A closer look at HTC Desire Z

The new HTC Desire Z will appeal to smartphone enthusiasts who frequently use their phones for email and messaging.

Thanks to the excellent Qwerty keyboard designed with the cursor.

The Desire Z is one of the few races of high-end phones that really has a keyboard. The familiar keyboard layout has one or two practical additions. A search button certainly saves time, and there are also two keyboard shortcut buttons. The presence of a tab key also saves a lot of time when completing forms. The keyboard has four rows of keys that appear to be well spaced. The mechanism itself seems solid, and instead of using the sliding system adopted by many brands, it is lifted and placed in the rest position. The battery life of the Desire Z is impressive.

The battery itself is a 1300 mAh lithium-ion unit that can provide the user with up to 430 hours of 3G standby time or 6 hours and 40 minutes of talk time. In practice, the phone should last about two and a half days of average use. In terms of performance, the phone is less demanding than the Desire HD that was launched at a similar time. Operating with only 512 MB of RAM, the 800 MHz processor seems sufficient for what you ask. The phone operates at lightning speed and, aside from the Desire HD premium specification, this model remains one of the best phones available. 1.5 GB of internal memory is available for storing files and data, and a micro SD card slot leaves room for expansion if necessary.

HTC Desire Z offers users a wide range of multimedia features.

The camera function produces excellent results, with images that appear clear and full of color. With 5 million pixels, the resolution is quite standard for smartphones. Autofocus ensures that the shots are kept as clear as possible, and an LED flash is always an advantage in darker conditions. The phone can also geo-tag photos, placing a geographical position in its images. The video certainly impresses, thanks to the excellent HD 720P capture. This produces a very high level of footage, consistent with the current range of domestic TVs available. An FM RDS tuner means that the user can listen to radio stations instead of their own multimedia files, however, if you want to keep your own music, MP3 and eAAC + are among the multitude of compatible formats.

The HTC Desire Z is based on the great foundations established by the original Desire and adds an excellent keyboard to the equation, resulting in a package with an impressive phone.

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