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.
Very good phone! 6 months and had no problems. No automatic restarts (like other android phones), very fast, the qwerty keyboard is really comfortable. I had doubt about the 800Mhz processor, but it is acting like a much better one as it never lagged and worked perfectly! Physical keyboard never slide out accidentally. I recommend this phone!
Salam, I have Brandnew Box Packed HTC Desire Z, Came from abroad, Fully UNLOCKED!!
All Acc, Packed!!
>5MP Autofocus LED Flash Camera
>WiFi Bluetooth USB
>Android 2.2 (Upgradeable)
>800 MHz Processor
>1.5 GB Internal Memory ; 512 MB RAM
>Stereo FM radio with RDS
>4GB Included! Micro SD upto 32GB
>Gorilla Glass Protection
For 19,900 only, market price around 28,000 thats a discount of 29% straight
Anonymous, 06 May 2012my husband's phone is htc desire z,and he told me that it is nice,Yes, my wife is very right. I love this phone like I love her!
On the basis of your experience with this phone for 1 & half year, would you please suggest me to buy it or not? I like the qwerty keyboard. But smooth, lag free and fluid user interface is more important to me. I don't mean it to be a powerhouse. I just need fast & hang free UI. Would you please give your valuable suggestion? Anyway what about the battery life? Please also comment on the heat up issue & stability of the QWERTY keyboard.
I see from the specifications here on gsmarena that the htc desire z has a radio with RDS but i cant identify it on my fon...any help...and skype is working now.
i am going to purchase HTC Z, can anyone suggest me should i get it or suggest me another phone for longer conference calling as i am concern with telecom field. Plz feedback
Do not buy this phone! Its a horrible phone! I've had it for less than 3 months and i'm regretting wasting my money on this. The battery life is so poor, it lasts four hours with continuous heavy use, and even if you dont use it the battery wont last a day. The keyboard is horrible- its too wide so you cant hold it comfortably, the buttons are too shallow so you cant type fast. The screen quality is poor, you can hardly use it outdoors, and even if you turn the brightness to the lowest, the screen still uses 80% of battery! The phone is very heavy but so fragile, I dropped it once on its back and the whole screen shattered. The keyboard is loose and slides out on its own. Even the back cover wobbles when you use the phone. The loudspeaker volume is so low and feeble, you wont hear it ringing unless its right next to you. Now its refusing to charge. I like htc but the desire z is the worst phone they have ever made.
actually! we required video calling?? there are app for me cos it is useful option to youth....
and video chatting is must for us pls some solution...
otherwise this a great phone i was proud!!
Anonymous, 11 Apr 2012it's not a much go0d phone:( as it does not supports video calling .... Thats cuz it doesnt have video calling!
Anonymous, 11 Apr 2012it's not a much go0d phone:( as it does not supports video calling .... It does support video calling. I have used Skype flawlessly with it. Only problem is that you,ll have to use rear facing camera.
AnonD-123, 30 Mar 2012Yeah. I was hoping they would show off a One Z as well. I just get the feeling that they wil... moreYes do agree a huge touch screen with a sliding qwerty keypad is one of a kind. Getting d best of both wrld. N it does make communication much mr easier. Plz plz plz do produce that one of a kind ph with a huge touch screen and a sliding qwerty physicl keypad. It would hv a huge sale on markt I bet with a longer batry life, a faster ram and a huge internl storage. Lov htc n I bet it would produce dt 1 of a kind ph soon enough and wont b keeping us waiting anymr.
hey friends just wanted to know if it is possible to upgrade the software to android 4 version (Icecream sandwich)
hey friends just wanted to know if it is possible to upgrade the software to android version 4 (ice cream sandwich)?
Omg ppl u all r crazy for writing all wrong review about this ph. This ph is great and stop talkin nonsense about battery life its as equivalent as iphn. Cell phone is 4 talkin nt gamin if u wanna play games n complain about batry life n use d ph 4 gaming istd of using it for wat it is basic purpose is (that will b communicating) then I suggest u buy a psp. N stp hating this ph. Itz nt that bad. If u dun like somthng dtz ur choice or accidently get a faulty device dts ur bad lk. Bt stp lying n givin false review on a great ph like this. Acting like a 10 year old.