HTC Wildfire

HTC Wildfire

The 3.2 inch QVGA capacitive touchscreen is large enough to use comfortably without being too fiddly, and it has a comfortable, not too chunky feel in the hand.

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Our Rating: 87%

The One Plan

Currently, Three's most extensive price plan. The only One you are likely to need, this '3' price plan gives you 2,000 (yes 2,000!) anytime, any network minutes, 5,000 Texts, 1GB internet usage and 5,000 minutes of calls to other 3 mobiles each month.

Value for Money
The One Plan
 
HTC Wildfire S BLACK No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 2000anytimeany network 1GB FREE £28a month
 

Ultimate Internet

The ideal Three priceplan if you want to use the internet on your smartphone as much as you like, without worrying about how many megabytes you’re using. With no data limits and built-in usage alerts for calls and texts, you can relax and enjoy using your phone.

Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 100
 
HTC Wildfire S BLACK No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 100anytimeany network Unlimited FREE £13a month
 
Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 300
 
HTC Wildfire S BLACK No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 300anytimeany network Unlimited FREE £18a month
 
Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 500
 
HTC Wildfire S BLACK No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 500anytimeany network Unlimited FREE £23a month
 
Value for Money
Ultimate Internet 1000
 
HTC Wildfire S BLACK No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 1000anytimeany network Unlimited FREE £25a month
 

Essential Internet

If you're not a heavy data user, the Essential Internet tariffs from Three are for you. With a fixed data allowance, Three guarantee you can’t accidentally spend more than you planned. When you reach your data limit, Three will send you a text alert. If you want more data, you can add 250MB data for £2 or all-you-can-eat data for £5 - both last for 30 days. Or just wait till your allowance refreshes next month – Three will block data usage until then so you can’t accidentally run up any extra data charges.

Value for Money
Essential Internet 100
 
HTC Wildfire S BLACK No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 100anytimeany network 250MB FREE £10a month
 
Value for Money
Essential Internet 300
 
HTC Wildfire S BLACK No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 300anytimeany network 250MB FREE £15a month
 
Value for Money
Essential Internet 500
 
HTC Wildfire S BLACK No Contract
Texts Minutes Internet Handset Cost Monthly Cost  
5000 500anytimeany network 250MB FREE £20a month
 

Pay As You Go

Pay As You Go
 
HTC Wildfire S BLACK No Contract
Details Cost  
HTC Wildfire S BLACK | ThreePay £99.99
 

Our HTC Wildfire Review

For a touchscreen smartphone at the budget end of the market, the HTC Wildfire has a lot to commend it. Not least its stylish design; the handset comes in a variety of colours. The 3.2 inch QVGA capacitive touchscreen is large enough to use comfortably without being too fiddly, and it has a comfortable, not too chunky feel in the hand.

The good-looking camera lens is mounted on the back, next to the LED flash and quality loudspeaker. It's slightly annoying that there's no dedicated camera shutter button, forcing you to use the optical trackpad to control your actions. Due to the small screen, the resulting pictures and video captures can seem a little worn around the edges. Transferring them to a computer shows that the camera works very well in both still and motion modes, its just that it's difficult to appreciate this when using the phone as a viewer.

Sensible use of Sense UI means you can use the ever-friendly Leap for switching quickly and easily between screens and Friendstream for keeping in touch with contacts. Also most welcome is the update keyboard which is a vast improvement on its predecessors.

The neat front of the phone is simply but thoughtfully designed. Its optical trackpad and four small buttons are all you have to play with. The HTC Wildfire offers a choice of seven homescreens, which is more than enough to organise its apps into work and play.

The HTC Wildfire seems to be leaning to the social networking. This means an intuitive integration for contacts through many of its apps, even the calendar. Although you could have managed without this feature, the phone does it for you, as it should. You are the boss, after all. It's a shame that not all phones aimed at social networkers understand what users want.

What We Liked

The HTC Wildfire is a budget phone that does more than a phone at this price really needs to. The display is clear and intuitive and the luxury of seven homescreens gives the user the power to organise clearly and with easy access.

What We Disliked

While the camera and camcorder are able to capture clear images, it's a pity that the results are not always visible, especially with a comprehensive range of features for editing and manipulating. Some may find that the fairly low resolution screen is a bit of a pain, but this was only the case when web browsing or looking at the results of its camera.

Our Final Verdict

The HTC Wildfire isn't pretending to be anything it's not. The screen display is OK, it's only when comparing it with more expensive, higher-spec smartphones that it may feel disappointing. But the Wildfire could, with its ease of use and the potential to update and customize, become a firm favourite in this market. Including the latest version of Android also means it won't be out of date by Christmas.

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General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 105.5 x 60.4 x 11.36 (mm)
Talk Time 361 mins
Standby Time 282 hours
Weight 118 g
Quad Band Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 5.00 megapixels
Camera Flash Yes
Video Player Yes

Phone

Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Smart Phone Yes
Internal Memory 512MB
Memory Card Type Micro SD (max 32GB)

Messaging

Instant Messaging (IM) Yes
Video Messaging Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes
Touch Screen Yes

Connectivity

3G Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Email Yes
HSDPA Yes
Web Browser Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes

Music and Radio

FM Radio Yes
MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes

HTC Wildfire Full Specification

General

Form Factor Candybar
Dimensions 105.5 x 60.4 x 11.36 (mm)
Talk Time 361 mins
Standby Time 282 hours
Weight 118 g
Quad Band Yes

Photo and Video

Integrated Camera Yes
Camera 5.00 megapixels
Camera Flash Yes
Video Player Yes

Phone

Polyphonic Ringtones Yes
Smart Phone Yes
Internal Memory 512MB
Memory Card Type Micro SD (max 32GB)

Messaging

Instant Messaging (IM) Yes
Video Messaging Yes

Screen

Colour Screen Yes
Touch Screen Yes

Connectivity

3G Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Email Yes
HSDPA Yes
Web Browser Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes

Music and Radio

FM Radio Yes
MP3 Player Yes
MP3 Ringtones Yes

Additional Content

Downloadable Content Yes
Downloadable Games Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
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