The HTC Desire Z smartphone boasts a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and runs the latest 2.2 "Froyo" version of Google's  Android operating system.

HTC is continuing to add more phones to its Desire series of Android phone. After the recently announced HTC Desire HD, the HTC Desire Z focusses on a different segment of users. With different specs and design, let’s take a look at what HTC is up to with this new Android phone.

Most popular Android mobile phones on the market utilize touchscreen keyboards, but HTC has seen fit to give Android a bit of QWERTY love with its HTC Desire Z smartphone.

The HTC Desire Z is basically a smaller version of the Desire HD, and offers a slide-out, physical QWERTY keyboard. It has a SLCD display which, at 3.7in, is the same size as the HTC Desire's. There is no AMOLED or OLED but HTC’s decision to move into this alternative display may help HTC to meet consumers demand while AMOLED’s supply seems to be insufficient in the current market.

HTC describes the HTC Desire Z as having a "pop hinge", which the company says allows for a more comfortable typing position. The Desire Z is powered by an 800MHz processor, which is slightly slower than the Desire HD's, and has a 5-megapixel camera with single-LED flash and 720p HD video recording. The phone has 1.5GB of on-board memory, along with a microSD card slot that supports cards of up to 32GB in size.

The HTC Desire Z runs the latest 2.2 "Froyo" version of Android, which adds full Flash support, built-in wireless tethering, and the ability to store third-party apps on your SD card, in addition to a range of other improvements.

The HTC Desire Z is one of the first smartphones to benefit from HTC's new Sense software. Enhancements include a shorter boot-up time (10 seconds), faster rendering of maps (along with a digital compass built into the map), and DLNA support for connection to compatible televisions. HTC also launched HTCSense.com, a set of desktop-based services that largely centre on backup and security. You can locate your phone on a map if it's stolen, remotely lock or wipe the handset, and archive contacts, text messages and call history.

HTC Desire Z vs Motorola Milestone 2

There are not many Android phones with slide-out QWERTY keyboards, so the HTC Desire Z will be a good competitor against the Motorola Milestone or the upcoming Motorola Milestone 2.

Spec-wise, the upcoming Milestone 2 has faster 1GHz processor, but it has the same screen size as the HTC Desire Z. The difference on the screen will be quite obvious though, with the HTC Desire Z sporting the Super LCD which will be much superior in terms of the Milestone TFT screen in terms of contrast ratio and viewing angle. And for the camera, both have a 5MP with LED flash, with dual-LED on the Milestone 2 and both cameras record 720p HD video. And if you look for portability, the Milestone 2 is lighter at 169g while the Desire Z will be a bit heftier at 180g. And for the OS, both will run on Froyo.

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HTC Desire Z: Specs

  • 800MHz processor
  • Internal phone storage: 1.5GB, RAM: 512MB
  • microSD memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
  • 3.5mm stereo audio jack, Standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)
  • G-Sensor, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
  • Gallery, Music, and FM Radio
  • Share videos, photos, or music from your phone to your TV via DLNA
  • Playback:.aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
  • Recording:.amr
  • Playback:.3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9)
  • Recording:.3gp
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, 1300 mAh
  • HSPA/WCDMA: 900/2100MHz, GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo) with HTC Sense
  • 5 megapixel colour camera
  • 720p HD video recording
  • 3G/GPRS/EDGE/IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 2.1/Internal GPS antenna/USB and Wi-Fi tethering
  • 180g
  • 60x119x14mm
  • 800MHz processor
  • Internal phone storage: 1.5GB, RAM: 512MB
  • microSD memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
  • 3.5mm stereo audio jack, Standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)
  • G-Sensor, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
  • Gallery, Music, and FM Radio
  • Share videos, photos, or music from your phone to your TV via DLNA
  • Playback:.aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
  • Recording:.amr
  • Playback:.3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9)
  • Recording:.3gp
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, 1300 mAh
  • HSPA/WCDMA: 900/2100MHz, GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo) with HTC Sense
  • 5 megapixel colour camera
  • 720p HD video recording
  • 3G/GPRS/EDGE/IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 2.1/Internal GPS antenna/USB and Wi-Fi tethering
  • 180g
  • 60x119x14mm

OUR VERDICT

When it comes to Android phones with slide-out QWERTY keyboards, there are not many choices. The HTC Desire Z is a neat-Android smartphone with decent specs and great design.

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