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The HTC Wildfire is quite an old phone now but as is the way of being a parent I pay for the latest contracts and then have my childs old phone if it has survived two years of teenage abuse.
When the Wildfire was brand new I insisted that my daughter use screen protectors and a gel case which has resulted in the phone still looking in good condition after two years of use. The only sign of wear is where the charger plugs into the phone; some of the colour on the phone case has been chipped/scratched off.
The HTC Wildfire is a smart looking phone with a 3.2 inch capacitive screen and a thin 12mm profile. It is also quite light to hold as it weighs 118g. The Wildfire is packed full of apps but still runs fairly fast with its 512MHZ processor. I personally don't use any of the apps on the phone but I know my daughter used a few of them and she also downloaded more from the Google app store.
The original running system was Android 2.1 (éclair) but it did update to version 2.2 (froyo) quite a while ago and has not updated since. As the latest version of Android is 4.4 (kitkat) it is quite safe to assume the running system is a little dated. Not that I can tell as the system still looks quite similar to the one on my daughters Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.
Once you have removed the back and inserted your sim card and memory card (micro sd) and powered up the phone you are ready to go. I would estimate the power up time to be around 90 seconds which is incredibly long when you want to make a call or text. The phone charges from empty to full in a couple of hours using the mains adaptor but does take a little longer when plugged into a USB port. I charged the phone to full last night and when I checked it this morning twelve hours later it had dropped down to 40%. I had only used the phone for a few texts and then left it on standby till the morning. I do have to bear in mind that the phone battery is over two years old but at this rate it will not see out 24 hours with minimal use. When new the battery held charge for around 24 hours with regular use before it needed charging. New batteries are easily sourced online and I can also tweak the battery time by using an app killer to stop background apps running and consuming battery power when on standby.
As I use this phone mainly for calls and texts I find the contacts easy to scroll through, add to and delete from. Making a call is easy as all I need to do is find the person I want on the contacts or dial the number using the keypad on the screen. Texting is also a simple affair as I am sure every one is familiar with the concept now. I do find the keyboard a little small on the screen but when spelling mistakes are made the auto correct sorts it out by suggesting the most likely word. I personally miss phones with real keypads as I have never truly got the hang of texting quickly on touch screen phones.
The Wildfire can be personalised in lots of little ways by changing the wallpaper, personalising the home screens and changing ring tones and message alerts. I think it is nice to do this with your phone as it makes it feel more personal.
The 5mp camera is ok for impromptu snaps when you don't have your camera but for using as a camera replacement I would say this is fairly lacking as the resulting pictures are quite grainy and dark despite the flash. 5mp on a camera phone is never up to the standards of a 5mp camera.
The 3.2 inch screen is nice and bright and the colours are good but the display seems a little grainy and lacking in a certain something. The touch screen in nice and responsive to the lightest touch.
The ring tone volume is fairly low despite being set to high but luckily vibrate is more attention grabbing. The in call volume is good and can be adjusted using the volume buttons on the left side of the phone. When used to play mp3's the quality through the headphones is good but when played through the speakers it is lacking.
At the end of the day the HTC Wildfire is quite a dated phone now and can only be found second hand or as a hand me down. If I purchase a new battery I think there is plenty of use left in the phone but the chances are I will use this a while then it will be relegated to a spare and destined to lurk in the junk draw in the kitchen.
Thank you for reading x
We have a few phones in our house and this has to be my favourite. It's certainly the one I use on a daily basis.
I originally bought two of these for both my daughters. As they moved on to other phones these were thrown in a draw until I picked one up and realised what a real great piece of kit it is.
I'm notreally into mobile phones so I'm going to give you a lay persons view on it rather than an ultra technical one which I guess you can get on the net elsewhere.
Mine is black and quite small with a touch screen. Initially I thought I'd hate a touch screen as I haven't been used to one before but they really are quite simple to use. The screen is small though compared with some of the newer mobiles out there.
One thing I did like about the phone is just how robust they are. I can drop mine. Leave it in my pocket and one has even been through the washing machine and still works (after it had dried out). The batteries on mine last a day or so without being recharged and they look smart.
I have mine set up for internet and emails which is really easy to use. It also, as you would expect, is able to make calls and texts. The facility is there to have it on vibration or have the choice of a number of ring tones.
One problem I did have with both of the was the on/off switch sticking but both were reapired free of charge under their 2 year warrantee.
I really do like thsi phone and can't see me replacing it in the near future.
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Ive now had this phone for 2/3 years and got from my friend when she got offered a free upgrade with her contract.
This would be described as a great starter/budget smartphone and i would agree.
Apps are easy to download and are from the android market.People say that there is less choice than apple but ive never had any problems getting the apps i want. The apps can be accessed from the touchscreen or the main menu. All you do is swipe the screen sideways and tap on the icon you want.Now I didn't get this new so I don't know what ,if any apps came pre installed.
This has an option to listen to the radio through the headphones but the headphones that came with itare not great quality.
This has a camera and video function.The video is okay for silent shots but the sound on videos isn't great.The camera is okay for still shots and has a zoom function but doesn't do much else.
This does pretty much what other phones do, ive never had any problems with stuff i have downloaded.
Internet can be accessed on this but the browser is not the best so i don't recommend it. I dont think it supports the newest android browser either.
I like how this comes with a mains cable for charging so you don't have to do it on computer.
Battery life - I don't do as much on my phone as my iPod so the battery can last me up to a week.
Making calls - this is all touchscreen without the option to use a keypad .it is quite small and when you are sending messages it doesn't display a full keyboard.
I had the htc wildfire for my first dive into the world of smartphones. I was determined I wouldn't spend a fortune on a phone, so got this cheaper alternative for £150.
To begin with, it took a lot of getting used to, but eventually I had it full of apps and couldn't go anywhere without my smart phone in my pocket.
Unfortunately it didnt take long for this phone to become outdated, due to it being a budget version. For example, it can't play angry birds as the processor isn't powerful enough, but other than that, I was very impressed with this phone. It did everything you needed it to, plus a little bit extra, but its never going to be able to compete with the likes of the iPhone of samsung galaxys.
I recommend the wildfire, for anyone wishing to start using smart phones hut who doesn't wish the spend the price tag attached to the current high end phones.
This smartphone has the distinction of being my very first smartphone and, luckily, I didn't have to pay a steep price for it, as I bought mine from a very friendly individual. The HTC Wildfire was initially launched back in 2010 - but don't let that put you off.
I bought mine recently, and I honestly don't have any major complaints about it. And I feel slightly irritated when I hear negative comments about this smartphone by people who hate it for the most trivial of reasons: it's too bulky; it's slower than the smartphones of Apple and Samsung; its camera quality isn't as superior as an iPhone's camera; it's simply not an iPhone, etc. Some people are just too fussy I guess.
The HTC Wildfire is simply a good, reliable smartphone that has many of the functions and capabilities of many other smartphones, including those that were introduced before 2010 and after.
From a design perspective, this smartphone resembles many iPhones. Yes, I'm referring to that rectangular shape that has now become the archetypal design (made famous by Apple, of course) that many technology companies have now adopted as the main smartphone template for their own line of smartphones.
From a technological perspective, this smartphone stands on a high pedestal. Think of it this way. You can get a lot of the things that newer smartphones have with the HTC Wildfire.
In this WiFi age that we live in, download speed matters a lot to a lot of people (understandably). The download speed of this smartphone is, I believe, decent, but it can be sluggish from time to time, especially after downloading an app.
In November of 2010 I was looking for a smartphone which had a good operating system, could meet my needs, had a nice feel and look, and also didn't brake the bank. I found all of this in the HTC Wildfire.
The first thing you notice about this phone is that it's very nicely built, feels good and light in the hand, and has a very modern and presentable design. It also fits perfectly in my small hands, without looking weird (like most high-end smartphones these days) and without fear of me dropping it by accident. It very much looks like the Desire's little brother but I much prefer the Wildfire's capacitive buttons instead of the Desire's physical ones. The track ball, although I don't use it, completes the overall look of the phone. The HTC Wildfire comes in several colours (blue, red, black and variations of brown/gray) so you have a few options if you're tired of the standard black or white phones.
The material of the phone is good and 'feels' expensive as opposed to most phones in the same price range, which are rather plastic-y. The phone has both 'soft' and metallic parts and the latter is the only part (besides the screen, of course) that might get scratched over time. I have dropped it quite a few times over the years (including on concrete!) and, apart from a small dent on one corner, the phone is in great condition. Its sturdiness makes it perfect for a child that is prone to dropping and throwing things around.
The camera on the back is nicely positioned and would not get in the way in a pocket or a case. It's 'only' 5MP but it's fairly decent, especially if you're not going to use the phone as your main way of taking photos. The default camera app is good but I'd recommend getting Vignette.
Sound-wise it's decent but certainly not for people who love listening to good-quality music. A memory card can be inserted so you can have more of your music library with you. The radio app is also good but I've rarely used it.
The screen is probably the biggest let-down when it comes to this phone. It is in the entry price range but the HTC could have put a better screen on this phone. However, if this is your first smartphone and haven't used the likes of iPhone before, I doubt you'd notice. The screen itself is a good size for people with small hands and or fingers.
The processor is not the best either, but if you use the phone for calls, texting, e-mail and some Facebook browsing, I think it's good. You can up the processor power by rooting and overclocking the phone but if you don't want to lose your warranty (and are content with the phone's performance), there's no need to meddle with the phone.
Games-wise it's not the best phone. Many games don't run on it anymore with very few exceptions (e.g. Solitaire). I never used it much for games anyways so that didn't bother me at all.
When I bought it it came with Android 2.1 Eclair but was later updated to 2.2 Froyo and I believe that's the last version of the software that this phone supports without using a custom ROM. I liked 2.2 a lot, along with the custom HTC Sense skin that comes with all HTC phones. However, some apps may not run on that version of Android anymore.
Overall, I'd say it's a great phone for someone who doesn't have much previous experience with using smartphones (both adults and children) but by now there should be slightly better phones for the same price.
I found this phone to be perfect for my needs. I got when I think I was 15, and it was my second phone. It was a definite upgrade and offered everything I needed.
It is a few years old now (Released May 2010) and may be more appropriate for a 11-12 year old for their first phone. Much more appropriate than chucking a £500 iPhone at them and basically telling them to lose your money!
My old Wildfire got given to my Nan. She (very) rarely uses her phone and any flaws the phone has really make no difference to her. Her main problem with the "brick" phones was the keys were to small for her, but she found the touch screen easier to use (I admit I found that surprising!) and that the predictive text concept was much more useful once she understood it.
The main problem I had with the phone was the internal memory. With 384MB RAM and 523MB ROM, it became an issue quite quickly. It became clear that a memory card with this phone was a must! Once I got the memory card, storing music and video files and the like became much easier. However the internal memory situation left me having to delete apps quite regularly whenever the was a new "hip" app that I had to have!
The display and screen are good enough for the aforementioned target markets. It will only come as a shock (in that it is small) to those those with iPhone's, Samsung Galaxy S's, Nexus' and the like.
The battery life is perhaps not quite as bad as genuine smartphones like those mentioned above, but for relatively little gain in life, you lose A LOT of features. Again it is another point that supports my opinion that this is a very good option for a phone for people who use it sparingly.
The Camera (5MP) is in the "okay but nothing special" category. With video capability as well, the camera can be used here and there, but for any semi-serious use it is not really applicable.
Overall, this phone served me well. I believe I had it on a £20 contract for 24 months, with pretty much unlimited everything. Obviously this was a few years ago and the phone will be much cheaper now. It is an average phone, but useful for people who aren't either used to smartphones, or to those who have minimal use for them.
I got this phone 2-3 years ago (around when it first came out) and have since had an upgrade to the HTC Desire C which I am very unimpressed with to say the least! But anyway back to this phone
It is a smartphone developed by the HTC corporation, released in June 2010. It's specs are:
528 MHz Qualcomm processor
Runs on the android operating system (version 2.2 cannot update past that unfortunately)
TFT LCD capactive touchscreen
5 megapixel camera
When I had got this phone it was the first touchscreen phone I had ever had and as a result of this I couldn't stop singing this phone's praises but when it gets down to it this is a very low spec low end smartphone.
The camera takes quite the while to actually take a picture and the video takes a long time to start after initiating.
Message app will freeze constantly, auto correct is terribly executed on this phone much better on any other smartphone I have used
Keyboard is terrible (but you can change the keyboard through downloads from the Play Store which is nice to be able to do
Takes around 5-10 to start up, will turn off strangely, alarm will go off when unwanted
Space is used up very quickly and hard to navigate through those menus and delete unwanted things
Charging time is alright but nothing special
For some reason it cannot play videos in high quality (not a massive complaint but it is strange and annoying especially as I use to watch YouTube videos)
Any internet browser is very slow and not even worth bothering with to be honest
Cannot play many games at all even the ones it can lag and can get very frustrating so in the end I just didn't bother to
Now this is a lot of negatives I have put out but it's not all one sided there are many positives to match these
Battery life is great
Charger is very sturdy and hasn't broken after all these years
The phone's main functions and itself still work after all this time which is great
Downloads are quick and easy
The light to show when you have a message is great as sometimes you will need to have the phone on silent and you may not know you have a message without that (annoying with my HTC Desire C when I have to keep checking if I have a message)
You can get whatever storage card you want and put it in
Putting all these together in the long term this phone is great for a phone as a phones main functions but that's around it, all the benefits that come with a 'smartphone' are very poorly executed here. Not really worth the price tag. But in my case it has been good as my HTC Desire C had been breaking constantly this is the 4th time I have sent it off for a repair and it is good I can use this as a replacement while it is off being repaired.
The HTC Europe repair service have been terrible towards me saying they cannot send me a new phone when it clearly says in the terms HTC have a 2 year warranty and if the phone is broken to and un-useable state you will be sent a replacement. Just because it isn't not turning on dosen't mean it isn't broken! Slightly off topic here but I just needed to get across my frustration at HTC Europe and as a result of this my next upgrade will not be a HTC phone.
I borrowed this phone from my friend for 2 weeks while I went away last year as my phone decided it wanted to stop working. During this time I got to get very familiar with this device and where it excelled and struggled.
The phone itself is very well made, the design of the phone is nice and sleek and the build quality is excellent. It doesn't feel plasticy and cheap like some other phones and it feels very durable.
The responsiveness of the phone is pretty good. I have tried phones which perform better in this area but also tried ones which are far worse. When you tap, it usually happens immediately however on a few occasions, when I was running some more intensive applications, it could lag a little and responsiveness would be reduced. This wasn't helped by the small screen which I will talk about later.
The phone has all of the common features of an android phone; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, touch screen etc... but ti also comes with an additional feature, a trackball. This enables you to scroll through many of the menu (All customised for trackball phones by the HTC custom launcher) using a physical device rather than the touch screen. For certain people or in certain situations this may be easier as you do not have to be precise when selecting something and you are not blocking the screen with your finger.
Now onto my most hated part of the phone, the screen. The screen on this phone is tiny and square. Two things which do not work well on a smartphone. If you are going to be using the touchscreen then a tiny screen makes selecting something small nearly impossible and even what you do it, it will be after multiple attempts. The display quality was also very poor - I like to watch YouTube video on my phones and this phone offered the worst experience I have ever had with this. Partly because of the square screen, partly because of the small screen and partly because of the poor colouring and resolution of the display. This put me off watching videos on this phone completely.
The battery life of the phone is better than some I have had, but still not ideal. Even though it doesn't have much of a screen to power, it will blow through the charge within a day with intermittent usage or within a couple of hours if (for some reason) you chose to watch videos on it.
I've had the wildfire for over a year now and overall I'm really pleased with it.
+ lots of apps available on the android market
+ sleek design - small and light enough to be comfortable, not so small it's fiddly
+ battery life (if you turn off 3G/wifi while you're not using it)
+ good camera with some nice features (lighting, focus, timer etc)
+ good quality sound
+ user friendly - it took me no time at all to get used to it (and I'd never had a touch screen before)
- internal memory is tiny - most of this is used up by things you can't delete on the phone (apps I never use such as stocks, news & twitter) and some downloaded apps cannot be moved to the SC card
- slight issue with touch screen not working in one corner - this seems to have resolved itself now
- constant requests to update - I've stopped doing them as they take up precious memory
If you're looking for an amazing, fast, powerful smartphone, you'd be better with an iPhone. If you're looking for a lower-spec phone which can still provide good internet access, the usualy phone features and a decent camera, I'd recommend it. Just watch the memory!
At a low price, this budget android phone is crammed full of great features. With HTC sense, a 5 megapixel camera and versatile use due to plenty of apps available for download on google's play store AND the ones already included with the HTC handset such as weather and news, you may be thinking this is all great for a device that fits in your pocket.
In some respects it is, but since this is at a relatively low price, all those features come at a cost. The mobile is very slow whenever you try to use... well, anything. Due to this most games and a few apps are too slow to be useable, and because of the out-dated hardware and older version of android, a few popular apps such as instagram are not compatible.
The battery life is also a let-down, and is quickly drained when using apps or browsing the internet, and especially when your in a call. Also there seems to be some sort of fault with the touchscreen at times as it just seems to grow a mind of its own and start pressing everything.
With that said, it is a good looking and stylish phone. Small light and durable, this would be a great phone for a basic user. But for someone who is a more advanced user or is big on the latest tech, dont expect this to be anything other than a cheap handset.
It is highly understandable that many phones nowadays seem complicated to many people. The solution to this is to buy a high quality, but lower end phone such as this one. There are a reduced amount of features making for a more straightforward user interface while sill having enough to make life simple.
The build quality is, in classic HTC style, very good. The aluminum finish on the side combined with the rubbery feel of the back make the phone feel comfortable in your hand. This particular model even manages to avoid common HTC problems such as a creak near the battery and rattling when the camera autofocus displaces. It is a very well built phone and is far better than many others in its range. I have never dropped the phone, but by the looks of it, it could take a fair beating. It is a unibody construction, apart from the back cover to insert the battery, sim card and SD card meaning there is very little there to break. Battery life is impressive, this phone lasted days on end without needing to be charged and when it did, it fully charged in under 4 hours (based on average use with auto brightness).
Although the phone runs android version 2.2.1 (upgradable from 2.1), HTC have skinned android with Sense 1.0 (this will most likely be upgraded to sense 2.0 when the phone is upgraded to android v 2.2.1), which give you a very different experience to other phones. Sense 1.0 had major developments at the time but have fallen behind, even sense 2.0 is starting to fade. One common feature feature of all versions of HTC Sense is the 'widgets' you can place on the home screens. These are large previews of apps, which allow you to use many of their features without opening them, such as the weather widget which constantly displays the weather. These are much improved from the stock android widgets and deliver a much more user friendly experience. HTC Sense offers a very clean and easy to use interface, with one simple button to show a menu of all available apps. It is possible to put shortcuts on all your homescreens as well simplifying the process of opening you favorite applications.
The phone has a 3.2" TFT LCD QVGA glass screen with a screen resolution of 240x320 giving you only 125 pixels per inch. The screen is not Gorilla Glass meaning it is not as durable as many other phones and is more prone to scratch so needs a bit more looking after. The screen is not amazing so watching videos or doing anything that requires decent graphics does not look great on this phone. Only videos up to 320p can be played and even then there are times when individual pixels become visible and if you press hard enough the screen area around your finger will discolour. The capacitive touchscreen is not the best, it registers most touches and gestures, but it does miss some crucial ones, however these mostly occur after long periods of use, mainly gaming. At this point there is also often the problem of the phone getting very hot, it is not too uncomfortable but seems to be slightly hotter than is acceptable and makes your hands clammy especially in hot weather.
The phones Qualcomm MSM7225 528MHz processor can handle web browsing and the odd game, but do much more than that and it will struggle. It has kept up with all the day to day tasks and the 384MB of RAM mean it can handle a few applications running at once, but not much more than that. I have found it difficult to go from web browsing, to a phone call, and then back to the web and as a result have had to download a task manager. This helps the problem, but does not solve it because although it frees up more RAM, there is still only a limited amount available. The built in storage is less than exciting coming in at a low 512MB which in current times will be filled up almost immediately, especially since half the storage is used up by pre-installed apps. However you can expand the storage up to 16GB via a micro SD card. I have got an 8GB micro SD card which has stored all my ap downloads, pictures and videos so far, so this is a problem that is easily solved.
The camera is 5MP with autofocus so the camera at least is punching well above its weight even now. Photography is not my area of expertise, but from an amateur point of view the pictures seem to have decent saturation and the contrast is impressive considering the age of the camera, but again, the picture quality will not impress amateurs let alone professionals.
Now onto what a phone is actually meant to be used for, calls and texts. The call quality is good at all times. At most times the line is very clear, and when its not.. its crystal clear. Calls have never dropped and I have never had a warbly tone as has happened to me on other phones. Another feature available through HTC Sense is predictive calling. You simply start typing the phone number as you remember, as an example say John's phone number is 07912345678; you start typing the numbers ie 07912... and it will predict the number. In what should be a phones principle function, this phone works very well and is easy to use. Texting is good due to the messaging interface of HTC Sense, however the small screen size limits the ease of use. Individual characters are very small and often results in misclicks and typing errors so the texting experience is tarnished by the sub-standard keyboard and touchscreen available. This is improved in android 2.1.1, but even then it is not great.
I got this phone for free on a £10/month contract three years ago, but the price will have dropped drastically by now, what with the vast array of new technology available. This makes it a great buy as it has all the essential features of a phone, doing whatever it does very well. It is by no means a top end phone and is not keeping pace with current technology, but if you want a simpler phone with many of the most useful features other phones have and access to the thousands of apps, this phone would be a good fit.
I have been using the HTC wildfire since December 2011. My husband brought me this phone for Christmas. I have always wanted a HTC branded phone and really liked the phone when I first saw it. The phone has had its advantages and some disadvantages and I will discuss this in detail in this review. The main advantages are the look and feel of the phone. The main disadvantages include the battery stand by time which isn't so good as the battery can be drained within a day of charging it.
My previous phone was a blackberry curve so getting used to a touch screen messaging system was quite difficult at first attempt. However I followed the tutorial provided on my HTC Wildfire phone and managed to master how to type using the HTC Wildfire keyboard. As you tap the keyboard, the HTC will try to predict what you are trying to type and you can select the predicted word or carry on typing. I have found it more difficult to type on the HTC Wildfire than on the Blackberry, however I guess that will get better with practice.
Quality of calls
The quality of calls has been good 90 per cent of the time. However, there have been a few instances where I have not received the call and the phone states that I have a missed call. I have tried downloading updates but this has not resolved the problem and I am investigating if this is a network provider issue.
The camera on the phone is a 5 megapixel camera. The quality of the pictures taken are fantastic. The camera has a flash too. The pictures can be taken in different styles such as greyscale, sepia, negative, posturize, solarize and aqua. There is also a video camera on 8the phone and I have taken some good quality videos.
Other Features Of The HTC Explorer
The HTC Wildfire has a wide range of features. The HTC Wildfire has other gadgets such as a calculator, calendar, and alarm clock. I use all three on a regular basis and they work efficiently. Other features include a voice recorder and fm radio. The voice recorder has been used to tape lectures and produces excellent recordings for long lengths of time. The quality of fm radio is fantastic and clear. I have downloaded facebook and Skype using the market place. I have not made any Skype calls yet but facebook works excellently and the application works quick and the updates are regular. The quality of the music player is very good. I stored songs on the SD card and they played clearly and the beats were heard well. It is also possible to add widgets to the homescreen of the phone. My favourite widget is the weather widget as it enables me to view the weather in different countries. Other widgets that are available include time updates, Facebook updates, Twitter updates, tips for home etc.
Overall I am very pleased with the phone and I am hoping the missed call issue gets resolved soon. I will update this review later when I have used the phone for a longer period of time. I will also be posting this review on dooyoo under the same username Angela150.
I brought this phone over a year ago and it cost me £130, I wanted a cheaper alternative to the iphone, with its sleek, stylish and simple looks along with the lightweight finish its a good all round phone. Good graphics, quick internet access, with it running on goodle android system you have the availability to downloads apps from the google play app store, which is all a bonus, however you do get what you pay for.
When it was first switched on it took well over five minutes to be able to the use the phone, however since then it only takes about two minutes from being off to being on. The battery life is not good, but then again i think all these new phones have rubbish battery life, it does however last longer if you turn off the internet and any other apps and use it as an ''old skool'' mobile phone.
There is a good range of apps to download, most of the new popular apps are not supported and it does not support adobe flash.
Saveing numbers, calling and texting are all quick and easy to use, and it tells you when a message isnt sent and it retrys for you which is a bonus.
I started having problems with my phone, it became slow, i had a line of unmatched colour appear down my screen, it wouldnt accept my sd card and it sometimes wouldnt vibrate, I took it to my provider to be fixed where i found out to great discust there is a small piece of paper in the back of the phone that is usually white, however if water comes into contact with the phone it turns red and HTC will NOT fix your phone if this happens, now a drop in the toilet i can understand but I was told by my provider that atmospheric moisture can turn it red, this can be anything from a humid day to standing out in the rain on the phone, best to put it in a plastic bag on these ocassions.
however all in all a good standard budget smartfone.
A year ago I bought a HTC Wildfire, like new, from Ebay for £80 but have seen slightly older ones sold for less than £60 on websites selling used phones. I bought it wanting some of the perks of an iphone with the price of a lower budget smartphone. So far, I have relatively few regrets. There are some niggles which would bug less patient people, but they haven't impacted my usage particularly strongly.
The first niggle is the keyboard. The operating system is quite common and I've seen a lot of people use the same touchpad keyboard with no problems, however, I find it too small sometimes and I have not been able to type with the ease of other mobile phones. I find this is not conducive to a student lifestyle, as it only takes one mug of Frosty Jack's cider to render the keyboard unusable.
The camera is okay but probably not as good as smart phone competitors in a slightly higher price range like Samsung Galaxy S and it's predecessors. There is sometimes a blur when taking photographs in lights which other camera phones would make short work of. It's 5 megapixels, though, so not bad for the price at all. I actually have digital cameras knocking about the house with the same definition.
If you are buying this as a smartphone to stay up to date with photo apps like those for iphones, however, you may be disappointed. Instgram-style photographs are nowhere near the quality of iphones when it comes to clarity and definition. However, if you purchase this with average expectations you will find the camera passable for an above-average quality phone. Little things like a camera for front-view pictures would be nice, but I'm not majorly hung up about it at all as the price is a bit of a steal anyway.
One other niggle is a problem which seems to have sorted itself out but lasted for about two months. I kept clicking on a text to reply, started typing a response, then realised the phone had randomly selected a different text to reply to. I had some heart-stopping moments where I caught myself accidentally typing less than studious messages to lecturers. I think a lot of touchpad phones have gripes like this, but the phone hasn't weathered the use that many other phones do before these idiosyncrasies occur. I only started using this phone relentlessly about five months ago and would expect a little better from a smartphone.
The OS is android so it comes with a lot of apps, although you do miss out on some of the larger memory applications that iphone users and some up-market smartphones can enjoy. This is because of lack of space; the internal memory is very poor quality. The app "Just Dance", a video editing programme, didn't work because of memory issues even when I installed, uninstalled, and reinstalled again. As I'm sure you can imagine, there are few things more disappointing than getting ready to record a techno mashup of your mum snoring with her mouth wide open, only to realise there isn't enough room on your phone to complete your magnum opus.
The shape of the phone is reasonably good, not too small but with a big enough screen to play games like angry birds, or scroll through emails without squinting. Most of the phone's front comprises of the screen so it's quite neutral lookswise. It's not a hugely attractive phone, but it's definitely not a brick either. I wouldn't be embarrassed, as a student or professional, to be seen using it.
For those inbetween phones, it's probably a good bet. If you're looking to save money, as I have done, by buying a cheap handset and going with Giffgaff or the like for pay as you go, then I would recommend this phone. However, for those looking at a contract, especially long term ones like 24 months, this is not the phone for you. This especially applies to young adults and students on a budget who desire smartphone/iphone quality applications. In a few months of your contract you will have some major gripes and will probably regret the decision. This is a good phone in many ways, but it is let down by the technical difficulties and memory issues which put it in a lesser league to other smartphones.
I would repurchase again if forced to make a decision, but in a few months I plan on starting a contract to use a phone with better capabilities