The keys to easy typ­ing

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Gadgets -

Google An­droid on­board. The HTC De­sire Z is the first model in a grow­ing range to of­fer a key­board, which sprouts from be­neath the phone’s body on a pop-up hinge.

The key­board is a fourline cre­ation that fits the al­pha­bet around func­tion keys, a tab but­ton, en­ter bar and two cus­tomis­able short­cut but­tons. The keys them­selves are rub­berised and well spaced.

HTC has also wran­gled Google’s An­droid Froyo (v2.2) soft­ware so it works well in land­scape mode and in con­junc­tion with the phone’s key­board.

Hard­ware-wise, the Z also comes with a ca­pa­ble five-megapixel cam­era with flash, GPS an­tenna, dig­i­tal com­pass and an FM ra­dio.

But this phone is far from top of the line. Its pro­ces­sor only stretches to 800MHz and it only comes with 1.5GB of stor­age, though more can be added.

JEN­NIFER DUD­LEY-NI­CHOL­SON

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