HTC Desire Z Review

(Mobile phone)
HTC Desire Z

Above average (B) 13 reviews 02/2011
77 opinions (Above average)
Product specification:
  • Operating System: Android 2
  • Display Size: 3.7"
  • Battery: 1300 mAh
  • Type: Smartphone
  • Data Transfer: WiFi, HSDPA, 3G …
  • Standby time: 430 h … more information


What Mobile Online
2/2011
Single test
5 out of 5 stars

"Editor's Choice"

Listing off the specs and features of the HTC Desire Z, What Mobile had only positive remarks to make, and were adamant that this device has what it takes to be a major player in the Android smartphone market, despite the lack of interest from providers. The combination of a clever keyboard, great UI, excellent camera and high-quality screen make the Desire Z a truly desirable package.

 
Smartphone Daily
2/2011
Single test
8 out of 10 points

Value for money: 8 out of 10 points

Smartphone Daily commended the Desire Z on its superb build quality, sharp screen and nippy performance, but their favourite feature was HTC's Sense interface, which they say is becoming better and better with each new version. They keyboard itself is not the best they've tested, but it doesn't add too much bulk to the handset and the keys are large and well-spaced.

 
V3.co.uk
1/2011
Single test
4 out of 5 stars

Compared to Motorola's Milestone 2, the Desire Z comes out slightly ahead according to V3.co.uk, thanks to the superior user experience that HTC's Sense interface provides. However, although the touchscreen is superb and the keyboard is comfortable to type on, there are a couple of niggles, such as occasional lag, poor battery life and a miserly 1.5GB of onboard storage.

 
PC Pro
12/2010
Single test
"very good" (5 out of 6 stars)

Value for money: "average" (3 out of 6 stars)

Reviewers at PC Pro found that this touchscreen phone offers the best of all worlds. It features a nice software package, high speed, long battery life, and a bright, clear 3.7'' 480x800 TFT screen. Though the mechanism with which it pulls from the phone seems a bit delicate, the keyboard itself is nearly perfect, with large, well-spaced and responsive keys.

 
Expert Reviews
12/2010
Single test
4 out of 5 stars

Although Expert Reviews conceed that the Desire Z from HTC is not without fault, they say that if you want a proper keyboard on your Android phone, this is a must buy. For processor speed, display brightness, image quality and battery life it is beaten by the Samsung Galaxy S, meaning that it is not ideal for everyone.

 
Mobile Choice
11/2010
Single test
4 out of 5 stars

Mobile Choice say that among all the QWERTY slider smartphones that are available on the market, the HTC Desire Z is one of the greatest. It is really enjoyable to use, with a fantastic keyboard and brilliant internet access and email. The UI is intuitive, although there is a slight delay with the touchscreen.

 
Know Your Mobile
11/2010
Single test
4 out of 5 stars

Know Your Mobile found the HTC Desire Z a little heavy for their taste, the super tough build and slider QWERTY keyboard make it a tad chunky. They were pleased with its functionality though, and in particular the Android 2.2 OS worked very well. They appreciated the Flash video support and the pretty decent camera with lots of features.

 
ZDNet
11/2010
Single test
8.1 out of 10 points

ZDNet mention that the HTC Desire Z is weighty and chunky in comparison to other smartphones, mostly because of its tough metal build and its slide out QWERTY keyboard. They like this feature, and say the buttons are well thought out, but not as responsive as they would have wished. The screen, however, is very responsive, and looks great. One neat trick is that the phone can itself become a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.

 
TrustedReviews
11/2010
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9 out of 10 points

Value for money: 9 out of 10 points, "Recommended"

For TrustedReviews, the Desire Z is the best keyboard-toting smartphone at the moment, bar none. Although the processor is not as nippy as those found in other phones and the camera is nothing to be excited about, its beautiful and responsive screen, HTC's Sense interface and its excellent messaging and browsing capabilities make it a superb device overall.

 
TechRadar UK
11/2010
Single test
4.5 out of 5 stars

If you seriously adore Android and desperately want a physical keyboard, you will probably like the HTC Desire Z. Tech Radar approved of how well Android 2.2 worked on the Desire Z, but said that the keyboard added extra bulk to the phone that will make it more substantial to cart around with you. The overall package makes it a decent phone, except for the flimsy hinge.

 
Pocket-lint.co.uk
11/2010
Single test
8 out of 10 points

As a touchscreen smartphone, Pocket-lint reckon that the Desire Z is one of the best handsets currently on the market, making the most of the latest version of Android and the new features in HTC's Sense interface. They had niggles with the keyboard, however, since they found it a tad too large to type comfortably, with some keys falling out of their reach, thus leading them to recommend trying it out before purchasing.

 
Electric Pig
11/2010
Single test
4 out of 5 stars

"100% Electricpig Recommended"

If you are into typing emails or texts then the HTC Desire Z is a brilliant high-end Android device with a fairly decent QWERTY keyboard. Electric Pig were impressed with the good performance speeds too, but did say that the hinge is awful, making the device droop when laid face down to the point that it shuts if you have it open, preventing use while lying in bed.

 
PC Advisor
10/2010
Single test
Without final score

PC Advisor described the HTC Desire Z as a compact Android phone with good specs and an excellent design. Comparing it to one of the few other Android phones with a real Qwerty keyboard, the Motorola Milestone, they say the Desire screen should look better in terms of viewing angle and contrast ratio, but handset is physically heavier and the processor is slower.

 
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