HTC has become a powerhouse in manufacturing Android powered devices. They have created a device to fit practically every form factor, budget, and cellular network type. HTC has now set their sights on the budget friendly market with the release of the HTC Wildfire. Typically, in order to create a lower-priced device, manufacturers must sacrifice some quality or features. We can’t help but be curious to see as to whether or not HTC puts a mark on its reputation for quality with the Wildfire. Read on to find out in our full review of the HTC Wildfire!
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Our software overview part 1 video gave you a tour into the HTC Sense skin that the HTC Wildfire utilizes for navigation. In this next video, we compare how well the HTC Wildfire performs against one of its big brothers, the HTC EVO 4G. As mentioned in the hardware overview, the Wildfire has a 528mhz processor, whereas the EVO is equipped with a 1Ghz processor. The EVO is also equipped with a better GPU and more available RAM.
Below, we run through a series of comparison tests with these two devices including gaming, loading YouTube videos, and social networking applications. [...]
The HTC Wildfire has been described by many as a miniature-sized cross between the Nexus One and the HTC Desire. As previously mentioned, HTC has targeted the masses with this device by making it very affordable. The shell of the device is much like the Nexus One in its combination of aluminum and Teflon painted plastic. Quite obviously, the overall design of this device is not lacking, despite its low price point.
On the spec side of things, the HTC Wildfire is accompanied with a 528MHz processor and 384MB of RAM. Based on the current generation of Android smartphones, these [...]
In our unboxing video of the HTC Wildfire, we had the opportunity to power on the device for the first time and give you a brief introduction to this device’s software. In part 1 of our software overview we now dive further into exploring the Android OS and the HTC Sense skin.
Sense is a skin created by HTC for use on many of their Android devices. Sense makes Android user friendly by adding new widgets, more home screens, and by streamlining certain menus and functions. Many of HTC’s custom widgets include stocks, news, weather, and the acclaimed flip-clock on the [...]
We still haven’t seen much (or anything) from HTC regarding how their implementation of Sense will look on Windows Phone 7 devices. We know that they’ll be very much limited in what they can do and that most of their tweaks will come in the form of custom tiles on the Start screen, in addition to some hubs. We just received a tip from an anonymous reader showing what could be a first look at Sense on Windows Phone 7, or it could very well be a mockup from Photoshop. It looks pretty reasonable: there’s a weather widget, a flip-style clock, and…well, that’s [...]
Previously we showed you the HD2 running on a Nexus One flavor of Android. As development continues over at XDA, we now have a new flavor of Android to show you, this time running HTC Sense right from the Desire. Just about everything is working: the camera, WiFi, GPS, multitouch, plus all of the Sense widgets and settings. What’s still missing is working speakers (there’s a fix for this, see below), so while the phone can dial out, you can’t hear the caller on the other end, even on speakerphone.
If you have an HD2, we recommend that you try to run [...]
HTC may be releasing an updated version of the HTC Desire come this October if rumors hold true. The Android handset, dubbed the HTC Desire HD, will combine the best features of the HTC Legend, the HTC EVO 4G, and the HTC Desire. Previously rumored as the HTC Ace, the Desire HD will come in GSM flavor, though it may not arrive on any of the big four US carriers as none of the major national carriers has adopted the original HTC Desire.
The HTC Ace/Desire HD will utilize a unibody aluminum design borrowed from the Legend, the large 4.3-inch display from the HTC EVO 4G at WVGA [...]
In part 1 of our software comparison between the HTC EVO 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S we scratched the surface of the software performance of each of the two devices. In our hardware comparison video we gave you a look at the differences and the similarities of the hardware specs and size each of these two devices features.
In part 2 of our software comparison, we finish off our coverage by taking a look at the YouTube application, game play performance, virtual keyboard, and general navigation through the home-screen system.
The YouTube application seems to load faster [...]
A hack over at XDA-Developers will enable the 802.11n capabilities from the WiFi chip on the Sprint HTC EVO 4G. The hack requires the HTC EVO 4G to be rooted. You can view the step-by-step instructions over at XDA-Developers. For those less inclined for hacking, there’s also a zip file that will allow you to do a manual installation of the proposed hack to activate the 802.11n radio.
While many current HTC Android smartphones support the faster wireless n protocol, the company has so far chosen to leave support of current builds of Android (2.1 and prior) due to the [...]
A security vulnerability was revealed recently that the Verizon Wireless HTC Droid Incredible had cached and created screenshots of a user’s recently visited website–most likely for use in the Bookmarks widget of HTC Sense–and that there wasn’t an easy way for a user, especially a novice user, to navigate HTC’s smartphone to clear the device of those snapshots. The situation would be sticky as the phone ages and trades hands as users may want to sell their phones if there was no way to clear the screenshots despite being able to clear cache and cookies. [...]
Sprint’s informing its customers that the HTC EVO 4G is once again out of stock and sold out at its online store, but availability may vary at retail locations. If you’re hot on getting one right now, your best bet is to walk into a physical store as the popular large-screened phone is in short supply. The phone has been sold out on launch weekend as Sprint stores and its network were both strained in activating the HTC Android smartphone. Sprint’s not giving any indication when it will be replenishing its online inventory.
We’re always thrilled to see Co0kie’s Home Tab get an update and today it’s been pushed to version 1.8.5. It looks like appointments and tasks have been improved with customizing and scrolling features. The taskbar and soft keys can also be skinned and an all new high quality wallpaper mode makes an appearance.
The list of new features and bug fixes is quite long, and the general explanation for all the changes is even longer. Be sure to check them out. For those who use an HTC device and have been living under a rock during the last few months, be sure to [...]
For those who prefer the more fashionable white shade than the sleek black look, Best Buy will soon be stocking the white version of the Sprint EVO 4G beginning on July 11th exclusively. You can head over to your big box electronics retailer today to reserve your white EVO 4G if you haven’t yet made the plunge and are awaiting Sprint to replenish its black inventory anyways. The Best Buy exclusivity will last until August 8th, at which time Sprint can get in on the white party.
Aside from the fun and festivities in San Francisco, Brandon Miniman and I got a chance to play around with the HTC Aria for a bit. The Aria was built for AT&T’s network and according to a conversation with HTC, Brandon found out that HTC designed the Aria’s specs and performance according to some basic AT&T guidelines. Carriers can tell HTC that they want; in the Aria’s case, a mid-range smartphone that’s compact and stylish, and HTC engineers went to work and came back with a design that resembles a miniaturized Droid Incredible from the front and an [...]
A leaked inventory screenshot from the computer system of US carrier AT&T hints at an HTC-made Android handset with the name of Intruder. The HTC Intruder is believed by many in the tech community to be the HTC Aria, rumored to be an Android version of the HTC Tilt/Tilt2. The device was rumored to have a landscape-oriented sliding QWERTY keyboard, tilting screen, Android, and a smaller footprint than the Tilt2. However, the new rendering shows a keyboard-less device with an HVGA touchscreen that more closely resembles a smaller version of the HTC Droid Incredible on Verizon [...]
T-Mobile myTouch 3G owners will be able to get an upgrade to Android 2.2 soon according to a screenshot that says, “Coming soon, we plan to update existing myTouch 3G phones…to the latest software version, Android 2.2.” The screenshot goes on to mention other innovations and improvements and shows a picture of the myTouch 3G.
Co0kie’s Home Tab Mod for HTC Sense 2.5 was updated to 1.8 today. The upgrade features new quick link styles, wallpaper controls, a music player, a new widget for tasks, and more. The most notable addition may be the ability to customize all 4 levels of the home screen (not just the main screen). Check out the video below to see the new features in all their glory and head to XDA-developers for the latest version of Co0kie’s Home Tab. You will also want the editor to go with it. Both are easily installable CAB files, but make sure to read all instructions and/or [...]
If you’re looking for a fun theme with an artistic style, this one for HTC Sense (with Co0kie’s home tab), which is based on Mattahan’s popular art and icons, may be the perfect fit for you. Some skin-makers (Degake, Rawrscary, Sniper-wolf, Rurph, Franwella) at XDA-developers have teamed up to create a Buuf theme using custom icons, wallpaper, clocks (analog/digital), notifications, sliders and more. They’re calling it a “BUUFfet” because you can mix and match the skins you want while they pump out more and more choices.
I’ve seen [...]
The wait for MaxSense, a new UI for HTC Windows phones, is nearly over. If you haven’t heard of Maxycy’s latest endeavor, MaxSense is essentially a major overhaul of HTC Sense 2.5. With it, we still get the Sense features we know and love, but now they’re reconfigured and combined with some sweet, new features. Most notable are the 3 Android-like home screens (customizable with widgets), Sense launcher, 75 quick links panels, and a custom taskbar.
If you’re a fan of Sense 2.5 “power” mods, like Co0kie’s Home Tab, you’re going to [...]
The dock for the HTC EVO 4G smartphone from Sprint will be made available in time at Best Buy retail stores according to the retailer’s advertisement for the smartphone.
The dock features two prongs–one for the micro HDMI and the other for the micro USB connector–to charge, synchronize, and output to an HDMI TV source for a larger picture experience. The Sprint HTC EVO 4G will be among the first smartphones on the market to take advantage of the new HDMI 1.4 standard, which allows for the micro HDMI connection.
According to a recent test done by PC [...]
Co0kie’s Home Tab has quickly become the most popular HTC Sense 2.5 mod on XDA. A simple glance at this appreciation thread reflects how much users love it. Another measure of popularity is the amount of skins available for an app or mod, and there’s certainly no shortage of that for Co0kies Home Tab.
As I was cleaning out my bookmarks recently, I noticed just how many threads have been opened with tons of different clock choices. The tally has reached well over 670, which is quite a large collection of clocks. Listed below are all the clocks I’ve come across [...]
The weather graphics are at the center of Sense 2.5. For those running HTC’s UI, you see the sun or moon almost every time (when weather permits) you turn on your device, so there’s a good chance that some, especially those who love tinkering with different skins, may already be tired of the default weather images.
Jaguaralani from XDA has decided to switch it up a bit by creating custom skins for the sun and moon animations. For the sun, you can select from Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Moon, New Sun, and Original Sun. For [...]
It looks like T-Mobile is pulling the update for the carrier’s HTC HD2 until further notice due to some bugs that range anywhere from decreased battery life to bricked HD2s. If you have not updated your HTC HD2 yet, you can visit the T-Mobile upgrade page to find out more information and you can check there to see when a ROM upgrade would be offered in the future.