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Old July 30th, 2010, 05:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Potential buyer here - few questions

Hello all!

I am a proud owner of a HTC Desire, I really love it. My father is due an upgrade shortly and I have been tasked with finding him a free device at around 25 per month on the o2 network.

One potential phone is the Wildfire, particularly as it is essentially a budget Desire, but I have a few questions before I suggest it.

1. Does it ship with 2.1 out of the box? Also has there been any firm announcement about Froyo other than the "quarter 3" we got a while back? I think the Desire is getting it officially over the weekend.

2. Can the Wildfire be rooted and flashed with custom roms? Is anyone running Froyo on it yet?

3. Do the home replacements look good? Another considered device will be the Sony X10 types, I've heard things like LaucherPro and ADW don't look great on them due to the smaller screen.



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Old July 30th, 2010, 05:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1. Yes. As for when it'll get Froyo, no idea, but if the Desire is getting it soon I expect the Legend and Wildfire will follow soon after.

2. Yes. A quick Google search would have told you that. Not sure if anyone's running Froyo, quite possibly.

3. Sense is more than good enough that I feel no need to test out any alternatives. I imagine that it would nonetheless be better on the Wildfire than it would be on a Sony X10.
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Old July 31st, 2010, 03:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Froyo is deffo for Wildfire but it all depends on when the carriers send it down to us. Only unbranded Desire's are getting it this weekend.

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The Wildfire can be rooted. Just google for it. On the other hand - I would wait for the official release, and I'm not going to root it now and may be never. The Sense layout is rather nice in my opinion, but you have the Desire, so you should now.

I've seen the X10 Mini Pro, and it doesn't compare at all to the Wildfire. It's a different kind of device. The Desire and Wildfire are similar in many respects. The big difference for your dad (and I suppose he's not a power user) is screen quality. Speed will not be a big issue. Size and price may be.

I've tried the X10 in the shop, and the screen has the same resolution, but the screen is much smaller. With the hardware keyboard it's much more a texting device in my opinion. But I may be wrong. The WF is basic with a 320x240 screen, but it's good enough for me, considering the price.
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