If you don't have the dosh to fulfil your dreams of a Desire, prepare to play with fire. The HTC Wildfire is a budget smart phone that shrinks the cost -- and the size -- of the HTC Desire, without losing many of the features.
The Wildfire -- which got its name from a Facebook poll (inexplicably, 'Jovi' didn't win) -- looks like a shorter, squatter Desire. Its 81mm (3.2-inch) screen isn't the AMOLED type, so it's not as bright as the screen on the Desire or the HTC Legend, but it's easier to see in sunlight. The Wildfire also compromises with 320x240-pixel resolution, lower than its pricier brethren.
But after seeing the Wildfire in person, we think it still keeps the design flair that's given HTC the sexiest stable of mobile phones this year, and it feels solid and well-made. It also gets us all warmed up with its Wi-Fi, GPS, HSDPA for fast surfing over 3G, and the latest version of Android, 2.1.
Whether we fan the flames of the Wildfire will depend on how low the price goes when it hits the shops in July -- especially since we can pick up our March Editor's Choice, the HTC Legend, for free on a £20-a-month contract. The networks will have to beat that, and offer unlimited data to enjoy its wealth of features, for the Wildfire to sweep through our dry grass of critical acclaim.
Click 'Continue' as we recline on the orange leather and cuddle up to the Wildfire's features.
Since the Wildfire's price could tempt people to switch from a feature phone, there's also an app to help transfer your contacts and settings over Bluetooth. Once that's done, Android syncs your data with your Google account in the cloud.