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HTC Desire Z: memories and sensations with my first Android

However, I still had the memory of Nokia in mind, and that is that a few legendary models had passed through my hands before. For this and other reasons, such as the larger screen size and the seemingly larger Symbian utilities, I decided to get a Nokia 5800, which I still regret today. After barely using the touch screen of the HTC Touch Pro, I have to admit that it took me horrors to adapt to that of the Nokia (perhaps also motivated by the poor quality and precision offered by those resistive screens).

Some of you may think that my first steps on Android were a bit late, but I have an excuse: Windows Mobile and sliding QWERTY keyboards. From my HTC Touch Pro -also known as HTC Raphael-, or what was the same, an HTC Diamond with this type of keyboard, I was fascinated by the adaptation of Windows to mobile devices (call me crazy). Also, the customization layer of HTC, back then HTC TouchFLO 3D, I also loved. The game that I got to get out of that single-core Qualcomm MSM7201A processor at 528 MHz and its 288 MB of RAM was a lot, from productivity issues to even video games – Many hours playing with FPSece, the PSX emulator, whose beginnings were in Windows Mobile, and then make the leap to Android. And best of all, I could do everything with the keyboard, something really comfortable for me, and that would mark part of my future with mobile technology.

Close-up of the HTC Touch Pro2

Faced with this scenario, it didn't take long for me to start looking for substitutes, and then a wonder appeared before my eyes, again Taiwanese: HTC Touch Pro2 –Yes, I know we are on but I am still talking about Windows Mobile. Indeed, it was the evolution of my beloved HTC Touch Pro, and of course, I could not resist its many charms. For starters, it was upgradeable to the new version of the operating system, Windows Mobile 6.5, while the original model stayed on Windows Mobile 6.1. Its screen also caught my attention, which reached 3.6 inches, along with a WVGA resolution, of course much higher than my previous equipment, in addition to its stylish and more modern design.

The beginnings

Shortly before the HTC Touch Pro 2, the HTC Dream, as you know, first of history with the Android operating system. And it could have been perfect for me, as it also had a physical keyboard. However, the characteristics that I have mentioned before would make me opt for the Windows computer. Thus, time passed, and along the way, more androids were coming onto the market, like the HTC Magic that Jose Antonio was talking about. But none of them had what I wanted, that keyboard with which I was so stubborn.

Deep down, I knew that with Android settled it was a matter of time to make the leap, and finally, I saw the light at the end of the tunnel. This happened, going back to my most primitive instincts, with the departure of the HTC Desire Z, back in 2010. And it had it all: 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen, power from the Qualcomm MSM7230 with an 800 MHz Scorpion core, an Adreno 205 GPU, 512 MB of RAM, and of course, my dear sliding physical keyboard.

HTC Desire Z keyboard detail

Android, which at that time was already in its Android 2.2 Froyo version, attracted me more and more, but not the devices that carried it. With the HTC Desire Z, my doubts were dispelled at a stroke. Although it was not the most powerful on the market – for example, the Samsung Galaxy S that Raúl was talking about was slightly superior in this regard – the truth is that the fluidity in general was quite successful, and the redesigned and renamed HTC Sense I liked. Another plus point were the thousands of and games to take advantage of Android, something that made Windows Mobile look ridiculous. I realized that a new stage had begun in the mobile sector, surely full of successes for Android.

Freedom that allowed you – and allows – this operating system ended up falling in love, and I even started to make my first forays into the world of Root, ROMs, etc., although in Windows Mobile I had also been able to do something at the level . In this way, I was able to get more out of the of the HTC Desire Z, and among other crazy things, I raised the frequency of his processor to 1.9 GHz, that is, more than double what came out of the factories. Curiously and miraculously, it never exploded in my hands, but it did give me some “heat” in my hands, and that is that the back cover, which was made of metal, reached quite extreme temperatures, logical on the other hand.

The end

The HTC Desire Z was, I think I remember, the longest terminal to date, and possibly the one I've enjoyed the most. Again, despite the fact that it was getting shorter and shorter in performance, the comfort that the keyboard gave me managed to keep me trapped. Not even the dual-core processors, which were already beginning to be normal, made me be unfaithful. But as always, he knew that this situation would not take long to come to an end. Browsing the internet was becoming more and more insufferable., and besides, I was starting to get pretty tired of testing one ROM after another so often, hardly appreciating any improvements.

Anyway, I decided to continue a little more, and then another piece of equipment was put up for sale that caught my attention. It was the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, a designed for the most gamers -Come on, a whim-, and that would become my second Android. Although it was a bit more powerful than the HTC, I didn't want to get rid of this one, so I continued with both for a few months. The Sony would serve me to play games and consume multimedia, while the HTC left it for other less stressful tasks, mainly for social networks and instant messaging.

Close-up of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Y my journey with the HTC Desire Z ended hereas well as with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. After this, the HTC One S, HTC One XL, and even the HTC One, my current next to the Motorola Moto G, although in the middle there has been some small distraction called BlackBerry. At the expense of the time that has passed, knowing that you may accuse me of being old-fashioned, I still like to think about the idea of ​​an Android device with a physical keyboard and high-end features. Dreaming is free,

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