HTC Wildfire vs. Palm Pre Plus – Review

by Jerry D on July 27, 2010

What happens when you pit HTC’s neat little Wildfire against Palm’s improved Palm Pre? Can the Palm Pre Plus mount a decent challenge and live up to the lofty expectations we had for it? Or will the Wildfire kick it in the knees and rub its face in the dirt? Here comes another big phone fight…

Connectivity:

The wireless options on the Wildfire include 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. Palm’s Pre Plus, meanwhile, dishes up 3G/HSDPA (3.6 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. There is nothing in it so far. This could be tight… (1-1)

Size & Weight:

As far as pocketability is concerned, the Wildfire is a neat 106.8 x 60.4 x 12.0mm handset. While Palm’s phone is 100.5 x 59.5 x 16.9mm. Overall, the Pre Plus is the smaller phone. But it’s also a little bit on the tubby side. Put the two phones on the scales and the HTC Wildfire weighs 118g, while the Pre Plus is 138g. (2-1)

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Camera:

Striking the first blow, the Wildfire’s 5.0 MP camera features autofocus, an LED flash, smile detection, geo-tagging and video recording. It’s a decent all-round package and the Pre Plus’s 3.15 Megapixel camera (with LED flash, geo-tagging and VGA video capture) is no match for it. (3-1)

Screen/keyboard:

The Wildfire features a touch-sensitive LCD display, 3.2 inches across with a quoted resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. Pre Plus’s touch-sensitive LCD display is a shade less roomy, measuring 3.1 inches but with a better resolution of 320 by 480 pixels. The Pre design also features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, which is easier to use than the virtual keypad on the Wildfire’s low-res screen. (3-2)

Performance:

As for overall performance, the Wildfire’s core uses a 528MHz Qualcomm MSM 7225 chip, while the Pre Plus uses a ARM Cortex A8 processor, rated at 600MHz. The Wildfire is based on Android 2.1 (Eclair) with HTC Sense UI, the Pre Plus uses Palm webOS. A point each. (4-3)

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Storage:

In terms of storage capacity, the Pre Plus features 16GB of internal storage, while the Wildfire features 384MB. Of course, the Wildfire also boasts a microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to 32GB. Palm didn’t build an expansion slot into the Pre Plus, so 16GB is the maximum capacity. (5-3)

Battery life:

How does the performance compare? HTC’s spec sheet lists 8.0 hours of talktime for its phone, compared to only 4.0 hours for the Palm Pre Plus. As for standby time, the phones can last for 690 hours and 350 hours respectively. The Wildfire takes the round here. Quite effortlessly too. (6-3)

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Extras:

The Wildfire also includes a stereo FM radio with RDS, GPS/A-GPS and a built-in digital compass. The Pre Plus features PowerVR SGX graphics and GPS/A-GPS. (6-4)

The HTC Wildfire wins!

htc wildfire HTC Wildfire vs. Palm Pre Plus   ReviewThe Wildfire takes all the points in this fight (6-4). For starters, it’s the thinnest and the lightest of the two phones here. And in Android, it has one of the most versatile OSes around. Add in the highest-spec camera and a slightly bigger screen (even though the resolution is much poorer), and you’ve got a great little phone.

Do you agree with the outcome of this fight? Leave us a comment below now…

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