HTC Desire Z detailed review


The new HTC Desire Z, only the second Android phone from the touch-phone giant to feature a QWERTY keyboard, has drawn much attention already from the Android fanatics worldwide. The phone to be released as the ‘T-Mobile G2’ in the US, has all that one would expect from a high-end mobile device. With the much anticipated Froyo (Android 2.2) to be shipped with, the Desire Z along with the Desire HD finds place in the list of much-awaited phones.

The HTC Desire Z is aimed to be a perfect companion to you in every sense – it’s a complete package with social networking capabilities, huge display for watching movies, keeping updated with feeds, E-mail accounts integrated for the workaholics, the camera, music, navigation, texting, movies, fun, games, ooh … the list would be endless, thanks to HTC for this perfect blend, not to forget the Android application support, and its multitasking capabilities. You can view, edit Microsoft documents, view PDFs, view mail attachments, and do much much more.

The first thing that will make you raise eye brows is the Desire Z’s clever finishing. With the phone in open position to use the QWERTY keyboard, it looks as if the keyboard was attached to the external side. The hinge between the screen and they keyboard is a perfect joint, and the Z name comes to it because of the hinge, clearly distinguishing it from its predecessor, the 1 GHz equipped HTC Desire.

The front view of the phone bears traditional HTC looks, with touch buttons at the bottom of the screen, and an optical trackpad, another reason not to ponder the absence of dedicated navigation keys in the QWERTY keyboard. The QWERTY keyboard looks attractive with its keys cleverly placed, to achieve some fast typing speeds. But we’ll have to wait and see how it feels to use the keyboard. Surprisingly, the TAB key has made its way which mobile phones do not feature usually and the SHIFT keys are big enough to help for some quick typing. First-time QWERTY users could feel the phone a bit heavier, but at 180g it is a fair weight considering its size, and functionalities.

The phone rotates from portrait to landscape with the keyboard open. But not more idea is present as to what all would rotate, but some third party Android apps would opt to function only in the portrait mode.

The phone features a super LCD capacitive touch screen. The 3.7 inch touch screen features pinch-to-zoom and it’s a great one to watch your favourite movies in 480×800 WVGA resolution. It houses a 800 MHz processor with 512 MB RAM and 1.5 GB of phone memory, and supports further expansions through micro SD. That would be really huge memory storage, and with DLNA, photos, movies, and music can be shared to your TV. The processor is a less powerful one compared to the Desire’s 1 GHz processor, but maybe the reduced use of the on-screen keyboard in the Desire Z might demand a less powerful processor.


The phone features a 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and it is also equipped with an LED flash. It is capable of recording footages in 720p HD. Again, this is a cool one to own for photo-maniacs given its support for photo effects, and photo editing. With geotagging, you can transform your life into pictures quite realistically. The phone comes with other sensors usually found in HTC devices – the G-sensor, digital compass, proximity sensor, and light sensor.

Another cool feature supported to get emotionally attached to your phone – the makes complete sense in every sense, seriously! With just access to the internet, you can connect to your phone remotely from anywhere, send texts or visit your favourite bookmarks or ping your drunken buddies. Even in your most unfortunate moment to lose your phone, you can wipe off all your personal stuff from the phone. Cool.. isn’t it!

The phone has not stoppages to social networking and video sharing, thanks to HTC Sense. However, we’ll have to wait until we have the gadget in hand to discover few aspects like the performance of the keyboard, the audio quality from the speakers, the browsing speed via 3G and Wi-Fi, the rendering of web pages, and the battery backup durations. But for its specs, the stunning looks it wears, and the ease of use with the QWERTY keyboard, it is a great gadget to boast about, and has all that to make a hit model from HTC.

Detailed specs

CPU Processing Speed
800 MHz

Internal phone storage: 1.5 GB
RAM: 512 MB

Expansion slot:

* microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)


* 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
* Standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)


* G-Sensor
* Digital compass
* Proximity sensor
* Ambient light sensor

HTC Widgets

* Bookmarks, Calculator, Calendar, Clock, FM Radio, Friend Stream, HTC Likes, Mail, Messages, Music, Navigate, News, People, Search Anywhere, Settings, Stocks, Twitter™, Weather, and more
* Downloadable widgets


* Gallery, Music, and FM Radio
* Share videos, photos, or music from your phone to your TV via DLNA®

Audio supported formats:

* Playback:.aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
* Recording:.amr

Video supported formats:

* Playback:.3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9)
* Recording:.3gp

Power & Battery

Battery type: Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery

Capacity: 1300 mAh

Talk time:

* WCDMA: Up to 400 mins
* GSM: Up to 590 mins

Standby time:

* WCDMA: Up to 430 hours
* GSM: Up to 430 hours



* HSPA/WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz
* GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

Asia Pacific:

* HSPA/WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz
* GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz


Android™ 2.2 (Froyo) with HTC Sense™


* 5 megapixel color camera
* Auto focus and flash
* 720p HD video recording
* Face detection capability
* Built-in effects include depth of field, vignette, and more
* Geotagging



* Up to 14.4 Mbps download speed
* Up to 5.76 Mbps upload speed


* Up to 114 kbps downloading


* Up to 560 kbps downloading


* IEEE 802.11 b/g/n


* Bluetooth® 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate
* A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
* FTP and OPP (object push) for file transfer
* Other supported profiles: AVRCP, GAP, GOEP, HFP, HSP, PBAP, SPP, Service Discovery Application Profile

Social Networking

* Facebook® and Twitter™ for HTC Sense
* Friend Stream
* Share photos/videos on Facebook®, Flickr®, Twitter™, or YouTube™
* HTC Peep for tweeting


* Internal GPS antenna
* With Locations, explore maps with zero wait, zero dead spots, and zero data roaming fees


* USB and Wi-Fi® tethering


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