I must admit that I bought my HTC Wildfire in a panic after damaging my HTC Hero beyond economical repair plus working away from home for a long time ruled out the chances of finding the ever popular SIM free HTC Desire or HTC Legend in a normal high street store so I bought the HTC Wildfire knowing that if I didn't like it I could take it back and exchange it for a HTC Desire or HTC Legend and simply pay the difference.
After playing around with it for an hour or two I actually grew to like the Wildfire - it was sleek, well finished, felt great to hold and it seemed to respond faster than my HTC Hero, needless to say I ended keeping my Wildfire for a number of valid reasons;
"5 MegaPixel camera with LED flash and autofocus"
I'm not a photographer or an expert but I've taken a few photos with the HTC Wildfire's snapper and its pretty good at taking pictures. The software is easy to use and its quite fast as well.
"Android 2.1 with HTC Sense"
The combination of Google's brilliant operating system and HTC's excellent skinning software has catapulted handsets like the Wildfire, the Hero, the Legend and the Desire into the iPhone league and arguably way beyond the Apple offering. Slick looking HTC widgets and apps such as a choice of twelve beautifully crafted live clocks to put on the home screen as you see fit, info sharing widgets such as the stocks, news, animated weather, web bookmarks, email, SMS messaging, twitter and facebook offerings to mention just a few.
"Android Market app store"
Universally slammed for not having as many apps as the iPhone offering it's still the fastest growing app store outside Apple - here's a few essential apps that I can't do without;
3 cubed music player - (available free from the market) taking the "cover flow" concept to a whole new level - listen to and navigate your music collection via a rotating 3D album art cube. Also has the ability to find missing album art via the web and check the concert schedule of the artistes in your music folder.
Amazon Kindle app - (available free) The famous e-book reader is now available on Android and it works brilliantly.
Amazon MP3 - (available free) Works exactly like the iTunes music store on the iPhone, I've bought many an album this way.
DoubleTwist - (available free for Mac, PC and Android) Basically does what iTunes does for the iPhone, provides seamless media synching options between your phone and computer.
Spotify - (free to download, need subscription to work) The ever popular music database, access thousands of tracks for a flat subscription rate LEGALLY! You can even download music for off line listening.
Google search by voice - (free to download) Does exactly what it says on the tin, with the added bonus of working quite well. You can even ask for directions to landmarks or maps and will even bring up contacts in you phone book.
Google Maps with street view and navigation - (free to download) Simply awesome, enough said!
I could go on but I wouldn't even scratch the surface of what this phone could do, so in brief;
Things I love about the HTC Wildfire:
- Great styling and build quality
- Responsive and smooth operation
- Good camera
- FM Radio
- Android 2.1 with HTC Sense (strong operating system enhanced by HTC's brilliant skinning efforts)
- Really good call handling abilities
- Excellent multi-touch browser with flash support
- Awesome Google app integration (Calendar, Contacts, Gmail). Seamless Google "cloud" interaction has made synching to my laptop a thing of the past.
- Android Market, some very useful apps on this platform
Things that may cause problems with the HTC Wildfire (although not for me)
- Old school low resolution display
- Touch sensitive controls at the bottom of the screen may take a while to get used to
- Some Android apps are not optimised for the small screen size of the Wildfire and therefore won't show up in the Android market.
Overall, the HTC Wildfire feels like a premium handset and offers unbeatable value for money - I'm a happy customer!