HTC Wildfire

The Wildfire is one of HTC’s latest Android-based devices, which caters to the mid-range segment. The device is light in weight and comfortable to use with just one hand. The 3.2-inch touchscreen has a resolution of just 240x320 pixels, so clarity isn’t too good. Nevertheless, the large screen with multi-touch support, the touch-sensitive controls below it, and the optical trackball do help compensate for it. Sense UI is just about the best interface on Android mobiles, but we found it to be just a tad slow on the Wildfire when it came to auto rotating images, screens or pinch zooming. HTC likes making the interface as colorful and easy to manage as possible, and they’ve done so with this Android 2.1 device as well. The native music player is all you’ll need despite what’s available on the Android market. It’s loud and tones are crisp and clear. FM radio reception was good too.

The video player was disappointing, since it only plays standard MPEG4 and 3GP formats. The Wildfi re supports 3G, EDGE/GPRS and Wi-Fi, and there are plenty of apps preloaded, including FriendStream for social networking, Peep and Plurk for Twitter, Gtalk, and YouTube.
GPS is also built-in, and HTC’s Footprints application lets you take images with geotagging.
The Wildfire is equipped with a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with an LED flash, and features like touch-focus and face detection. Image quality was good and even pictures taken under low light looked well focused. The battery was the biggest disappointment, requiring almost a daily charge, with talk time averaging at about 2 hours 40 minutes. Also, the handset would heat up considerably while uploading images, playing video, or even during long calls, which is a cause for serious concern. At Rs 16,590, the Wildfire has a lot to of er, but it isn’t without its issues. The slightly sluggish UI can be overlooked, but issues like the poor battery life and overheating stand out.



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