Sprint HTC Touch Diamond Review

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It’s hard to avoid making comparisons to Apple’s iPhone when you mention the HTC Touch Diamond. Although they are very different phones running on different operating systems, the Touch Diamond is arguably one of the closest competitors in the U.S. market today to the popular iPhone in terms of unique touch controls, an attractive looking user interface, power and versatility.

Even though the phones compete in some areas, it’s important to understand that there’s a big difference between the Touch Diamond and the iPhone in terms of their intended users. You see, HTC designed the Touch Diamond as a Windows Mobile, business-friendly device. Apple designed the iPhone from the ground up as a consumer-oriented device. Both phones offer similar functionality, but the way in which each company implemented certain features is different, largely because the audience is different. For this reason, we may point out similarities or differences, but each user must decide for himself which OS and feature set is most important when deciding on a phone.

That said, just because the Touch Diamond is business-friendly doesn’t mean it’s a device that’s all work and no play. Like other Windows Mobile phones, the Touch Diamond comes with a media player, built-in camera that can also capture video, and some slick-looking touch controls that are fun and easy to use. It also comes with a few addicting games. The Sprint version, which is what we’re evaluating here, supports Sprint TV and the Sprint Music Store as well.

There haven’t been very many Windows Mobile phones to date that have offered a plethora of touch controls. Part of this is simply due to the design of the OS: Windows Mobile, on its own, lends itself to stylus and keyboard navigational controls. HTC’s original Touch phone offers some touch controls with its TouchFLO interface, but you’ll still find yourself pulling out the stylus frequently while using this phone. The Touch Diamond takes the TouchFLO interface from the original Touch phone a step further by overhauling the interface and replacing it with Touch FLO 3D.

Another key difference between the Touch Diamond and other Windows Mobile phones to date is its size. The Touch Diamond is relatively small, especially when compared to thicker phones like the AT&T Tilt, which has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Thankfully, HTC didn’t sacrifice functionality for pocketability. This phone is just as powerful as many other Windows Mobile phones. Just how good of a job did HTC do at adding touch-friendly controls to the standard Windows Mobile interfaces?  Read on as we find out.
 

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SqUiD267 6 years ago

hey you got ti close! Is the touch pro review comign up? doesnt amtter ill be buyign it in march anyway :( I need more moeny!

rockspeoplesfaces 6 years ago

 yeah i know what you mean i have the diamond right now and overall its a sweet phone, when sprint got ahold of it they made a lot of changes. they took off the front camera because sprint does not offer video calling on there network, and they redid the back to make the battery bigger, which is still tiny.

the good: awesome autofocus camera, youtube has high quality, and the g axis is very useful

the bad: the 4 gigs of internal memory doesnt carry you that far if you love pics or music, easily filled in like a week. a lot of programs have to come off the main memory and there is no msd slot :(, also the qwerty is small but not horrible, there are a lot of other sip boards that are still useable.

i know how u feel i am getting the pro today and i cant wait :)

kid007 6 years ago

it does the job, i really don't understand what is the whole big deal of comparing every-phone to the I-phone? i guess if you guys could forgive my ignorance in this matter but i really don't get it. My wife has that 3G I-phone and I have a blackberry and is not that different!

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