I have just acquired myself the new HTC Wildfire. I did my research before, mainly from yanky technology review websites, but as much as they were a help, they were not exactly in layman’s terms. So, I am going to attempt to give you a simple review, highlighting just the main, important things, especially for a young South African.
Everything I did read on the phone was positive, and I definitely concur. The number one phrase used to describe this Android operated phone was “The HTC Wildfire is the lovechild of HTC Desire and the Nexus One”.
The phone is great. It is touchscreen, which has its flaws, especially when you’ve got fat fingers, as do I; but HTC have come to the party. They are known for having good touch screen technology; and the fact that the phone does a lot of thinking, suits me down to a tee. If you push a few wrong letters by accident, the phone can generally work-out what your trying to say. Not only that, it is predictive. If I had to type “Intel” it will offer me a few options, which get narrowed down the more letters I add. You, as the user, are also able to select the word you want to use, from its options, instead of it deciding for you.
The screen itself, made of gorilla glass (appropriate for the name of the phone -I think) is a really nice, and accessible size, and lets you enjoy all your apps and the internet, in pretty much its full potential.The weight of the phone is nice and light, weighing in at a mere 118g. As a whole, it measures 106.8 x 60.4 x 12 mm. It has a 5 megapixel camera, with flash, and a few play-around settings for you who like taking photos in black-and-white, negative, etc. One of the bonus points for me was the FM radio. Being a radio personality myself, and a brand manager of a radio station, I always love listening to the radio, and that was one fault I found with my Blackberry Curve, amongst many others.
Moving on to the operating system. The HTC Wildfire uses Android 2.2, updated from Android 2.1 (Eclair), which is fantastic. I’ve never used an Android operating system, so was a little nervous before hand; but it is so easy. For those of you who are unsure what Android is, it’s Google’s operating system for mobile phones. The amounts of applications that are available to download from Market (the Android version of Blackberry App World), is unbelievable.
For a business and media person, as well as a social media lover (such as myself), who’s not on the biggest budget, this phone is ideal. It has the usual email feature; but also has Kindle, Adobe Reader, an Office Suite, Google Reader, Google Maps, and a few other great features. The HTC Wildfire is also a 3G phone, which was an extra thumbs up from me.
Most of the cellphone networks have got great specials on it at the moment. R99 a month on their top-up contract packages, that gives you from R99 – R135 free airtime (depending on your network) a month. This sounds awesome, and almost too good to be true. This is where I was slightly conned. The HTC Wildfire uses quite a lot of data. On my package I get 30MB of data free a month, for the first three months. That data lasted me one day; and I hardly used any apps. I downloaded three applications, and only used the one -Twitter. Be careful, if buying this phone, if you are unable to afford an extra R250 -odd rand a month, on your contract (or even on prepaid for that matter). Buy data packages, though. They seem a little pricey, but compared to the price you pay, when the data is charged straight to your airtime, it is worth it.
So, if you’re looking for a good phone, that is solid, reliable, and has great features, and is fairly affordable; the HTC Wildfire is your perfect buy.
Jonathan Duguid (@theDramaKing)