TC, 24 Feb 2011When I am in bed watching a movie on my phone I hold it only in "the screen-part" be... morethe only solution to that problem is to pick your phone carefully. almost every phone that came out has its own flaws... there is no such thing as the perfect phone. if you're worried about the hinge, u can try other brands. as a desire z user, i'm quite satisfied with it's performance. sure i also worry about the hinge. so that's why i take good care of it. happy phone hunting.
Stuntman, 23 Feb 2011The lying on your back position can result in the screen drooping down. The way I get around ... morei know what you mean. i do the same so that the screen would not fall or move while lying on my back.
ankur, 28 Feb 2011i m puzzle in buying htc derire and desire z which one is the best phone They are both very similar. The Desire Z is newer and has better specs. Desire Z has a faster processer, more built it storage and a physical keyboard. Both will be getting Gingerbread later this year.
i m puzzle in buying htc derire and desire z which one is the best phone
Anonymous, 26 Feb 2011Merge is for US Verizon, its not a GSM phone. The Merge is both GSM and CDMA.
TC, 24 Feb 2011I hold all my phones on the very edge of the screen when it is tilted down when I watch movies... moreI cant get you, i tried and i cant hold only the screen part. the closest i came was to hold it between my index fingers by applying an inwards force, but no sane person would hold a fone that way.
TC, 24 Feb 2011I hold all my phones on the very edge of the screen when it is tilted down when I watch movies... moreThe 4 mm edge of the screen half of the phone is also slanted and rounded. If you do try to hold only this part of the phone, it is more likely to slip from your fingers before the keyboard half opens. It's probably only 2.5 mm slanted and then the other 1.5 mm is rounded away even more.
If you are so against the Z hindge, perhaps the HTC Merge is more to your liking. It features a physical keyboard as well. Information on this phone is rather limited right now, but the keyboard mechanism appears to be a slider instead of the Z hinge mechanism of the Desire Z.
Stuntman respect for the good things you telling about the desire z.Iff somebody wants 2know something stuntman always gives a good answer about the phone good work m8
Stuntman, 24 Feb 2011If you are holding the phone in landscape mode above your head while lying in your bed, the sc... moreI hold all my phones on the very edge of the screen when it is tilted down when I watch movies and I hold the phone above me, so 4 mm is more than enough. This is a problem that some professional reviewers have concern about, and they obviesly watch movies in bed holding the phone exactly like I am.
No other phone have a this lose hinge, definetly not N97 mini.
A big company as HTC should know better than make a hinge like this, especially when the phone is so very heavy as Z is.
TC, 24 Feb 2011When I am in bed watching a movie on my phone I hold it only in "the screen-part" be... moreIf you are holding the phone in landscape mode above your head while lying in your bed, the screen part of the phone is only 4 mm thick. It is unlikely that you would hold the phone by the screen part only. The finger you use to support the phone will most likely also cover the keyboard part of the phone. Most people when they hold this phone will place their finger in the middle of the side of the phone which means the finger will be supporting both the keyboard part and the screen part.
I don't know how you hold your devices. You seem to come up with creative ways to hold phones in a manner which most people would not. If you do only grip the screen part, then you would likely have the same issue with the SE X Pro. The keyboard part of the phone is generally the heavier side. If you only grip the screen side, then as you move the phone around, gravity will likely pull the keyboard down even for sliders. I also have an N97 which has a spring with more tension. If I only grip this phone on the screen part and then move it around, I can get the keyboard to also fall down due to gravity and some moderate motion.
Instead of trying to find problems with the Z hinge of the Desire Z, why not just try to see how you could hold it without the keyboard opening or closing? It's not that hard and not that cumbersome.
Kitty, 23 Feb 2011i agree with you. nobody picks up his desire z by only the half part...that's just so stupid. ... moreWhen I am in bed watching a movie on my phone I hold it only in "the screen-part" because the screen is tilted down a little and resting on my fingers, but when my hand get tired and I change position gravity will open the keyboard and its weight will make me drop the phone because I am only holding in the screen part.
I am not trying to give Z a bad reputation, I actually like Z and could end up buying it, Pro could be to expensive or have some other problems specific for Pro, but the z-hinge is a real design-problem.
It is very possible to pick upp the phone holding only the half part, even though that is not the intention but you could be in a hurry and not looking carefylly on how you pick up the Z.
Placement of the keys are standard on all qwerty-keyboards, q followed by w followed by e..., but some bad keybords have to little space between the keys or the keys do not have enough travel when the are pressed, and it is only those bad keyboards that have long learning periods for the user. The symbols on top of keys that demand using function-key may need some learning, but typing normal letters on the qwerty need no lerning-period if the keybord is not bad. The problem with Z is the to small space between keys and the "travel" when the keys are pressed is to short.
Kitty, 23 Feb 2011the proper usage of the phone will make it last longer. also, it always depends on the design ... moreThe lying on your back position can result in the screen drooping down. The way I get around it is I hold the screen up with my index finger as I type with my thumbs.
TC, 17 Feb 2011You should not hold IPhone4 normaly, and Z should not be used in bed or even holding it vertic... morethe proper usage of the phone will make it last longer. also, it always depends on the design construction on which how you should use or rather hold it. some have sturdy slide mechanisms, others have a loose construction. but that doesn't mean that one is inferior to the other. taking good care of your phone makes it last longer. if you are disappointed of your phone, you can always replace it. sell it, or swap it with a phone that meets your criteria. As for me, I've been using my desire z for a month now. sure i also noticed that the hinges a little loose whenever i try to use it lying on my back. I have read most of the comments here regarding the HINGE. After numerous times of sliding the keyboard, I'm still satisfied with the overall performance of the phone.
Stuntman, 20 Feb 2011What makes you think that most people would pick up the phone while only gripping the keyboard... morei agree with you. nobody picks up his desire z by only the half part...that's just so stupid. they just come up with things in order to destroy the desire z's reputation.
TC, 22 Feb 2011Good keyboards do not need a month learning curve, N97 mini have a very good keyboard, that is... moreUntil they make key placements on all phone keyboards standard, there will be a learning curve. The N97 keyboard has the space bar off to one side. It took me a while to adjust to something as simple as this change. I keep hitting the shift key or period for a while before I got used to it. For many of the symbols, it is also different with different keyboard. The numbers are also different on different keyboards. The BlackBerry numbers are in a T9 configuration where as they are on a typewriter configuration on many other phone. Keyboards will generally have 3 to 5 rows of keys. All of these differences in addition to a different feel of the buttons contributes to a learning curve. The more similar the new keyboard you use is to the old one, the less of a learning curve you will have. BlackBerrys generally have the same keyboard layout, so if you go from one to another, your learning curve will not be very steep at all. Going from a BB to an N97 Mini will require a learning curve.
As good as you say the N97 Mini keyboard is, if I change to it, I am sure that it will take a few weeks to adjust to it. The reason is that now I have to deal with the fact that there is only one shift key. The space bar is off to one side. The punctuation is in different locations. I have to press the shift/alt key to access the question mark and the @ key. The keyboard is also going to be smaller and will have a different feel. All of these differences will take time for me to learn and to unlearn how to use a Desire Z keyboard.