iPhone 4 Rival Alert : HTC Desire Z Down To £220

If you want an affordable Android-based QWERTY keyboard smartphone, there's not much choice around, though the HTC Desire Z which was launched last year is still one of the best value-for-money options.

The handset, available for £220 at Play.com unlocked and unbranded, comes with almost the same specifications as the HTC Desire.

A 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen display with Gorilla Glass overlay, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset clocked at 800MHz, 512MB RAM, 1.5GB ROM, HSDPA, a microSD card slot, a five megapixel camera with 720p video recording and, most importantly, a full QWERTY slide out keyboard. At 180g and with a thinckness of 14.2mm, the device is a pretty chunky chap which will not appeal to those who like a svelte handset.

The Desire Z runs on Android 2.2 Froyo with HTC Sense UI on top with no prospects for an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich, although there's a very vibrant userbase that's determined to get the Desire Z running. The phone has already received Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 2.1.

It is worth noting that Play.com is also selling a 16GB microSD card for £11.24 and a 32GB one for £22.49.