Phone Review: HTC Touch - Diamond

Short Reviews

  • Make/Model: HTC Touch Diamond
  • Data: GPRS/EDGE/W-CDMA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0
  • Network: GSM/HSDPA: 900/1800/1900 and 900/2100, respectively.
  • Carrier: Unlocked
  • Weight: 110 g
  • Size: 102 X 51 X 11.35 mm
  • Form Factor: Candy bar with Touchscreen
  • Memory: 256 MB ROM, 192 MB RAM, Internal storage: 4 GB
  • Display: 2.8-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with VGA resolution
  • Notable Features: Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, TouchFLO™ 3D, GPS (A-GPS-capable with additional free software),
  • FM Radio,
  • 3.2 MP camera with auto focus, and a secondary VGA CMOS cam for video calls.
Stunning hardware design and elegant software user interface; front panel is subdued, intuitive and refined; display is bright and sharp with excellent contrast; sensitive touch-screen; amazing orientation and localized haptic feedback capabilities; secondary camera for video calls; easy internet connection sharing; glorious font rendition.

Stylus is a virtual requirement for accessing certain parts of the user interface; landscape mode is underutilized and landscape QWERTY availability is far too rare; some minor integration flaws between Windows Mobile 6.1 and TouchFLO 3D; no memory expansion options; proprietary HTC USB jack for headphones.

With its unique body and incredibly elegant interface, HTC Touch Diamond is a beautiful, distinguished headset. The sharp screen is a joy to play, and the screen is very sensitive to the touch. The accelerometers are equally sensitive and accurate, and localized tactile feedback is the best I've experienced. Innovative hardware and software interface elements, like the almost imperceptible movement ring, are so well integrated and rewarding that you wonder how you lived without them. It's a great phone, but the rarity of casual behavior and unfulfilled expectations are evidence that the software needs to catch up with the very capable hardware.

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