YES it has a plastic cover over the lens. This is a very bad thing in fones that has the flash under the same plastic cover, as light from the LEDs will flare through the plastic and seriously reduce photo contrast. Not a problem on Desire Z. I guess removing it will still improve photo quality a bit but theis cam is not high end so the difference is for a big part placebo effect maybe.
MADE IN CHINA is correct. China isnt bad at manufacturing, what they stink at is product development and quality control. Since this is a taiwan construction and is under HTCs quality control its not a problem. Chinese takes no pride in craftsmanship and quality, so its very important that the mother company keep them under strict surveillance. A good example is chinese made yamaha motorcycles, its top quality, while other brands made in china start falling apart already when driving them of the assembly line. This is not ment as offensive to chinese workers, its (more or less) the exact words of a chinese friend of me.
hi guys, i am using a nokia n97 n i want to switch to htc desire z... i have read the comments here n checked the youtube vids n its really confusing... i want to buy this phone but the only thing making me think is the hinge... can someone plz tell me exactly how they r? i mean in normal use are they really annoying????
thanks a lot in advance
vebs, 11 Dec 2010I fully satisfied with this handset but my small concern is my handset is Made in China. Is th... moreDear, i think urs Desire Z is duplicate one. better go & change to Original one.
Cos all what u said is nothing in the original piece and it is first time we hear this.
I fully satisfied with this handset but my small concern is my handset is Made in China. Is there any problem?
Also I read about htc desire handset that It had (not good quality) plastic cover on camera lens under the frame.
If you remove that you will get best picture quality.
Is there Any such thing about Desire Z?
I try to remove ( I think its there) but can, and I dont wanna take risk with scratches on camera lens.
So please suggest me how to remove easily ?
I love this phone,
Thanks in advance
This phone is great. Great in build, OS, connectivity, QWERTY and market. It's great to combine "Best of two worlds" as said by HTC. The fact is it's not just two worlds.
Regarding the loose hinge issue, it's comfortable. Not loose to cause annoyance, it's rather should be called "smooth". I know for many people it will seem not reliable, but I knew that it's made of metal, the hinge parts, and I also know that HTC covers any manufacturing issues under warranty.
My only issue here is that it doesn't support Multi-lingual read/write. I'm just trying to search for a solution, but not till now I found one.
Just got the phone and its great! One problem though. When recieving text messages the phone labels them as a different time than a sent text. This places the texts in the wrong order for the conversation view. Not a big deal but a little annoying. Is this something I'm doing or is it something wrong with the phone?
shobz, 10 Dec 2010i made a comment coz im using this phone as well since a week now. i have used so many differe... moreIf the spring on the hinge is tighter, it would be more difficult to open and close the keyboard. Also, when you open and close the keyboard, it would slam open or close harder. Are you having difficulties keeping the keyboard open and close when you are holding the phone normally?
I have all along been a fan of the blackberry torch, but after having a taste of android on my friend's htc desire hd, i'm moving towards the htc desire z as i need a physical qwerty keypad.
Am i making the right choice? the colours and the screen of the desire HD really wowed me, and i think the blackberry torch won't look and feel as good..
shobz, 10 Dec 2010i made a comment coz im using this phone as well since a week now. i have used so many differe... moreyeaa, very sad...:(
why don't you go for Desire HD. it is The king of Android mobiles & much better than Z.
i made a comment coz im using this phone as well since a week now. i have used so many different phones with keyboard but this one is really loose. it may not affect anything but it shouldnt be like this in the first place.
shobz, 09 Dec 2010the slide z mechanism doesnt seem durable. it also very loose. im using it. the hinges are not that soft. opening and closing the keyboard with ease. of course holding it upside down will causes the 'top part' of the phone to close back to the 'keyboard section'. why will we need the hinges to be so hard that we a significant amount of force to open and close it? the movement is smooth. it will not get loose any moment. once you push it to a certain level, the spring will push it all out. making too rigid will defeat the purpose. time will tell whether it will last. no point make ridiculous assumptions now. having it in my hands now, im confident enough to say its durable enough.
Adeel, 10 Dec 2010Hi, i'm thinking of buying a new phone, can anyone help me decide if i should buy the HTC Desi... moreIf your are a fan of big screen, the Desire HD will be your choice.
If you are a fan of QWERTY Keyboard, then Desire Z will be your choice.
just got the phone 2 days back. the battery is just average. under heavy usage, i lasted for a day or a little more. i always browse internet, java flash is mostly active, internet connection is always connected. so i can say its decent. the screen is quite amazing, better than desire HD's. the color is warmer, though its still irritating under the sun, the surface is too reflective. buy a non-reflective screen protector. there is one thing i would like to amend in this article. the video shooting auto focus is not locked during shooting. press anywhere on the screen the camera will try to re-focus again. cheers.
Hi, i'm thinking of buying a new phone, can anyone help me decide if i should buy the HTC Desire Z or HTC Desire
Dooge, 09 Dec 2010Yeh, it might not be a common thing to do by holding it upside down but I still think HTC have... moreI think many people are incorrectly associating the loose spring with longevity of the hinge. How is tighting the hinge going to make the hinge last longer? If the hinge were tightened so much that it requires a great amount of pressure to open, would that really make the hinge last longer?
If you compare the Desire Z hinge mechanism with the Nokia N97 mechanism, you will find that both phones have three supports holding the keyboard half with the screen half. The only difference is the N97 tilts the screen when open and the N97 has a tighter spring. Many people slam the keyboard open and closed on the N97 because the tight spring forces the screen to slam. Do you think that slamming the screen open and close is going to make the phone last longer?
If you want to see someone roughing up the hinge, check this out: http://mobilesyrup.com/2010/11/06/video-bell-htc-desire-z-hardware-and-speed-test-review/
He really tries to slam the keyboard open and close and it seemed to survived.
shobz, 09 Dec 2010the slide z mechanism doesnt seem durable. it also very loose. its not loose, it holds the two parts very well together DURING NORMAL USE. If you need to do like the guys in teh youtube videos den i guess its loose, but noone does those things in real life. Believe it or not, we have better things to do with our fabulous cellfones! =)
If you need so hard spring then take one from your matress or whatever. Or from a car supsension. I hate hard sliders, i prefer the slack of the X10 Mini Pro over the violent springs in some Nokias, thats so uncomfortable and totally unnecessary. The Z hinge is very much better.
Valder, 09 Dec 2010I would like to know if this phone has a bad loudspeaker as other HTC are rumored to have. For... morei think the ringing volume is ok, but sound quality from the loudspeaker is not that good, or loud... Desire Z has good vibrating alert for noisy environments.
SE will always have superior sound quality. However, the Mini Pro is not a competitor to desire Z imho.
I would like to know if this phone has a bad loudspeaker as other HTC are rumored to have. For example, will I be able to hear it ringing in a noisy environment?
I am between this and the x10 mini pro and I give a lot of weight in two points. Software upgradeability and perfect sound from the loudspeaker. That's my dillema, HTC usually has the first one, SE has the other one.
Any recommendations are welcome. Thank you in advance.