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HTC Desire Z

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1057 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the camera and usability. The design and responsiveness also get good views. Many are less positive about the features and apps.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the HTC Desire Z is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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HTC Desire Z - Raison d'etre Lost


There aren't many Android smartphones with QWERTY keyboards, so when HTC announced the release of the Desire Z in India, it was received with much appreciation. There's a bit of history involved, too. The first Android handset - the HTC G1 - had a...

The camera also supports 720p video recording which is pretty cool. I tried it out and didn’t experience any kind of framing in the video, which is fantastic. Battery The 1300mAh battery serves the Desire Z well, even if it is a bit out of its league...

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HTC Desire Z review


HTC's come a long way since its first ever portrait QWERTY slider phone Blue Angel (O2 xda IIs, Vodafone v1620, Sprint PPC6600, etc.) circa 2004, the legacy of which is carried by the TyTN, Touch Pro, G1, myTouch 3G Slide, and many more sliders albeit...

Improved Sense UI and new HTC apps ; Cunning engineering with good build quality ; QWERTY keyboard feels good

Hinge problems could annoy some ; Poor night time camcorder performance ; still buggy

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HTC Desire Z review: Desires A-to-Z


A few months ago, the original Desire was teaching younger Droids the ropes. Though it's no time to retire just yet, the next generation is ready to take over. And we're talking no rookie here – the new Desire Z means business with a great QWERTY...

Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support ; 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA ; 3.7" 16M-color capacitive S-LCD touchscreen of WVGA resolution (480x 800 pixel) ; Android OS v2.2 Froyo with HTC Sense UI ; Comfortable 4-row QWERTY keyboard ; 800 MHz...

The S-LCD screen is average (in terms of contrast, reflectiveness and sunlight legibility) ; Non hot-swappable memory card ; No front facing camera ; Loose hinge ; Quite heavy at 180 g

It’s been over a year since HTC gave us a QWERTY messenger. But they still have it in them obviously. The Desire Z is a solid smartphone package with premium finish and a keyboard to be proud of.


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HTC Desire Z Review


The HTC Desire Z is the company's second new Android smartphone of the season, smaller in chassis and screen than the Desire HD we reviewed last week, but toting a flip-out hardware keyboard in an attempt to clean up in the heavy messaging market. Does...

Our temptation, then, would be to opt for the HTC Desire HD with its better-quality camera, Sense online support, huge display and great on-screen keyboard. The compromises in bulk and usability involved in getting the Desire Z’s physical QWERTY will...

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T-Mobile G2


HTC has created a worthy successor to the original Android phone, which is also the first handset to deliver 4G data speeds on T-Mobile.

The $199 T-Mobile G2 definitely does Android proud. It combines a mostly solid design with fast overall performance and zippy data speeds (where available). We're not sure the up-and-over design for the keyboard was necessary, but T-Mobile subscribers...

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T-Mobile G2 review


It's been a long road to the T-Mobile G2 (and this review). Just two years ago, Android made its entrance into the smartphone market with the G1, a partnership with the fourth-place carrier, and a lot of promises about keeping things open. Since then...

Great industrial design ; Full QWERTY keyboard feels great ; Very fast

Android not completely stock ; Hinge problems could annoy some ; A bit bulky

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T-Mobile G2


The T-Mobile G2 boasts a premium design and easy-to-use QWERTY keyboard. It's the first smartphone to support T-Mobile's HSPA+ network, and offers speedy performance and good call quality. It ships running Android 2.2 with the stock Android interface.

The G2 doesn't offer tethering or mobile hot spot capabilities. We have some concerns about the slider hinge.

Some minor issues aside, the T-Mobile G2 is one of the carrier's top Android smartphones, offering an excellent QWERTY keyboard, speed, and plenty of features.

Editor's Choice!

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T-Mobile G2


The screen slides with a powerful, guillotine-like snap to reveal a sweet four-row QWERTY keyboard, with a large space bar. The most intriguing thing about this keyboard is three user-customizable quick keys which can be set to launch any app. You'll...

Beautiful hardware. Feels fast. Terrific voice phone. Google Voice is tightly integrated

Some bugs. Undeletable Google bloatware. No tethering

The follow-up to the very first Google phone, the T-Mobile G2 is a powerful smartphone with a great keyboard and a hefty portion of pre-loaded Google services.

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HTC Desire Z Review


The HTC Desire Z is the Europe/Asia version of the T-Mobile G2, which we reviewed a short while ago. As heirs to the now legendary G1, the first ever Android phone, the Desire Z and G2 have a lot to prove now...

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T-Mobile G2 Review


Almost without flinching, two years are already in the books since the original T-Mobile G1 landed on the scene and stirring things up in the mobile landscape. Looking back at its humble beginnings, the handset ushered in a new era in the mobile...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Video Resolution in Pixel:HD720p


Audio Formats : Yes
Audio Playback: Yes
Dual SIM Card: No
GPS Receiver:Built-in
I-Mode: No
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen + QWERTY
Video Client: Yes


A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions / 16 Mio
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Operating System:Android
Operator:3 / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Talk mobile / Virgin / Vodafone
Product Type:Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes
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