Anonymous, 30 Jan 2011the reviewers at gsmarena has not lived with a side sliding keyboard fone for month after mont... moreHow you like the tension of the spring in the hinge mechanism tends to be more personal preference than practicality. I have used both the Desire Z and N97. I prefer the tighter spring of the N97 for the feel. However, I have never had any problems with the Desire Z's hinge after using it for almost 3 months. Most of the criticism I have seen regarding the DZ's hinge are not things you would really encounter in practice.
Everlyn , 30 Jan 2011i wanted to buy this phone, had checked out from the shope but still hesitate whether is good ... moreWhen holding the phone with the keyboard open, covering the left side of the keyboard will result in the WiFi signal strength to possibly drop a couple of bars. I only notice this when I am in a part of my house far from my router. Even though I lose bars on the indicator, I have never had issues with connectivity to the internet. I have not experienced losing the signal completely.
Anonymous, 30 Jan 2011the reviewers at gsmarena has not lived with a side sliding keyboard fone for month after mont... moreA fantastic comment and often these techgroups have the fone in for review for a few days put it thru its paces and thats it,up goes the comment..The big,big other item to highlight "gsm arena too" is that fones get updated and its rare for gsm arena to go back and retry a smartfone after a big update.
So for example someone comes on here looks at the review,, they make an opinion not knowing that in the past 2 -36months its been upgraded numerous times.This should also be taken into account never mind all the super modding and custom ROMS that are available.
Stop voting the Z down its a fantastic bit of kit.It is packed to the hilt with tech .
Everlyn , 30 Jan 2011i wanted to buy this phone, had checked out from the shope but still hesitate whether is good ... moreI confirm that wifi reception is affected when holding horizontally the phone with left hand covering (completely) the top of the phone. This is the usual position when typing with the keyboard extended. I experience a change from -85dbm (almost all bars) to -89dbm (1 or 2 bars). When near the wifi hotspot, it does not matter. When then wifi signal is poor, it may be an issue.
The effect depends on how much you are covering. Nevertheless, my impression is that every phone has a position where the reception is affected. You can try to hold your current smartphone in different positions and verify this.
3G reception does not seem to be affected.
I want to talk about screens and what people mean by them.
A good screen is one that in sunlight its readable to answer tweets or reply to email,it does not mean you can watch a video and see all glorious vivid colours.
The next screen is what some describe as passable meaning if you cup your hand round screen you should be able to read it.
Then there is the worst screen ie moto x720 which i had for 4 dats before sending it back..These screens are more use as a mirror than a screen and completly useless.
Its now 2011 and there is no excuse for this poor quality even if a fones cheap..Whats the use of having a mobile used for outdoors when it does not fullfill its purpose??? I mean do they test these mobiles in the CEO"S office and pass the quality..
I use my smartfone outdoors mainly and i expect therefore good screen,earpiece quality,battery,reception and microphone components.Yes i may use my mobile at home sometimes but mainly i use home fone and laptop.These work for what they are built for so i expect my mobile to work outdoors for whats its supposed to do and be a mobile phone.
Talking of quality HTC are bad i know with crud mikes,speakers and cameras but there is not many qwerty smartfones about.There is n97 and s/e vivaz pro but they are slow and bad.Plus the E7 has no card slot no autofocus so only high specification option is desire z.
I am near to upgrade and following the desire z comments with intrigue. Things are starting to pick up but giving some time for others to chip in with their comments first .Desire Z is what i have been wanting in android as other androids with hardware type qwerty are poorly specced..Hope this htc model cuts it else i see a long long wait ahead for the other makers of mobiles to release a qwerty android with hi-spec..
i wanted to buy this phone, had checked out from the shope but still hesitate whether is good to buy.
1. very heavy phone of 180g but compare as compared to samsung galaxy s i9000 / which i also consider
2. i read the revies and said this desire z have a receiption problem which mentioned in many users comments.
any one that using this phone please suggest whether u really have reception problem. if yes, i will switch to Samsung galaxy s
brynn, 30 Jan 2011I have spent years looking for equalisers on handsets and srs wow sound..Now this past week i ... moreI thank you for your efforts mainly because i am a newbie and forums can put you down and make you feel small.I have desire and put up with no qwerty hard keys so z version is what i want to get next.I do miss equaliser so hope they work but i want to ask is Z faster than normal desire with it only being 800mhz?
I have spent years looking for equalisers on handsets and srs wow sound..Now this past week i spent 9 hrs searching for equalisers ..Heaven forbid if you ask in a android forum they just take the mickey and tell you to search yourself.Great help they are in these android forums that you have to join,,some get quite nasty towards anyone asking for help,,seems if your not a tweaker or geek you just get ridiculed..
Heres the link and yes it took me 9 hrs to get this help and its the best i can find,
I will try again to post a link to the 9hrs of abuse i got off android forums to my findings myself on android equalisers.
I have spent 9 hrs looking for equaliser apps for android and cannot post my findings
the only thing i don't like about the desire z's music player is that it doesn't have an equalizer. hope android can come up with an application for this to compensate.
in the Philippines, it cost around Php24-25k.
speaker: not so loud.
headset quality: good. u can use it as a music player coz it has coverflow effect like the ipod.
so far my phone doesn't hang.
battery quality's reasonable for standby with minimal usage. it last about two days for me coz i use it often in making calls.
Anonymous, 28 Jan 2011hi, how is the hinge? GSMARENA has quoted about the loose hinge...the reviewers at gsmarena has not lived with a side sliding keyboard fone for month after month after month. If they had then they would know that spring-assisted mechanisms are a pain to use, and that Desire Z was heavensent for sideslider addicted people like me. Its perfect, the very very best.
Look at the Milestone 2 review here, they list the slider as a disadvantage coz its not spring assisted. GSMArena dont know what they are talking about, they take a fone and test it for a while, not going through months and months of heavy usage like we addicts do. Ofcors the lack of a spring on Milestone2 is an advantage when you open/close a few hundred times a day.
An aggregate SQL query on my N900 shows that i typed at average half a million characters MONTHLY, now how many times a day did i open and close it? Sorry i trust my own experience over someone who grabs a fone and use it a week and type a few thousand characters on it, GSMarena is 100% wrong about how a keyboard mechanism should be, their love for springs is a misconception caused by lack of REAL LIFE experience.
Emmanuel, 29 Jan 2011Hi all! Can Desire Z users comment on some things for me? How fast does this phone seem, comp... moreThe screen is OK outdoors. It is readable. You just need a few moments for your eyes to adjust. The screen is fairly reflective, so you may need to adjust your viewing angle a bit if there is something bright behind you.
The keyboard is good. With all keyboards, you just have to get used to it. I type a little faster on my old N97 keyboard because there are more punctuation characters you can access without pressing the shift/function key.
Headphones sound pretty good.
why cant my desire hd rotate the main screen like this can i prefer to use phone side ways and it cant be hard to put on desire hd as well...
Hi all! Can Desire Z users comment on some things for me? How fast does this phone seem, compared to the original desire? Is the screen good for outdoor use, like while walking down the street in the sun. Is the keyboard good for quick typing while in bed, and what's the sound like using earphones?