HTC Desire Z

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HTC Desire Z
HTC Desire Z - with keyboard closed.jpeg
HTC Desire Z - with keyboard open.jpeg
A HTC Desire Z - shown with keyboard open and closed. A custom ROM - CyanogenMod is used
Codename HTC Vision
Manufacturer HTC Corporation
Series A Series
Compatible networks 900/2100 or 850/1900 MHz HSPA/WCDMA, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM
Availability by country 1 November 2010 (Europe)[1]
Predecessor HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1)
Form factor Slate slider smartphone
Dimensions 119 × 60.4 × 14.16 mm
Weight 180 g
Operating system Android 2.3.3 "Gingerbread" (2.2.1 "Froyo" preinstalled)
System on chip Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7230
CPU ARMv7 800 MHz Scorpion
GPU Adreno 205
Memory 512 MB RAM[2]
Storage 1.5 GB Flash
Removable storage microSD (SD 2.0 compatible)
Battery 1300 mAh Lithium-ion
Data inputs Multi-touch with HTC Sense 2.1 interface, QWERTY keyboard, 3-axis accelerometer, digital compass, proximity and ambient light sensors
Display 3.7-inch 800 × 480 WVGA Super LCD capacitive touchscreen@ 252 ppi
Rear camera 5-megapixel autofocus with LED flash, face detection, geotagging
Connectivity 3.5 mm stereo jack, micro-USB hi-speed, Bluetooth 2.1, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Other Proximity sensor, accelerometer, FM Radio, Facebook, Twitter, MS Exchange, compass, GPS, A-GPS, Google turn-by-turn navigation, Flash 10.1 enabled, upgradable to Flash 10.3

The HTC Desire Z (also marketed as T-Mobile G2 in the US) (codenamed HTC Vision)[3] is a smartphone developed by the HTC Corporation, that was announced on 15 September 2010 and was released in Europe and Canada in November 2010, following a number of delays related to Google's quality assurance tests.[4] The HTC Desire Z features similar specifications to the HTC Desire and the HTC Desire HD but is a slider.[5] The design of the HTC Desire Z has capacitive face buttons rather than the mechanical ones the HTC Desire features.

According to HTC's Vice President Bjorn Kilburn, the phone is the last Google-Assured QWERTY slider to be manufactured by HTC.[6]

Features[edit]

Overview of the keyboard

The HTC Desire Z features an improved version of HTC Sense and online services at HTCSense.com. It has a proximity sensor, a G-sensor and an ambient light sensor. The Desire Z has HTC's new "Fast Boot" feature, which is a type of sleep/hibernation mode instead of the traditional full power off, letting it power on in less than 5 seconds; a full boot can be accomplished by removing the battery or by restarting the phone from the power menu of Android which is reached by a long press of the power button. After having been shipped originally with Android 2.2.1 (Froyo), OTA updates have now been pushed which upgraded the firmware to Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) with the HTC Sense 2.1. Unofficial versions beyond official 2.3.3 are also available.

Hardware[edit]

HTC Desire Z has an aluminium shell and QWERTY keyboard with three programmable keys. The smartphone has an 800 × 480 3.7-inch Super LCD capacitive touchscreen. The HTC Desire Z has a 5-megapixel camera with flash on the rear side.[7] The camera is capable of recording 720p video.[8]

Reception[edit]

The reception for the HTC Desire Z has been mixed with some web site reviews praising the keyboard typing and citing similar features to the critically acclaimed HTC Desire while others have had complaints about the hinge in the "Z style" sliding out keyboard and the lack of strong battery life.[citation needed]

Variants[edit]

T-Mobile USA sold a variant of the Desire Z called the T-Mobile G2, which it discontinued in June of 2011.[9] The primary operational difference is that the G2 runs the stock Android interface instead of HTC's customised Sense interface, and that the G2 has 4 GB[10] of internal storage (only 2 GB user accessible, usable equivalent equal to Desire Z)[10] while the Desire Z has 2 GB. The Canadian version of the HTC Desire Z comes with 1.5 GB.[11]

The Scandinavian countries have a modified version of the physical keyboard, where the programmable keys and the right FN key have been replaced by five buttons corresponding to different characters from Scandinavian alphabets.

NAND lock[edit]

As with some previous HTC devices, the G2 has a NAND lock that normally prevents overwriting the operating system unless authorized by the manufacturer. Third parties have overcome this lock and custom operating system builds such as CyanogenMod are available.[12][13]

Advertising[edit]

The HTC Desire Z was heavily advertised by Bell Mobility, especially at NHL-themed locations.

Bell Mobility was the exclusive carrier of the HTC Desire Z in Canada. The company heavily advertised the Android smartphone, its full QWERTY keyboard and the preinstalled Bell Mobile TV app. Advertisements in NHL locations such as the Scotiabank Place include a boutique where the phone can be purchased, a lighted display panel near big screen TVs, and even most elevator doors featured the smartphone. As of September 2011, Bell discontinued the phone, but the NHL advertisements have yet to be fully replaced.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HTC Desire HD and Desire Z delayed until next month". top10.com. Retrieved 18 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "HTC - Products - HTC Desire Z - Specification". HTC Corporation. Retrieved 5 October 2010. 
  3. ^ T-Mobile G2 (HTC Vision) mini-site goes live, teases HSPA+
  4. ^ "HTC Desire HD and Desire Z face release date delays". TechRadar. Retrieved 4 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Live from HTC's London 2010 launch event". Engadget. Retrieved 15 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Segan, Sascha (19 April 2012). "HTC's Future: Slim Phones, Less QWERTY, Wi-Fi Display". PC Magazine. 
  7. ^ "Hands on: HTC Desire Z review". TechRadar. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "HTC Desire Z - A Closer Look". HTC Corporation. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  9. ^ Melanson, Donald. "T-Mobile G2 quietly discontinued, Z-Hinge's future remains unclear". Engadget. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "HTC Vision - XDA-Developers". Forum.xda-developers.com. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  11. ^ "Mise à l'essai du HTC Desire Z". [1]. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  12. ^ Paul, Ryan (2010-10-12). "G2 doesn’t have rootkit, it’s just the same old NAND lock". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  13. ^ "[Update] T-Mobile G2 Root Finally Permanent". Phandroid.com. 2010-11-09. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 

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