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HTC Desire Z and Desire HD Review

HTC Desire Z

The HTC Desire Z is about the size of the original Desire and sports a brilliant 3.7-inch 480×800 resolution display. Below the screen are the touch-sensitive Home, Menu, Back and Search buttons, and a trackpad for navigation. It is a little weird to have a trackpad which you probably would not use much, especially when there is a full touch screen there.

We also note that the on-screen button to bring up the app menu is very close to the Home button, and there is a high chance to press the wrong one accidentally.

Although it is about the same size as the Desire, this one is thicker and that’s only because it holds a QWERTY keyboard. Users who prefer typing messages using the phone’s keyboard would probably like the Desire Z. Well, it is the only model among the Desire and Desire HD to come with it anyway.

Unlike the conventional ones with squarish buttons, the Desire Z ones are more rectangular, which can be slightly tedious to type if you have small hands. For example, you may need to strain your thumbs when you reach for keys like “F” and “H”.


The Desire Z uses a proprietary Z-hinge that slides out the keyboard differently, compared to other QWERTY smartphones; it moves in a top and out motion like the above picture. As the Desire Z has touchscreen, we find ourselves using the touchscreen for messaging more than the physical keyboard, especially when you just want to send out a quick text message to your friends.


On the right is the dedicated camera button that activates the phone’s camera mode almost instantly. The camera zoom button (which also doubles as the volume control) are on the left, and faces downwards when you hold up the phone in landscape orientation to take pictures. The micro-USB port for charging and file transfer are also positioned on the same side.


The 5-megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash is located at the back. You can also record videos in 720p high definition (HD) resolution.


The back cover of the HTC Desire Z is easy to remove, revealing the phone’s SIM card and microSD card slots and the 1300mAh Lithium-ion battery.


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