An Android smartphone with a physical keypad is a rare creature, with the Milestone 2 from Motorola being regarded as the best possible example of such a phone. Now HTC have released the Desire Z, a phone looking to steal the glory away from the previously unrivalled Motorola.
The HTC Desire Z incorporates a very high quality screen that will be the envy of many of its rivals. Unlike the Desire HD, a phone which has stolen much of this models thunder, the Z features a 3.7 inch display, slightly smaller than the HD but with added benefits when it comes to elements such as battery life. The screen is a capacitive touchscreen, always welecomed thanks to the superb responsiveness that they offer. Should you feel the need, HTC also have fitted an optical trackpad beneath the screen. This is alternative is a great option if you ever require a little more precision than what the screen offers. At 480 x 800 pixels, the resolution is great, and add in to this equation the capability of displaying 16 million colours and the result is a screen that is not only crystal clear, but also vivid and colourful. Despite opting away from AMOLED technology on this occasion, HTC have really got the best out of S LCD, and you will be hard pressed to find many screens that can rival this one. The phone does measure up a little on the large side at 119 x 60.4 x 14.2mm, but anybody opting for a phone with a physical keypad should be well prepared for the inevitable increase in size. At 180 grammes in weight, the phone is one of the heaviest available, but never does this model feel to overweight or uncomfortable, all it does is merely adds to the robust and quality feel of the model.
The HTC Desire Z features the usual array of ports for connection to other devices.
A 3.5mm headphone jack is alway pleasing as it really does open up a massive choice of headphones that can be used with this model. The fact that the Desire Z also boasts an RDS Tuner makes the unit a perfect phone for music lovers. A micro USB connection help you to link the handset to your home PC, not only great for backing up the phone but also for transferring all manner of file types. Should you prefer no wires, then Bluetooth 2.1 is present and ideal for linking to devices such as headsets and in car entertainment systems. Internet connectivity see all the features you would expect of a top end phone present. Tghanks to 3G connectivity the phone works superbly whilst on the go. EDGE and GPRS are also available should you stray into an area with no 3G coverage. WiFI enables you to connect to a personal network to achieve the ultimate online experience.
HTC have produced yet another superb phone with the Desire Z. This handset really does rival the very best Android phones currently available, with a physical keypad and a great screen further adding to the phones appeal.