HTC Desire Z Smartphone Review

By on December 14, 2010
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The HTC Desire gets a keyboard.

Good: SenseUI & and Zippy performance
Bad: Big and bulky, No Arabic
Price: AED 2500
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The screen is what you notice first on any touch screen product and the 3.7 inch WVGA Super LCD display on the Desire Z is pretty amazing. Although not as good as the Super AMOLED screen on the Samsung Galaxy S, it is still impressive indoors and outdoors even under the bright UAE sun.

Now, I’m not a particularly big fan of horizontal slider phones but for those who are, the keys are well spaced out and Arabic is also imprinted- even though, Arabic is not supported in the OS. HTC places two shortcut keys on the right of the space bar that could be assigned for anything you want quick access to. What i don’t like is the Tab key placed before the A key- I ended up tabbing many times when i wanted to press A. Also, the shift and Fn keys should be in a swapped position and the right side Fn key should be canned and the Enter key made bigger.

The phone is reasonably zippy in everyday operations with barely any noticeable lag- thanks to the 800MHz CPU. The Desire Z posed 57.1fps on Neomark benchmark and 1493 on the quadrant benchmark- both of those numbers are pretty high.

The camera on the Desire Z is decent- definitely better than your average Smartphone camera, however, not as good as the iPhone 4 or the Nokia N8- two of our favorite devices as far as camera is concerned. I like the new camera application that allows you to add effects like distortion, vintage and sepia and to the pictures

Battery life on the Desire is strictly ok- on a moderate day you should be able to get the device last you until bedtime but on busy days, like most Android devices, expect to carry your charger or an extra battery to make it through the day.

Overall, I am a tad bit disappointed by the Desire Z. While I like the additions to SenseUI, I feel that the form factor and design of the original Desire is better than either of the two new additions.

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