Ive had the phone for just over a week now and these are the things I've noticed.
1. Extremely fast, even with a ton of apps running.
2. Hinge seems very sturdy but still moves easily.
3. I have fat fingers and the top row of the keyboard has enough space to press easily I don't know what people are talking about who say otherwise.
4. Touch screen is very accurate.
1. Headphones jack is in a bad place, when listening to music it pushes your hand further away making it a bit harder to type.
2. Hitting the fn key for numbers sucks.
3. Screen display uses a lot of power, Daily charging required.
Anonymous, 17 Nov 2010i think nokia still has the best browser, Maemo on N900 that is. I will have to wait and see i... moreSolution: Use a different browser. Dolphin browser is what I use. I hear Opera also came out with a new browser although I haven't personally tested it.
the hardness of the keys on the physical keyboard go away after you use it for a week or so.. it becomes softer to press.. i used to dig my nail into it, but now i just press em and they work fine..
I had a legend before this..I LOVED IT but this, as someone already said, blows everything out of the water. I'm a mac person, and i still don't like the iphone, this is brilliant and sleek and not only gorgeous to look at, but the browsing experience is unparalleled. I read the whole of Anna Karenina from Kobo on it and it did wonderfully.
Everything runs smoothly and efficiently and people who have a problem with the phone have not had the chance to get used to it yet.
I bought it from Bell in Canada for $470-ish. Worth every penny =)
For a demonstration of the hinge, check out the first video on this site: http://mobilesyrup.com/2010/11/06/video-bell-htc-desire-z-hardware-and-speed-test-review/
The reviewer is pretty rough on the phone. It also shows how easy it is to open due to the loose hinge.
Anonymous, 17 Nov 2010i think nokia still has the best browser, Maemo on N900 that is. I will have to wait and see i... moreI played around with the browser on the Galaxy S at a store a few months ago when I was considering ditching my N97 for that. The GPS issues on the Galaxy S (and lack of a QWERTY) held me back. From what I can remember, the browser on the Galaxy S is very similar to the Desire Z's browser. It's heads and shoulders above the N97. (What isn't?) The only thing that the Android browser cannot do is manage my bookmarks well. No folders and cannot rearrage the order.
I have never tried the N900, so I cannot comment on that. I'm interested to know why you feel the N900 browser is superior to the Galaxy S browser.
Stuntman, 17 Nov 2010I personally prefer the N97 tilt and slide mechanism. I like to be able to put it on a table ... morei think nokia still has the best browser, Maemo on N900 that is. I will have to wait and see if i can be as satisfied with the web on android 2.2. I tried froyo on a galaxy S and so far i prefer the Maemo browser, N900 is hard to beat for webbrowsing. Will take at least a weak before my desire Z is shipped so i juz have to imagine for now =)
Anonymous, 17 Nov 2010thanx a lot for reply. i currently have an N900 which i love, its still close to perfect for m... moreI personally prefer the N97 tilt and slide mechanism. I like to be able to put it on a table and have it tilt up at me. I didn't have any problems with it. I think you just need to know where to apply pressure as it was very easy for me to open the keyboard on the N97 once you know how.
I was really considering the E7 as I like the tilt and slide mechanism on that, too. I guess it's just personal preference. I just got tired of waiting for the E7 to be released. The Desire Z was released here, in Canada, first, so I snapped it up.
I am very happy with the Desire Z. I really wanted a good browser. The browsers on the Nokias didn't seem very good and word is, the new updated browser won't be available until February.
Stuntman, 17 Nov 2010I also used to own an N97. I ditched it for this. Compared to the N97, the Desire Z is easie... morethanx a lot for reply. i currently have an N900 which i love, its still close to perfect for me, and i was gonna wait for the successor of n900 with meego; but when i saw that it will use the terrible slider mechanism from N97 i almost cried and seeing that they also choose the same mechanism for E7 convinced me that it will take years before nokia will release a qwerty unit wit a slider that is practically usable.
Im happy to hear the desire z will open easily, a lil loose is ok with me i hope.
nokia shud have improved on the n900 mechanism to make space for a four row keyboard. its soft and smooth and loving, i rather slide open the keyboard than to use the unlock sliding button on the side, while on N97 part of life becomes a struggle to avoid opening the keyboard.
Anonymous, 16 Nov 2010whats the main prblm with the keyboard for u? The top row is to close to the lcd?
What you... moreI also used to own an N97. I ditched it for this. Compared to the N97, the Desire Z is easier to open. The hinge mechanism is rather loose and this makes it easy to open the keyboard. You can easily use one hand to open and close it. It requires very little force. As I understand it, the designers made it loose so it would be easy to open and close. The only disadvantage of the loose hinge is that if you are lying on your back and holding the phone above your head, gravity will force the keyboard to close unless you grip both the keyboard and screen section.
The feel of the keyboard on the Desire Z is different than the N97. I am still trying to make the adjustment to the Desire Z keyboard. The most significant difference I see is that you need to press the keys harder on the Desire Z than on the N97. The extra force I need to use is making me prone to some errors. I have used it for a week now and am getting better at it now. The keys are fairly spaced apart like the N97. The layout of the keys is a bit better. More commonly used punctuation marks like the at symbol and comma do not requre a shift to press.
Anonymous, 16 Nov 2010Yea, the keyboard is way too cramped and thus completely useless. I'm gonna try and sell mine.whats the main prblm with the keyboard for u? The top row is to close to the lcd?
What you think about the sliding mechanism, does it require too much initial force to open, does it slam hard wen open/close? I ask coz i hated nokia N97 wit its brain ret@rded slider.
Yea, the keyboard is way too cramped and thus completely useless. I'm gonna try and sell mine.
Anonymous, 15 Nov 2010I got it for 55 Canadian dollars :-Pu mean your desire z was bought at Canada and is now working in the Philippines? did u still have it unlocked? please reply asap...it will be a big help. ,y uncle is coming hme frm canada on dec.
Anonymous, 14 Nov 2010this is my dreamed phone. lol, sigh* really expensive!!!I got it for 55 Canadian dollars :-P
the dedicated keys in the front are braindead, i would feel like a prettyboy who knows what google is. "hey chaps, let me press my fashionly correct dedicated google button on my gay looking celfone".
y cant anyone make an android fone that has the beauty and discrete privacy of the N900's front panel? Smooth and anonymous. Well, looks like froyo cant match the flash support of N900 in real life anyway, only on paper, so i guess it doesnt matter. I say that coz i tried samsung i9000 galaxy S wit froyo, not impressed after failing to display flash content other than videos and flash ads that we all hate anyway, hope its only samsungs usual crappy implementation, maybe other froyo r better?
Love this phone. I've been a Blackberry user for the past few years. Before Blackberry I had a whole bunch of different Windows Mobile devices from HP and HTC. I've been a cell phone user since 1995. This device blows everything else out of the water. Get it and forget it.
its ma dream phone but the cost is nightmarish!! price is on average between $500 and $800 US dollars. it prob would be best to buy a netbook and load up skype or majic jack for calls on it o_0
Ive had it from carfone for the weekend and its going back tommorow based on these things,,,,
Por video recording,
No matter what people say the screen is awful outdoors
Altho gsmarena give loudspeaker a good score its typical htc and listening to podcast is awful,yes its loud but tonal quality is htc to a tee,
Using top keys on keypad thingy is awkward for me using top row and hinge is soso i dont think it will break.
There is no direction keys on keypad,now people may not bother but with no d-pad i rely on 4 direction keys for accurate text input,simple as that.
Weight was not an issue it feels nicer when fones are heavy anyhow cannot complain after using E90 ..
The above is my observations but i have dismissed Desire Z for poor video record which i do use and reflective screen and bad speaker quality.
I dont think htc have an excuse for keypad cause they must know by now that typing in the top row your thumbs push against the lower ledge of top part of fone..Some may say use onscreen qwerty but i wont that why i bought it to use a real qwerty keys..When i was in carfone i did trty dummy model but thought "oh well" and thought i could get round it but with other complaints and £400 prepay i cant live with it.
I think as of now i will get desire HD swap but still htc quality speakers and camera and low battery for that big screen..
Anonymous, 13 Nov 2010frm the specs it really seems 1 of the bst phones. but what about its actual price. whoever h... morehttp://www.amazon.co.uk/HTC-Desire-Free-Mobile-Phone/dp/B003ZDP5YU