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HTC launched the Desire X at IFA this week and simplified its product range by bringing an end to its low-end Wildfire lineup. HTC Desire X The HTC Desire X rolls with a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon S4 processor powering an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich build. There's a 4in WVGA display, a 5Mp camera and 4GB of internal storage …

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Anonymous Coward

Still seems to be styled by people who style snowboards and skateboards. What about those who aren't 'rad'? can they not have a more stylish understated phone?

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No.

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Sorry, we're still working on knitted phones

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Anonymous Coward

Ugly from the back I think

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exactly why I came to make a post too

wth, HTC? what's that supposed to be? a squashed egg?

Just trying to get around the square with rounded corners patent?

Back when I liked your designs and wanted to buy your phones, your cameras weren't up to snuff.. now you're thinking of new tricks to make me go buy phones from someone else...

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FAIL

Not another one!

Can't they just do it once a year or so like ..... somebody else ....

The constant scramble to keep up to date must be costing somebody a fortune. "Here's our NEW phone! It's SO much better than our OLD phone from last month and it does everything we told you the old one would do, but didn't quite manage.."

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Anonymous Coward

The Wildfire series wouldn't have been so bad if they didn't skimp on the processor and memory so much. I get it's a budget phone, but my store had quite a few come back because customers didn't think to stop using Facebook.

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Meh

Wildfire still going...

I've still got my old Wildfire (with AMOLED screen and camera pushbutton) and I run it on PAYG as a 'standby' phone in case anything goes wrong with its replacement, the Incredible-S. It does feel a bit sluggish and look grainy compared to the Incredible, but it still does everything I would need it to do (but it's not very good for reading e-books and watching videos).

I can't think why I'd want to upgrade from the Incredible, since the 4" screen is the maximum size that I feel comfortable with using as a phone and carrying in my jacket pocket. Unless they can make smartphones do something amazing and 'must have', I see no reason why anyone with a recent smartphone would really need to upgrade.

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I have a wildfire S and I have no issues with the processor, but the lack of memory is a problem: and even that would have been alright if I could have uninstalled all the crapware. It has limitations but for the four main tasks I throw at my phone: light web browsing, playing music via Spotify, phone calls and texts, it is more than adequate and definitely worth what I paid for it.

That said, when I'm ready for upgrade in a few months I plan on not being such a tight arse and going for something higher end. Probably another Android, possibly WP8 if that pans out well. We'll see whats about at the time.

Regarding this new phone: Was the original Desire not the flagship model at the time? If so, I would have thought that relegating it to the budget model is more confusing than just refreshing the whole product line and giving it a new name and yet another letter...

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Anonymous Coward

Perfect Form Factor

For me the Wildfire S is the perfect form factor for a phone, but it is a big sluggish with HTC Sense on.. I have a Desire S, which I feel is on the large side - but speed wise its great.

If HTC put the Desire S CPU in the Wildfire S then I would be interested.

Unlikely to happen. These days its either poverty spec budget phones, or high end monster phones.

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wildfire limitations

Yes, all of that - biggest drawback for us was not being able to see a big chunk of the apps in the store because of its low-res-ness. Turns out that if you have a low-res screen you simply can't see, or have, apps that aren't marked as low-res compatible.

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Re: wildfire limitations

That could be seen as an advantage, rather than buying apps that won't run. You know what some people are like...

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Apple lawyer, frothing at the mouth: "It's rectangular with rounded corners! Sue-sue-sue!"

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Was Ive's mum scared by an Altoids box while she was carrying him?

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I am thinking of...

investing in my very first smart phone (seriously, I have not needed one until now).

However when I read this..."delivers uncompromised, studio-quality sound for your music" on the HTC website, I closed the tab and decided to look elsewhere.

I have worked in a recording studio, as a sound engineer, so this statement makes me wonder what else they may exaggerate or just plain lie about.

</shrug>

LG? Samsung?

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Re: I am thinking of...

Of course it does - provided you hook up a suitable amp and monitors

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Re: I am thinking of...

Ah, if you're looking for truth in advertising you're in the wrong reality.

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