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HTC Touch Diamond review

5.4/10 AVG.
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5.4/10
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The HTC Touch Diamond currently has an Informr score of 5.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 35 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Somewhere up in the rarified air, where Arabica coffee beans are grown, I think, there is a short list of highly anticipated phones that drift down, one by one, to us mere mortals.

One of them is the HTC Touch Diamond (TD). Long-awaited, backed by a highly respected name, the Touch Diamond does not disappoint.

Unlike many supposed “iPhone Killers”, the TD is an extremely well made device that uses TouchFLO 3D technology to allow the user a full “touch” experience.

One key difference between the TD and the iPhone is the OS. The Touch Diamond uses Windows Mobile for its OS, a more open system, if not slightly more awkward than its iPhone counterpart.

If you are just dying for a touchscreen phone with some horsepower, the HTC Touch Diamond may be just the device for you. It boasts a 3.2 MP camera, so those UFO pix will be super crisp and finally put a rest to all that crazy speculation.

It commands 4GB of internal memory, fully user accessible. The downside here is that there is no additional, removable memory option. However, the supplied 4GB is enough to give you plenty of storage space for your music, pix and applications.

Perhaps most striking about the HTC Touch Diamond is the UI. HTC has gone to considerable lengths to overhaul the UI to the point where you almost don’t even realize you are using a Windows-based machine. Beautiful animations enhance your interaction at every turn, powered by a 528 MHz Qualcomm processor. The exchange rate means this could do well against a Mustang GT Cobra.

As for functionality, it’s time to stop mentioning the clock and calendar. This phone can handle your lifestyle, unless your Paris Hilton.

For looks, capability, usability, functionality, this is one phone that really delivers.

No buyer’s remorse here.

Enjoy


Operating system
Windows Mobile
Processor
528 MHz
Screen Size
2.8"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

Well, even the best diamond specimens have imperfections, whether they are visible to the naked eye or less so. Yet, last time we checked they were still quite worth it. The situation is a bit similar with HTC's own precious stone.The Touch Diamond has revolutionary size and design, topped with unsu...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
Phone Scoop

The Touch Diamond combines style and the powerful Windows Mobile platform that many business users need with the HTC TouchFLO 3D user interface. The Diamond does make a few concessions, however, that are sure to put some potential users off.

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop
MobileBurn

While we haven't given it the complete thrashing that we usually subject cell phones to, we have every confidence that the HTC Touch Diamond for Sprint will impress people. It has a slick top-level user interface and is jam-packed with features. We find the new design to be better than that of the o...

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn
All Things Digital

Even with the Diamond’s stylus, the keyboard felt small and cramped. Using just your fingertips was next to impossible.

- Walt Mossberg, All Things Digital


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Common Questions


HTC released the Touch Diamond on May 6, 2008.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the HTC Touch Diamond user manual here.


HTC backs up the Touch Diamond with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Touch Diamond has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact HTC support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find HTC's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
2.8"

The HTC Touch Diamond's screen size is 2.8 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
528 MHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM7201 528 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 4 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
900mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 900 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 12 days standby time, 330 minutes.

Touch Diamond Specs

Overview
Release date May 6, 2008
Regions available Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
variations
Networks
GSM:
850/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
variations
SIM card size
Yes
variations
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm MSM7201 528 MHz
Internal Storage 4 GB
RAM 192 MB
ROM 256 MB
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.38 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 900 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 330 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 12 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.2 x 5.1 x 1.4 cm (4 x 2 x 0.6 in)
Weight 110 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.8 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 4 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
Unknown
Additional Front Camera Info
VGA
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint Mobile
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