HTC Aria vs. HTC Wildfire – Review

by Jerry D on July 23, 2010

The HTC Aria and HTC Wildfire both occupy the budget end of the smartphone market. But there are key differences between the two handsets. Take a look at the battle below and see which cell phone wins out…

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Connectivity:

The wireless options on the Aria include 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. The Wildfire, meanwhile, has a combination of 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi in its own connectivity package. (1-1)

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Size & Weight:

Modern design favours light and slim handsets, so the Aria measures 104.1 x 58.4 x 11.7mm, while the Wildfire is 106.8 x 60.4 x 12.0mm in comparison. The Wildfire is the taller of the two phones by 2.7mm. Weighing 115g, the Aria is 3g lighter than the Wildfire, which weighs 118g. (2-1)

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Camera:

HTC has built a 5.0 Megapixel lens into the Aria together with features such as autofocus, geo-tagging, ‘touch focus’ and VGA video recording. The Wildfire also comes equipped with a 5.0 MP camera along with autofocus, an LED flash, smile detection, geo-tagging and video recording. The Wildfire grabs the point here. (2-2)

Screen/keyboard:

HTC has built the Aria with a 3.2-inch touch-sensitive display. The LCD screen has a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. The Wildfire’s touch-sensitive LCD display is the same size. In this battle, it suffers from a lower screen resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. (3-2)

Performance:

Under the hood, the Wildfire uses a Qualcomm MSM 7225 processor, rated at 528MHz. The Aria’s core is a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM 7227 chip. There’s not much in it, performance-wise and both phones run Android 2.1 (Eclair) with HTC’s Sense UI bolted on top. In usability terms, however, the Android experience is better on the Aria’s higher-resolution display. It feels a little cramped on the Wildfire. (4-2)

Downloadable apps:

Storage:

The Wildfire and the Aria come with 384MB of built-in memory as standard. But plug a bigger memory card into the Aria’s microSD expansion slot and the maximum capacity rises to 32GB. The inclusion of a microSD expansion slot on the Wildfire can also bump up the capacity to 32GB. (4-2)

Battery life:

Charged to the max, HTC’s spec sheet lists 6.0 hours of talktime for the Aria, compared to 8.0 hours for the HTC Wildfire. As for standby time, the phones can last for 372 hours and 690 hours respectively. A first place finish for the Wildfire in this round. It’s catching up… (4-3)

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Extras:

The Aria also includes a stereo FM radio with RDS, GPS/A-GPS and a digital compass. The Wildfire features a similar set of extras and doesn’t claw back any ground here. (4-3)

The HTC Aria wins!

htc aria HTC Aria vs. HTC Wildfire   ReviewThe Aria emerges as the victor (4-3). But it was a close fight. The Aria doesn’t feature an LED flash, making its 5.0MP camera less usable in lower lighting conditions. But it does boast a superior resolution to the Wildfire, making the Android experience just as good as a much more expensive cell phone.

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