Originally released for Europe and Asia, the HTC Wildfire is coming to regional carriers in North America in Q4. Alltel is the first to bring the budget-friendly Android smartphone to the U.S. It's available now for $29.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.
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The Wildfire runs Android 2.1 with HTC Sense and offers full wireless options and a 5-megapixel camera. However, the trade off for the cheap price tag is a slower 528MHz processor and a smaller, lower-resolution touch screen.
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The Wildfire has a compact design, measuring just 4.6 inches tall by 2.4 inches wide by 0.5 inch thick. Though petite, the phone has a very solid build.
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On the handset's left spine, you'll find a volume rocker and a Micro-USB port.
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The top of the smartphone houses the 3.5mm headphone jack and power button.
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The HTC Wildfire offers a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and video recording.
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The picture quality was mediocre. Though we could make out the objects in the images just fine, the photos could have been sharper and more vibrant.