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HTC Desire HD and Desire Z Android smartphones unveiled


Article by: Darren Griffin
Date: 15 Sep 2010

pocketgpsworld.comAt a launch event in London today, HTC unveiled the new HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z Android-based smartphones.

The new phones come with an updated HTC Sense which incorporates a camera experience and e-reading coupled with an e-book store.

HTC Desire HD
The HTC Desire HD specification includes a 4.3" LCD display and Dolby/SRS sound powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm 8255 Snapdragon processor. 720p HD video recording, an 8-megapixel camera with dual flash and a body hewn from solid aluminium completes the impressive feature list.

HTC Desire Z
With a unique new hinge that pops up to reveal a hidden QWERTY keyboard, the HTC Desire Z will prove popular with those who prefer a real keyboard. Again, 720p HD video recording and a 5-megapixel camera with flash take care of the photographic side. The HTC Desire Z is powered by an 800MHz Qualcomm 7230 processor.

Both new smartphones will be available through mobile operators across Europe/Asia from October 2010 with the HTC Desire Z available in North America later this year.

For more information visit www.htc.com.

Comments
Posted by graytommy on Wed Sep 15, 2010 7:17 pm Reply with quote

Well I know what will be on my xmas list and that the HD


 
Posted by grillphil on Fri Sep 17, 2010 7:17 am Reply with quote

Ah but can you add the Speed Camera database to it to work with GoogleMaps? Rolling Eyes


 
Posted by Lincslad on Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:44 am Reply with quote

I have the 'standard' Desire - it's a great phone.

There will always be a trade-off between size/bulk, portability and resolution but to be honest, to my ageing eyes the resolution on the standard Desire is plenty, and HTC Sense makes it simple and intuitive to zoom in on maps, web pages, etc when necessary.

I know some will want to use their phone as a Satnav but I much prefer the features on my Tomtom for that. I can't see me ditching my satnav anytime soon.


TomTom XL V4 Europe

 
Posted by MaFt on Fri Sep 17, 2010 3:42 pm Reply with quote

grillphil Wrote:
Ah but can you add the Speed Camera database to it to work with GoogleMaps? Rolling Eyes


No, but you can buy and install some proper navigation software Wink

MaFt


MaFt®

 
Posted by grahmc on Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:22 pm Reply with quote

I also have the HTC Desire. When you update to Android 2.2 (Froyo) you automatically get the HD movie facility so it just looks like a rebadging exercise now the new phone is equipped with A 2.2 :-)


 
Posted by Fellwalker on Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:15 pm Reply with quote

Yet again HTC have missed an opportunity to put a decent sized battery in one of their phones. I have an HD2, which has the same 1230mAh battery, and similar ridiculously good apparent times for the device as a phone. BUT IT IS MORE THAN THAT. if I switch on the GPS it runs down faster. Using the camera runs it down faster, reading a book or playing a game runs it down faster. If I use it for routing, it runs down faster. It would not save a full walk's GPS data even with the screen off. It died 5 miles in.

Typical battery life for my HD2 is a day and a bit, but only two or three hours if in use constantly.

Shame.


Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Nexus 5, Galaxy tab s 8.4. Sygic Mobile Maps (used less since colour changes), and OSMAnd+. Anquet OMN for OS maps. Also "Great Britain Topo Maps" and "Old Maps".

 
Posted by hardy on Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:58 pm Reply with quote

Well there is a bigger battery for HD2 - 2400ma
Comes with a new back cos its BIGGER
Have a look for HD2 Extended battery on the web


 
Posted by Fellwalker on Sun Sep 19, 2010 4:18 pm Reply with quote

hardy Wrote:
Well there is a bigger battery for HD2 - 2400ma
Comes with a new back cos its BIGGER
Have a look for HD2 Extended battery on the web

Thanks, I know that Rolling Eyes - but IMHO it is ugly and it sticks out. If the phone were designed from scratch to have a bigger battery it would be parallel front and back instead of a pregnant bulge that the bigger battery gives. Overall it would be perhaps half as deep again, instead of double the depth for half the height. Still perfectly usable as a phone, and eminently usable as a PDA.


Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Nexus 5, Galaxy tab s 8.4. Sygic Mobile Maps (used less since colour changes), and OSMAnd+. Anquet OMN for OS maps. Also "Great Britain Topo Maps" and "Old Maps".

 
Posted by portman on Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:55 pm Reply with quote

Another thumbs up for the standard Desire, a few people i know have one and all say its the best phone they have owned. Would have thought upgrading the screen would reduce the battery time, one of the only downsides of smartphones generally. As for the keyboard, i guess if you do lots of keyboard work on the move its worth having..


Samsung Mega
Tomtom 500

 
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