Excerpt: As done previously for the Wii, even here, little preamble on why review a phone that has more than a year. The Diamond, although there is already an official successor, is still today one of the most complete smartphones and small in circulation, even smaller than its successor: 102x51x11, 35mm. Another reason is that you continue to buy, new or used, a sign that - in fact - has not lost its charm.
Excerpt: The Good Exceptional 640x480 screen; more responsive than the original Touch. Much better media player and overall TouchFLO interface. Opera Mobile a clear edge over other Windows Mobile phones. Above average battery and call quality in its category. EVDO Rev A and Wi-Fi support. Better 3.2MP camera; 4GB of built-in storage. The Bad Still a "confused" UI: requires switches between d-pad, finger, and stylus input. Removable storage dropped from previous design.
Pros: Exceptional 640x480 screen; more responsive than the original Touch., Much better media player and overall TouchFLO interface., Opera Mobile a clear edge over other Windows Mobile phones., Above average battery and call quality in its category., EVDO Rev A and Wi-Fi support., Better 3.2MP camera; 4GB of built-in storage.
Cons: Still a "confused" UI: requires switches between d-pad, finger, and stylus input., Removable storage dropped from previous design., Just one expansion port with no 3.5mm earphone jack., Camera is just a resolution upgrade, still has mediocre image quality.
Excerpt: In terms of specs, the Touch Diamond on Sprint is almost identical to the original Touch Diamond . It’s thicker by 2.5mm and heavier by 14grams, has more RAM (256MB vs. 192MB), and has a larger battery (1340mAh vs. 900mAh). Other than that, it’s running on Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro with a 2.8" VGA screen, has a 528MHz Qualcomm CPU, 4GB of inbuilt storage space, FM Radio, WiFi (b/g), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, aGPS, and a 3.2MP camera with autofocus.
Excerpt: Here’s my take on it if I was in charge of marketing the idea to both HTC and the movie studios. Not to mention I’d probably get a giant chunk of cash for spearheading the idea! Looking at things from my marketing and advertising background, I have put together a rough selling point to the powers that be. The packaging would be the same, except for maybe an embossed Bond silhouette on the box.
Excerpt: Telus recently released the sexy and stylish HTC Touch Diamond – becoming the first carrier in North America to offer this! We played around with the Diamond and it certainly lives up to its name – very shiny and glamorous.
Summary: While we are not big fans of Windows Mobile, this phone’s additional TouchFlo interface made it much more useable as well as more fun to use. It has better battery life than most Windows Mobile phones. It also has useful features like a good camera, MMS, WiFi and voice dialing. The lack of a standard headphone port and the cumbersome audio adapter detract from an otherwise good all-around phone. Yet, all-in-all, it is a well-designed useful smart phone.
Excerpt: The HTC Touch Diamond is certainly nothing new in Canada… however, what’s new is the Diamond coming to Bell! We got a package by courier today and inside was the long awaited HTC Touch Diamond in all its glory. A nice clean looking box with the new Bell branding.