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.
Summary: The HTC Touch Diamond for Sprint brings some nice additions and improvements over the unlocked GSM version--most notably to performance. It's best suited for first-time smartphone buyers or light users, while business customers should wait for the Touch Pro.
Pros: The HTC Touch Diamond for Sprint offers better performance and supports Sprint's EV-DO Rev. A network and multimedia services. The Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone also features the cool TouchFlo interface and has integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.
Cons: While performance is greatly improved over the unlocked Touch Diamond, there's still some sluggishness. The virtual keyboard is cramped and may give some users problems. The Touch Diamond also doesn't offer an expansion slot.
Conclusion: If the aim is the iPhone 3G, then HTC so nearly struck gold. Or diamond. Only a few niggles meant that this just fell short of the ultra-phone.
Pros: HTC has come closer to the iPhone here than any other handset manufacturer. It's the best-looking Touch yet, with a more responsive touch wheel and five-way joypad, plus a handy stylus. Specs and features-wise, the Diamond is amply loaded - there's HSDPA for speedy 3G and WiFi for brisk web browsing and downloading, GPS, 4GB of integrated storage and a capable 3.2-megapixel camera with auto focus. It runs Windows Mobile 6.1 too, which meant we got to use lots of third...
Cons: The 2.8-inch touch screen, while compatible with HTC's TouchFLO interface (which lets you flick through screens or photos by swiping your fingertip) is still a fair way behind the iPhone's interface, and the touch sensitivity isn't as accurate either. Don't get us wrong, that's still way ahead of most touch-screen phones. We just strive for perfection.
Excerpt: The Touch brand from the HTC stable has certainly evolved. From the Touch to the Dual and now the Touch Diamond, it feels like a planned strategy. All these phones were launched in a short span of time, while adopting significant design and feature-list changes. The Touch Diamond fares far better than other phones in HTC's Touch series, so calling it a “successor” wouldn't be strictly accurate.
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...