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]
Tagged: HTC Sense
unexpected debut yesterday and isn't set to hit AT&T stores until June 20th, but we've grabbed a handset to bring you all the details ahead of time. Based on Android 2.1 with HTC's familiar Sense UI and a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, you could well argue that this is AT&T's answer to the HTC Legend.
HTC Aria, the Android smartphone we've seen leaked in recent weeks. Set to arrive on AT&T from June 20th, the Aria has a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, HSPA connectivity, Android 2.1 and HTC Sense, along with a 5-megapixel camera. As we've seen in those leaks, it's also a small handset measuring just over 4-inches long and weighing 4.05 ounces; it also has a soft-touch back panel. The HTC Aria will be priced at $129.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and presuming a new two-year agreement. [youtube rNPF-R5Yrts] [gallery] Press Release: POCKET-SIZED HTC ARIA TO PREMIERE ON NATION’S FASTEST 3G NETWORK Android 2.1 & HTC Sense™ Experience Combined With 7.2 HSPA Speeds Offers Exceptional Mobile Broadband Performance DALLAS and BELLEVUE, Wash. – June 14, 2010 – AT&T* and HTC Corporation (“HTC”) today announced that HTC Aria™, a rich and powerful addition to AT&T’s Android smartphone portfolio, will be available exclusively at AT&T beginning June 20. Pocket-sized and packing the power of the Android 2.1 platform, a five megapixel camera and a bright 3.2 inch HVGA display, HTC Aria offers AT&T customers Android smartphone functionality in an amazingly easy-to-carry design. The combination of 3G speed, a responsive capacitive touch screen and an optical joystick makes HTC Aria an ideal smartphone for mobile broadband. HTC Aria is Wi-Fi capable and qualifying customers will receive access to AT&T Wi-Fi, with more than 20,000 hotspots across the U.S. In addition, HTC Aria is compatible with AT&T’s High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 Mbps technology. This technology provides a considerable boost to 3G speeds when combined with expanded backhaul. The combination of faster wireless networks, smartphones like HTC Aria, and tens of thousands of available innovative mobile apps allows AT&T customers to mobilize virtually everything, from video and music, to social networking, to business applications. “HTC Aria is the first of several smartphones in our Android portfolio to run the 2.1 platform,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “When you combine the nation’s fastest 3G network, and access to the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network, HTC Aria will be one of the best Android smartphones available.” HTC Aria features the acclaimed HTC Sense experience, which automatically delivers the most-wanted information by bringing it to the forefront of the mobile experience. Featuring the latest version of HTC Sense, HTC Aria offers even more ways to stay connected, including Friend Stream, which delivers Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates in a single, consolidated view. “Its unique combination of compact size and beautiful design instantly separates HTC Aria from the pack of ‘me-too’ smartphones,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America. “But what really differentiates HTC Aria from other smartphones is the acclaimed HTC Sense experience, which we are pleased to be bringing to AT&T customers. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC Aria organizes all of your communications in the most human way possible – by person.” A full selection of the newest and most popular Google services can be accessed with HTC Aria. This includes Google search, Google Maps, Google Navigation, Gmail, YouTube and more. With Android Market, customers can also choose from more than 50,000 applications to further personalize the mobile experience. Along with being ultra-small at just over 4 inches long and weighing a mere 4.05 ounces, HTC Aria’s seamless wrap-around soft-touch back cover eliminates sharp edges, making HTC Aria exceptionally convenient to carry and comfortable to hold as well. Featuring the best selection of smartphones and OS, AT&T is ranked #1 in customer satisfaction among smartphone owners. AT&T plans to expand its Android portfolio to include other Android smartphones during the second half of 2010. Pricing and Availability HTC Aria will be available on June 20 at AT&T retail locations nationwide or at http://www.att.com/wireless for $129.99 after $100 mail-in rebate (pay $229.99 and after mail-in rebate receive $100 AT&T Promotion Card. Two-year agreement required and smartphone data plan required).
T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide, made by HTC and the newest hardware QWERTY phone on the network. We did the only sensible thing and unboxed it for you (unboxing video coming soon). You can't criticize T-Mobile's packaging. The myTouch 3G Slide comes in a hard-body metal-effect case with rubber edging, and you get a reasonable number of accessories too: a wall charger, USB to microUSB cable (which can be used for hooking up the phone to your computer), a stereo headset with in-line music and call controls, and of course the phone itself with a printed quick-start guide. Turn on the myTouch 3G Slide for the first time and there's a custom quick-start wizard which walks you through setting up the homescreen. T-Mobile and HTC have modified the basic Android UI, with a combination of HTC Sense widgets and a new graphical theme, and the whole thing looks distinctive and reasonably consistent. Icons have bold borders and there are the same FriendStream, Contacts, Mail and other Sense widgets though with the new T-Mobile color scheme. Like HTC's own-brand Android devices there are multiple Scenes - custom homescreen layouts - but the myTouch 3G Slide allows you to change them not only manually but according to time or even location. Flipping between panes with the optical joystick is fast, despite having a 600MHz processor rather than Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon, as are screen rotations when you flick open the keyboard slide. As for the keyboard itself, the buttons feel sturdy and have a decent feel to them, though we're still not 100-percent convinced by the offset layout. Interestingly, the default on-screen keyboard isn't HTC's excellent Sense layout, and lacks pop-over letter previews as you type. The other main change is the Genius button, which triggers Android's voice-recognition system. What's useful is that hitting it calls up a guide page with examples of what you can say - call a specific contact or a phone number, for instance, or dictate an SMS or email - rather than expecting new users to know exactly what the system is capable of. All in all, it's an interesting smartphone and - with QWERTY Android handsets still a relative minority, especially from HTC - looks to be a welcome addition to T-Mobile's line up. We'll be putting the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide through its paces over the next few days for our full review, but until then enjoy the hands-on gallery and unboxing video!
T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide unboxing video:
end of last week, with the leak of the 2.1 update for the Sprint HTC Hero, the official update wasn't too far off. And, sure enough, Sprint have come forward, late last night by all accounts, and released the coveted Eclair update for eager customers.
Virgin Mobile UK. Both have confirmed that they will be offering the Android 2.1 smartphone, with T-Mobile saying the "Desire Mini" will arrive on June 14th priced from free on a new, two-year £20-per-month agreement. The Wildfire is HTC's entry-level Android phone, replacing the Tattoo and yet still packing a 3.2-inch QVGA capacitive touchscreen, UMTS/HSPA, an optical joystick, 5-megapixel autofocus camera and GPS. It's also up for preorder SIM-free with Expansys, priced at £249.99. More details in our hands-on demo. HTC Wildfire demo: [vms 8f11f8f69cbb52b1396b] [via SlashPhone] Press Release: Talk on the Wild Side T-Mobile to offer HTC Wildfire London, 18th May, 2010 – T-Mobile today announced that the recently launched HTC Wildfire will join its Android portfolio in UK stores and online from 14th June. The new handset, a slimmed-down version of the popular HTC Desire smartphone, will be available from £20 a month. The HTC Wildfire is the first handset in the T-Mobile portfolio to feature the App Sharing program which allows customers to share their favourite Android apps with friends. The feature lets users send links of the apps they love for their friends with Android-powered smartphones to download. With thousands of apps in the Android Marketplace, this makes it easy to share and collect the best apps out there, using email, text or Twitter. The HTC Wildfire, designed with social networkers in mind, comes with ‘Friend Stream’, an app designed to help customers stay connected with friends and family. Friend Stream brings together your friends’ latest Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates on one screen, so busy socialites can quickly get a snapshot of what their friends are up to. Plus the handset boasts an easy-to-use optical mouse, and comes completed with a 3.2 inch touchscreen, 5 megapixel camera, MP3 player and radio. Nicola Shenton, Head of Handset and Device Marketing at T-Mobile UK said: “The HTC Wildfire is a great addition to our Android portfolio, offering customers an affordable way to get their hands on an Android-based smartphone. The HTC Wildfire is perfect for those who love social networking, and with App Sharing its even easier for customers to share their favourite apps with their friends, so they can have even more fun with Android marketplace.” HTC Wildfire Vital Statistics - App Sharing application for sharing Android apps with friends - Friend Stream, to bring social networking updates together in one screen - 5 Mega pixel camera - 3.2 inch touchscreen - Preloaded with Facebook, Twitter and Flickr applications - MS Active Sync for easy synching with work and personal email - HSDPA for high-speed web-browsing on T-Mobile’s super-fast internet on your phone - MP3 player and radio - Optical mouse navigation - Android operating software 2.1 - Weight: 118g
HTC have unveiled their latest Android smartphone, the HTC Wildfire, and it's an entry-level model that looks to replace the little-loved HTC Tattoo. Packing a 3.2-inch QVGA capacitive touchscreen, European 3G/UMTS support, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash and HTC Sense, the Wildfire looks like a cross between a Desire and a Google Nexus One. As for Sense, that has a couple of new features including displaying a contact's latest Facebook status update along with their photo whenever you call them or they call you. There's also a new app called Application Sharing, which allows you to quickly let friends know about software you're enjoying on your phone: after picking the title from a list, you can share it via SMS, email, Twitter or whatever other social networking tools you have on your phone. HTC Wildfire hands-on: [vms 8f11f8f69cbb52b1396b] According to HTC's Eric Lin, the Wildfire "makes good on the promise of the Tattoo... [it's] much better executed." That not only makes for a better phone for the end-user, but one that's cheaper for HTC to produce (meaning a cheaper MRSP) but that uses better quality components. The Wildfire has the same 528MHz CPU as the HTC Hero, but with HTC having stripped out the 3D animations from Sense it keeps things moving reasonably quickly. There's also a microSD card slot under the battery cover and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top edge. The battery is a 1,300mAh pack, though HTC aren't quoting estimated runtimes as yet. The HTC Desire will be available in Q3 2010, in black, white, red and brown; no word on pricing at this stage, though HTC tell us they're aiming for the entry-level "my first smartphone" market. [gallery] KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE WITH HTC WILDFIRETM Share apps, updates and experiences with the latest social powerhouse from HTC HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today introduced HTC Wildfire™, a new HTC Sense-based Android phone that integrates the most popular social networks to help bring your friends closer to you. HTC Wildfire closely follows the success of the acclaimed HTC Desire and makes the company’s signature HTC Sense experience accessible to a younger audience. “Today’s social networks provide an essential forum for friendship with more than 400 million users* - many of whom are young adults - actively sharing their lives with their friends through Facebook,” said Florian Seiche, Vice President, HTC EMEA. “HTC Wildfire makes the HTC Sense experience available to young mobile users for the first time. It brings all your communications into one place, whether it’s through Facebook, Twitter, text messages, images or email, ensuring that you are never far away from the conversation and always close to your friends.” HTC Wildfire helps you stay connected with those who are most important to you through HTC Sense, a user experience focused on putting people at the centre by making phones work in a more simple and natural way. You won’t miss out on the fun as HTC’s Friend Stream application seamlessly gathers and displays content from social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr into one organised stream of updates. HTC Wildfire enables you to stay up to date with your friends’ posts, comments, alerts and photos, wherever you are. In addition, each contact viewed in HTC Wildfire’s address book includes a thread of recent communications with that person, including when you last spoke, recent text messages and emails, and social network updates. When your friend calls, HTC Caller ID displays their Facebook profile photo and latest update, as well as a reminder if their birthday is fast approaching. Thanks to a new app sharing widget, HTC Wildfire enables you to recommend an application by email, text message or over social networks. Your friends will receive a link allowing them to find the application on the Android Market with a single click and download it to their phone. Florian Seiche continued, “We understand that people need a better way to navigate their way through the tens of thousands of applications that are currently available on the Android Market. In fact, our own independent research found that consumers are not only hungry for the latest and most popular applications that their friends are using, they want an easier way to find and download them. For the first time ever, you can recommend the newest and coolest apps to a friend or group of friends with HTC Wildfire. With so many applications to choose from, there’s a world of content to discover and pass along to your friends.” HTC’s latest advanced smartphone is great for viewing and sharing photos on Flickr and for surfing the internet thanks to its 3.2-inch capacitive touch screen. A five-megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash allows you to capture special moments, while a 3.5mm audio jack and micro SD card slot mean you are never without your favourite songs. Availability The new HTC Wildfire will be broadly available to customers across major European and Asian markets from Q3 2010. Notes *Source: www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics. More information is available on request. About HTC HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the centre of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com