Product Type: HTC Smartphone
Newest Review: ... keyboard is so much more pleasant than on a touchscreen. The keyboard with the Desire Z is easy to use and durable. It does add some ... more
Far more superior than my old Blackberry!
HTC Desire Z
Member Name: Jellybeans9
HTC Desire Z
Advantages: Too many to list! It's like a mini, mini laptop.
Disadvantages: Not a great battery life, but no smart phones do!
I'm no good with all the technical stuff when it comes to phones and such, so I'll just stick to my personal opinion of the phone itself. My Blackberry was the first smart phone I'd ever owned, and although I loved the QWERTY keyboard, after just 6 months of use, I was sick of the phone already. Shortest lived phone ever. Anyway, wanting a HTC I began researching which one would be the best for me. I managed to narrow it down to a few options, but this one caught my eye. I liked the fact that it was touch screen because well, that meant a bigger screen for internet browsing etc., but that it also had a QWERTY keyboard underneath. Despite being so used to touch screen technology, I cannot stand touch screen keyboards. One, I like having the physical buttons, and two, touch screen doesn't respond quick enough for me to type as quick as with buttons. That would be my. Main frustration I think. So this phone seemed like the perfect option for me.
The good points...
This phone, along with the frequent software updates, and extensive choice of apps to choose from is great for any smart phone user. Plus, it's quick processing speed, and great visual display, means I can pretty much cover all of the basic tasks I'd normally carry out on my laptop. The phone being very easy to use, has actually meant that I now use my phone more than my laptop! Well, for things such as general internet browsing and online shopping, using my phone for this purpose has proved to be very convenient. I've also been able to connect my phone to the wi-fi to save my data usage on my phone's network. The battery life isn't that bad either, I'd say just as good as any smart phone really (generally requires charging every 2 days if not heavily using the internet). Another thing I like about this phone is how the the keyboard has backlight, so you can easily type in the dark or dim lighting, without having to struggle to see the letters. Another thin I was impressed with, is how not only do you have the pull out keyboard, but you can also use the touch screen keyboard either vertical or horizontally. The memory isn't bad either. I have thousands of messages (too lazy to delete them) and hundreds of pictures, a good handful of apps, and whatever else I have taking up memory. So for the average person, I'd say that's pretty adequate. If it isn't enough however, you just simply buy a micro SD card, with a memory size to suit you.
I've been using this phone now for about 9 months now, and so far so good. I wanted to wait at least 6 months before i reviewed it to make sure I had a good enough opinion. I have to say the HTC Desire Z is by far, the best phone I've owned so far. I'm always getting complimented on it by people saying that they really like it. And that's before they've barely touched it! Surely that can only be a good thing? On that note, it's design overall is pretty stylish too. Although the whole grey tone does seem a little boring, no worries! You can always purchase a case for it. Another good point, is you can choose how you want to lock your phone. Either without any security lock, a password, a code, or a pattern lock. There are hundreds of apps you can download to jazz up your phone even more, or even games to keep you amused which are available from the Google Play Store.
Now for the bad points...
It doesn't have the best of battery lives, but if you're used to smart phones, then you're probably already looking into this expecting to charge it every night anyway. Most of the time I can get away with every two days, and that's with using it quite a lot throughout the day. Also sometimes, if I flip the screen up/down too quick it switches the phone off. Although this can be annoying at times (own fault though) it only takes 30 seconds if that, for it to start back up again. Another bad point, although this won't matter to some, is that you can't customize the colour of the LED notification light, like you can on a Blackberry. Which is a shame. Plus, my phone seems to think that actually, I do want my Facebook contacts syncing to my phonebook, despite me telling it not to do that.
Other than the bad points mentioned, I don't think there are any others I can think of or have come across yet. There really are a lot more good points to this phone than bad. I think if I were to mention all the cool things I liked about it, I'd be here for quite a while!
My overall opinion on the HTC Desire Z is that it is a great phone for my needs, and is the best phone I've had. I love it. It's a good choice of phone for those who want a bit of both, touch screen and physical keyboard. Or even a good phone for easing you into the revelation that is touch screen smart phones.
I just thought I'd also mention that I typed this whole review on my HTC Desire Z.
Summary: I'm glad I didn't buy an Iphone...