Motorola Defy vs. HTC Wildfire – Review

by Jerry D on December 24, 2010

The Motorola Defy might not be able to mix it with the super-smartphones, but it’s more than a match for the second-tier fighters. The HTC Wildfire has proved popular but is starting to show its age. Surely the Defy can take this phone down? Seconds away… round 1!

defy vs htc wildfire Motorola Defy vs. HTC Wildfire   Review


The guts of the rugged Defy come packed with 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR/A2DP connectivity. HTC’s Wildfire, meanwhile, dishes up 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi (yep, no ‘n’ option) and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. (1-0)

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Size & Weight:

Put the two phones side-by-side and the Defy is a teeny bit taller than the Wildfire with dimensions of 107.0mm versus 106.8mm. The Wildfire is ever so slightly wider, measuring 60.4mm to the Defy’s 59.0mm. The Defy and HTC Wildfire both tip the scales at 118g. So this is a good match-up. (1-1)



Motorola has opted for a 5.0 Megapixel camera in its handset, which boasts typical features such as: autofocus, an LED flash, geotagging, a digital zoom and video capture. The camera supports a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels.

The HTC Wildfire matches its opponent with a 5.0 Megapixel camera of its own, as well as autofocus, an LED flash, amile detection, geo-tagging and video recording. (1-1)

Here’s how the raw technology of the cameras compare*.

1.0MP – 1280 x 960 pixels
2.0MP – 1600 x 1200 pixels
3.1MP – 2048 x 1536 pixels
5.0MP – 2592 x 1944 pixels
8.0MP – 3264 x 2448 pixels
10.0MP – 3872 x 2592 pixels
12.0MP – 4290 x 2800 pixels
16.0MP – 4920 x 3264 pixels

*These are typical resolutions. Actual resolutions may vary


The Defy is a far newer phone and features a touch-sensitive LCD display, 3.7 inches across with a quoted resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. Jamming 409,920 pixels into this screen size gives the Defy a good pixel density of 264.865 pixels per inch (PPI).

Measuring just 3.2 inches, the Wildfire’s touch-sensitive LCD screen is significantly smaller. It also boasts a much lower resolution (only 240 x 320 pixels) than the Defy. Do the math again and the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is a lowly 125.0. The Motorola phone easily takes this round. (2-1)



As for the two processors and UIs, the Motorola Defy is powered by a TI OMAP3610 processor, clocked at 800MHz. The Wildfire has a much older (and slower) 528MHz Qualcomm MSM 7225 chip. Another point for the Defy in this fight. (3-1)


In terms of software, both phones run Android 2.1 (Eclair). The Defy features Motorola’s own social media-friendly MotoBlur enhancement, while the Wildfire is jazzed up by HTC’s Sense UI. (3-1)

Downloadable apps


The Defy boasts 2GB compared to the default 384MB capacity of the Wildfire. Plug a bigger memory card into the Defy’s microSD expansion slot and the maximum capacity rises to a healthier 32GB. A microSD slot on the Wildfire further boosts the overall memory on HTC’s phone to 32GB. The point goes to the Defy as it features more memory out of the box. (Although this might vary from carrier to carrier). (4-1)

Battery life:

With a full charge, Motorola says that the Defy can deliver a decent 6.5 hours of talktime, while the Wildfire is rated at a more impressive and longer-lasting 8.0 hours. Standby time is quoted as 237 hours and 690 hours respectively, so the Defy loses out here. (4-2)

Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.


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The Defy also includes GPS/A-GPS, a built-in FM radio, integrated digital compass, DLNA content sharing and a Gorilla Glass display. The Wildfire also features a stereo FM radio with RDS, GPS/A-GPS and a digital compass. (5-2)

The Motorola Defy wins!

motorola defy Motorola Defy vs. HTC Wildfire   Review It might fall short when pitched in against the iPhone 4 or HTC Desire HD. But the Motorola Defy has enough tech in its locker to smack down this ageing HTC handset (5-2).

Key highlights? It has the most memory out of the box and a superior display, both in terms of screen size and resolution. It’s also the speedier of the two phones and, while you might have to charge it up more often than the Wildfire, it’s easily the better choice.

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