HTC Desire Z Review
A unified inbox is not a novel feature, but with introducing it in the new HTC Sense the company has added some additional niceties. Chief among those is the ability to mark your important contacts, and have mail from them visualized with priority. The email client can download all your message history, up to a size limit, from popular accounts or Exchange. They can be then viewed offline, complete with attachments, which are stored on the supplied 8GB memory card.
In the Messages app, except the usual multimedia, you can attach to your text message an app recommendation, location, or even a slideshow. The virtual keyboard for typing those messages hasn’t changed from the previous iteration of Sense UI, and it didn’t need to – it’s excellent and simple to use, yet powerful with the easy access to numerous language layouts and characters, including Chinese.
The stock Froyo browser has been customized by HTC with its own minimalistic interface, and numerous features discretely tucked one level deep in the menu. We like how text selection is executed, with waypoints you can drag in each direction, and also the fact that you can quickly share the current page via multiple channels – Facebook, email, Twitter, etc. The zippy chipset, and excellent screen, make for an incredibly smooth browsing experience, with all modern amenities, such as multitouch, text reflow, and so on. Unlike its Android 2.1 predecessor, the browser in Froyo runs embedded Flash videos other than those in YouTube, but for a few Flash-based sites, such as HBO.com, you will have to download Skyfire, which imitates a desktop browser to lull the websites into displaying their non-mobile versions.
The HTC Desire Z runs the gamut of connectivity options, including 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, DLNA and FM Radio with RDS. It supports HSDPA downloads at up to 14.4Mbps, and HSUPA uploads at 5.76Mbps. We would like to see connectivity switches in the notification area, such as the ones on Samsung's handsets – here you have to waste screen with additional widgets for that. The notification area, for that matter, contains a list of the last eight applications used, for quick access.
The colorful main menu is filled to the brim with Google services – the usual suspects like Latitude, Places, Calendar, YouTube, Voice Search, Maps, Gmail, Talk and News and Weather are all here. HTC has added some skinning to the calendar, as usual, making its interface very pure and easy on the eye. When the alarm goes off, it lights up the area around the optical trackpad for some visual stimulation as well. HTC is throwing in QuickOffice for document editing, Facebook and Twitter apps, SoundHound for song recognition, Flashlight for firing up the LED light, Transfer data for painless transition from other phones, Stocks for following Wall Street, and Wi-Fi Hotspot to set your phone as a router, among some others. The new additions are HTC Likes, which shows you prescreened apps from Android Market, and the HTC Hub, which is the Grand Central station for customization downloads, such as scenes, skins, wallpapers, widgets, sound sets and so on. Of note is the lack of a dedicated file browser, but there are many on Android Market, so we can't call it a nuisance.
1. desireZ (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
Why only 8,5??? it had 8,7 on sunday. I think this phone deserves a better score :( You shouldnt give it less of a great score because of the weigth and a little dissapointing keyboard...) And btw. Is it better than the desire? The speed, screen etc?
2. desireZ (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
Oh, I see you arent giving it less of a great score because of the keybard, but why did the G2 get 0,5 more than this one??
3. illiad (unregistered)
So not REAL web-flash then??? please try on BBC.co.uk, and dailymobile.se for embedded youtube ability....