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[DISCUSSION] The Desire-Z keyboard hinge thread - how loose is yours?

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29th November 2010, 08:04 PM |#101  
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Originally Posted by alexinc

believe me, really stiff!!! i'll get my second one today in the shop and i'm really excited if it will match their sample-unit. the hinge is really snapping on that one, no sign of getting loose anytime soon. i mean daily 100 people playing with this unit...

ok, my final statement: got my new phone with same hinge-condition! that one in store became as loose as my other two... so my conclusion sooner or later we'll all face the same hinge for sure! btw. didnt know there were different sdcards i'm sandisk class 4 at least!
29th November 2010, 08:13 PM |#102  
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Shizzle,.... class 4 card supplied,... floppy hinge!

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30th November 2010, 02:18 AM |#103  
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Originally Posted by hrcro

In this video it is explained how the hinge works. It answers on all of my questions.

EDIT: I had to remove the link, as I have just registered and can't post external links. It lead to the YouTube video in italian, explaining how the hinge works and showing some experiments with "every day use". The address is:
www (dot) youtube (dot) com/watch?v=IdHiLZlOnHY
I really like this video and it might actually make sense.

My feeling is, that the hinge was really intended to be loose. I think the tight hinges will become loose quite fast, because that's how they're supposed to be in the first place. So don't get used to them too much or you will be disappointed and you will feel like the quality of the phone is degrading.

You might agree with the idea of the designer, or not. You can either accept the loose hinges or look for a different phone. But looking for tight hinges seems like a waste of time!

Originally Posted by alexinc

ok, my final statement: got my new phone with same hinge-condition! that one in store became as loose as my other two... so my conclusion sooner or later we'll all face the same hinge for sure! btw. didnt know there were different sdcards i'm sandisk class 4 at least!

And this would actually support my theory.
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30th November 2010, 09:19 AM |#104  
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Please from now on, if your posting to say if your hinge is loose please also confirm what class sd card came with your phone.

It will either be a scandisc class 4 or a samsung class 2 (as far as I know)
30th November 2010, 07:54 PM |#105  
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Mine came with a Samsung Class2 (UK one). And its loose...The one on display in the shop was niceley tight! put a video on later. Il see what HTC Have to say about it. Its a 405 phone..why make the hinges rubbish when the rest of the phone is so perfect? Id pay a good 50 for GOOD HINGES.
1st December 2010, 12:23 PM |#106  
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I ordered my Z from Amazon UK last friday, arrived saturday.
My hinge is very firm, i can lean it over approx 30 degrees before it closes on me. My sdcard is an 8GB class 4 Sandisk.

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1st December 2010, 06:00 PM |#107  
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Samsung sd 2class, it's loose as hell...
1st December 2010, 06:49 PM |#108  
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Then the theory has been dissolved. Later shipments can be just as loose with any class of mem card..also stiff ones can be come design. (?) That said i love loose hinge.

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2nd December 2010, 07:00 AM |#109  
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Yep, Mine was stiff when it came, 24 hours later - medium loose, then another 24hrs later...its proper loose. HTC doesnt get back to me about the issue, suppose the only thing that can be done is get a replacement, if that hinge goes, then get the Desire HD (So, 80 on top) - I wonder if Carphone Warehouse will allow me to do that
5th December 2010, 04:06 AM |#110  
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Out of curiosity (and I own the Epic), has anyone had a hinge break? I really think that HTC should have gone with a conventional slider or something like the TouchPro 2. I really would miss the 5-row keyboard 2, although the buttons are better on this phone.
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Originally Posted by andrewilley

I know there are plenty of threads about G2 hinge issues, but I'd like to know about your Desire-Z keyboard hinges now that it has shipped.

I've just received my second Desire-Z this morning and it's probably worse than the first one. If pick up the phone, absolutely horizontal, from a table just by holding the upper section, the keyboard just falls half-open. Surely it shouldn't be like this? Here's a quick youtube video I took of my first phone:

Just wondering if I've been really unlucky, or are they basically all like this? I really hope not...


I bought a HTC Desire Z just before christmas and have been using it daily ever since.
I have found the keyboard is quite easy to deploy, but not overly so (EG: I have tried holding it at various angles by just the top, just the bottom, etc).
In every case, I had to intentionally pop it open.

I recall back when I was researching the DZ, a quote from HTC indicating they made the keyboard for "single finger pressure deployment".
With regards to the initial poster's unit, this sounds like a faulty component / refurbishment issue?

Either that, or I have been quite lucky with my little device.

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