GUEST REVIEW: HTC Wildfire extras, navigation & verdict

Here’s the final chunk of reader Tim’s HTC Wildfire review. Previous parts here – one, two and three. Should we have stuck them all together in one MEGA-REVIEW? Probably, but it’s too late now. What’s uploaded is uploaded.

TIM’S WILDFIRE REVIEW PART FOUR: Extras, Navigation & Verdict

HTC has packed all of its new bells and whistles into the Wildfire, including the standard Sense widgets, plus extras like an FM Radio, a nifty LED flash-light, Peep for Twitter, and Footprints (for whatever that does). When somebody calls you it shows you their Facebook status and their birthday, so if you’ve forgotten it you have a few seconds to come up with an excuse before your friend gets diverted to your voicemail.

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The Wildfire also fully supports Google Navigation, with voice input for destinations, and some rather robotic speech directions. While still in beta, this is a fantastic development from Google, and certainly not a feature you’ll find on a lot of similarly priced phones. It’s also very handy if you want to irritate a friend who has just bought a standalone sat-nav.

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HTC has indicated that the Wildfire will receive the Android 2.2 (FroYo) update which (insofar as you can believe what anyone promises regarding updates) will mean support for Flash 10.1 and finally the BBC iPlayer, although I am not convinced that this little phone will be up to rendering it.

Overall, the Wildfire is undeniably feature packed, let down slightly by its screen and processor – necessary evils to make it a cheap phone. Oddly it seems to have been priced on contract at around the same level as the superior HTC Legend, but if you’re buying one outright, it could be the budget purchase for you.

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  1. Bob

     /  July 2, 2010

    free satnav alone makes it worthwhile

  2. tehdog

     /  July 2, 2010

    Thanks, awesome review, but does the navigation work offline? I don’t plan buying a contract…

    • trutdyr

       /  September 12, 2010

      No it does not.
      Not unless you find a program which can. if you do please write it.

  3. Tim

     /  July 2, 2010

    Thanks! I haven’t tried it but I’m pretty sure Google Navigation requires a constant data connection to download map data as it goes through your journey (as opposed to doing it all in one go while you’re at home on wifi for example) which would mean you’d need a SIM and a data plan. But I’ll try and test the theory this weekend and let you know.

  4. tehdog

     /  July 2, 2010

    yep, i googled some more and it seems to be a pretty often requsted feature to make the navigation offline, see
    http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=4471

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