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HTC Desire Z Review

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The interface of the 5MP camera is simple and easy to use. It is touch-friendly, but the icons could be a bit larger. Of note is the sheer number of color effects and image adjustments that can be applied before snapping away. On the other hand, there is a lack of shooting modes, such as macro, or a night mode, which we’ve become used to seeing on higher-end smartphones. Shot-to-shot times are very short, and there is no lag in processing the snap before taking another one.

Camera interface - HTC Desire Z Review
Camera interface - HTC Desire Z Review
Camera interface - HTC Desire Z Review
Camera interface - HTC Desire Z Review
Camera interface - HTC Desire Z Review
Camera interface - HTC Desire Z Review
Camera interface - HTC Desire Z Review
Camera interface - HTC Desire Z Review

Camera interface


Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Desire Z - HTC Desire Z Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Desire Z - HTC Desire Z Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Desire Z - HTC Desire Z Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Desire Z - HTC Desire Z Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Desire Z - HTC Desire Z Review

Outdoor samples shot with the HTC Desire Z


Strong - Indoor samples - HTC Desire Z Review
Medium - Indoor samples - HTC Desire Z Review
Low light - Indoor samples - HTC Desire Z Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - HTC Desire Z Review

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Indoor samples


The 5MP camera captures enough detail, but it is evident that the noise suppresion algorithms are smearing a lot more. The color representation is accurate, but the camera key is rather stiff, and the phone has to be held extremely steady, if you don't want your snaps to appear slightly out of focus. If you take a page out of Apple’s textbook, and bump up the contrast, the pictures come out bright and oversaturated, which is very pleasing for the casual photographer.

The HD videos are shot with 30fps, and capturing is smooth over all, but there is the proverbial dropped frame here and there when panning around. The microphone is quite sensitive, and records voices as well as the surrounding sounds loud and clear. Just make sure your fingers are not holding the phone near it, as that will go into the video too.

HTC Desire Z Sample Video:




The gallery is a grid of thumbnails for the pictures and videos, and offers one-touch sharing. Of note here is the DLNA functionality, which makes streaming to capable devices a snap, as it is integrated within the interface. The service is an option in the gallery, music player and the video player - from every multimedia file there you can tap the “Connected Media” icon, then the HTC Desire Z starts looking for media servers, and hooks your phone up for streaming.

The gallery - HTC Desire Z Review
The gallery - HTC Desire Z Review

The gallery


The music player has nice visuals, reminiscent of Cover Flow, and supports track sorting by artists, albums and playlists. There is a direct link to YouTube that displays the videos available there for the currently played song, nice touch. The loudspeaker is of average strength, and lacks a punch in the base octaves. After plugging in the supplied headset, the sound gets much better, of course, but there are no equalizer presets. With the headset in, you can fire up the FM Radio app, which is quite sensitive. It takes a while to start and scan frequencies initially, but afterwards you can save and name your preset stations for quick access.

The music player has nice visuals - HTC Desire Z Review
The music player has nice visuals - HTC Desire Z Review
The music player has nice visuals - HTC Desire Z Review
The music player has nice visuals - HTC Desire Z Review

The music player has nice visuals


As far as video playback, the HTC Desire Z runs MPEG-4 and H.264 clips at HD resolution without a hiccup. We'd like to see DivX/Xvid support out of the box, but, alas.

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posted on 09 Nov 2010, 12:05

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?

posted on 10 Nov 2010, 08:19

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??

posted on 11 Nov 2010, 03:02

3. illiad (unregistered)


So not REAL web-flash then??? please try on BBC.co.uk, and dailymobile.se for embedded youtube ability....

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HTC Desire Z

HTC Desire Z

OS: Android 2.3.3 2.2
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Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) S-LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
800 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size4.69 x 2.38 x 0.56 inches
(119 x 60.4 x 14.16 mm)
6.35 oz  (180 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 9.83 hours talk time

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