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.
Conclusion: The third time around we still like this smartphone. In fact, it beats the original Euro Diamond and fixes our complaints with that firstborn. The Diamond is certainly the wave of the future, with its innovative and pleasurable user interface with the power of Windows Mobile underneath. HTC's software is well-designed, with finger-friendly targets, an enlarged Start Menu option and controllable finger-scrolling in places like contacts and the weather country/city picker.
Pros: Beautiful design, fast CPU with a good amount of memory and graphics acceleration. TouchFLO 3D is a pleasure to look at day-in an day out, and it's responsive enough on the US version. The camera is quite good, and only the Samsung Omnia competes among Windows Mobile devices (at least for now!). GPS works with most applications, and 4 gigs of storage afford room to store maps plus multimedia files. We also like the higher capacity battery and matte back after living w...
Cons: Speakerphone is anemic. No expansion card slot means living with 4 gigs forever. Landscape mode isn't supported in all applications as it normally is in Windows Mobile Professional (a hack remedies this but we really want to see HTC open it up themselves).
Conclusion: We'll say that HTC and Sprint have got it right! This is the best Windows Mobile phone that Sprint has ever released, assuming you can live without a hardware keyboard. It's fast, it's cool, attractive and packed with an excellent set of features and specs. We have a few niggles relating to bugs that we hope Sprint and HTC will squash sooner rather than later, but so far they aren't show-stoppers.
Summary: HTC is asking a premium for this unlocked phone—$779 is a lot of money given that you could buy nearly four iPhone 3Gs for the same price. However, in return, you’re getting a unique and fairly versatile device that can be used the world over for business as well as personal use. The Diamond’s small size and much improved TouchFLO 3D technology make it convenient to use with one hand, which will undoubtedly appeal to unrepentant multitaskers.
Pros: Highest resolution of any touchscreen phone, Sleek overall design, Built-in accelerometer, Integrated GPS, Good Opera browser and YouTube application,
Cons: Very expensive, Typing a challenge on small touchscreen, keyboard, So-so phone reception, No SD Card slot,
Conclusion: We applaud the HTC Touch Diamond for its ambition and promise. With the Sony Ericsson Xperia coming and the Samsung Omnia i900 now on the market as an import, offering their own customizations of Windows Mobile 6.1's UI and widescreen displays, the competition will be getting a little fierce. We love the small size and gorgeous design, though this is a phone Adrian Monk would loathe given its propensity to collect stubborn fingerprints.
Pros: TouchFLO 3D is gorgeous to behold and mostly very functional. It may not always be the fastest way to navigate the phone's functions, but it makes doing it fun. Fantastic feature set in a small, thin and light phone. Awesome good looks (just keep that microfiber cloth handy). VGA display is sharp and bright. USB mass storage mode works perfectly for transferring files and speed is good. Phone reception is very good and voice quality is solid. Music sounds great over B...
Cons: For US users, the lack of US 3G bands is limiting. No usual landscape support in Windows Mobile, Office mobile or anywhere else except the supported applications like the photo album, video player and Opera. TouchFLO 3D needs a few tweaks to improve usability (though we're impressed overall). Opera seems to be a resource hog and slows down the device, even after exiting it. Phone screen turns off almost immediately after starting a call, presenting challenges when cal...
Excerpt: There's no getting away from comparisons to Apple's iPhone 3G these days, so here it is: the HTC Touch Diamond was built as a follow up to the HTC Touch, launched last year as a Windows Mobile-based competitor for the original iPhone. UPDATE: HTC Touch Diamond P3700 with CoPilot Live 7.0 review , August 18 2008.