We've just gotten to grips with HTC's luscious new Desire Z
slider (you'll know it as the T-Mobile G2
in the US) and it is indeed a slab of finely crafted metal. That Z hinge that the company is touting feels pretty robust, requiring a reassuring amount of torque to get it to spring open. And it really is a spring, it flips from closed to open instantaneously. The QWERTY button array feels pretty terrific, giving us just the right amount of responsiveness, while separation between keys feels a lot more spacious than the images would lead you to believe. It's also worth noting that, exactly as HTC promised in its keynote
, the Desire Z has one of the most accessible top rows in the slider smartphone business. We honestly didn't think there was a difference between typing on it versus any of the other rows. That's quite the feat, and easily positions this as the best competitor to Nokia's newly announced E7
. Are we witnessing a QWERTY renaissance? We sure hope so. Check out the gallery below and hands-on video after the break.
: Added a second video to demonstrate the Z's ridiculously fast startup and more under Android 2.2 Froyo.
HTC Desire Z -- more hands-on pics!
HTC Desire Z hands-on