Monthly Archive: December 2013
Samsung Galaxy S landed on our mat earlier, a new HTC Wildfire has just appeared too. HTC's new entry-level handset made its debut a month or so ago, and now we've one of the first review units in to see how well it holds up. Aesthetically, the Wildfire cherrypicks from the rest of HTC's range: ostensibly it's a mini-Desire, with the same optical trackpad, but the touch-sensitive buttons under the screen and the color scheme are from the Nexus One. Meanwhile the striped back panel looks like the back of the HTC HD2, though the middle section doesn't remove separately. There's also Android 2.1 with HTC Sense, again from the Desire. HTC Wildfire unboxing & hands-on: [vms 8e41c89689f54970bb35] Of course, once you turn it on the more humble specifications of the Wildfire rear their head. The display is a 3.2-inch QVGA LCD panel, rather than the WVGA AMOLED of the Desire (or indeed the HVGA of the Legend), though unlike the Tattoo it basically replaces it has a capacitive touchscreen panel rather than resistive. That touchscreen is nicely responsive, and while the Wildfire only has a 528MHz processor it seems to nip through the menus without lag. We'll be checking to see how well it copes loaded down with apps, of course. The 5-megapixel camera (with autofocus and LED flash) is a welcome carry-over from the Desire, and of course there's the usual WiFi b/g, Bluetooth, 3G/UMTS and GPS. Build quality is reassuringly high, and at 4.2 x 2.4 x 0.48 inches it's a relatively compact device as well. We'll be putting the Wildfire through its paces ahead of its full review, so until then enjoy the unboxing & demo video and the gallery below! [gallery]
Galaxy Tab P1000 - spotted on video yesterday - has apparently been detailed in a further leak, with a new source claiming that it's around as thin as an iPhone, does indeed have full voice call functionality, but lacks an integrated earpiece. Engadget were contacted by an anonymous tipster who claimed to have hands-on experience with the Tab P1000; they reckon it's "sturdy and well-built" and will require Bluetooth headsets for voice calls. Meanwhile it's also said to have GPS, Android 2.2 - with no modifications in the prototype the source used - and a a 3.2 megapixel camera, along with a front-facing camera for video calls. There's obviously Bluetooth and WiFi, together with 3G, and the ability to tether via WiFi or USB; the battery, meanwhile, is non-user accessible. [youtube ZklPmnDfwNk]
Samsung Galaxy S in the house, and we have to say we're excited. Samsung's first Android smartphone to use their Super AMOLED technology is quite the pocket powerhouse, with an indecently bright, crisp WVGA capacitive touchscreen and the company's 1GHz Hummingbird processor keeping things swift. Check out our exclusive unboxing video, walkthrough and some first impressions!
Earlier today HTC announced plans to bring the Desire to the US. Soon after, Cellular South announces its plans to release the Desire. It currently listed as “coming soon”, let’s just say expect to see it released sometime in August.
has announced that the HTC Desire will indeed see a US launch, having up until now been available only in Europe and Asia. According to the company's official Twitter account, the Desire "is coming to the US via select regional operators in August." The exact details - such as which regional carriers and what sort of price tag the Android 2.1 smartphone will carry - are yet to be confirmed, with HTC saying it will announce them closer to the handset's launch. Similar to the Google Nexus One, which HTC manufacture for the search giant, the Desire runs a 1GHz Snapdragon processor but has HTC's Sense UI. More details in our review over at SlashGear.