Summary: At a price of Rs. 25,590, the Desire Z is a feature rich phone, and a good performer to boot. It's not perfect though - its QWERTY, which is one of its selling points - not to mention a rarity in Android devices is not the most usable, and we'd have preferred a bigger display. However, these nits aside, it's a good all-round device.
Pros: Feature rich, well built, Reasonable battery life, Nice display, good all round performer
Cons: 3.7-inches means the on-screen keypad is a little cramped, The hardware QWERTY is mediocre with rubbery feedback and hard keys, and the mechanism seems flimsy, The phone is a bit heavy
Conclusion: The Desire Z is another great Android phone from HTC. It’s got a beautiful design, the Qwerty keypad works well and the powerful 5-megapixel camera comes with a decent range of settings. First-time smartphone users will find the extras available from HTCSense.com useful but it might put off experienced Android users. Battery life isn’t great but so long as you charge your phone daily this won’t be a problem.
Excerpt: Take a look at the top tier of Android phones right now and you might notice something. They all kind of look the same. Black front fascia, large touchscreen, minimal waistline. Boring, right? Well that's just the way things are going. Alternatives to the slate way of living are becoming increasingly rare, which puts the HTC Desire Z with its hardware keyboard in an intriguing light. With its metallic accents and suave grey pallet, the Desire Z cuts a different path.
Excerpt: The HTC Desire Z is one of the best Android phones you can get right now. It runs Android 2.2 Froyo and comes with a stylish slider design coupled with some of the best hardware you can find in a smartphone.
HTC Desire Z vs Motorola Milestone 2 – a short comparison of the top 2 QWERTY smartphones
1 February 2011
Conclusion: In conclusion, if you don’t think you’ll need to flash custom ROMs or change anything in the main system, the Milestone 2 is a great phone, but if you want a better keyboard, battery life and more freedom, the Desire Z is a better choice, even though the screen has a slightly smaller resolution.
Excerpt: The US version of the HTC Desire Z phone is called T-Mobile G2. After the success of the original T-Mobile G1 that launches two years, HTC and Google are back together with the new T-Mobile G2 smartphone to compete against the other smartphone giants. The package of the T-Mobile G2 contains the huge handset, 8 GB microSD card, microUSB cable, charger, 3.5mm headphones, and Start Guide. Design: The makers have retained the landscape design from [...
A quick review of the new T-Mobile G2 (aka HTC Desire Z)
24 January 2011
Conclusion: Conclusion The T-Mobile G2/HTC Desire Z is a great smartphone that will last for years to come. It is one of the best choices if you want a powerful all in one device for all your mobile needs, and at the ~$550 price for a new unlocked unit, it’s also the cheapest (T-Mobile had a special promotion where they offered it for only $50 with a 2 year contract, but sadly it’s over).
Summary: The HTC Desire Z is an excellent smartphone, mainly due to a combination of Google's excellent Android platform and HTC's Sense UI. However, its biggest selling point, the "pop-out" physical QWERTY keyboard, has a poorly designed hinge mechanism that detracts from the handset's overall appeal.
Conclusion: Internally, the Desire Z uses the Qualcomm MSM 7230 CPU running at 800 MHz along with 512MB RAM and 1.5GB ROM. GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 radios are included along with HSPA for high speed Internet connectivity.
Conclusion: Before the advent of HTC Desire Z I quite sincerely believed that the form factor of the side-slider with QWERTY has not completely exhausted itself. And so I began to think after the appearance of Google Nexus One and HTC Desire. In both devices on-screen keyboard (especially in the Desire branded HTC) proved to be convenient so that I did not see any sense in further anticipation of smartphones with a hardware QWERTY.