Product Type: HTC Smartphone
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Fashionable but not functional
HTC Touch Diamond
Member Name: panbot3000
HTC Touch Diamond
Advantages: Looks very pretty, fairly numerous features
Disadvantages: Small screen, some basic features have been overlooked (keylock for example), uncomfortable to hold
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.
Summary: Pretty, but not the best of phones
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