HTC Wildfire Review
|| Review: March 2010
Last updated May 2012.
In a nutshell: The HTC Wildfire
brings Android technology to the budget smartphone sector. Incorporating
the power of Android and HTC Sense, plus a superbly responsive
capacitive touchscreen, the Wildfire is easy to use and has
access to thousands of apps. Combined with a 5 megapixel camera
with autofocus and flash, a media player, GPS, Google Maps and
fast internet, the Wildfire gives you a lot for your money.
But compromises have been made with the screen, processor speed
The HTC Wildfire is a cut-price version of the hugely popular HTC
Desire, and it's been a huge success itself, bringing Android smartphone
technology to millions. There are lots of reasons to like the Wildfire,
such as its solid build, its superbly responsive capacitive touchscreen,
and the power of Android. But cuts have been made in terms of screen
resolution, battery life, processor speed and memory. Now, more than
two years after its launch, its looking very dated and we'd recommend
the HTC Wildfire S or Samsung
Galaxy Ace instead.
The Wildfire runs the same operating system as the Desire, namely Android™
2.1 (Éclair) with HTC Sense, making it both very powerful and very easy
to use. The Android Market has matured greatly, with thousands of free
games and apps now available, and we wouldn't be surprised if it overtook
Apple's App Store in the near future. HTC Sense overlays the Android
operating system, providing a very slick user interface with rich functionality.
Friend Stream lets you see all your friends’ Facebook updates, Tweets
and Flickr photos on the same screen. Caller ID shows not only the caller's
name and photo, but also their Facebook status and birthday date too.
The News App delivers your selected news feeds straight to your phone.
There are 7 home screens available, all easily customisable, and in
case that sounds like too many to remember, Leap View shows you thumbnails
of all 7 of your Home Screen panels at once. You'd be right to think
that the Wildfire is as much about social networking and the mobile
internet as it is about phoning and texting. That's why Google developed
Android in the first place, but actually HTC are leading the way in
making this vision a reality. This incarnation of Android and HTC Sense
behaves just beautifully.
You also need your phone to provide basics like a good camera and media
player, and the Wildfire ticks these boxes too. The camera has 5 megapixels,
autofocus and a flash, so it can take pretty decent photos under most
conditions. Likewise, the media player can handle all common digital
formats, has plenty of playback options, and produces excellent audio
quality via its 3.5mm headphone socket. An FM radio is included too.
The one thing missing on the media side is video calling.
The Wildfire has fast internet access via 3G HSPA, giving download
speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps - as fast as home broadband in theory. It also
has Wi-Fi support, so you can access even faster data rates in a Wi-Fi
hotspot. In addition it supports Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
As well as this, HTC have managed to pack in a GPS receiver with Google
Maps, a digital compass, geo-tagging of photos and HTC Footprints.
There are a few other things worth mentioning about the Wildfire. The
web browser is superb with full support for flash (move over, iPhone!)
and the pinch-to-zoom capability combined with auto-rotation between
landscape and portrait modes makes for a great experience, despite the
limited screen size. We're delighted to note that there's support for
Microsoft Exchange, so you can sync your email and calendar with your
PC. And also that a dimmable flashlight has been built into the phone,
just like those old Nokias - cool.
The hardware to support all these flashy features is only just about
adequate however. The CPU runs at 528 MHz which can make for sluggish
behaviour at times. The phone has 384MB RAM, with the capacity to accept
a 32GB microSD memory card. The battery is a 1300 mAh Lithium-ion battery,
which is almost as big as the battery in the Desire. Now the Desire
doesn't have the greatest battery life, so it might seem that supplying
a smaller battery could lead to trouble. And you'll probably find that
the battery needs charging pretty often.
Features of the HTC Wildfire include:
- 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash
- Video recording (3GP format)
- Display: Capacitive touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom capability, 240
x 320 pixels (3.2 inches) with auto-rotate
- GPS receiver with digital compass, Google Maps, HTC Footprints and
- Music player (aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma formats)
- FM radio
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email
- Ringtones: MP3 ringtones
- Internet: GPRS, EDGE, HSPA (7.2 Mbps download, 384 kbps upload)
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate, micro-USB 2.0,
Wi-Fi, 3.5mm audio jack
- Memory: 384 MB RAM plus microSD memory card (up to 32GB)
- Vibration alert
- Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) plus HSPA/WCDMA (900/2100 MHz)
- Size: 107 x 60 x 12.9 mm
- Weight: 118g
- Talktime: 440 - 490 minutes
- Battery standby: 480 - 690 hours
HTC Wildfire User Reviews
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Average rating from 219 reviews:
Reviewed by shane from UK on 5th Oct 2012
the worst phone iv ever come in contact with :O(
Reviewed by Tomas from Singapore on 3rd Oct 2012
This phone is one of the worst I've ever owned. I'm starting to think
that HTC might actually stand for "high tech c***." And it's not like
I'm asking a lot of my phone. I simply want my "smart" phone to be able
to do Facebook, Maps, my email, and maybe a calendar app. The fact that
you can't move these applications from the 150MB internal memory to
the (mine is 16GB) micro SD card (like you can with ANY other Android
phone) renders the thing pretty much useless. Today, I couldn't even
view the photos on the SD card because there was only 7MB free on the
internal memory. Why is that? I even hacked/rooted it, and I still can't
move over very much. Still miss my Sony Xperia and its size...wish I
never would have switched.
Reviewed by Marie from Scotland on 25th Aug 2012
i love my Htc wildfire but recently it is annoying me as it keeps saying
low on storage when i have a 16gb memory card i have removed all apps
and games but it is still the same!!!!!
Reviewed by Georgia from Wales on 30th Jun 2012
I've had my phone for about a year and a half, i suppose that isnt bad
for £150.. generally the phone is ok, BUT the messaging app is awful,
it has response times of up to 30 seconds sometimes, and even sends
messages to the wrong people, but says it's sent them to the right ones,
it is a nightmare. Also the camera is fairly poor. However a few of
my friends htc wildfires work fine, i think it's just the pick of the
Reviewed by kim from MT on 21st Jun 2012
don t buy just after six months i cannot open my messages because the
touch is so bad , i can t do anything
Reviewed by Jack from UK on 12th Jun 2012
SO slow! and the battery is just abysmal, do not buy at all.
Reviewed by Randall from UK on 12th Jun 2012
Unbelievable how useless this phone is...7-10 second response times
from the touchscreen causes more errors than you can imagine, unresponsive
software and apps, messages come through in airplane mode, memory and
user settings changing randomly....the list goes on. Stay away from
this POS like the plague. I would give it 0 starts if I could.
Reviewed by Jason from UK on 21st May 2012
I have owned this phone for over a year. It is the worst phone i have
ever had the misfortune of owning!!! I would NEVER recommend getting
one. I can not wait for my contract to run out but i may have to fork
out to get an early upgrade.
THE GOOD: little.... battery life not bad, small, fairly stylish.
THE BAD: VERY slow (to the point where i just want to smash the thing).
Doesn't support most good apps and games. Very poor screen with low
res. Prone to freezing and crashing. just doesn't respond commands accurately
As someone who has owned this phone i highly recommend that you DO NOT
BUY THIS PHONE, you will regret it until the day replace it, i grantee
Reviewed by bob from uk on 18th May 2012
I have had 14 phones in my life and this is the best one yet! I have
had it for 10 months and never a problem
Reviewed by christine fenton from Britian on 15th
VERY POOR hate worse phone I have ever owned . it will probably have
to buy a new phone before my contract runs out . It often sticks need
10 attempts to get my pin in sometimes it simply dosnt obey instructions
, I have never yet managed to answer a call before it goes off - the
slider simply dosnt workMy husband who is phone affulant cannot get
it to work either orginially he thought it was me doing something wrong.I
have owned it 6 months yesterday I couldnt hear my son even though I
had full signal
Reviewed by Experienced HTC user from United Kingdom
on 15th May 2012
Firstly, everyone should install the Task Killer. As Joe indicates,
anything running in the background can drain power. Lack of available
power will not only effect your system speed but will also effect you
phones ability to get a reception.
Secondly, be wary of downloading any old app. It is well documented
(just read the reviews in the app stores) that apps can contain 'bugs'
that will dial up your contacts etc. So if you are suffering from such
issues, try uninstalling some of your apps you purchased since seeing
Thirdly, signal. This can vary not only with the phone but also the
provider (carrier) and also the combination of the two. If you have
a new phone that does not seem to carry the signal like your old phone
perhaps you should switch providers. Some providers can provide you
with signal boosters (at a cost) that will guarantee to increase you
mobile signal within your house. T Mobile and Orange call it Nextivity,
Vodafone cal it SureSignal but they are all basically legal repeaters.
Note that it is illegal to operate (not buy, sell or own but use) one
of these unless sold by a telecoms company that has the ability to switch
it off at any time. So buy direct from your provider.
Reviewed by Old Dave from UK on 6th May 2012
2+ years old. Inherited from my son who never got on with it as per
reports below. I got it updated and now regularly update via laptop
(quicker) and it works fine. Took me a long time to get used to the
touch screen and still very sensative,or is it the shacky hands of a
70 year old?
I don't text, on screen key board rubbish but mapping and the apps are
great, also internet, emails, weather, eBay,
not into Facebook but its all there.
At times slow but why is everybody in so much of a hurry????
Battery last about a day when using internet and WiFi alot.
This is my first smartphone and took a lot of getting used to but now
I wouldn't be without it and you can pick them up for pence.
Reviewed by Jill P from UK on 5th May 2012
I've had the Wildfire for a year now, but I can't hack it any longer
:( It's been in for repair twice(the first time was only after a month)
due to it being so un-responsive, it freezes ALL the time, won't always
let me answer calls. When texting, I'm constantly locking/unlocking
it as it just won't co-operate. Sadly the last straw is that I can't
hear the person on the other end properly anymore. It's like having
really poor signal all the time. Sorry but it's going......
Reviewed by Joe from UK on 1st May 2012
I have had my Wildfire for over a year now and I cant understand all
the negative comments. As long as you use the advanced task killer app
the battery lasts for ages. Of course it will run slow if all your apps
are running in the background at once DOH! As for dialing people by
mistake just push the top right button to turn the screen off before
putting it away and it wont. If your phone still locks up and wont do
things properly then send it for repair. I think most of these issues
are people not having a clue how to use it to be honest its a fantastic
Reviewed by Mark Randall from Uk on 29th Apr 2012
Not good. My wife and I both have this and have the same problems. Often
the answer slide system won't work, therefore leaving the phone ringing
until it goes to answer phone....very annoying. 3s signal is poor in
many places so can't tell if the phone contributes to that. A very jerky
Internet response too. Decent camera and GPS is useful but there must
be much better phones out there surely ?
Reviewed by Sue P from UK on 25th Apr 2012
This phone is awful. I have had it for about 9 months now and it still
has a mind of its own. I only want a phone to make calls/text so I was
surprised when my phone decided to call the first 3 people in my contact
list, whilst being in my handbag, and the screen being locked. I don't
use my phone that much and was very surprised to receive a call from
a friend saying that I had called them. It is known as my "ghost phone"
Can't wait for the contract to end.
PS - my husband has the HTC Desire and he also has problems, so it can't
just be me !!
Reviewed by Avis Lloyd-Dimmack from England on
23rd Apr 2012
When I first had this phone I was quite pleased with it - but the more
I asked of it - the more it struggled. The battery was the first to
show signs of ' not being up to the job' . It is generally unresponsive
- and the content on the screen tends to wander around at will - It's
- not mine ! I had to take it back to my phone shop about 3 months into
my contract - to be upgraded . Which didn't really help. The battery
still loses power immediately it is disconnected from the charger .
I certainly would not recommend it to anyone.
Reviewed by Julien from UK on 20th Apr 2012
WORST PHONE EVAAAAAAAAAR
What's this, all the online Tech review journals give it 4-5 stars????
Somebody is getting a kick-back. [Editor's comment: LOL, not us!]
the number one worst thing about this phone, is the message service.
Almost unusable. It would test the Dalai Lama's patience.
Reviewed by michael from united kingdom on 20th
I think someone who critises this phone for having to wait milliseconds
for an app. to close or perhaps a minute for the screen to change should
buy an I phone. Therefore paying £30.00p a month for the same thing.
Some people are so picky and tight fisted.I have found that the battery
life is abit short,apps sometimes do take abit to close and also the
screen does the same. But I am not useing my phone for business and
have the patience to wait.I have had my phone for about 12 months and
find it very good, I was abit dubious at first as whether I wanted this
sort of technology, I had a Sony K800i before and was very happy with
that but find touchscreen technology easier to use.I will give 4 stars
as I am pleased so far.
Reviewed by Lucy from Scotland on 16th Apr 2012
Cannot put into words how awful this phone is. Constantly have to "force
close" on the apps, can take up to a minute for the screen to change
after sending a message or to go on to another app. Poor battery life,
below average camera and memory. Basically, the delayed responses of
the phone, constantly having to shut down the android system itself-
I would recommend the old nokia brick phone over this rubbish piece
Reviewed by Emily from England on 12th Apr 2012
I'd sincerely recommend anyone considering to buy this phone to RE-CONSIDER.
This phones technology is awful! The messaging thread is very slow and
easily become unresponsive , apps and the internet equally do the same
thing. The camera is the only decent feature about this phone. All in
all this phone is not worth the time or money , there are plenty of
other phones that actually work better for a cheaper price. HTC GET
Reviewed by Amina from England on 10th Apr 2012
I am very happy with my HTC Wildfire, I know have it for 7 months and
it is working perfectly. I
dropped my phone many times and yet the screen hasn't broken, My phone
also dropped in water but it worked perfectly after I found a solution.
The only problem is the start up and when calling the annoying screen
lock. This is a very good phone to use for people new to smartphone.
I love the android market its really good and easy to use.
I reccomend this phone for people new to smartphones and want to try
Reviewed by Selwyn Mason from England on 7th Apr
I have had a Wildfire S phone for a couple of months now and have been
extremely pleased with the performance.
One problem I have however is that I cannot unlock the phone to answer
incoming calls, the phone works fine on hands free bluetooth which most
of my incoming calls are, but it is most frustrating to have to call
people back because I could not answer their call. This apparantly seems
to be a common problem.
Because of this problem I would give it a 3 star rating.
Reviewed by ClaireJane from Ireland on 6th Apr
DO NOT GET THIS PHONE! I have had it for a few months now and
ive had more problems with it than any other... Its been in the shop
getting fixed more times than I have had it in my hand. Don't make the
same mistake I did and keep your money. honestly!
Reply by Nicki from UK on 27th May
Ive had this phone since jan i think and ive had hardly any problemswith
it,the onlything is something went wrong with notifying me i had a text
but that was something i did wrong, the onlything ifind with it is the
battery life,and i had to have a rplacement battery, apartfromthat i
find it a slick phone and quite like it although im boredof itnow lol
Reviewed by jen from England on 1st Apr 2012
Got this phone about a year ago. was fine for the first 8 months, but
then I tried to send a text to someone and it decided to send it to
my whole contact list, good job it wasn't anything private!! So then
I was so paranoid about it happening again with a text which I wanted
no one to see that I switched back to my samsung soul :). Overall though
it was quite a good phne with a good camera and a nice size. I got a
bit bored after a while though:/. For a first android phone, I would
recommend it :)
Reviewed by alan brown from england on 31st Mar
I was really looking forward to owning a smart phone and obtained the
htc wildfire on recommendation from tescos, the biggest mistake i have
made for a long time. I can find my way with a compass on it, use the
the gps, I even have a spirit level on it as well as liots of games.
The only thing I cannot do is make phones calls. When someone rings
it is so difficult to operate the screen lock that they either ring
off or go to answerpnone, I constantly have to ring them back, to sum
it up it was a mistake it now sits in a cupboard drawer and Ihave gone
back to my cheap nokia which works every time. Unfortunately I am now
stuck with a 2 year contract at £ 20-00 per month
Reviewed by Colonel Klink from Australia on 29th
Slow processor, unresponsive screen, crapola RAM, 6 hour battery life,
unusable camera...don't waste your cash!
Reviewed by Les from UK on 26th Mar 2012
Agree with most of what others say. Some features are good ie sat nav,
google maps & camera. Other features are poor Internet keeps freezing
and pinch to expand /contract screen is only intermitant.The internet
help desk is useless - there is no ability to reply to their comments
and it appears to be based in the Ukraine. There are no preloaded games
and downloading them appears to be another nightmare. Overall i am unhappy.
Reviewed by alex from england on 24th Mar 2012
When I got this phone over a year ago there was no metion this phone
was a cheaper HTC, I am so dissatisfied with this phone, I cannot wait
for the contract to be over, I am even changing provider for not making
me aware how cheap and nasty this phone is, the camera is rubbish every
single photo I have taken is blurred, I can't play decent games off
the market and it isn't compatible and most others just don't work,
signal is rubbish worse phone I have ever had, y make a cheap version
I never want a HTC again as this has completely put me off
Reviewed by val from uk on 23rd Mar 2012
The phone has masses of super widgets and apps, but its ability to act
as a phone is severely limited. It locks after a few minutes of non-use,
and then it is impossible to answer calls, as they get lost before you
can unlock it. It gets expensive to have to call back on every incoming
Reviewed by Maggie from England on 21st Mar 2012
This phone is fab especially for a beginner learning to de-tox from
an old Nokia. Internet, texting, emailing all great, only gripe is battery
needs plugging in twice a day and it needs more memory for all the apps
available, otherwise a good phone for a techno novice. It does what
it says on the tin, quietly brilliant for the money, if you can afford
all the bells and whistles then my son swears by the Iphone!
Reply by ann marie from uk on 26th
Thanks for this review, I'm trying to ditch my 'old friend' ordinary
phone as its going slower & slower, so I need to move on. I've resisted
being dragged into the 21st century but your review has made me really
consider this phone, shame you won't get commission when I buy one!
Utility Warehouse will pay you commission for recommending but you need
to be a customer of theirs first, but they ARE well worth joining. Thanks
Reviewed by lakisha from usa on 21st Mar 2012
It is no good .my gps does not work .internet does not work. I want
my money back now . I need to take someone to court. I should of read
this 30 days ago.
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
21st Mar 2012
lakisha, no need to go to court. Just return it to the retailer and
explain the problems.
Reply by ClaireJane from Ireland on
6th Apr 2012
I am going through the same problem! I don't want mine any more, I have
had so many problems with it. I took it back to my retailer and all
they want to do is keep repairing it but its been in the shop getting
repaired for the touch screen sensitivity more times than I've had it
in my hands!!! so sick of it, worst decision I've ever made >:(
Reviewed by susie from uk on 15th Mar 2012
such a waste of money, with my first wildfire breaking within the first
week, the replacement within the second week, constantly dropping calls-
even when the signals good. continuously freezing, shutting itself down,
battery life is terrible and I can only describe another problem as
'spazzing out' when writing messages, randomly typing letters and symbols
and the notification bar pulling down constantly sliding over the keypad
while typing...the only positive would be the camera.
everything else about this phone is, terrible.
Reviewed by Joe from UK on 15th Mar 2012
This phone, in the time I have owned it is terrible. The battery life
is rubbish, and it is terribly slow. Its like being on windows 95. The
quality of the camera is not to bad but could be a heck of a lot better,
and that goes for the sound quality as well. The signal is shocking
but this is probably down to the fact I am on the three network. It
takes forever to load up when turning on, about 5 minutes sometimes,
and cannot be used for about 5 minutes when it has loaded. It just wont
let you. Overall, dont bother wasting you're money, do the right thing,
get an iphone.
Reviewed by Alec from Uk on 14th Mar 2012
Fails at the basic functions of a phone. Rotten signal reception: no
signal when other devices are giving not merely some, but good, signal.
And risky to get 36 hours off a charge with no calls. No use being smart
if it is not a phone most of the time. Bad mistake.
Reviewed by Ciprian from Romania on 14th Mar 2012
I don't like it either. I'm just wondering how come the overall rating
is Excellent with all these Poor ratings..
Reviewed by Sue from England on 12th Mar 2012
The HTC Wildfire is the first smartphone I have ever used and I love
it! It was bought for me secondhand by my husband to see if I could
get on with the technology (I am 60 and a bit behind the times) I made
a few mistakes at first especially phoning people I didn't intend to.
It took me about 8 weeks to fathom everything out and can't imagine
being without it now. I regularly use the internet, use Facebook, take
photos, download apps, send picture messages and listen to the radio.
It does everything I need and I'm finding it simple to use. Had no problems
at all up to now. Would definately recommend.
Reply by Laura from Uk on 23rd Mar
Me too. Have it for over a year now with no problems. Internet can be
slow but fine on wifi.
Reviewed by emma bates from uk on 12th Mar 2012
Absolutely awful, 4th time after been sent for repair and it still coming
back unfixed (problem with the microphone, people couldn't hear me although
I could hear them??) They agreed to replace the handset, this appeared
3 weeks later with the same fault. A month with no phone, sick of ringing
them and getting nowhere. Don't buy !
Reviewed by Matt from Uk on 8th Mar 2012
The worst phone I have ever had. Worked for about 2 weeks then screen
Reviewed by Pepe from Mexico on 3rd Mar 2012
I hate it. Its too laggy. Should have got the iphone instead. Damn.
Reviewed by jane from london on 1st Mar 2012
this is the most stupid phone ever. i texted my mate when i was with
my bf, and his phone beeped and got the txt. i checked the sent items,
and it said that it was sent to her. it also texts people when it feels
like it - sometimes the same message 100 times. it sent a happy new
year message to everyone last week and once i looked at the screen,
and it had half a message 'sorry can you call back i am busy...' and
i swear to god i never even typed that. if you click on a message string
- it will bring up every flippin message string except the one you want
- and this fun and games can go on for about 10 minutes. if the alarm
goes off, you cant turn it off, have to shut the phone down and wait
3 flippin hours for the stupid thing to load back up. sometimes you
cant answer calls, sometimes you will ring people without even touching
it. its the most annoying, stupid phone ever. god forbid you ever need
to call someone or send a txt in an emergency. i feel like smashing
this phone against a wall - or into one of them tree bark shredders
on a regular basis. and also the battery dont last 5 minutes. lol, i
hate it, its that bad its funny - and im so glad that im not the only
one. i was creasing up reading the reviews coz i know how you feel!!!
Reply by Janvi from India on 10th
Yea same here! This is exactly what happens with my wildfire! The most
annoying thing is the random texting. My friends think that I am pullin
their leg or something but this phone just doesnt seem to stop! >.<
Reviewed by graham from UK on 1st Mar 2012
I was advised to purchase the wildfire by the orange techy guy as "a
great touch phone".....how wrong was he. The sync software is useless
unless you have a gmail account. The speaker malfunctioned after 2 months,
but the worst thing about this phone is the fact that when you sync
it with your laptop the software in the phone screws up. It will then
not pair with a car or similar bluetooth device, disconnecting itself
randomly. The functions on the phone become less responsive and the
software constantly freezes. I have had to carry a 10mm spanner in my
car for 6 months to disconnect the battery to reset the radio and bluetooth
system when the pairing causes that to freeze. It randomly removes numbers
when you add a word to the phone dictionary then when it syncs with
gmail removes that number on gmail and it's gone....forget "smart phone,
dumb owner" the HTC is the worst phone i have ever used. I have had
to do a total restore on the phone numerous times and lost vital info
as the sync system is so poor. HTC customer support are no use, they
seem to be of the attitude of "flood the market and hope the %age of
good comments outweighs the bad" after I had my 4th wildfire and complained
orange kindly gave me a free upgrade due to al the issues. NEVER EVER
Reviewed by steve from uk on 28th Feb 2012
Not good, won't play video's , radio has never worked ,just kept getting
fobbed off by HTC UK and provider , when contract is up will never touch
HTC or Vodafone again :(
Reviewed by Geoff from UK on 27th Feb 2012
I can't understand all these negative reviews about one of the most
competent and reliable smartphones ever made. I don't doubt that the
reviewers are having problems but it has to be how they're using it
because these faults have never happened to mine unless it was me doing
something wrong. I used this site myself before buying my Wildfire and
was wary of all the complaints but I also spent a lot of time on the
various Android forums where users were detailing similar faults and
competent owners were giving explanations that cured all the problems.
Look for yourselves and find people with slow phones... then they say
they've 1000's of texts clogging it up.Have you seen that phrase often
found on the forums and Market reviews..... "Smart Phone, Dumb Owner."
I guess there have been rogue handsets. I know from reviews and the
forums that some handsets from our big high street dealers can be suspect
too, as is their after sales support if owners have difficulty using
their new handset. My Wildfire often had me cursing and swearing at
it for the first few weeks when it would send multple texts and phone
people when I wasn't expecting it to.... but it was always the idiot
holding the phone, ME, who was at fault. Each time I learned from my
mistakes and they never happened again.
This review site is brilliant and trustworthy and I repeat there must
be bad phones and dud phones out there but the Wildfire isn't one of
them. I love mine. 17 months old, no case or screen protector and it
looks as good as new. Battery charged every day but still goes to 100%
and lasts all day with lots of use. And I'm still finding things it
can do that I never thought possible but make my life easier. It really
is a Smartphone.
Reply by Diamond from US on 10th Mar
I truly love your comment. I bought the phone because you made it sound
so easy :)
Reply by Elisa from Finland on 30th
Huh, so you are saying that problems that I have encountered with this
phone from the very beginning (microphone stopped working for a month,
then suddenly recovered, in messages folder when tapping the new message
the phone shows another message sent a couple of days ago etc) are something
that are due to my own incapability as a phone owner? I do not think
that a device is good if you have to use days to read different forums
to learn how to manage it. And I will never buy another HTC!
Reply by kevin from london on 31st
had over 18 months no problems.yes does get sluggish at times, battery
will run low quickly if internet or maps are used often.call quality
usually good.maybe later ones are,nt of same quality?
Reply by Randall from UK on 12th Jun
I work for a technology company and not a single one of my colleagues
likes this thing. Add that to the fact that the negative comments I
see far outweight the positive ones and I think we can all agree that
your assessment of other people's phone skills is not only preposterous
Reviewed by jonn c from uk on 26th Feb 2012
Nice phone but rediculous battery life of just twelve hours that is
without using wi to , blue tooth, gps etc. Good camera though.
Reviewed by Tom from UK on 25th Feb 2012
Worst phone ever. im on my second one as the first one was absolutly
shocking, thinking it was a one off, i got another one thru insurance
and this one was just as bad, no memory, very very short battery life,
awful speakers and takes about an hour to delete 10 messages with auto
delete and when you go to send a text, click on one contact then it
will randomy load up the person whose text is at bottom of the screen,
same with phoning people. it is the worst! id rather go without than
have it, to be fair to it, its hit the wall numerous times and does
still live, but barely!
Reviewed by Katie from England on 22nd Feb 2012
I've had my wildfire for about 8-9 months and im not happy. I have two
year contract unfortunately so I'm stuck with it :/ I literally can't
have any apps on it because the frame rate is so low. I reset the phone
to see if it would help. I got a simple app and it won't even load.
The Internet is pretty much impossible to use sadly. The camera is or
was amazing. Form what started as 5 meg camera is now about 2 because
it's sticks out of the back to much. The lense gets scratched in my
pocket even with a case on! Texting is a nightmare. The other day my
friend text me and it took about 5 minutes to open the damn text. I
really wish I hadn't got the 2 year contract.
Reply by Colonel Klink from Australia on
29th Mar 2012
My Wildfire is a slug. I found that installing a task killer frees up
the RAM and speeds up the phone. I use Advanced Task Manager which I
got for free from the app market
Reviewed by sassy from unites states on 21st Feb
Had the phone for 3 weeks low internal memory ..cant text while charging..have
to charge every night ....can never get on the internet..wish I had
my lg back Had to uninstall fb idk the friendstream never updated..ill
have to fill you in more I hav it I GUESS
Reviewed by Abi from England on 21st Feb 2012
Basically the Wildfire S is the worst phone I have ever owned. I have
had it for nearly 6 months and have had no end of problems! It has the
shortest battery life ever, it barely lasts a day and I only ever use
it to txt o quickly check my emails! I find myself having to charge
it every night! On top of that I find it almost impossible to text on.
I have a had lots of types of phones inclding Samsung, Nokia, Motorola
even a Siemens and a Panasonic but I've never had this much trouble
just sending 1 simpl message. It hardly recognises any words and autocorrects
them as completely bizarre things! The back button is far too close
to the space button so I find myself constantly exiting the message
(and I have very small fingers so god knowshow a man would cope!)The
touch screen is very slow and trying toend a call is painful as it freezes
or exits the screen. The internet on it is appauling. it hardly everconnects
and if it does it is extremely slow. This is not just my opinion, I
have asked other people who I know who have the phone and they agree!
All in all I'd say it's the worst pon I've ever used and am very close
to throwing it out of a window and going back to my old Nokia!!
Reviewed by Aigroeg from asdfghjkl;' on 20th Feb
Well, The HTC Wildfire started of as an amazing phone! But I have had
it nearly 10 months now and it is utter rubbish! The touch screen has
been going funny (it won't work for hours sometimes), my messages take
ages to load it's unbelievable and it takes hours for me to delete a
chain of messages with like 50 in it, also the camera isn't as good
as some other 3.2 mega-pixel cameras! the internet doesn't always work
and it's extremely slow sometimes! The worst bit about the phone is
that when my phone dies or I turn it off it sends people old messages
on it's own. This has been happening a lot in the past 3 months, and
I'm not happy with it wasting my credit! The battery life isn't that
good if you like to text/listen to music/go on the internet, as at about
7 O'clock I have to charge it all night.
A good point about the phone is that the graphics in the screen are
good, but take quite a while to load.
I am a typical teenage girl who likes to text and go on Facebook, but
this phone just isn't quick enough! It takes me up to 10 minutes to
reply which takes the micky. Also Facebook on my internet doesn't work
properly due to the slow internet connection. I have got to have this
phone for 2 years (24 month contract) and I'm not quite 10 months in
and the thing is nearly broken, this phone is a let down! There are
much better android phones!
Reviewed by Goran from Serbia on 19th Feb 2012
You just install Cyanogen mod 7,this is mod for android Gingerbread
2.3.3 version and everything in great.My Wildfire runs great, no lag,
batery life is much better.For this money you cannot buy better android
phone.Build quality is great, looks very nice, kamera is pretty OK,
and audio quality is excellent, not like my old Nokia E52, where i need
to change speaker every month (don't get me wrong E52 is a great phone
but every nokia have problem whith speaker and not just E series but
EVERY NOKIA !!!).So just go for the Cyanogen mod and no problems (keep
in mind that whith install of cyanogen mod you lose warranty)
Reviewed by Allen from uk on 16th Feb 2012
Don't even think of buying it, WiFi is rubbish, internet slow, battery
finish, same with the Nokia lumia 800, I'm getting Samsung galaxy ace
on a weekend:)
Reviewed by asf from pakistan on 15th Feb 2012
it is very good
Reviewed by JCL from UK on 15th Feb 2012
HTC WILDFIRE has many problems with SKYPE and is unworkable. Check out
the internet and other sites about the problems. I have discussed this
with HTC and they say it is not 'their' problem because when the phone
was developed it was OK for SKYPE but now thatSKYPE has upgraded a few
times the WILDFIRE cannot cope with it. Choose another phone if you
ever want to use SKYPE
Reviewed by Dave from Denmark on 10th Feb 2012
Had my wildfire 18 months, there are loads of free aps out there ( check
the inbuilt market ap ). One of the most important will help address
the battery life issue, "advance task killer" is essential, so much
stuff goes on in the background the battery drains quickly without it
.. As for being robust, My 14 year old has one and that has been dropped
more times than I can count.
I use my phone at work to listen to uk radio via WiFi, A full charge
will only use 40% battery at the end of my 8 hours.
All in all i'm pleased with mine.
Reviewed by Alice from UK on 10th Feb 2012
Do NOT buy this phone!!! I've only had mine since mid July 2011, now
its February 2012, and it is soo slow. Also it sends random messages
5 or more times, my messages refuse to open and it doesn't answer call
50% of the time! Definately regret buying this 'smart' phone now! Rating
of 0, not 1!
Reviewed by DC from UK on 10th Feb 2012
Had the phone 10 months now and apart from the battery life and not
being able to upgrade to gingerbread I can't really fault it,been good
as gold, does everything really well,very reliable not 1 fault so far,
Reviewed by Catherine Phillips from UK on 8th
I am really disappointed with my HTC Wildfire. It might be the 'cheaper'
version of the Desire but oh boy you can't half tell. The screen is
so sensitive I have had to buy a pen to use with it. The screen is tiny
and because of the sensitivity very difficult to use to do anything.
Hardly any free apps and ridiculously short battery life. To add insult
to injury my husband went to the 02 shop a week or so after me & got
a Desire deal for the same price as my Wildfire deal with more features
and free apps.
If you can get the Desire not the Wildfire.
Reviewed by Stacey from England on 7th Feb 2012
I thought i would just have a look on the net to see if people had experienced
the same issues as me and THEY HAVE! I've had this phone for a year
and it's been getting increasingly worse over the last 7-8 months. Very
slow to open texts, texting random people, frequently unable to answer
or end calls, predictive text dictionary doesn't know very basic words
or replaces them with random ones (for example when i type 'is', phone
decides i meant 'OS'. In capital letters too). Battery is rubbish, phone
freezes....i have decided to spend £150 just to get out of this contract
as another 6 months of this rubbish will probably kill me. Wish there
was a '0 Star' option here.
Reply by david knapp from u,s,a, on
16th Feb 2012
stacey in England may be u should try metropcs no contrack no brainer.
david from u,s,a,
Reviewed by mellisa ernst from usa on 6th Feb
Love the phone!!!! Easy 2 use. Memory sux
Reviewed by alan from england on 5th Feb 2012
i have had to put up with this phone for a year and a half and getting
a new phone today... yep eeee
i have lost so much time and money with lost calls ( poor signal) each
time a call comes in the phone will not connect have down loaded an
app for an easy answer which sorted out the problem but now when answering
a call the signal dies ... so annoying
also the music player never worked
please don't spend any money on a htc phone
Reviewed by kierran from uk on 5th Feb 2012
I love my HTC wildfire. It's a robust phone
(I keep dropping it). It does everything my ipod does and I can message
and ring people. The only annoying things are the poor battery life
and the fact that as soon as my phone has been on charge for about 30
mins,the phone feels very hot
Reviewed by Arthur from England on 1st Feb 2012
As this is my first smartphone I can`t compare it with the competition,
but I`m impressed. There are a few small niggles like having to leave
it on all night for the alarm next morning, not being able to add new
message/alarm tones and poor radio reception, but other than that it`s
solid and more than does the job.
I have had one major problem in that after around 8 months it started
cutting off calls despite a full signal. This worsened over a few weeks,
but my phone shop sent it back to HTC who within a week replaced it
with a new one.
So far so good.
Reviewed by Beth from England on 30th Jan 2012
I would not recommend this phone to ANYONE!If I could have given this
phone a 0 rating I would have. The touch screen is NOT sensitive or
responsive. The battery life doesn't even last me the whole day. The
camera is very poor quality. It sends messages to the wrong people and
sends the same message more than 5 times. If you are wanting a phone
that appears to be high-tech when actually the basics of the phone is
worse than a brick then go for it.
Reviewed by Erik from Germany on 30th Jan 2012
A cheap phone with a lot potential. Sure, it may not be the bet out-of-the-box
experience, but great for tweaking nonetheless. It is an easy to unlock
handy why great support for alternative ROMs. I've overclocked mine
to 768MHz and re-partitioned internal storage so that I have 305mb instead
of original 170mb for apps Battery life ranges from 12 hours of intencive
usage to 36 hours of mostly idling. There are better phones around,
but not at that price. Ideal to try mods such as CyanogenMod. Hardware
is a bigger problem, but htc service is nice.
Reviewed by jadeeeee from uk on 27th Jan 2012
this is a great phone! and i have had it fir 16 months now... there
is a few set backs such as the porr battery life as if you are on it
all day i dies at about 4pm when i need it most!! also the screen will
only work if it it your skin it touching in so if its a cold day you
have to take you gloves of!!!... this is my first touch screen phone
so i dont have much to compare it on but it is a good phone over all
Reviewed by Helen from UK on 26th Jan 2012
Brilliant phone all round. Great touch screen - very responsive. Good
sized screen, very intuitive to use - I'd had a Samsung Tocco before
which was terrible in comparison. Good phone, on small budget.
Reviewed by dileep from India on 26th Jan 2012
I love this phone.....
Reviewed by alexmac from UK on 25th Jan 2012
This might not have been the best choice of touchscreen phone for someone
like me who likes a 'querty' keyboard with buttons (remember buttons?)but
it was the only free handset with my BT call plan and I thought I'd
try 20th Century technology even tho' I'm not quite ready fir the 21st.
Unsuccessful so far, as since starting to use it I've not managed to
send a text in less than 10 minutes, and usually give up, as my fat
fingers squish over several buttons of the on screen keyboard with disasterous
results. And all the intuitive stuff I've learned from Samsung, Nokia
and an early HTC are out the window so I have to RTFM (as in when all
else fails 'Read the Foolkin Manual')... but there isn't one- just 'tips'...
I'd give it to the grand daughter and crawl back to my stone tablet
except she's already got better kit..
Reviewed by Tate from UK on 24th Jan 2012
Awful. The alarm stopped working causing me to oversleep. Then it sounded
at a time it wasn't set for. The text keyboard is slow to respond and
the dictionary doesn't seem to know the most basic of words or insists
on using a capital letter when you don't want it too.I'm currently trying
to switch it off but about 10 seconds after it shuts down it restarts
by itself. An embarassment.
Reviewed by chris from uk on 23rd Jan 2012
ive had this phone for a year ive had no probs photos are good theres
plenty of worse phones out there some people talk rubbish its not a
bad phone when you consider its cost people should think about that
Reviewed by Fiona Mills from englan on 19th Jan
This phone is terrible! it first starts sending random texts to people,
then it goes really slow. The other day the touch screen stopped working
then the phone turned it self off, it has done that about 7 times this
week, the apps are rubbish compared to apple apps, being logged onto
facebook/twitter makes the phone slower, the battery life is rubbish.
today it started flicking through all the apps I had used today and
it wouldn't stop so I had to take the battery out! While being on the
phone to someone you can't multitask simply because the phone screen
flashes on and off, ending the phone being frozen, Once it would'nt
let me end call so i wasted 20 minutes on that. the camera quality is
rubish. RANT OVER! I cant wait to get my iphone!
Reply by anthony from waterbury on
12th Mar 2012
iphone sucks too.it freezes and its a hell of a bill
Reviewed by Jackie Bouaziz from England on 17th
Worse phone ever it freezes all the time, keeps saying storage full
when i have loadssssss left, starts opening features i have not requested
absolutely horrible phone.
Reviewed by Jennifer from England on 16th Jan
DO NOT GET IT!!!!! I had the phone for a year, it was so slow, most
apps won't work because of the major lag. In the end my mum just brought
me out of my contract, now I have a BB curve 9360 and absolutely love
it. Wildfire=Waste of money...
Reviewed by Hamish from UK on 15th Jan 2012
Worst Phone I have ever owned. So slow, texts the wrong people. Heap
Reply by Sohaib from Pakistan on 30th
It can never be possible to have a good phone to own until u better
know its usage....as in an htc wildfire everything is perfect about
it....the price,camera,apps and specially an android phone....its awesome
to have one....you cannot complain for its wrong messaging or calling
coz that depends on your choice to text and call....you touch the wrong
contact nd blame the phone...dat is not really fair....although i would
say that it has a beautiful shape and wonderful android phone to have....!!!
Reviewed by Devonte from UK on 14th Jan 2012
This phone is a GOOD phone, not the best but beats most mid range phones
that are curently available yes the phone freezes sometimes, but what
phone doesnt? Its got very fast iternet over 3G and even faster over
WIFI. the interface is very good and the screen is big. I really like
this phone. If u buy this u wont regret it
Reviewed by patrick from uk on 13th Jan 2012
good phone shame about the battery life
Reviewed by Becky from UK on 12th Jan 2012
I have had problem after problems with my HTC Wildfire! I regret choosing
this phone! I am on my second replacement. It's so slow on anything!
keeps freezing and force closes! I will never buy a HTC again!
Reviewed by N K Agrawal from India on 12th Jan
Very disappointing Battery Life, it can't sustain even for 24 Hours!!!
Reviewed by Malcolm White from United Kingdom on
10th Jan 2012
Very disappointed. The one thing I needed was to be able to answer calls.
When the screen is locked it's impossible to answer an incoming call,
because you can't unlock the screen with the usual swipe. I therefore
installed the no-lock app which prevents the screen from locking. However,
even though the Answer Decline buttons are now visible, I'm still unable
to answer a call no matter how I tap, swipe or press the screen. Total
Reply by steven from united kingdom on
3rd Feb 2012
i have the same problem with mine it wont let me answer a call very
annoying appart from that a good fone.
Reply by Malcolm White from UK on
16th Mar 2012
Update to problem above. The 'phone has been returned to me for the
7th time! It still won't unlock the screen and answer an incoming call
with a swipe if held in the hand, but will if it's on the desk. I'm
guessing that there's a firmware glitch where the process handling the
incoming ring conflicts with one of the other processes (g-sensor, proximity,
etc.), as the screen unlocks immediately the call switches to voicemail
and the incoming event (ring) ceases. Unfortunately, the HTC repair
centre don't seem to be able to work outside the box and accept that
there is a genuine fault with this model. It's unlikely, I'll ever buy
another HTC device.
Reviewed by cris from England on 10th Jan 2012
I just hated it! Didn't get tv at all, no app for it.
Reviewed by kieran from uk on 8th Jan 2012
Phone has some very good features although text messaging is very slow
,takes ages to send a text and sometimes 5 minutes to load a single
text. The body work is very easily dented or bent.
Reviewed by chris from uk on 5th Jan 2012
the flash is too bright and the quality of the photos are generally
poor. the handset also has a nasty habit of turning itself off apart
from that it seems to work ok but i wish i hhad gone for a samsung or
stuck with nokia
Reviewed by Tayzone from England on 4th Jan 2012
My Dad has the phone... but I use it a lot more often than he does.
From what I can tell (and he probably can't)it's a fantastic phone,
fun, easy to use and great to look at. Dad's had it for over a year
and I've never ha d a problem with it, neither has he and he's kinda
slow with the technical stuff but he gets on great with this easy-to-use
piece of great technology. The internet is quick too and it's very touch
responsive, I've always been terrible at texting so i can't blame the
phone for what is most likely to be my fault. The battery I guess could
be better but its and android so that's just part of the package. I
love the phone I want one myself but I can't have it. the screen real
good and clear too, great for watching videos and all that. My friend
has it too and she loves her phone. I'd recommend it to anyone. just
be careful not to break the screen, you'll have to buy another phone
or pay about the same amount to get a new one; just another android
phone this really. So get the phone and have fun with it; it's all you
really can do. :)
Reviewed by Nicki from Northern Ireland on 4th
Worst phone EVER. My hubby bought me this phone for my birthday and
within weeks it was causing problems to the point of sending 1,760 text
messages to one person and the O2 people said 'it's just a one off'
to two days later doing the same thing again!!! They replace phone and
the problems started again but this time locking up, slow etc. Then
on the 23rd Dec 2011 I was tapping at phone when it AGAIN wouldn't work
after numerous taps the screen just cracked!!!!! No undue force or drop.(I
promise) Well O2 won't replace and basically say it's my own fault,
so a phone at £150 lasted me 1 month.
Reviewed by matt from england on 4th Jan 2012
worst phone ive ever had, for ever tapping the screen as doesnt register,
Reviewed by kieran from uk on 2nd Jan 2012
Reviewed by Fan from Uk on 2nd Jan 2012
Well I have experienced the HTC Wildire and it's awesome it's got a
large menu a large screen and also a magic bottom button. Just like
the black berry curve. You also have the andróide market to download
thousands of free games.its An. Awesome phone the battery can stay up
to 1 week and you also have internet access also very fast and smooth.Its
a cery smart phone.It has got music player and everything.I would recommend
this phone for those of u that are. Very busy or if you really like
Reviewed by ME from England, London. on 31st Dec
Well the HTC Wildfire is a good phone lags a lot. Games such as Angry
Birds and Fruit Ninja are simply unplayable (if thats a word). The Market
is not updated either. Everything else is fine expect this 'lag.'
Reviewed by Ahamed from kandy on 25th Dec 2011
There are so many problems in hTc i hate this even there is no solution
for that .....i hate tthis andriod again and again
Reviewed by steve from uk on 22nd Dec 2011
seriously if you want a phone that will annoy you on a daily basis buy
this!! its truly terrible. I just tried to send a simple text.....result....10
minutes later im no further forward....its incredibly slow then its
decides to change the contact???? the battery, charged fully overnight
will never last till after 5pm the next day. i need to take my charger
everywhere i go!! when i answer calls it goes off often. seriously im
a patient person but this pile of junk tests me!! AVOID!!!
Reviewed by Rach from New Zealand on 16th Dec
I love it and I just wish it would stop crashing all the time! I haven't
dropped it or treated it badly, but it'll randomly turn off and take
ages to turn back on, which disables the sim card so I don't even notice
it's off until I haven't received a text or phone call in ages. How
do you fix the crashing and restarting??!!
Reviewed by Lisa from UK on 15th Dec 2011
Brilliant phone! Ive had it for just over a year n I never had any problems
with it. Although now Ive got water damage to the battery, its started
freezing every few seconds, but this isn't down to the phone, its due
to my daughter putting it into her mouth!!! Great camera, lovely large
touchscreen, lightweight. All round a great phone and would defo recommend
Reviewed by Jan from UK on 14th Dec 2011
I love it. I can do almost everything what any other phone can. Its
a brilliant Phone. If someone can use it then its 5 star but for those
who can't then sorry to say, it's no star...Its totally up to the user.
Reviewed by Bobby from UK on 12th Dec 2011
Had the phone for 14 months now. This phone is great, ignore the reviewers
here who slag it off as they don't know what they're talking about.
I've taken 100's of photos with very few of them being poor quality
- you can actually adjust the settings and even switch the flash off
if required. I have a 16g sd card, so it has loads of music and films
on it and my screen isn't cracked because i'm not stupid enough to drop
Reviewed by Jon from UK on 12th Dec 2011
ITS A USELESS PHONE... DO NOT BUY!!!
Reviewed by Kweku Abbey from Ghana on 10th Dec
I really enjoy the HTC touch screen sensation. I have had the wildfire
since September 2011. My only problem with it is, it appears when the
weather is hot.... like in the afternoons, when a call comes through
you drag the screen down to accept but it freezes and never picks the
call. Please if this problem could be looked into and a solution provided
it would cement my desires for my wildfire.. Thank you.
Reviewed by nige from uk on 10th Dec 2011
the camera is awful, all my photos are blurred n the flash is that bright
that peoples faces look ghostly..games play in slow motion..both my
teen sons also had this phone n both hated it
Reviewed by daveisafunckychicken from england on
7th Dec 2011
this is a poo phone don't buy, poo sensitivity I would recommend the
Samsung galaxy ace !!!!!!
Reviewed by cherisse from wales on 7th Dec 2011
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when i received this phone christmas 2010 i thought it was a brilliant
phone, cool and lots of free downloadable apps, within a few days i
began to think again, the battery was draining so fast. After about
2 months of having the phone my screen began to freeze all the time
and i was unable to answer calls or do anything exept for click the
unlock button at the top. Within 3 months of having this phone i dropped
it and the screen all smashed, it was still usable but very hard to
see through it, i asked the vodafone shop how much it would be to fix
a new screen-£100!!! almost worth the phone itself, then i asked the
local mobile shop £40!!! I just said to myself, buy a new one, i hate
the phone and will not be purchasing a htc touch screen ever again!