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I purchased my HTC Touch Diamond from Orange a couple of years ago on a 12 month contract. I had looked at several phones including the Samsung Omnia but none of them had what I was really after. The first thing that became apparent when my phone arrive in the post was how stylish it was. The phone came in a fancy shiny black box which was then opened to reveal the shiny phone with shiny diamond-shaped back cover and shiny charger (i'm seeing a pattern emerge here). Everything was really rather shiny (I knew it!) and looked great but it was painfully obvious that the shiny black plastic was open to greasy fingerprints which marred the shinyness. But moving on, the phone once charged and set up was brilliant. The interface was fantastic and the list of features was pretty impressive, atleast when compared to my old phones. I immediately set about downloading different peices of software and trying out all the features but after a while I realised the phone did have its limitations. The screen for example is rather small and this makes texting quite awkward. The display would sometimes suffer from a delay also which made quick precise screen taps feel sluggish too. Don't get me wrong it's still a great phone but when compared to other comparable phones I feel it starts to show that the style took precedence over the functionality of the phone. For example there is no definite lock feature, the best you can do is map the "cancel call" key so that holding it locks the screen, but this still is susceptible to becoming unlocked and caused me to lose battery life and call time far too quickly for my liking. This can be fixed using third party sofwtware mind and I currently use the stylus to lock and unlock the screen but it is fairly awkward when trying to answer calls as it requires you remove the stylus before doing so. My original contract allowed me to use the internet and for this the phone was excellent, although the small screen made some sites difficult to navigate. The only other issue I find is the sound level of the voice calls and ringtones which are particularly poor. Some of the original tones are acceptable but imported MP3's often ended up very quiet or extremely distorted when the volume was raised using external software. It's not a deal breaker for me but if you are a busy person who may have urgent calls incoming then I would not recommend this phone. Overall the phone is still very nice and is always a point of interest for people who are unfarmiliar with the phone, simply because it looks so good. It's still a nice phone to use and the interface never gets boring but for pure functionality it is pretty poor and there are definitely better phones out there. It also becomes very uncomfortable to hold due to its back cover and square edges. As for durability it seems ok although it has become scuffed and scratched due to my own negligence which is disapointing but everything still works.
The HTC Diamond arrived on the market along a number of other smartphones from a variety of providers, all offering similar technical capacity. With all phones offering similar functions and cameras, HTC aimed to win over the customer with their revolutionary TouchFlo 3D navigation overlay on top of the Windows Mobile core operating system. This navigation system is one of the 'hate it or love it' type. I personally really disliked the operation of the system and the attempted simplification of accessing all the functions the phone has to offer. My wife, whose phone it had been for a good year and a half, liked the TouchFlo so much she went and got the HTC Touch Diamond 2 afterwards to replace this handset. The phone is packed with all the usual features of a modern handset: an average camera, internet functionality and all the other standard Windows Mobile features. The touchscreen is responsive and relatively bright. Making phone calls is easy with the push of a button and the on-screen keyboard is fairly easy to operate. The major downside of the phone is the build quality. The casing is fragile and easily scratched & damaged. The battery life deteriorates rapidly after purchase and the phone gradually becomes slower and less responsive. This did not, however, deter my wife from getting a newer version of the same phone.
the Diamond! I have had this phone now going on 8 months. About it: This phone is probably one of the best I have had the pleasure of using. it runs on windows mobile with and overlay of HTC's very own Touch-Flo 3D which runs extremely smoothly. It contains everything you need in this modern age such as wifi and full internet browsing. Touch-Flo 3d: Touch flo is a beautiful design showing you your emails and messages along with contacts in a 3d view it has all your favourite applications in one place. Messaging: Because it is using windows mobile the messages don't show separately as with most phones, it uses a chat style view which shows the time and date of each message in a list where you can see all of your previous messages from that contact which saves a lot of messing around. Advantages: The camera is not the best but does take exceptional photos with many features. The screen resolution is beautiful showing images in clarity. The QWERTY keyboard is great for typing quickly Disadvantages: The phone has locked up a couple of times on me when running a couple of applications at one time and I had to remove the battery and re-insert it to get it back on. The start-up time on the device does take some time. Overall brilliant device not much bad to say about it and is perfect for anyone looking for a stylish smart phone, I give this phone 8.5/10
This is a good phone but can suffer because of how slow the phone is. There is no update for the phone to goto windows mobile 6.5 so the phone will remain on 6.1 which people may have a problem with because the update makes the phone faster. The sound quality on the phone is bad but when the head phones are plugged in the sound quality is excellent. It doesn't hold a memory card but don't worry the phone has 4GB Internal Memory so that is enough for people to put songs on their phone. It has a sleek design and weighs very little and the phone is small it self. It has a 2.8" Touch Screen which sometimes can not respond to you touching the screen. The touch screen keyboard is very small so it is hard to use your fingers you will need to use the stylus included with the phone.
The HTC touch Diamond is the ,ost unuser friendly phones I've ever used and should be avoided!! Ended up getting rid of it and going back to my very old phone, even though on contract, Good points - Firstly, an attractive looking fascia, the whole phone is very sleek, the camera on it was excellent, screen quality is one of the best I think you'll see on a phone, and the games were quite good one using an accelerometer to bounce a little ball around a maze, quite realistic! Bad points - Connects to internet and uses data allowance willy nilly just by being in bag or pocket, plastic back covering very cheap for a phone of this supposed quality and price and therefore scratches quite easily, Windows was often laggy and unresponsive, it's so annoying to use in general with the touchscreen. I gave it up to use my Nokia 6111 which must say something. I think HTC got it wrong this particular model, on the surface it's a very good looking little plaything but I found it for me like a chocolate fireguard.
This was my first taste of HTC. At first, I was immediately attracted by the style & shape of the phone, then the spc sheet, which looked immaculate. Little did I know, there were surprises for me. First thing, the screen size 2.8 touch sensitive, resolution is just fantastic. One of the best there is. The keypad is slightly too soft and not very responsive, and the touch sensitive keypad isn't very good either. The good thing is the camera, which is 3.2MP but the quality of the images are great - better than most. The 4GB internal memory is good enough for some time, for some Mp3 songs and images, and maybe some videos. But it doesn't have an external memory slot, which is a shame. The bad thing: the worst thing - the windows mobile. I can't stress this enough, it really is the fiddliest, most buggy slow thing ever made. Hard to phone, hard to save new contacts, hard to text and manage. What is with Windows??? HTC touch flow is interesting but not really good enough. Symbian is the way to go.
I bought this phone as I was looking for a new Windows Mobile device that wasn't too big, but had a VGA screen The screen on this phone is excellent as is the whole look of the phone. THe phone is not too heavy but feels very solid in the hand and of good quality. The processor on this phone is very fast, however not enough RAM is ever available to the user and opening multiple applications will slow things down noticably. I used my phone with TomTom gps sat nav software in my car and it was great, however the Google Maps software it comes with is great for navigating on foot as long as you have an inclusive data plan as it uses the internet to download the maps on demand. The interface provided by HTC is a vast improvement over the basic windows mobile interface and allows user to navigate more easily.
On first look this phone seems to have it all from a decent camera to a touch screen that could rival the iphone. Ok lets look at the phone in more detail. The touch screen is not as good as other phones on the market but not the worst. The stylus is small but good and has got a added feature that when you slide it back into the phone a magnet holds it in place so it should not fall out as I had on other HTC phones in the past. I do recommend buying a screen protector for the phone as it can get scratched if your putting it into your pocket all the time. Now to my main problem with this phone and that is the battery. It does not last very long and if you have not got a signal the phone keeps searching for a signal which drains the battery even more. On some days if the signal is poor my phone wont last past late afternoon. If you are in a good signal area then you wont have this problem but its worth knowing about. In general this is a very good phone its only the battery life that lets it down.
I hate this phone with a passion! The only people I know who own and love this phone are people who work for Microsoft. The battery life is very short.; the Opera takeas a long time to download; you only have 4 tabs available; I'm unable to make the items online bigger (so it's useless, since everything's too small to see or read); etc, etc, etc....grrrr!
EASY READ REVIEW I am a 18 year old girl with the HTC Touch Diamond. I have this phone on contract, and I am paying £30 a month for unlimited text messages and 400 minutes, however on pay as you go this phone will set you back about £350. At the end of my 18 month contract I will have spent £540 without the money I have spent going over my contract, however I will apparently get half of this money back. In my opinion the HTC Touch Diamond is not worth the money. I wish I had picked something isn't completly touch screen and with a little more quality. The look of the phone itself is quite modern and sleek which contours on the back which are slightly raised- however this in itself can cause problems as when I am using the phone when it is flat down on the table it rocks back and forth! I find the buttons on screen are too small to touch with my fingers (I managed it after a while) therefore the use of the pen is necessary which can be inconvinient at times as you can imagine. Losing the pen is also quite easy as it is not attached to the phone like seen with the LG range, however it does come with a spare one. The basic outlay of the phone is quite hard to use, a lot of my friends are baffled on how to turn it on/use it etc but once again you do become use to it. The applications such as the word applications are so unecessary on this phone, even if it is meant to be a "business" phone. The screen is simply too small and the use of excell or powerpoint cannot be seen on such a small screen. I got this phone in November and already the outward appearence is suffering. The buttons are coming away at the corners and people keep asking me why I still have the protective screen on, and I have to explain that it is actually the plastic that is coming away! I find the battery is not too Overall an inconventional phone, even for a business man, especially for an 18 year old girl. I shall definitley be looking elsewhere next time I chose a phone.
I bought this phone a couple of months ago and have been thoroughly impressed by it. Granted it replaced my nokia 3100 (of about five years), however the vast range of features it offers are incredible. Firstly as a phone, it handles texts and calls in a very efficient manner, grouping texts into text conversations if for example you send a few texts back and forth to a friend. Beyond basic features the internet is very good, particularly the opera browser which is included. With a few upgrades it is capable of displaying lots of flash based websites including youtube. In comparison to other phones the diamond does very well in my opinion. Certainly, compared to the blackberry it is very good, offering everything the blackberry does and more. There is a particular forum which makes this possible called xda forums. This on its own makes the phone worth having because everyone there develops more programs for the phone, meaning you can use it for anything from catching up on tv, to using it as a cycle computer (using its inbuilt gps). A fantastic phone.
Although the touch diamond's screen is the same size as most phones, it looks much larger because of the surround. The processor is much faster than most smartphones but still not as fast as most PDA's in this price category. The interface is very similar to the iphones although not as easy to use. In fact the whole phone seems like a rip off of the iphone that just hasn't work. The camera has 3.2 mega pixels, more than most smartphones and the auto adjust function makes it easier to focus than all of the other htc models with cameras. Unlike most PDAs and other smartphones this smartphone has 4 gigabytes of internal storage which means that it has enough internal storage to be used as an mp3 player even without an SD card. I prefer this phone to the iphone as this seems less like a fashion accessory and more practical than an iphone. THis is because of the fact that it runs on Windows mobile. However if you want a phone that you can also use as an mp3 player then this isn't as good as the iphone, as windows media player can never match the ipod function on the iphone.
I'm a massive HTC fan. I got the Touch Diamond to replace my original HTC Touch, which in turn replaced my XDA Exec (an HTC rebrand). The difficulty is that while HTC has had a nice little niche for quite a while - user friendly business orientated touchscreen phones - in recent years this has grown closer to the mainstream. Where once HTC's were quite specialist items, they now find themselves in direct competition with the heavy hitters of the industry, and in particular the new golden boy that is the Apple Iphone. And to be honest, in my opinion this phone just doesn't cut it. The main problem with this phone, is that while all the screenshots look pretty, and while HTC have done their best to hide it with Coverflow 3D, the phone ultimately runs on windows 6.1. For those that haven't used Windows 6.1 on a phone, I would compare it to running vista on a laptop. You switch it on, it looks so much prettier than xp did, but after the novelty has worn of you realise that your more powerful, more expensive laptop actually runs more slowly than your old one did. And sadly this is how it is with this phone - it's just too slow. All the applications take time to run - including the actual 'phone' app, which is particularly infuriating when you are receiving a call, only to miss it before the phone has fully woken up. While I'm on the negatives: The battery life is fairly poor, you'll get a full day out of it, but not much more if you use WiFi/Bluetooth reguarly. Additionally, in my opinion (and this really does come down to personal taste) the Touchflow interface used by HTC just isn't as slick as it was on the old Touch. Overall the experience is just knowhere near as slick or as impressive as on the Iphone. On the positive side, the device is sleek and the 4gb of internal storage will surfice for most. Additionally, being based on windows, there is a large amount of 3rd party software available - which could be the deal maker if you need the phone for a specific task. For example, I have used this for 3D CAD editing with relative ease. I haven't lost my faith in HTC just yet, I would just say that this phone really doesn't represent much of a step forward from the previous generation. And now that there is real competition, the company needs to really up its game - perhaps the Touch HD does this, I'm yet to use one. If you are looking at this phone, I would probably have to advise against it. Unless you are specifically looking for the small form factor, the Touch HD, Iphone, of G1 are probably better options.
In the past, HTC have strived for a reputation as being a business only, back to basics style phone; their latest 'Touch' line however strives to change that, focusing more on entertainment - the HTC Touch in particular being there most media-friendly device in terms of looks and affordability. While the slide-out keyboard as seen on the HTC Touch Pro is nowhere to be seen, the looks of the two are fairly similar; gloss black, with a large screen dominating most of the front side. The screen has excellent quality, and provides more than enough space to watch videos, browse the internet or indeed explore what the Windows Mobile OS has to offer. Windows Mobile is far from perfect, occasionally crashing when overloaded with software, but the easy to use HTC styling makes the software more interesting to use, and at first glance barely recognizable next to the bland interfaces found on similar phones. In terms of media playing abilities, the phone is exceptional in all areas but battery life; I found that watching videos really drained the life out of it, with the Diamond needing to be docked and charged almost every day. This is the case with all Windows Mobile devices however, simply due to the power they use to run; the vast features come at a price, though an admittedly small one. The phone feels nice and balanced when in hand, and comes across of being of exceptional quality. The diamond-ridged back is unique, the camera (also found on the back) being of a high-quality though admittedly not as good as the latest offerings from Nokia and Sony Ericsson. As seen on the latest iPod devices, the HTC Touch has a sort of motion sensor which can tell which way you are holding the device, rotating the screen accordingly. An interesting novelty, particularly useful when watching movies as to take full advantage of its crisp VGA screen. On top of its software (which includes basically anything you can think of, with hundreds of Windows Mobile programs also available to download online) the phone features useful hardware such as Wifi, Bluetooth and GPS. The phone is certainly better looking than online pictures can convey - I was surprised by its small size and sleek appearance. Call quality is generally good, though unfortunately can suffer quite badly in areas of low reception, worse so than other phones I've used. The phone is certainly worth a consideration when on the lookout for a new Windows Mobile device, particularly as it can be found for a good £100 less than the competition. While perhaps not ideal for business use due to the lack of physical full-letter keyboard, it should be more than suitable for the casual entertainment-based user. The aforementioned sluggishness can be quite easily avoided by simply not overloading the phone with programs, but this doesn't stop it from remaining as one of the phone's key drawbacks.
Re-defining the perception of advanced mobile phones, the HTC Touch Diamond signals a giant leap forward in combining hi-tech prowess with intuitive usability and exhilarating design.
Featuring a sharp 2.8-inch touch screen housed within a stunning formation of brushed steel and flawless faceted edges, the HTC Touch Diamond is as beautiful to behold as it is to use.
With HTC's vibrant touch-responsive user interface, TouchFLO 3D, and ultra-fast HSDPA internet connectivity, the HTC Touch Diamond offers a rich online experience to rival a notebook computer, allowing you to interact with Google, YouTube, and Wikipedia as freely as you would with a broadband connection.
Your contacts, favorite music, videos and photos are no longer an uninspired line of text. With TouchFLO 3D, album artwork, video stills and snapshots of your friends' and family's faces are brought to life for you to interact, play and launch at your fingertips.
A 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera will help you capture the perfect moment in style and with a massive 4GB of internal storage you can keep all the files you need. The integrated ultra-sensitive GPS will help you find your destination as quickly and efficiently as a dedicated satellite navigation unit.
Style and substance in a phone are no longer mutually exclusive. The HTC Touch Diamond has arrived.