HTC Wildfire vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 – Review

by Jerry D on July 29, 2010

Welcome to Big Phone Fight, a blog where we take two phones and pit them against each other in a techno-battle royale. In today’s match-up, HTC’s mini-Desire takes on Sony Ericsson’s compact Xperia X8. SE could do with a win; HTC has a fighting record that is hard to match. Game on…

Connectivity:

Need go-anywhere, browse anytime wireless? The Wildfire features 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. The Xperia X8 packs something similar – 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and matching 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. (1-1)

Size & Weight:

Now let’s talk about pocketability… There’s not much between the two phones – the Wildfire is 106.8 x 60.4 x 12.0mm, the Xperia X8 is 99.0 x 54.0 x 15.0mm. The Xperia X8 is the more compact handset. It’s also the lightest. Weigh the two phones and the Wildfire tips the scales at 118g, while the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is a good 16g lighter at 104g. (1-2)

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Camera:

Today’s smartphones often pack a specification that would rival a cheap digital compact camera. The Wildfire’s 5.0 MP package, for example, features autofocus, an LED flash, smile detection, geo-tagging and video recording. Even with its own geotagging functionality, a Facebook image uploader and video capture, the Xperia X8′s 3.2 MP camera underwhelms. (2-2)

Screen/keyboard:

The Wildfire boasts a touch-sensitive LCD display, measuring 3.2 inches and delivering a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. At only 3.0 inches, the Xperia X8′s touch-sensitive LCD screen has less room. But it does boast a better resolution of 320 x 480 pixels and a better dots-per-inch (dpi) ratio than its rival. The point goes to the Sony Ericsson cellphone. (2-3)

Performance:

As far as performance is concerned, the HTC Wildfire is built around a half-decent, not-so-slow-you’ll-be-frustrated-with-it Qualcomm MSM 7225 chip, clocked at 528MHz. The Xperia X8 has a slightly speedier 600MHz processor. It beats the Wildfire on paper, but you might be hard-pressed to notice any difference between the two in everyday usage. HTC’s handset is based on Android 2.1 (Eclair) with HTC Sense UI, while Sony Ericsson’s phone uses the older Android 1.6 build. (2-4)

Downloadable apps:

Storage:

With 2GB of internal storage, the Xperia X8 has more space as standard. The Wildfire features 384MB in comparison (although different carriers might supply a memory card to give you a head start). Naturally, the Wildfire also has a microSD interface, which can extend the overall capacity to 32GB. The inclusion of a microSD expansion slot on the Xperia X8 also bumps up the capacity, but only to a maximum of 16GB. (2-4)

Extras:

The Wildfire also includes a stereo FM radio (with RDS), GPS/A-GPS navigation tech and a digital compass. The Xperia X8 features also boasts GPS/A-GPS functionality and a built-in FM radio. (3-4)

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 wins!

Xperia X8 HTC Wildfire vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia X8   ReviewThe X8 is a smaller and cheaper option to the X10, slotting in between that handset and the compact X10 mini. The Xperia X8 narrowly edges out the HTC phone thanks to a better screen, with a far better resolution. It’s also smaller than the Wildfire and although it launched with Android 1.6, Sony Ericsson will be rolling out version 2.1 later in 2010.

Do you agree with the result in this fight? You do? You don’t. Let us know your thoughts below now…

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