HTC Desire Z Review: Desires A-to-Z

By 01:10 Tue, 10 Aug 2021 Comments


A few months ago, the original Desire was teaching younger Droids the ropes. Though it's no time to retire just yet, the next generation is ready to hold over. And we're talking no rookie here - the recent Desire Z means business with a remarkable QWERTY keyboard and Froyo. The two phones don't even see distantly related but the Desire genes and the bumped up specs bode well for the droid messenger.

HTC Desire Z official photos

Androids are friendly creatures in general but you might want to be careful with a metal-clad QWERTY messenger. We've come to expect solid build quality and premium finish from HTC and the Desire Z is ready to deliver. Another thing to watch for is recent S-LCD screen. Froyo is a promise for a major performance boost and the latest Sense is also in the mix.

Key features:

  • Quad-band Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) and dual-band 3G support
  • 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • 3.7" 16M-color capacitive S-LCD touchclassy screen of WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution (480x 800 pixel)
  • Android Operating System (OS) v2.2 Froyo with HTC Sense UI
  • Comfortable 4-row QWERTY keyboard
  • 800 Mega Hertz (MHz) elegant Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7230 processor
  • 512 Mega Bytes (MB) Random-Access Memory (RAM) and 1.5 Giga Bytes (GB) ROM
  • 5 MegaPixel (MP) autofocus capturing camera with Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash and geotagging
  • 720p video recording @ 25fps
  • Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) b/g/n and DLNA
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • microSD slot up to 32GB (8GB card included)
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Stereo Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS
  • microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v2.1
  • Optical trackpad with confirm action
  • Quick boot
  • Metal finish
  • Smart dialing
  • DivX/XviD support
  • Very fine audio reproduction quality

Main disadvantages:

  • The S-LCD classy screen is average (in terms of contrast, reflectiveness and sunlight legibility)
  • Non hot-swappable memory card
  • No front facing camera
  • Loose hinge
  • Quite heavy at 180 g

HTC have quite a flair for Android phones. Another thing they're fine at is QWERTY messengers. Not that we've seen much proof lately but let's hope it's like riding a bike. If they're fine at Android and if they haven't completely lost the messenger knack, a win should be in the bag for the HTC Desire Z.

HTC Desire Z live shots

It's been over a year since we had the pleasure of an HTC QWERTY messenger. You probably remember that the first of the droids came with a QWERTY keyboard. We guess it was only a matter of time for HTC to eventually acquire back to phones such as the G1, or even the the TyTN and the Touch Pro. Well, it's finally time for the recent droid generation to acquire its own Pro. The HTC Desire Z is reporting for duty.

Looks like we're ready to acquire to business too. Our tour starts correct after the break with unboxing and hardware inspection.



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