HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z Initial Impressions Surface

Advertisement had a first look of the HTC Desire HD aka HTC Ace and they call it “the most technological HTC device to date if the HTC EVO 4G is not taken into account”. Nothing really new is said that we don’t already know but on a writer’s personal note, the Ace is built out of metal – being the main material used – with some plastic “patches” on the top and bottom of the back side, which, even if they represent a necessity being placed around the dual flash, covering the SIM and memory cards and on the side, they seem to be a turn off for the author.


Since it was an engineering sample they’ve used to do the post, we are often reminded of that in relation to poor finishing: “The build quality of the engineering sample is not the best; the sliding panels (or the aforementioned casing patches) are not flush with rest of the panel. Certainly, the issue will have been addressed by the time the phone hits the shelves, but the problem is there. Some owners of the HTC Legend know what I’m talking about: every now and again, the battery cover would move away from either side of their device. The HTC Ace has two such covers, and henceforth you should check how tight and flush they are when purchasing your unit”.

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As far as the final device is concerned, the one hitting markets soon, “HTC Company created a smartphone for those who want it all and at once”, targeting “the high-end segment, where only the Samsung Galaxy S has been running the show so far”.

On the same note, also had a first look with the HTC Desire Z, HTC’s second QWERTY Android device, which, “compared to the HTC Desire HD, the looks of the Desire Z are far more appealing to me. Although there is some “patchy” flavor to its design, too – that is, its rear side consists of two elements, a metal battery cover and a frame – it remains somewhat more integral and logical than that of the Desire HD”.


As opposed to the HTC Desire HD, the Desire Z has an additional dedicated Camera button as well as “a sensor panel, which allows you to browse through the menus, move the text cursor and do a bunch of other things by simply tapping it”. As far as the 48 key keyboard is concerned, it is said that “in terms of shape of the keys, their arrangement and overall space utilization, the keyboard is very similar to the one used in the HTC Touch Pro2, which is one of the most comfortable QWERTY keyboards out there”.


Even though the battery on the Desire Z (1300mAh) will only get you through one day, the author draws the conclusion “that the HTC Desire Z is worth more attention than the original Desire or even the Desire HD. And that is because you can see the adult HTC in it, the company that can make not only “wow” products with cutting-edge features but also devices that are beautiful in their balance of qualities, that can catch one’s eye and yet be practical enough”.

(Via: Mobile-Review and Mobile-Review)

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Anton D. Nagy
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