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Review on HTC Desire Z
(30/05/2011 08:07:56)

HTC’s Desire range is quickly becoming the envy of the mobile manufacturer’s world. The Taiwanese mobile phone moguls have a production line of handsets which seem to be going down a storm with the smartphone generation, who are lapping up these new models in what is now a highly competitive market.

With the release of the Desire Z model, newbies to the HTC range will be forgiven for wondering how these various Desire models differ from one another, believing that only a seasoned HTC user will understand the subtle system nuances and design features of each model.

So far in the series we have had the original Desire, the Desire HD and the Desire S, so what makes this new Z model standout? The most obvious addition to the range is the inclusion of a physical QWERTY keyboard, although it retains the familiar style of the rest of the Desire range. The flip out keyboard is reminiscent in style and ergonomics to the Nokia N8 and E7 models, although it does manage to add a bit more flair and panache to the sliding mechanism.

This Android-driven device has the now obligatory touch sensitive interface, and navigation is made simple via the whopping great directional button bottom-centre of the screen. Under the bonnet the Desire Z has the reasonably up to date Froyo 2.2 operating system, which admittedly, wouldn’t be everyone’s first choice of OS but it is more than up to the task, it also has an 800MHz processor firing it along.

The camera on the Desire Z is very much in the functional camp rather than the fantastic, ideal for your day-to-day snapping, but perhaps not enough quality for your avid photographer. The flash feature just about drags the camera away from the tag of ‘bog-standard’, which nobody likes.

If you desire a HTC (see what I’ve done there?) and need to sell your old mobile, or sell a mobile phone you’ve found in a tidy up, in order to raise the funds, your first port of call should definitely be mobile phone recycling. There are huge advantages to selling phones online to a mobile trader, firstly, it reduces our environmental impact on the planet by ensuring your old phone is found a new home, but it can also earn you a surprising amount of cash. Even the most ancient of old handsets are usually worth a few pounds.

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