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Old May 12th, 2011, 12:14 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Quercus View Post
Yes it is by design, but the design is rubbish. The phone feels both heavy and insecure (the two parts move slightly) when you pick it up and make calls on it, which is a bad thing.
I've never noticed the parts moving whenever I use the phone. It is heavier than many other phones as there appears to be more metal parts to it than other phones. I do hear people complaining about phones that are made of plastic feeling cheap. It's more personal preference. I noticed the weight when I first go the phone, but have gotten used to the weight now.

The entire justification for this is so that you can open the keyboard with one hand. Really? And then what? Has anyone actually tried typing with one hand? If you want to use one hand surely you will use the touch screen and not bother with the keyboard at all? Using the keyboard only makes sense when you are using both hands, which completely invalidates the one-handed opening mechanism idea. It just doesn't feel as if HTC thought this through.
By contrast, I also own a Nokia N97. This phone also has a physical keyboard that flips out. The N97 has a much tighter spring and thus requires more force to open and close. When you do open it, it will snap in place which I personally find annoying. I end up carefully supporting the keyboard/screen as it opens and closes to prevent this hard snap into place.

The Desire Z is designed to be opened and closed easily. I don't really open and close it with one hand. I mentioned this so as to demonstrate that the keyboard is easy to open and close. I personally like the looser spring for this reason. I understand that not everyone likes the loose tension on the spring. Whether you want a higher or lower tension on the spring mechanism, there are going to be aspect if each that you may or may not like.

I would much rather have had a more traditional (and more stable) slide out keyboard as seen in the Motorola Milestone and other HTC keyboard phones.
HTC has a phone called the Merge. I do not believe it is out yet. It has a slide out keyboard that is more traditional slide mechanism. Perhaps that is more to your liking.

the phone itself is good and would be great without the silly "z" hinge. It may look cool briefly when you flick the keyboard out, but it looks a lot less cool when you pick it up and the bottom half the phone gradually drops down to hang loosely underneath it.
The only way that you can hold it so that half of the phone droops is if you do not hold it in a normal way. When people normally pick up a phone, they apply pressure to the entire side of the phone to grip it. This side pressure should keep the phone from opening. The only way you can hold the phone to cause half to droop is if you purposely only grab at half the side of the phone. I do not believe most people hold or pick up phones this way regardless of whether it has a slide out keyboard or not. When the phone is resting with the screen up, the bottom is curved so that when you pick it up, your fingers can easily slide underneath the phone as well. This makes picking up the phone causes you to cradle the phone from underneath and then scoop the phone up by supporting the bottom of the phone.

I've seen many videos of people holding the phone by the screen half only with the keyboard drooping down. My feeling is that most people do not hold the phone that way normally. Even if you do, I don't think it is much of a stretch to adjust how you hold the phone so that the phone doesn't droop like that.
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