I have been using HTC Desire z from past one year and i love it. Works better than any other
1Ghz phone my friends are using. All inbuilt and android application works perfectly , great sense of touch,Gingerbread 2.3.3 works perfectly fine. I found only two disadvantages overall weight(becoz of the sliding qwerty keypad) and battery performance (which i think same problem with any smartphone), other than that the phone is simply superb. I would suggest to use rubberized or leather protector case to avoid any scratches. It would have been great if HTC release ICS for this phone, any idea if they are going to ???
ani, 11 Apr 2012Omg ppl u all r crazy for writing all wrong review about this ph. This ph is great and stop ta... moreExcuse me but I am not lying about my review of this phone. People have different experiences with the phones that they have.
I just sent my HTC Desire Z in because the battery began draining down to zero in less than 24 hrs. When HTC recieved it they said that the mother board was damaged? I dropped the phone once about 6 months ago and it caused a slight superficial scratch on the screen but otherwise it was working fine.
Is this normal with these phones because HTC wants to bill me $200 for the repair
don c, 17 Jul 2012i bought htc desire z,but the problem am having with it is that,the batttery drains out so qui... moreI noticed the battery lasts longer with the Gingerbread update. Do you have the latest updates on your phone?
i bought htc desire z,but the problem am having with it is that,the batttery drains out so quickly.is there a solution for this?
Anonymous, 25 Apr 2012Do not buy this phone! Its a horrible phone! I've had it for less than 3 months and i'm regret... moreI agree with you, i just bought the htc desire z, but i am regretting, it hangs up when i was reading a pdf file, now i can t even switch on the phone, i have it from 5 days.
It is my first HTC phone, but i am sure of it, i will never buy an HTC product again.
Phone works perfect until the on board memory burns out under six months and HTC does not service outside of the USA
TIGER-SHAH, 12 Apr 2012hey friends just wanted to know if it is possible to upgrade the software to android 4 version... moreIf you root it and unlock the bootloader, yes, you can put ICS on it. I'm running ICS (Cyanogenmod 9) for a few months now and it's much better, faster, more fluid than the stock software, be it Froyo or Gingerbread.
Also, to the people complaining about the 800 MHz CPU, once you root the phone you can easily overclock it, I'm usually running mine on 1.5 GHz.
Can anyone tell me what is the current cost of this phone. I'm seeing some on ebay for USD$180 but i'm not sure how true it is. Please advise.
apm, 26 Jun 2012which one is better? Htc desire z or nokia e7?Desire Z. Trust me.
Anonymous, 25 Apr 2012Do not buy this phone! Its a horrible phone! I've had it for less than 3 months and i'm regret... moreI owned this phone because of the fact of keyboard, I have iPhone, blackberry. from work and the galaxy s1, but I prepared the htc desire z comparison to the 3 that I have, I drop it many times but haven't experience shattering the glass since its made from gorilla glass, maybe you shouldn't throw it hard! The keyboard hard to handle,if ur to used to it, tooks me a while to like since I owned the old htc windows with keyboard as well. Generally quite good but the camera sometime when focusing the subjec and it's moves a lot, you won't have good shot.
yes the camera is not that nice , the cpu is less powerful than the one in desire a8181 , but you can learn how to use the camera for best shots by practice. the keybord is cool , I like the softkeys, because people are complaining about how fast they lose performance, I complain too. but in general view, Htc rocks
ani, 11 Apr 2012Omg ppl u all r crazy for writing all wrong review about this ph. This ph is great and stop ta... morein ur view all statement r tru na.....bcoz i m thinking 2 buy it. plz tell me more info. bout it. nd i thnk as i feel camera qua. of ths fon is nt too gud....m i r8 or wrong tellll me soon....pplz
2 years on, I still love this phone desperate all the latest phone come out on market. I will not change this phone, I'm gona use it until it breaks down and by then I hope HTC will make new version HTC desire z with faster processor as most phone now are 1.5gb as is not much of a problem as I use WiFi most of the time. I generally really hate texting on any touchscreen phone which that's why I love the slide out keyboard. I hate the fact people only buy iPhone because it apple and yes they have good advert on tv the market their product not because its a great phone, if they all know knew what HTC are capable of then they will think twice about purchasing iPhone
I wanna buy a phone but i don't know either want to buy this phone or sony xperia neo v.. Help me..
uNVD, 06 May 2012To Stuntman,
On the basis of your experience with this phone for 1 & half year, would you... moreFor a phone that is a year and a half old and one that compromises other specs to fit in a physical keyboard, you will find that it will not be as fluid as more recent phones or even phones that came out late in 2010. You will find that you will have to compromise on some things in order to get a phone with a phyiscal keyboard.
My experience with the Desire Z with the Gingerbread update is that the Sense UI seems to need to reload from time to time. If you start an app and go to the home screen, start another and do this several times, eventually, you will run into a situation where the screen tells you that it is loading and then you have to wait a few to several seconds before the home screens load again. This happens most often if you go into the Market app and then press the home screen. I generally have several widgets and use all 7 of my home screens. If you use fewer home screens and widgets, you may find that it is a lot smoother. If you haven't used your phone for a while and then you unlock, the UI is generally pretty smooth at that time. Like it's in your pocket for a while and you need to check your calendar. It should be smooth then. If you start opening a lot of different apps, you will experience this slow down at some point.
As for the apps, I find that they are all pretty smooth. The one thing I recommend is that you use the Opera Mini browser. The phone has a slower processor and the stock browser may be a bit slow in rendering more complex web pages. Opera Mini renders the web pages on their servers and then sends a compressed stream to your phone's browser app. I use Opera Mini unless there is Flash contect or other content that requires a full featured browser.
For other apps, you might notice the occasional choppiness, but it is usually quite smooth.
Battery life has improved since the Gingerbread update. On Froyo, I was able to surf about 3.5 hours from a full charge and had 20% left. I feel that with Gingerbread, the battery life feels (very subjective) like it is about 15-20% more. On a side note, I noticed that the UI on Froyo is smoother than Gingerbread. Battery life lasts longer on GB.
I haven't had any heat issue with my phone. The battery does get warmer with more use, but no where near uncomfortable. You notice it warmer, but it doesn't affect your using the device.
With regard to the physical keyboard, the hinge mechanism was desiged so that you do not need a lot of force to open and close it. Many people do not like the fact that the spring is not very strong and if you hold only one half the phone, the other half dangles. This is by design. When I use the phone, I'm holding it in the way that the screen/keyboard never opens by accident and almost never closes by accident. The only situation where the keyboard will likely close on you is if you lie on your back and hold the phone above your head with the keyboard open. If you hold only the keyboard half, gravity will cause the screen to close down on the keyboard. This is the one situation where the loose spring may be an issue. For me, I just prop up the screen with a finger. All other positions are fine. The feel of the hinge depends on your personal preference. If you want or expect a tighter spring, you will be disappointed. For me, I like that it is easier to open and close the keyboard compared to a phone like the N97 which has a similar mechanism, but with a much tighter spring.
You may notice a little bit of play when you apply some pressure to the corners of the phone when the keyboard is closed. I notice it only when I am looking for it. When using the phone normally, I don't notice it at all. This little bit of play has bothered some people.
I use the keyboard almost daily for the year and a half that I have owned it. I have not had any issue with the keyboard or hinge mechanism during that time. Although there is a little bit of play if you look for it, I have not noticed any deterioration in the hinge or any increase in play.
My criticism of the keyboard is that you need to apply some amount of force to press a key. I would have prefered the keys to require less force to press. I find that if my fingernails are long, I have a little harder time using the physical keyboard than when I have just clipped my nails.