Product Type: HTC Smartphone
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Nice hardware, shame about the software
HTC Touch Diamond2
Member Name: davomrmac
HTC Touch Diamond2
Advantages: Very configurable, nice call quality
Disadvantages: Windows 6.1 Pro
I have tried and tested a lot of mobile phones in my quest for the perfect mobile, before settling with my HTC Magic. I did however have a week with the HTC Touch Diamond 2.
On first unboxing, the build quality is awesome. This is a very solid and well made phone, with some weight to it. The first power-on was equally impressive. With the flashy graphic interface that HTC have developed, called Touch-Flo. It presents you with your main screen, complete with calendar and useful information displayed. Along the bottom of the screen there is a row of icons to take you into messages, contacts, calendar etc. The touch screen allows you to swipe your finger across these icons to navigate to the feature you want. This is great in theory, but the flashy graphics make the user interface lag and stutter. If the processor was more capable it would be a much nicer experience.
Underneath all the nice graphics, you have Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. This is another problem. When you stray outside of the Touch-Flo interface, maybe to change some settings, everything goes to the Windows Mobile 'small icon' interface, which is not really finger friendly. So, with the supplied stylus you find yourself prodding away at this nasty interface.
That said, the call quality is great, very clear. Emails work wonderfully. Plus the amount you can do with this handset if you invest the time learning about it and setting things up is very impressive. Battery life is a couple of days for medium use, which is good too. Such a shame that the side is let down by a slow user experience.
Summary: Such a shame that the side is let down by a slow user experience