htc desire z review
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- 3.7 inches S-LCD capacitive touchscreen
- Full QWERTY keyboard
- Up to 32 GB Memory
- 5 MP Camera
- In comparison to Desire HD, the display is smaller and the camera quality is poor
The announcement of the Desire HD has made heads turn and the experts are raving about it constantly. However, at the same time, another device by HTC is announced, which cannot be ignored as well. The device we are talking about is Desire Z. As a little brother of Desire HD, Z is impressive in its own terms. This one is a slider with QWERTY keyboard and features a full aluminium shell. The device looks gorgeous, it is easy to hold, and combines several high-end features that solely belongs to HTC. The handset appears quite similar to T-Mobile G2 because of its full QWERTY keyboard, but there are other prominent features of the mobile phone such as I Fi, 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 processor, HD video recorder, 5 mega pixel camera; and the Froyo, which is the latest version of Android™ operating system. We will discuss these features of the mobile phone in details on the later portion of the review. Though the mobile phone is yet to hit the market, but our experts have got a hands-on experience on it and here is the review.
HTC Desire Z – Display and Design
The display and the design of HTC Desire Z is definitely very attractive. However, if you compare the display of the phone with that of Desire HD, then you will find that the former has a smaller display screen. It is not insanely large, but still has 3.7 inches which is big enough. The biggest highlight of the phone that separates the look of Desire Z with Desire HD is the QWERTY keyboard. The way this QWERTY keyboard opens is really cool. Firstly, it lifts and then it slides down. Typing on this keyboard is easy and fast, and the users with long fingernail and fat thumb can also type quite smoothly. The keys are easy to press down as they are slightly raised, but you might find them a bit hard.
If the phone is not slid-opened, the majority of the display is covered by the large touch screen display. The type of this 3.7 inches display is S-LCD capacitive that comes with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and provides 16 million colours. Other prominent highlights of the display includes accelerometer sensor for UI auto rotate, proximity sensor for auto turn off, touch sensitive control panel, optical trackpad, multi touch input method, and HTC Sense UI.
HTC Desire Z – Network and Connectivity
The network and connectivity features must be rich in a smart phone, especially it is of a high stature like Desire Z. In terms of network support, the handset is supportive of both 2G and 3G networks. For 2G users, it provides the support of the quad band GSM 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900; while for the 3G users, the handset supports HSDPA 1900/ 2100. With the presence of HSDPA, the Internet connectivity of the mobile phone is also good. The speed of HSDPA connectivity with HTC Desire Z can range up to 7.2 mbps. However, those areas where 3G connectivity is not supported, they can access high speed Internet with Wi-Fi® 802.11 b/g/n. As the phone runs on the latest version of Android™, the speed of Internet access is excellent. In addition to such a high speed connectivity, Class 10 GPRS and EDGE also provides good support. If you want to exchange or transfer data from the phone to other compatible deice, then you can do it by using microUSB and Bluetooth® v2.1.
HTC Desire Z – The Memory
There is not much a difference between the memory features of Desire HD and Desire Z. The internal memory of the both the mobile phone is 1.5 GB, which is more than enough to store practically unlimited entries of phone book and call records. However, HTC Desire Z is a high-end smart phone and hence this much of memory support might not be enough if you want to use the features of the mobile phone to its fullest potential. In that case, you can always increase the storage capacity by using the microSD™ card slot of the mobile phone. Desire Z is capable is expanding the memory up to 32 GB, which is quite impressive.
HTC Desire Z – The Camera
One of the prominent multimedia highlights of any mobile phone is the camera feature. Inclusion of a camera in a mobile phone comes as a great handy as one can take snaps on the go, without carrying a separate snapper. Moreover, the mobile phone manufacturers are using the high-end cameras in the latest handsets to lure more buyers. For example, Desire HD comes with a fabulous 8 mega pixel camera and it has already grabbed the eye balls. In comparison to that phone, camera feature might seem to be a bit downer, but still it is quite impressive. Desire Z features a 5 mega pixel camera with LED flash, auto focus, face detection, and geo tagging. The resolution of the snaps is 2592 x 1944 pixels and it can record videos at 720p. There is a secondary camera for video calling.
HTC Desire Z – Music and Videos
Just like the camera, music and video players are also among the most vital multimedia features of a mobile phone. There are several mobile phone users who spend a lot of time by listening to music or watching videos on their mobile phones. The users of HTC Desire Z can enjoy excellent quality of music by turning on the music player that can play MP3/ WAV/ AAC+ files; enjoy watching videos by streaming the MP4/ H.264 player. The music lovers can also tune in Stereo FM with RDS for more entertainment.
Therefore, the Desire Z has everything that can make it one of the best smart phones by HTC. However, we have to wait for October when this phone is expected to release in the UK market.
htc desire z specification
- 5 Mega-pixel camera with Autofocus, LED Flash, Geo Tagging & Face Detection
- Video Recorder 720p
- Video Player supports MP4 & H264 formats
- 3.7 inch S-LCD Capacitive Touch screen display with 16 million colours & 480 x 800 pixels
- QWERTY Keyboard
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- HTC Sense UI
- Touch sensitive control panel
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Multi-touch input method
- Optical Trackpad
- Music Player supports MP3, WAV & AAC+ formats
- Built-in RDS FM Radio
- MP3 & WAV Ringtones
- Vibration Alert
- 3.5mm Audio Jack
- SMS, MMS, & Instant Messaging
- Email, Push Email & Gmail
- Downloadable Games
- Personal organiser with Phonebook, photocall, Calendar, Call Log, Clock & Alarm Clock
- Voice Memo
- Built-In Handsfree Speakerphone
- Google Maps™, GPS Navigation with AGPS Support & Digital Compass
- Android™ Operating System 2.2
- Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor
- 512 Mbytes of RAM, 1.5 Gbytes of memory with MicroSD™™ memory support for up to 32 Gbytes
- 3G HSDPA/HSUPA, Bluetooth® with A2DP, WLAN Wi-Fi® & Micro USB Connectivity
- EDGE & GPRS Technology
- Quad band 850/900/1800/1900 GSM & HSDPA 2100/900 Networks
- HTML Web Browser with Google Search
- Facebook™ & Twitter™ Apps
- YouTube™, Picasa & Google Talk
- GSM Talk Time 9.5 hrs
- 3G Talk Time 6.4 hrs
- GSM Standby Time 430 hrs
- 3G Standby Time 430 hrs
- Size 119 x 60.4 x 14.2mm
- Weight 180 grams
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Rating: out of 5.I WANT ONE!!
not to complicated layout , looks good and easy to use!
Rating: out of 5.Okay, but seen better
Had my HTC Desire Z for 2 months and I really don't like it much, it's bulky and looks a bit rubbish, not a huge fan of the QWERTY keyboard either as my fat fingers keep pushing the wrong letter and the battery keeps dying which is annoying. I do like the quality of the screen though its really crisp and the apps are good, there thousands to choose from. I probably wouldn't buy the HTC Desire Z if I had a choice now as the Nokia N8 looks flipping amazing, bit gutted but I have 16 months left on my current contract with O2 so not much I can do, think I will read up more in future before getting a phone as this site really helps.
Rating: out of 5.I WANT ONE!!
Got the htc desire hd last week &its great got tonnes of apps already, the internet speed is really fast so really good to use. I have never had a phone with a QWERTY keyboard before, thought it would be hard to get my head around but it's good, really like it. Battery is a bit rubbish but don't matter too much. Deffo would get another phone from htc all my mates want one now cos the want the great apps. I rate this phone a 5 star cos it's the best phone I have ever had :).
Rating: out of 5.Average
I recently purchased a HTC Desire Z and I am really pleased with it, although it is on the bulky side and the battery life isn't the best. Apart from that I am happy with it, the apps available are awesome and I think Android OS is a million times better than Apple, BlackBerry and Microsoft windows 7. The camera is good and I have been able to put them on to social networking sites really easily. If I could choose again I would prob opt for another HTC handset but not the Desire Z, certainly not anything other than android. As it has made the HTC Desire Z worth holding on to.
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