Summary: Who remembers the very first Google Android device? If the HTC Dream comes to mind, then you're absolutely right. And it hasn't been that long, when we reviewed it back in May 2009. The first Google Android device was nothing to shout about.
Pros: Slim profile even with QWERTY keyboard, Sturdy build, Good tactile feedback from keyboard
Cons: Low battery mileage, Heavy, Need to familiarize with keyboard layout
Excerpt: 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.
HTC Desire Z review: HTC's Desire Z is an excellent smartphone but its biggest selling point -- the physical QWERTY keyboard -- has a poorly designed hinge mechanism
Good Gear Guide.au
30 May 2011
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.
Pros: Excellent touchscreen, great software, updated HTC Sense and HTCSense.com features, HD video recording
Cons: Poor hinge design, keyboard is not exceptional, battery life is not great
Conclusion: Despite the slightly inferior specifications and some minor quibbles, the Desire Z just about pips the Motorola Milestone 2 in terms of usability. The Android 2.2 operating system is still one of the best around and, coupled with the HTC Sense user interface, makes the Desire Z one of the better...
Pros: Great touch screen, nice design, gets the best out of Android 2.2, decent input methods.
Cons: Disappointing onboard storage, noticeable lag when navigating., Battery life.
Excerpt: By Branko Miletic So, let’s see, you want an Android-based phone. You want a smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard. And of course you want a phone will all the bells, whistles. Now you could spend hours, days or even weeks downloading squillions of web pages on various new-release handsets - or you...
Pros: speed, the slider design, the Android 2.2, low weight and easy to use QWERTY keyboard