HTC Desire Z Android Smartphone (Unlocked)

  • This product has been discontinued, the information below is for reference purposes only.

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  • SKU: 203878
  • , EAN: 4710937342963
  • , Brand: HTC

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HTC Desire Z Android Smartphone Features

The perfect way to stay in touch, the HTC Desire Z makes sure your always in the loop. HTC SENSE makes the Desire Z unique to you, have all your messages delivered to you in a single stream, customize the home screen to bring the news and people you want directly to you. A built in keyboard makes typing messages easy, and with dedicated short cut keys, your never more then a single press away from anything you want.


  • Love the keyboard
  • HTC SENSE adds lots to Android
  • Very fast and responsive


  • Its not as svelte as the original Desire
  • Optical track pad feels unnecessary
  • No dedicated numeric keys on keyboard

What we say:

The strangely named Desire Z (named because of the screen slide design) is a sister device to the original HTC Desire. Its for those that send lots of messages or just don't get on with a virtual keyboards and don't mind a little thickness for a physical keyboard. But its not just a Desire with a keyboard added on. HTC have used the time to sharpen up the Desire Z lots of little tweaks that elevate it above the original Desire, from HD video to really clever "short cut" keys on the keyboard. It all adds to make the Desire Z one of the best keyboard Android phones available.


Operating System Google Android 2.2 (Froyo)
Dimensions 119mm (L) x 60.4mm (W) x 14.6mm (T) / 164g (Weight)
Screen Size
Camera 5 Megapixel
Memory Type microSDHC Card

  • Shipping Weight: 1.08lb

Technical Details

  • Processor:
    - Chipset: Qualcomm MSM 7230
    - Speed: 800Mhz
  • Battery:
    - Talk Time: 9 hrs
    - Standby Time: 430hrs
    - Capacity: 1300 mAh
  • Display:
    - 800 x 480 pixels/3.7"
    - Touch Sensitive(Capacitive)
    - AMOLED
  • Camera:
    - 5 mega-pixels (auto-focus)
    - Digital Zoom
    - LED Flash
    - Geo Tagging
  • Video:
    - Recording Resolution: HD (720p)
    - Recording Speed: 25fps
    - LED Video Light
    - Supported formats: MP4, 3GP, DivX, XviD
    - Video Streaming - YouTube
  • Music:
    - Supported formats: MP3, AAC, eAAC+, OGG & WMA
    - Dolby Digital Mobile
    - SRS WOW Surround Sound
  • Messaging:
    - SMS
    - MMS (with video)
    - E-mail (POP3, IMAP4, Exchange, GMail)
    - Twitter - Instant Messaging (Google Talk)
  • Memory:
    - 768MB (RAM)
    - 1.5GB (internal)
    - microSDHC (memory card)
  • Call Features:
    - Hands Free
    - Caller ID
    - Voice Dialling
  • Connectivity:
    - 2G: 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz (Quad-band)
    - 3G: 900/2100 (Dual-band)
    - WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
    - HSDPA (14.4Mbps)
    - HSUPA (5.76 Mbps)
    - Bluetooth (2.1)
    - microUSB
    - 3.5mm Audio Connector
  • Navigation:
    - AGPS
    - Digital Compass
    - Google Maps
  • Sensors:
    - Accelerometer
    - Proximity Sensor
    - Light Sensor
  • Features:
    - Web Browser
    - Office Document Viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
    - PDF Viewer
    - Flash 10
    - DLNA Wireless Media Sharing

User Comments

  • by Anonymous
  • Friday, February 03, 2012

HTC Desire Z

I've been using the Desire Z for about two weeks now and in the overall I think it's a very good phone with a pretty design. There are two things I would like to point though. The first one is about the keyboard layout. A regular win or mac keyboard has the shift key over the control key, so I instinctively press fn when I want shift and the other way around. Also the menu and search keys are not on the bottom edge of the keyboard, so I always go for the ones next to the display and never use them. The second one is about battery life. It is a real struggle to make it last for two days and I have to charge it almost every night. Despite that I think it's a great phone and all things considered, I'm pretty pleased with it.

  • by Ben Jones
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A brilliant phone for a remarkable price

The HTC Desire Z is my second smartphone, my second from HTC and my first Android device (although I did try Android on my other phone) and, although it took a while to save up for it, the phone is well worth it. First off, there is general concern that the unique ‘Z’ hinged keyboard is a bit loose and at first it may seem so. However, this “looseness” is only noticeable if the keyboard is extended slowly or the phone is help by the screen only. As long as the keyboard is opened and closed quickly (which is what HTC intended), then the motion feels very solid and impressive. The keyboard itself is fairly large, being a full QWERTY keyboard with several special keys to allow you to type numbers and symbols easily. Each key is quite large (although those with large fingers may find quick typing a bit difficult) which means that they are also quite close together, making typing two letters which are next to each other a bit of a challenge. Each key is raised and obvious when it’s been pressed. You can also create custom “shortcuts” to combinations which are frequently used. Because of the keyboard, the phone itself is quite bulky, although it is a lot slimmer than you may imagine – it is not too dissimilar to any other modern smartphone and easily fits into most pockets. The 3.7” screen dominates the front of the phone and when turned landscape, the on screen keyboard is also very easy to use. Even with a downclocked CPU (from 1GHz to 800 MHz), the Android OS mostly feels fast and responds well, although having a lot of apps open may cause the phone to slow down over time. HTC Sense really adds to the OS, making the experience even better. Moving from landscape to portrait and vice versa is very smooth and fairly accurate – and extending the keyboard automatically puts the phone in landscape mode. Be careful if you are going to update to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) as an issue between 2.3 and HTC Sense occasionally causes restarts when returning to the home screen and can even reset the phone to its factory settings (although this issue is with HTC Sense, not the Desire Z). The final thing I will mention is the battery. The phone is VERY power hungry (which is actually why the CPU was downclocked, to save on battery consumption). Even with everything pretty much turned off and the phone locked it will struggle to get through 2 days. For some people, charging the phone is a nuisance, however I have always charged overnight so this didn’t affect me at all and the phone can easily last a day of on and off use (with the occasional bit of internet use) with ~40% battery left at the end of the day. If you use your phone continuously, you will need to keep a charger and a spare battery with you. Overall, this phone is very impressive. Its performance is truly brilliant and it’s available for a remarkable price: £250 – a bargain. Anyone looking at getting an Android smartphone should really consider this. It has so many positives and all the negatives can be easily remedied with no real effort. Yet again HTC has produce a phone worthy of the podium.

  • by Anonymous
  • Friday, January 20, 2012

1st Android phone for me

This is my first Android phone. The decider for me was the slide out QUERTY keyboard. I'd read various reviews, and was uncertain as there seems to be an issue about the hinge mechanism being a bit sloppy. A relative has this phone and said it's fine, so I decided to go for it. The hinge certainly felt alarmingly floppy when I first tried it, and I was treating the phone very gingerly for the first day or two. I read another review saying that the screen wobbles when closed, and there is indeed a tiny bit of movement - if you hold the phone up level to your eyes, and press the corners! And there is the tiniest gap on the left side when it's closed, which my ex-engineer husband says is nothing given the mechanism. Not that you'd notice any of this in general use. I've relaxed a bit now, and flick the keyboard in and out with gusto, and don't find it sloppy anymore. It's stable when open, no problems. You won't like it if you've big fingers though. You can see only half the width of the phone is exposed for the keypad, so it's packed in tightly - fine for those with delicate fingers though and everything's in easy reach if you've small hands. The phone has a light sensor, so it shuts off the backlight on the keyboard if it judges there's enough light. Unfortunately, it seems more sensitive to light than my eyes so very occasionally I find I have to move to see the keyboard, but only where say I'm in the darkest corner of a shady room when the sun's really strong outside. The power button is at the top, and some reviews said it's awkward to get to one-handed - but I've quickly got used to it and can easily reach it with my right index finger, holding the phone in my palm one handed. And I have small hands. In fact I prefer it to my old Samsung where the power button was in the middle at the bottom and you had to press it with your thumb. Felt more fiddly than this. I've never used the little tracker pad on the bottom - not sure why you need it with a touchscreen. Maybe they should have put the camera there instead since having it on the back seems to bother some people. Biggest problem I've had with it was the gallery - I tried to delete all the pre-loaded pictures and they kept half coming back (files but no image) and photos I was taking with the camera were disappearing although I can find them when I plug in to my laptop, which was irritating. But then, I have a camera for photography, and don't plan using the phone camera much anyway, unless to immediatly send to facebook or email, so so what? And I sync'd it with my Flickr account, but it won't let me put the Flickr icon on my homepage with my facebook and gmail icons, and I can't find out why. Can't comment much about the rest - tekkie views on the screen, the OS or any of that as this is my first ever smartphone, so I can't compare, but I find the screen nice and smooth, quick and responsive, and I like that the text wraps to the screen when I zoom in and out, and it quickly flips to landscape when I turn the phone on its side, making it comfy to surf the net. I've not encountered any problems I haven't been able to solve on the HTC users' forum. I wasn't prepared for the battery life though - I have to charge it almost fully every night - which may or may not be typical of smartphones! Obviously wifi/bluetooth etc eat the battery, so I'm keeping them off unless in use, and as the novelty wears off I might slow my use up and it'll last longer. But if I was awa

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