HTC Desire Z Review

The HTC Desire Z, a smartphone device created by the HTC Corporation, was release by the American T-Mobile G2 for Canada and many areas throughout Europe. Released two months after its initial announcement due to delays in Google’s quality testing, the HTC Desire Z has most of the same specifications as its predecessors, the HTC Desire and HTC Desire HD. However, there are numerous differences on this particular smartphone that this HTC Desire Z review will show to be unique, like its sliding design, face buttons, and list of handy features.

Design

One of the best aspects of the HTC Desire Z’s design is its bright and colorful display. The 3.7 inch screen is smaller than those of the earlier Desire models, but its sharp 480×800 pixel resolution more than makes up for the size. The HTC Desire Z is a solid, heavy phone in aluminum casing, with a full QWERTY keyboard hidden under its screen. Instead of just sliding out in one piece like most keyboard phones, the HTC Desire Z has three different hinges, allowing the pieces to swivel outward in a cool mechanical transformation.

Features

The HTC Desire Z has all the basics: a headphone jack, micro USB port, and a 5 megapixel camera. The Desire Z runs extra smoothly on Android 2.2, and utilizes HTC Sense for some extra special touches. The phone’s web browser is Wi-Fi capable and supports 3G, so connectivity is both fast and smooth. It also features a trackpad, but with the smooth and silky scrolling on the responsive touchscreen, it is rarely necessary to use. The HTC Desire Z’s autofocus camera is also equipped to record 720p video, and the camera function is overall well equipped with various filters and effects.

Performance

Users who enjoy a physical QWERTY keyboard on their mobile phones will enjoy the smooth, solid buttons and comfortable shape on the HTC Desire Z. With plastic gaps between the keys, typos can be greatly reduced, eradicating the problem usually caused by physical keypads. The trackpad is responsive and smooth, but rendered unnecessary by the scrolling function of the touchscreen. The Desire Z runs on an 800MHz processor, which is weaker than those of the other Desire models though still capable of allowing the device to run well and greatly reduce lagging.

Product Specifications

  • 3.7 inch display
  • 5 megapixel autofocus camera
  • LED flash photography
  • 720p video recording
  • Android 2.2
  • 3G compatible
  • Touchscreen
  • Full QWERTY keyboard
  • Trackpad
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Micro USB port
  • HTC Sense equipped

The variety of features and the easy to use, comfortable QWERTY keyboard keep the HTC Desire Z desirable, even though it is considerably bulky and heavy compared to other smartphones on the market. This HTC Desire Z review has also found that it attracts many to its ability to run many apps at once, though doing so can cause its battery life to be shortened. The summary is that its positive qualities tend to greatly outweigh any of the smartphone’s negative aspects.  However, as with any mobile device, simply take the time to research the phone and its specifications to find out if it could be the perfect match.

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