iPhone 4 vs HTC Wildfire – Review

by Jerry D on June 18, 2010

There’s a danger that we could get carried away with the iPhone 4′s technological leap over its competitors. But considering how quickly HTC’s Android handsets have improved, it won’t be long before Apple’s fourth generation smartphone is knocked down on its ass. HTC’s Wildfire is next to have a go…

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Connectivity:

The iPhone 4 is equipped with a 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps) chipset, along with 802.11b/g and 802.11n Wi-Fi, plus Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. The Wildfire, meanwhile, boasts 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. (0-0)

Size & Weight:

How big are these phones? If you’re enticed by skinny handsets, then the Wildfire is slightly fatter than the iPhone 4 with dimensions of 12.0mm versus 9.3mm. The Wildfire is also broader, measuring 60.4mm to the iPhone 4′s slim 58.6mm. The iPhone 4 is beefier than its opponent, weighing 137g. In contrast, the Wildfire weighs a mere 118g. An early score for the HTC handset. (0-1)

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Camera:

Swinging the first punch, the iPhone 4′s 5.0 Megapixel camera features tap to focus (which works for video and still images), an LED flash, geo-tagging, plus VGA/HD video recording. It also features a second, front-facing camera for video chit-chat over Wi-Fi, dubbed ‘Facetime’.

The two phones match each other for raw megapixels. The Wildfire also packs a 5.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, smile detection, geo-tagging and VGA video recording. The iPhone has the better technology here and ties the scores. (1-1)

Screen/keyboard:

The iPhone 4 features a 3.5-inch touch-sensitive LCD display with a high resolution of 640 x 960 pixels. The touch-sensitive LCD screen on the Wildfire is smaller, measuring 3.2 inches. Its 240 x 320 pixel resolution obviously loses out to the iPhone 4′s gorgeous display. (2-1)

Performance:

Comparing the processors and UIs, the Wildfire uses a Qualcomm MSM 7225 CPU, rated at 528MHz. The iPhone 4′s engine is a 1GHz Apple A4 processor. Apple uses iOS4 on the iPhone 4; HTC powers the Wildfire with Android 2.1 (Eclair) with its own Sense UI bolted on top. Two points to the iPhone. (4-1)

Storage:

With 32GB of internal storage, the iPhone 4 has more space. The Wildfire features 384MB of RAM as standard (memory cards may be included with different carriers). Without an expansion slot on the iPhone 4, 32GB is the maximum amount of storage. The Wildfire’s overall capacity can be increased to 32GB via its microSD memory card slot. (4-1)

Battery life:

How long will the phones last? The iPhone 4 boasts 7.0 hours of talktime according to Apple, while the Wildfire is rated at 8.0 hours. Standby time is rated at 300 hours and 690 hours respectively. A consolation point for the HTC phone. (4-2)

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Extras:

The iPhone 4 also includes GPS/A-GPS, a digital compass and a clever 3-axis gyroscope to enhance gaming apps. The Wildfire features a stereo FM radio (with RDS), GPS/A-GPS sat-nav and a digital compass. (5-2)

The Apple iPhone 4 wins!

iphone4 2up front side iPhone 4 vs HTC Wildfire   ReviewAgain, the iPhone 4 emerges victorious (5-2). It has has the best all-round camera features and the most memory out of the box. Crucially, while it has a bigger screen, it has the best screen, blessed with an astonishingly high resolution that needs to be seen to be believed. The iOS4 software that powers Apple’s handset is also more flexible and fully-featured than the competing Android build. But who knows how long that advantage will last?

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