September 27, 2010 by admin
Below the Wildfire’s screen are the four Android buttons in capacitive touch form, backlit in white. The buttons have haptic feedback if the option is selected. The trademark optical track pad from HTC also serves as a camera button. The ear speaker above the screen is a nice design decision and is quite similar to what we’ve seen on the Desire. Below the speaker lies the proximity sensor and the notification LED.
The power/lock button is located on the top right, while on the top left is the standard 3.5mm audio jack. The left side houses the volume up/down controller and the microUSB port that comes without a plastic flap. The keys are chromed and have a nice click.
The HTC Wildfire contains a 5MP camera with LED flash where the lens is slightly elevated above the back cover and it looks like a design flaw where the camera is bound to get some scratches. The back looks like the HTC Desire, with a wide strip of plastic with brushed metallic looks running across it. It also comes in 3 different colours; white, brown and red but I personally feel that the fiery red is the best colour available for this smartphone.
The screen reaction to the accelerometer is quite slow. The HTC Wildfire has the usual assortment of connectivity options you seem to find on smartphones lately, namely HSDPA 7.2Mbps, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM Radio and AGPS.
The browser was quite a let-down because even though they load quickly and render properly, the browser tends to lag and ends up bring choppy. Double-tapping to zoom moves normally and once zoomed in, scrolling becomes somewhat fluid again. There was a scroll lag in documents, opened in the preinstalled QuickOffice suite, but this should be because of the slow CPU.
Most outdoor photos tend to come out blurry; however, the touch-to-focus feature should be able to get you a more normal result in close-up shots. Most scenes though will still lack detail. Another thing to worry about with the Wildfire’s 5MP camera is its colour representation. The outdoor shots that feature a good deal of sky tends to get their white balance mixed, ending up with a bluish tint.
The MPEG-4 video recording mode can only reach CIF (352×288 pixels) resolution, which means subpar quality and the slow 15fps capture rate doesn’t help. Lastly, the videos are also suffering from the bluish tint.
Music listening was acceptable with the supplied headset is better experience, although a lot of the ambient noise could still be heard.
The gallery interface and options aren’t much different from the recent Sense UI ones and the Wildfire has the annoying habit to search for media each time you enter it. The handset was able to play our MPEG-4 videos up to 800×480 pixels resolution.
The incoming call volume was acceptable and the voice quality was also satisfactory. There are no video calls available on the HTC Wildfire as there isn’t any front-facing camera and the application to use the primary one isn’t preinstalled. The loudspeaker is of average quality and sounds tinny and hollow.
The default 1300mAh battery is rated to clock in a minimum 8 hours of talk time even in 3G mode, which is great for an Android handset.
Pros and Cons
However, the poor camera quality along with its Sense UI that doesn’t look good on low pixel densities combined with the scroll lag in the browser may make some think twice.