HTC Wildfire in the Test

The cheap Android Smartphone with social networking features, which offer real added value, wants to mingle among the young people.

  1. HTC wildfire in the test
  2. Data sheet
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Social networks have already arrived in the mobile phone world – and there they also definitely make sense. Because the virtual circle of friends cultivates and maintains it best, when you him also on the way its activities, the location or the current being communicated – best accompanied with pictures and videos.

Also would in turn read the status updates of your friends and comment on Sanning called a social networker users from Facebook and co. not only from the local computer, but just on the go have your social life 2.0 at a glance.

Three in one fell swoop

The HTC wildfire, whose named has indeed chosen the HTC Facebook community, this aspect comes strongly to the fore and provides a focused channel for the networks Facebook, Twitter and Flickr, which goes by the name Friendstream. New this application – is not the two models of the HTC legend and desire have also implemented Friendstream, however, are not nearly as cheap as available for less than 280 euro wildfire, addressing a younger audience with 460 and 500 euro respectively.

Friendstream can be run either as a stand-alone application, or it can be placed as a widget on the homescreen. In both versions, the latest status messages from the established networks flare chronologically and with the respective platform symbol provided along with the appropriate profile picture across the screen; using the Panel “What you do just” your own status updates let in all three or only selected networks post. Commenting on a message or the popular Facebook “Like” button to press, simply click on the relevant post.

The idea of merging the three networks is a chic and above all convenient thing, because so you must by hand between the respective applications not constantly back and forth. Unfortunately, the very popular in Germany and frequently used VZ-networks course, student and MeinVZ are allowed at least so far sidelined – perhaps its inclusion is a suggestion for future versions or updates.

Advanced social skills

So the Wildfire advertised as a social-media – phone is not yet at the end of his social skills, because the Smartphone facilitates not only the access to the networks, but linked and combined the modern communication channels of Web 2.0 with the classic communication via SMS, email, and phone.

Concrete example: will open a contact in the address book, the user via the tab appears below in the picture can to see not only the manually entered information, but also individually track when he made a phone call with the selected contact or when SMS and emails have been sent out, the last status messages and photo uploads in the social networks of the corresponding contact are displayed.

However the Facebook contacts with the mobile phone book must be linked first what intuitively and quickly. When you scroll through the address book, the current status message will be shown directly by every contact associated with Facebook or Twitter. With the same game even when the call: the caller-ID is added to the social components, on incoming and outgoing calls with Facebook friends in addition to the current status message also equal to the current profile picture and the upcoming birthday appears – this is nicely done and offers a real added value.

Also apps are divided

Parts of modern mobile Networkers not only status messages, pictures and videos, but maybe also the so important in the world of Smartphone apps – so the additional programs of set of, purchase via the online Android market can be and want to give your phone a personal touch. HTC has embedded in the wildfire for a new feature, which app recommendations easily pronounce Facebook and their ilk can with just a few finger tips via email, SMS or – little surprising -.

To make the whole Getippe not to torture, a decent Writing desk is mandatory. She can certainly offer wildfire. The Smartphone in every case should be kept for longer status messages and messages across, so the on-screen QWERTY-pushers are big enough and can be edited quickly and pretty sure. It’s advisable to use both thumbs – texts are so amazingly quickly created after a short training period.

The default writing help is useful, can also be disabled on request but, as well as the short vibration feedback. HTC Smartphone-like by additional window that pops after prolonged pressing of the corresponding vowel solves the problem with the necessary German umlauts.

From the start off Android 2.1

In addition to the social-networking features that has more to offer wildfire, but there’s a lot: a decent multimedia player for example, practical E-Mail talents exchange links for busy employees and a simple client for common POP3 and IMAP mailboxes. For the local synchronization with Outlook, HTC attaches a MicroUSB cable; the matching software HTC sync there on htc.com in the support section.

Who uses a Gmail account, should pick up at least one with the acquisition of the wildfire. Because without the mailbox at the big brother, the virtual department stores of the Android market – Google’s online store for the soft tuning – remain closed. Speaking also for a Gmail account that pushed messages directly on the mobile phone and calendar and contacts over the air sync with Google’s servers.

Currently is the Wildfire using Android 2.1 at the start and should according to the manufacturer in the autumn an update on the latest operating system version 2.2 with the code name Froyo. Read what functional enhancements will bring a potential update, on page 10. Consistently HTC sense – a tried- and -proven surface with practical widgets for the free customizable home screens of Android in terms of user interface also continues to focus on his own greenhouse.

The Taiwanese due to some restrictions in the facilities to realize the price of less than 280 euros for a Smartphone. So cycles processor of moderate 528 MHz, what is noticeable at fast input and scrolling in complex Web pages with slight delays. The manufacturer also on the touch-sensitive 3.2-display of inch, which resolves with only 240 x 320 pixels – which is quite coarse pixels – for a Smartphone and sometimes unnatural act the colors has saved. It was then, but even with the stinginess: HSDPA, Wi-Fi and GPS, the major connectivity standards are met.

Everything in the green area

And how it looks with the lab results? The multi-day Akkumessungen attest to the familiar level of Smartphone the HTC with less than five hours of typical endurance. In addition to the ordinary transmission and reception qualities fit the acoustic measurements in the overall positive laboratory result.

It remains to be seen whether the wildfire, as the name suggests, will spread like wildfire. We can certainly hold that the network expert has not only social, but also basic business and multimedia skills – and that a fair price, which is why he is worth for economical buyers definitely a recommendation.

Data sheet

FACILITIES
SYSTEM
Operating system Android 2.1
Processor / clock speed (MHz) Qualcomm MSM7225 1 / 528
internal memory (MB) 384
Memory card slot MicroSD
QWERTY keyboard / touchscreen / multitouch / /
Battery type / variable Li-ion /.
SCOPE OF DELIVERY
Headset / data cable Stereo headset /.
Size of memory card
Charging cable for the car / holder for your car /
CONNECTIVITY
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / / /
GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / LTE / / /
HSDPA / HSUPA 7.2 /.
Wi-Fi standard 802.11b / g
Bluetooth…
… Headset / Handsfree / A2DP / /
… Object push / OBEX / AVRCP / /
… SIM access, phone book / HID / /
USB type / storage / charging / /
DISPLAY
Type / size (inch) TFT / 3.2
Resolution (PX) 240 x 320
Number of colors 65 thousand
PHONE FUNCTION
Call list / language selection /
Brokering
Situation profiles / airplane mode / vibrating alert 4-6.
Handsfree / mute /
MESSAGING
Email / POP3 / IMAP / HTML / / /
SMS / MMS /
PIM
Contact management
Phone numbers / E-Mail addresses (number per contact) 7 / 3 / 3
Image / notes field / date of birth / /
Appointment management
Day / week / month view / /
weekly / annual events /
Alarm clock when device is off
Sync: Outlook / Mac /
Notes: Outlook-sync
ToDo-list
OFFICE
Look at Word / edit /
Consider Excel / edit /
PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo / /
BROWSER
Web / frame / Java / Java scripting / / /
Flash / https / home / Favorites / /
MULTIMEDIA
Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC / / /
Video player / full screen display /
Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV / /
Integrated camera
Resolution (megapixel) 5.1
NAVIGATION
Receiver GPS / A-GPS /
Navi-software / onboard / offboard – / /
Navi / route planner /
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Dimensions in mm 107 x 60 x 12
Weight (grams) 118
MEASURED VALUES
Endurance D power (hours) 8:19 am
Endurance interview E-Netz (hours) 8:08
Endurance conversation UMTS (hours) 3:40
type. Endurance (hours) 4:22
standard radiation factor / SAR value (manufacturer) 0.07 / 0.750

Rating

TEST RESULTS
ENDURANCE (100) good 82
Endurance talk (35) 27
Persistence display mode (65) 55
FACILITIES (170) sufficient 92
System (15) 6
Scope of delivery (10) 3
Display (40) 20
Connectivity (15) 8
Phone features (10) 8
Messaging (15) 13
PIM (15) 10
Office (5) 4
Web browser (15) 7
Camera (15) 5
Music and video (10) 6
Navigation (5) 2
HANDLING (140) well 114
Ease of handling 45
User interface 53
Processing quality 16
MEASUREMENTS (90) satisfactory 65
Transmission and reception quality GSM (30) 21
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30) 20
Acoustic measurements send (15) 12
Acoustic measurements receiving (15) 12
tested in issue: 09/10
CONNECT sentence maximum 500 points satisfying 353