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Gallery by Russell Jefferies on Monday May 17, 2010.

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Last week we met up with HTC in London to find out about their new low-cost Android handset, designed to bring the smartphone experience of the HTC Desire to a younger audience. The new handset, known as the HTC Wildfire (the result of a Facebook poll) features some new social networking additions and the ability to share apps from the Android Market.

Despite being a cost-conscious handset, the 106.75mm x 60.4mm x 11.99mm (4.2in x 2.4in x 0.47in) Wildfire is still running the latest flavour of the Android operating system (2.1 Éclair) with HTC's custom Sense user interface running on top. This time around, HTC have added deeper integration with Facebook, so that a contact's profile image, most recent update, and even their birthday, can be displayed when they call. They have also added a new 'App Sharing' widget that allows users to recommend their apps to their friends via email, SMS, or social networks. This sends a link to the user's friend that directs them to the application in the Android Market, enabling them to download it.

As per the HTC Legend and Desire, the Wildfire features HTC's Friend Stream widget for easier social networking, as well as Flickr and Twitter integration and access to YouTube. There are also the new UI tweaks from before, such as the 'Leap' thumbnail view that makes it easier to switch between home screens.

In terms of hardware, the Wildfire has a 3.2-inch QVGA (320 x 240 pixel) resolution capacitive LCD touchscreen display, with the Hero's 528MHz processor powering everything along smoothly. It also has 512MB of ROM and 384MB of RAM, and can accept microSD cards up to 32GB in capacity. It has built-in 802.11b/g WiFi support, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, GPS, a 3.5mm headphone port, a micro-USB port for charging and data, and a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with an LED flash.

While the lower resolution, non-AMOLED display has an obvious impact on how things look on the Wildfire when compared with higher-end devices, the touchscreen still looks good and feels quite responsive to touches. And luckily the phone's quick CPU seems more than up to the task of moving things along. All of the different Wildfire colors, save the white model, have a nice soft-touch paint scheme on them that feels nice in the hand.

The HTC Wildfire is fed by a 1300mAh battery, and features a proximity sensor, light sensor, G-sensor, compass, FM radio, and an optical joystick. It will be available in European and Asian markets from Q3 2010, in a selection of four colors: black, brown, red, and white.

You'll find many more live photos of the HTC Wildfire on the following page. The full spec sheet is available in our previous HTC Wildfire story.

 

HRP @ 11:09:26AM EDT on Monday May 17, 2010

It is not the price of the phone, it is the cost of the service that is my issue. I pay $35/month for cell voice service and it would cost me an additional $30/month for email and calendar service. I don't text or social network. Much too expensive for me

Weeber @ 7:12:58PM EDT on Saturday August 7, 2010

Did the phone just crashed at 0:33?

nikki @ 10:17:28AM EDT on Thursday August 26, 2010

I am looking to get this phone on contract with t-mobile but they only have the standard colour. I have been to their shop and asked them if they knew if any of the other colours would be available and they did not seem to know any info on this. I also asked Carphone Warehouse to no avail. I know there are different colours available on the wildfire through companies on lone such as affordablemobile but I would prefer to get mine direct. Are you aware of them becoming available in different colours as I know 3 now have it in red but i dont want to go on 3 network as the price plans dont suit.

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Russell Jefferies reviews mobile phones for MobileBurn from his home located in Bristol in the United Kingdom.

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