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HTC Wildfire review: First look

What does HTC's latest Android-based device have to offer users? We try to find out in this first look review.

There are also presets for the most common POP and IMAP email profiles, including Gmail.

What is new in the Wildfire's UI is the ability to share applications that you have installed on your handset with others, whatever Android phone they have.

The process is easily carried out using the Application Sharing app that you'll find in the main menu. Simply open the feature up, select an application you want to share and decide how you want to send it to your contact either using the preinstalled social networking applications, email or SMS.

All is not as good, or exciting, as it sounds though all the recipient will be sent is a link to Android Market, rather than the app itself. It's a bit of an anti climax, but some people may find a use for it.

Although the Wildfire may be aimed at a budget market, it doesn't cut corners where you'd expect it to.

Connectivity is a particular high point, with HSDPA (up to 7.2Mbps) and Wi-Fi (b/g) packed into the slender frame.

A five megapixel camera sits neatly on the back, with an LED flash and auto focus too.

Although we weren't able to rigorously test battery life in the short period of time we were allowed to play with the HTC Wildfire, the spec sheet would suggest you can eek some decent standby and talk time out of the device.

The capacity of the battery is 1300mAh, but with a lower-powered processor and less juice-consuming TFT touch screen, we wouldn't mind placing bets on the battery life lasting three days with light usage.

Verdict

The HTC Wildfire may cut some corners, with a lower-specced screen than those devices higher on the scale, lesser processor and less ROM (384 MB on the Wildfire compared to 576 MB RAM on the Desire), but it could well appeal to those who are looking for a fully functional smartphone at a lower price.

Android 2.1 from the off, and the more advanced version of HTC Sense, certainly are attractive and we’d say a much better choice than the other budget HTC smartphone choice – the Qualcomm Brew MP-toting HTC Smart.

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