Summary: Slow and expensive; you can find better touch-screen alternatives to the Verizon HTC Touch Diamond.
Pros: The HTC Touch Diamond for Verizon includes an expansion slot and supports VZ Navigator, Visual Voice Mail, and the carrier's EV-DO Rev. A network. The Windows Mobile smartphone also has integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 3.2-megapixel camera.
Cons: It's too expensive. The smartphone is also slow.
Conclusion: With its 3G support and much lower (subsidized) price, Sprint's version of the Touch Diamond makes more sense than the unlocked version, but its poor battery life and assorted software-related issues remain drawbacks.
Conclusion: Despite warm initial impressions of both the phone and its TouchFLO interface, extended use proved that the hardware inside wasn’t ready to handle such a graphically heavy system running on a dated architecture like Windows Mobile 6.1. Short of some awkward buttons and proprietary headphone connectors, we have very few complaints about the outside of the Diamond Touch, and wish the software inside could live up to its promise.
Summary: We like the compact design of the Touch Diamond, as well as its TouchFLO 3D interface, the YouTube application, and Opera Web browser. And most of Sprint's services work as advertised. But too often we had to sit through Windows Mobile's spinning circle while waiting for things to happen, and typing on the Touch Diamond is frustrating. If you're on Sprint, the Samsung Instinct offers many of the same features of the Touch Diamond for a much lower price of $129.
Excerpt: Somewhere up in the rarified air, where Arabica coffee beans are grown, I think, there is a short list of highly anticipated phones that drift down, one by one, to us mere mortals. One of them is the HTC Touch Diamond (TD). Long-awaited, backed by a highly respected name, the Touch Diamond does not disappoint. Unlike many supposed “ iPhone Killers ”, the TD is an extremely well made device that uses TouchFLO 3D technology to allow the user a full “touch” experience.
Summary: The much-hyped Touch Diamond had plenty of potential, but ultimately it is a hugely frustrating phone to use. A great display, stylish design and reasonable browser are let down by a sluggish and slow user interface. Unfortunately, the great eye candy of the Diamond isn’t enough to push it over the line.
Pros: Design, TouchFLO design and interface, HSDPA 7.2, 4GB internal storage, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, Opera browser
Cons: Interface is sluggish and slow, text entry is tedious, still requires stylus for more complex operations, no 3.5mm headphone jack, no memory card slot