HTC Sense

HTC Wildfire gets reviewed at SlashGear

Curious about HTC's new budget Android smartphone, the HTC Wildfire?  Over at SlashGear we've just finished reviewing the new handset, which promises much of the functionality users have grown to expect from HTC's higher-end devices only with a bargain price tag. That means you get a 5-megapixel camera, HTC Sense, 3G, WiFi and Flash support; still, it's not all plain sailing.  The display may be 3.2-inches, like the HTC Legend, but it's only running at QVGA resolution.  For all the details, head over to SlashGear for the full review!

HTC Wildfire unboxed & hands-on

It's turning into the day for new Android phones showing up here at Android Community - after the 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]

AT&T HTC Aria hands-on

The HTC Aria made its 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.

AT&T HTC Aria official: due June 20th [Video]

AT&T have officially announced the 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).

Fancy Widget for Android

No your eyes are not deceiving you, this isn’t the return of the original HTC Sense knockoff Beautiful Widgets. The screenshot is of a new entry in the Android Widget market, Fancy Widget. It bears a striking resemblance to the original Beautiful Widget.

Battery Tips from Sprint To Maximize Life On The EVO 4G

One of the few gripes people is having with the new EVO 4G is short battery life. While on 4G and medium to heavy usage, I’ve seen the 4G go from fully charged to almost dead in 4-5 hours. This is unacceptable for today Smartphone’s. It should last at least 8 hours or more if you’re not a heavy user.

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide unboxing

Froyo may have been looming large for the past few weeks, but that hasn't staunched the onslaught of new Android smartphones. Latest on the Android Community test bench is the 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:

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Sprint Evo 4G Review

Talk about hotly anticipated. Even before the HTC EVO 4G was officially announced, talk of a WiMAX Android smartphone had been driving speed freaks wild with the promise of 4G connectivity and the flexibility of an open-source OS. The handset even managed to oust attention from the Nexus One at Google IO last week, when the search giant handed out hundreds of EVO 4G handsets to attending developers. The promise is straightforward: big screen, big camera and a big pipe; does the EVO 4G live up to its spec sheet?

T-Mobile & Virgin Mobile price & date HTC Wildfire

The HTC Wildfire now has a price and date attached, thanks to carriers T-Mobile UK and 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
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