HTC Desire Z vs HTC Desire HD (Ace) – Smartphones Comparison

There is about £10 difference between the prices of the HTC Desire HD (Ace) and the HTC Desire Z (the HD is £379.19 inclusive of VAT while the HTC Desire Z is £390 including VAT, both with free HTC BH M300 Bluetooth headset worth £30)
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HTC Desire Z vs HTC Desire HD (Ace)
HTC Desire Z vs HTC Desire HD (Ace)
Feb. 11, 2011 - PRLog -- There is about £10 difference between the prices of the HTC Desire HD (Ace) and the HTC Desire Z (the HD is £379.19 inclusive of VAT while the HTC Desire Z is £390 including VAT, both with free HTC BH M300 Bluetooth headset worth £30 from Clove Technology).

The question is, how different are these two smartphones? The Desire range is proving immensely popular and both the Desire Z and Desire HD are firm consumer favourites. So let's take a look at the similarities and differences between the two.

Size, we are frequently told, is not everything – but that's not necessarily the case when it comes to smartphone screens. The HTC Desire Z has a 3.7 inch 480x800 WVGA screen – a pretty regular size in the smartphone market.

The HTC Desire HD, on the other hand, has a whopper of a 4.3 inch touch screen, with the same 480x800 resolution. This quality display really does make all the difference (particularly when you're viewing photographs or watching videos) and you'll really notice that extra big screen. The Z's screen will still give you excellent quality for your images, of course, just smaller.

Then there's the camera. The HTC Desire Zs 5 megapixel camera produces great images and has flash and autofocus inbuilt. It's a winner among most smartphones.

But the HTC Ace packs a whopping 8 megapixel camera into its small dimensions, along with a dual LED flash, so you can produce proper digital compact camera style photographs with this phone.

Both the Desire HD and the Desire Z have the ability to record 720p HD video.

When it comes to talk time, the HTC Vision really excels. Over GSM the talk time is up to 590 minutes, while in 3G it is up to 400 minutes. Compare this with the HTC Desire HD's talk time of 550 minutes on GSM and 320 minutes on 3G an the HTC Desire Z is clearly the winner – you never know when those extra 40 minutes or so will come in handy!

Interestingly, the Desire HD's standby time is up to 490 hours while the Desire Z's is up to 430.

Previous HTC devices have been criticised for relatively poor battery life, so it's good to see some improvements have been made across the Desire range.

Of course, the major difference between the two phones is the presence (or not) of a keyboard. Smartphone users are rapidly splitting into camps of touchscreen lovers versus those who prefer a traditional style keyboard. The HTC Desire Z aims to answer this with a slide-out qwerty keyboard beneath a touchscreen – perhaps an attempt to please everybody?

The HTC Desire HD has only got a touchscreen option for input, so if you prefer using a keyboard you'll certainly like the Desire Z better. It can be difficult, if not nigh impossible, to use a touchscreen accurately while walking, and touch typing doesn't really work, but this is really a matter of personal choice.

Although it is a larger phone, the Desire HD weighs less than the Desire Z. Because of the keyboard, the Desire Z weighs 180g while the Desire HD is 164g. The HD also has better RAM, 768MB compared with 512MB for the z. Both have internal storage capacity of 1.5GB, upgradable by microSD card to 32GB.

Choosing between these two phones really does come down to taste: the HTC Desire is better on talk time and has the handy keyboard, while the HTC Desire Z has a better camera and bigger screen.

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