A Closer Look at The New HTC Desire Z
Two phones were launched side-by-side at the Manufacturer’s Conference held in London last September: The HTC Desire Z and its HD counterpart. The difference between the two is that the Desire Z comes with a QWERTY keypad. The Desire Z’s keypad stands out from the rest of the QWERTY phones on the market; instead of a sliding mechanism, the keypad is hinged, making it less prone to damage from constant use. The keys are well-spaced and raised, making composing messages fast and user-friendly. Aside from the letter keys, there are shortcut buttons provided, giving instant access to user-defined applications. The QWERTY keypad is supplemented by an on-screen keypad on its 3.7 inch LCD display. The 480 x 800 pixel resolution makes using screen functions easy and convenient as well. At 180 grams, the Desire Z is light and easy to carry.
Powered by an 800MHz processor with the Android 2.2 operating system, it is a powerful mobile gadget with access to built-in Google applications such as Google Search and Google Maps. Froyo is also installed. It uses the easiest and fully-customizable Sense user interface and access to HTCSense.com, a remote-controlling application that allows access to your Desire Z from your computer.
Connectivity comes easy as the Desire Z is both 3G and WiFi compliant. The Android WebKit browser, combined with the operating system ensures fast web-browsing. Push updates are available for social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, enabling you to be in touch and updated on the go.
Other notable details are an FM radio, a media player for audio and video and a headphone jack. Memory is impressive at an internal capacity of 1.5GB, expandable up to 32GB with a memory card.
On the fun side, the Desire Z includes a sufficient 5-megapixel camera with HD video recording functions. It’s fully-featured for a phone camera, including autofocus, LED flash and face detection. The quality of the photos is comparable to that of the iPhone 4. It also comes with a HDMI connection port so you can view your media gallery on your television.