HTC Desire Z

HTC Desire Z When HTC made its foray into the cell phone industry it was mainly manufacturing branded smartphone handsets for different networks like the O2 XDA range and the MDA handsets for T-Mobile. As a result it made a reputation as the producer of smartphone devices. HTC worked in tandem with members of the Open Handset Alliance to bring the Android OS in the market. The HTC Desire is a flagship handset that runs on the Android OS. Two other handsets marketed under the Desire name are the HTC Desire HD and the HTC Desire Z. Let us take a closer look at the HTC Desire Z.

Design and Dimensions

The HTC Desire Z measures 119 X 61 x 14mm and weighs about 180g. It is slightly on the heavier side due to its aluminium casing. It offers a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and also comes with  an SLCD display which is 3.7 inches. It looks glorious physically and is quite sleek despite being a QWERTY device. It feels quite solid and has a metallic finish.


The Desire Z has a 5 megapixel camera supported by an LED flash. It has an autofocus and several other built-in features like digital zoom and geo tagging. The picture quality too HTC Desire Z Side is amazing. HD video recording is also added to facilitate recording of superior quality video. Also, DLNA lets you share snaps on YouTube or onto your big screen television.

Basic Features

The Desire Z runs on the Android 2.2, which is Google’s latest edition of mobile operating system. This is probably one of the best Android smartphones of 2010. A QWERTY keyboard present alongside the touchcreen has managed to impress fans immensely. Also, it is great as a messaging phone and offers great online connectivity. The cloud based services offered by HTCSense like remote back-up, phone tracing are also notable.

Interface: The interface responds quickly and works great under touch. So, whether one clicks an icon or perform a swipe the HTC Desire does it without a lag.

HTC Desire Z Screen

The Desire Z has a 3.7 inches touchscreen that is super responsive. It is perfect for web-browsing, catching up on friend’s updates and checking mails. Colors look richer in the superb LCD screen and the contrast ratio too is awe-inspiring. It supports over 16million colors and has a pixel resolution of 480 x 800 pixels.

Keypad and Controls

The QWERTY keypad has a Z hinge that allows the phone to open up in style. It first lifts then pops down again. According to HTC it is easier for fat-thumbed or long-nailed people to type. The keys too are slightly raised and easy to press.


The Desire Z is pre-loaded with a great music player. It can play many formats including MP3, AAC, eAAC+, OGG & WMA. Also, it has a speaker system and a 3.5mm jack that offers great quality sound. The phone memory can be enhanced to allow users to store music downloaded online.

HTC Desire Z Full

HTC Desire Z


Messaging is one of the most important aspects of HTC Desire Z. The QWERTY keyboard calls for some serious messaging. Also, it has a unified inbox. This feature is great for those who juggle a couple of email accounts. With the Desire Z one can see all of ones in a single inbox that has an automatic coloration code for each email account. Email filters sort the emails by groups, importance or content as specified by the user.


The media side of things are also quite good in the desire Z. However, this is not the phone's best feature and it was neither intended to be so. The presence of DLNA sharing is an interesting addition. One can stream ones pictures, videos and music from ones phone to home theatre system via DLNA. Music and video also sound pretty good.

HTC Desire Z Back Internet

The HTC desire Z has an in-built adobe flash Player support. Thus no websites are unavailable. Also, there is no need to wait while pages are getting loaded, other pages can be viewed in separate windows. 3G network coverage is used for internet connection. To achieve a faster connection, WiFi can also be used.


The Desire Z has an 800MHz processor, a 1.5 GB memory and 512MB of RAM. The memory can be expanded using a microSD card.

Connectivity and Data

The HTC Desire Z is a quad-band GSM phone that supports GSM 850/900/1800/1900. It also features Bluetooth 2.1, A2DP support and a microUSB connectivity. It is compatible with WiFi technology also.

Usability & Performance

The new HTC Desire Z is a great handset that performs reasonably well. It manages to impress with its slider QWERTY keyboard. The call quality is pretty good too. It has a 1300mAH Li-Ion battery that offers a 9 hours talktime and a 430hours standby time.

HTC Desire Z Phone Specifications

  • Weight: 6.35 oz - 180 g
  • Width: 4.69" - 119 mm
  • Height: 2.38" - 60.4 mm
  • Thickness: 0.56" - 14.16 mm
  • Display size: 3.7"
  • Announced: 2010, September
  • Colors: Black
  • Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - HSDPA 900 / 2100 UMTS
  • Screen Resolution: 480 x 800 WVGA S-LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Data: GPRS Class 32, EDGE Class 32, 3G HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, USB microUSB v2.0
  • Memory: Internal phone storage 1.5 GB, RAM 512 MB, microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible) up to 32GB
  • Connectivity: USB v2.0 microUSB, Bluetooth 2.1
  • Web Browser: WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
  • Media and Music: aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9), 3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv
  • Camera: 5 megapixel, 2592?1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash 720p HD video recording, Face detection capability
  • Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, IM - IMAP/POP3/SMTP
  • Expansion Slot: microSD
  • Tones: Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Software Features: Android™ 2.2 (Froyo) with HTC Sense™
  • Other Features: Aluminum unibody casing, Dedicated search key, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa integration, Voice memo/dial, T9, HTC Widgets, Stereo FM radio with RDS, Games
  • US Sar Values: Head: ---, Body: ---
  • CPU Processing Speed: 800 MHz
  • Battery: Li-Ion 1300mAh
  • Talk Time: up to 590 mins
  • Standby: up to 430 hours

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Pros and Cons


  • A pull-out physical QWERTY keyboard
  • A bright super responsive 3.7inches touchscreen phone.
  • It runs on Android 2.2.
  • HTC Sense.


  • The keyboard may easily break if dropped or knocked.


The HTC Desire Z is a great mix of top-notch hardware and the latest version of Android. It also has a simple and easy to use interface. It is competing with the Legend for the position of the ‘year's best phone'. It is a great handset with amazing specifications.

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