a birthday reminder ;App Sharing that lets you recommend apps straight from your phone ;Adobe® Flash® support on the web browser ; In-built, dimmable flashlight ;Ringer that automatically lowers the ring volume when you lift up the phone or mutes when you flip the phone face down
  • Location :Internal GPS antenna ; Google Maps™ ;HTC Footprints™
  • Tethering : Internet sharing through USB
Latest HTC Wildfire Price
Price of HTC wildfire is coming down rapidly, currently its cost vary from 13000 INR to 15000 INR. Most of the local vendors will sell HTC wildfire for 13500 to 14500 INR. Online vendors like Infybeam.com and Flipkart.com are selling at a cheaper price. Cheapest price I came across is offered by Flipkart.com (seller's link) , selling at a price of 12999 INR. Second best deal is by Infybeam selling at a price of 13,764 INR (seller's link). Best deal on Ebay.in is of 14,399 INR.

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