HTC Desire Review

Following the launch of the Google Nexus One in the US, many Android users, especially in Europe, were eagerly waiting for a similar device to launch worldwide. The HTC Desire was officially announced during Mobile World Congress in February alongside the HTC Legend and HTC HD Mini but wasn’t really a surprise thanks to the leaked roadmap that surfaced a few months earlier. Codenamed HTC Bravo, the Desire is essentially a Nexus One with a few hardware changes and HTC’s Sense UI sitting on top of Android 2.1. So how does it stack up against HTC’s other top of the line handset?

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HTC Wildfire hands-on videos

Here are two HTC Wildfire hands-on videos courtesy of Tracy & Matt and Slashgear:

Nothing really amazing or exciting given that the Wildfire is just a shrunk down version of the HTC Desire with a slower chipset (even slower than the HTC Legend). The Sense UI has also been tweaked for the QVGA resolution and all 3D or advanced visual effetcs have been disabled.

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HTC Wildfire announced

HTC has just announced the HTC Wildfire smartphone. The Wildfire is an entry level Android 2.1 handsets featuring a 3.2″ QVGA capacitive touchscreen, 5Mpix camera with Auto-focus and LED Flash, GPS, BT, WiFi but unfortunately only powered by the MSM7225 Chipset clocked at 528MHZ and 384MB of RAM coupled with 512MB of ROM. The handset looks like a mini HTC Desire and features the same optical Track Pad.


Share apps, updates and experiences with the latest social powerhouse from HTC

LONDON – 18 May, 2010, 07.00 CEST – HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today introduced HTC Wildfire™, a new HTC Sense-based Android phone that integrates the most popular social networks to help bring your friends closer to you. HTC Wildfire closely follows the success of the acclaimed HTC Desire and makes the company’s signature HTC Sense experience accessible to a younger audience.

“Today’s social networks provide an essential forum for friendship with more than 400 million users* – many of whom are young adults – actively sharing their lives with their friends through Facebook,” said Florian Seiche, Vice President, HTC EMEA. “HTC Wildfire makes the HTC Sense experience available to young mobile users for the first time. It brings all your communications into one place, whether it’s through Facebook, Twitter, text messages, images or email, ensuring that you are never far away from the conversation and always close to your friends.”

HTC Wildfire helps you stay connected with those who are most important to you through HTC Sense, a user experience focused on putting people at the centre by making phones work in a more simple and natural way. You won’t miss out on the fun as HTC’s Friend Stream application seamlessly gathers and displays content from social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr into one organised stream of updates. HTC Wildfire enables you to stay up to date with your friends’ posts, comments, alerts and photos, wherever you are.

In addition, each contact viewed in HTC Wildfire’s address book includes a thread of recent communications with that person, including when you last spoke, recent text messages and emails, and social network updates. When your friend calls, HTC Caller ID displays their Facebook profile photo and latest update, as well as a reminder if their birthday is fast approaching.

Thanks to a new app sharing widget, HTC Wildfire enables you to recommend an application by email, text message or over social networks. Your friends will receive a link allowing them to find the application on the Android Market with a single click and download it to their phone.

Florian Seiche continued, “We understand that people need a better way to navigate their way through the tens of thousands of applications that are currently available on the Android Market. In fact, our own independent research found that consumers are not only hungry for the latest and most popular applications that their friends are using, they want an easier way to find and download them. For the first time ever, you can recommend the newest and coolest apps to a friend or group of friends with HTC Wildfire. With so many applications to choose from, there’s a world of content to discover and pass along to your friends.”

HTC’s latest advanced smartphone is great for viewing and sharing photos on Flickr and for surfing the internet thanks to its 3.2-inch capacitive touch screen. A five-megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash allows you to capture special moments, while a 3.5mm audio jack and micro SD card slot mean you are never without your favourite songs.

The new HTC Wildfire will be broadly available to customers across major European and Asian markets from Q3 2010.

First HTC Mondrian render and early specs

Saterday’s Windows Phone 7 leaked ROM seems to contain a lot of information about the mysterious HTC Mondrian handset. We now have some early specs and info: The renders above, which are probably just place holders, as the device looks a tiny bit to similar to the original HTC Touch HD, are supposedly what the HTC Mondrian looks like  in the Zune Desktop software and Windows 7 Device Center when hooked up to a PC. The two other intersting bits of info are that the handsets has a “4.3in WVGA Optrex” screen (like the HD2 & EVO 4G?) and a Qualcomm QSD8650A/B chipset (the new 45nm Snapdragon clocked at 1.3 Ghz).

Source: XDA here, here and here