GUEST REVIEW: HTC Wildfire multimedia & camera samples

Here’s the third installment of our “crowd sourced” reader review of the HTC Wildfire. Part one is here and part two is here, if you haven’t been sitting there pressing F5 in front of EuroDroid all day and missed them.

TIM’S WILDFIRE REVIEW PART THREE: Multimedia & Camera

The Wildfire comes with HTC’s standard Music application, as well as an FM Radio (if you’re happy to use your headset, and your head, as an antenna). They’re not really much to shout about (there’s no equaliser for example), but they do the job adequately.

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The Wildfire’s Video application basically searches your SD card for something it can play. I tried it with some standard video files I’ve used on other devices (Desire, iPod) and to say it struggled would be an understatement.

The combined effort of decoding a video file and resizing it was too CPU-intensive, and the frame-rate dropped to an unwatchable level. It’s a shame because, by comparison, the preloaded YouTube app runs very smoothly, and so does TVcatchup.com, the streaming TV website.

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Of course, the Video application is only really there to play videos you have recorded with the device’s own camera – which boasts a respectable 5megapixels, and comes with autofocus, LED flash, and geo-tagging.

It’s not going to replace your real camera, but is certainly good enough for taking impromptu pictures when you’re out and about. The definition is good, but as with all but the most top-end of mobile cameras, the colours look a bit washed out.

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Here’s an example of a wide-shot, taken on a conveniently sunny day.

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And a close up. In the final part I’ll sum up a few more extras, navigation, and reach a verdict on HTC’s new baby.

Thanks, Tim. We would’ve used a clip of Rachel Riley picking out the letters on Countdown to illustrate the video features, but we’re just nit picking here. Nice work. We’ll put the final part of Tim’s Wildfire review up later today.

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