It was announced last month and we got a hands-on more or less straight away, with the mid-range HTC Wildfire smartphone leaving a positive impression. If you liked what you read then, you might want to head over to Vodafone to place an order right now.
It's an Android phone, which probably won’t surprise you as it comes from HTC, but according to the company, this particular Android is 'bringing the full Sense experience to 18-25 year olds' - that being a reference to HTC’s social networking interface, as well as indicating a cheaper handset than say the HTC Desire. The latter has been borne out by the contract rates quoted by Vodafone.Saying that, this isn't the phone equivalent of a Club 18-30 holiday. The Wildfire should have appeal beyond its stated demographic. Let's be honest, aside from that Sense interface, it's also got Android 2.1, a 3.2-inch QVGA capacitive touch-screen with multi-touch; a five-megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HSDPA and Wi-Fi and a construction that looks anything but budget.If you want one for free, you'll need to sign on the line at Vodafone for a £20 per month contract, but that will tie you to a two year contract. If you want the 18 month deal, the price jumps to £25 per month.