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HTC Desire Z review

HTC Desire Z review
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Retail Price: RM 919
AP Price: RM 835 - 850
HTC Desire Z features a unique 'pop hinge' that opens to reveal a QWERTY keyboard for fast, convenient typing. HTC Desire Z also includes 720p HD video recording and a 5-megapixel camera with automatic flash.
Review On : HTC Desire Z

Translated by Loh Ving Sung

Written by Odie

Android powered slider-phone
07 April 2011 – Both the HTC Desire HD and Desire Z were launched side by side with each other, and unlike the Desire HD, the Desire Z is equipped with a full slider QWERTY keyboard. It seems that the Desire Z is targeted for business users or people who email or text frequently.
Exterior, Controls and Screen
The Desire Z is equipped with a sliding QWERTY keypad that slides out from the left hand side of the phone. The unique sliding mechanism uses a hinge system, so when it slides open, the screen ‘pops’ up. The device felt thick and oversized in our hands, and weighs a whopping 180 grams. The widescreen dominates the front of the phone, and is packed within plastic casing and aluminium metal.
HTC Desire Z review

At the bottom of the screen there are four touch buttons (Home, Menu, Back and Search). HTC is thoughtful enough to provide an alternative control aside from the touchscreen - a trackpad is placed on the centre of the phone below the row of touch buttons, which we could navigate freely with the touch of a finger.
The HTC Desire Z is equipped with a Micro USB port that doubles for the data and charger cable located on the left side of the phone. There is a 3.5mm input jack for headphones on the top of the phone.
Software, Applications and Games
The HTC Desire Z comes with a 3.7-inch LCD 480 x 800 pixels touchscreen displaying 16 million colours. The device may be built as a mini-tablet in mind, as it is best viewed in the landscape screen. The Desire Z comes with 6 homescreens and each individual homescreen can be filled with widgets, applications, shortcuts and folders.
HTC Desire Z review

At the bottom of the screen, there is the All Apps, Phone and Personalize menu. The Desire Z is running on Android 2.2 (Froyo) with HTC Sense UI. The Sense UI has its customized widgets like Clock, Date, Location, Weather, which are all animated. Besides, this smartphone also has a built-in accelerometer that allows auto-rotation of the display.
Coupled with the full QWERTY keyboard, the Desire Z can be used as a productivity tool on the go. With the Quick Office app, you can open, edit and create new Microsoft Office files (Word, Excel, and Power Point).
HTC Desire Z review

Camera, Video and Audio
The HTC Desire Z comes with a 5-megapixel camera, and the imager is responsive enough to capture the image within a second. The camera has autofocus, flash, face detection, visual effects, geotagging, self portrait, self timer, exposure, contrast, saturation, white balance, ISO and widescreen. Snapped photos can be instantly shared to Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, and email. This extends to video recordings as well, which can be posted immediately to YouTube. The camera can record HD quality video with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. A microSD card is required if you want to take picture and record videos.
The Desire Z has HSDPA 14.4Mbps and WiFi support. The Desire Z browser supports multiple tabs at once. Highlighted words on the browser can be looked up on Wikipedia immediately. The browser also supports pinch to zoom, copy/cut and paste and auto-rotate. The Desire Z supports a WiFi hotspot (WiFi tethering) which allows you to share your mobile Internet via WiFi, but we suggest you only do so if you have subscribed to an unlimited data plan.

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