Product Type: HTC Smartphone
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Touchscreen phone with a QWERTY keyboard
HTC Desire Z
Member Name: seeohbahn
HTC Desire Z
Date: 25/04/13, updated on 26/04/13 (23 review reads)
Advantages: Pull out QWERTY keyboard
Disadvantages: Physical keyboard adds some bulk
I have owned this phone for a couple of years and was overall really pleased with it. It runs on Android and so has all the great Google apps on it, with plenty more available through Google Market store.
The interface of the phone doesn't seem as responsive as some other Android phones - I find that apps can take a while to load, which is particularly frustrating when wanting to read a new text message. When switching the phone on it takes a loooooong time to start up too, which is equally frustrating.
The battery life of the phone tends to be less than a day for me - this is with not really using any other apps other than Whatsapp. If going on a long journey where I can't charge my phone then I have to take extra batteries with me.
My favourite thing about the phone is the pull out QWERTY keyboard. This is one of the few newer smartphones that isn't purely touchscreen. I cannot stand typing on a touchscreen phone and being able to use a physical 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 bulk to the phone, but for me the benefits of the physical keyboard outweigh any added bulk. The phone does still feel fairly small and fits nicely in my hand. It is much faster typing on the physical keyboard than on the touchscreen keyboard.
The camera on the phone is acceptable, although do I find it difficult to take photographs that aren't blurry. This problem seems to have increased the longer I have had the phone - unless the phone is resting on a stable surface the pictures come out shaky looking.
Overall the phone is durable, I am clumsy and have dropped it on more than a few occasions but it is still running! The build quality feels much better than a Blackberry too. Some people have complained that the keyboard feels like it is flimsy and could break but I have had no problems with this - to me it feels durable, and has withstood many knocks so far!
Summary: A must-have if you want a keyboard