Wednesday, July 09, 2008

HTC Touch Diamond review


Register Hardware has posted an extensive, very postive review of HTC's 'iPhone botherer'.

Excerpts follow:

The first thing that struck us about the Diamond was how small it was. We were expecting something altogether more iPhone-like in both size and weight, but the HTC is a fair bit smaller - 102 x 51 x 11.5mm to 115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3mm - and, at 110g, it's lighter than the 133g iPhone.

In the hand, the Diamond is a plastic affair, but feels solid enough and has a slick, modern and minimalist quality to it. Only the rather cheap and shiny angular 'diamond' back panel divided office opinion on the aesthetics.

Running Windows Mobile Professional 6.1, the Diamond does what every other member of the Touch family does. By way of basic technical specification, you get 7.2Mb/s HSDPA 3G, tri-band GSM/GPRS/Edge, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, 4GB of on-board storage, GPS, an RDS FM radio and a 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera.

The absence of a Micro SD slot is a bit odd for a GPS-equipped handset when so many navigation software packages come on memory cards and are sold under the premise of plug in and away you go.

The 2.8in, 480 x 620, 65,536-colour screen is bright, clear and easily readable in even the strongest sunlight.

The Diamond proved to be remarkably stable for a Windows handset.

The Opera 9.5 browser is without a doubt the closest thing to the iPhone's Safari and makes the Diamond and the iPhone just about the only two handsets in the market that you would use to browse the web by choice rather than by compulsion or for want of anything better to hand.

The 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera won't be winning any awards, but is a massive leap forward over HTC's usual photographic offerings.
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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Register Hardware's review was on the Touch Diamond, not the Touch Pro. They are not the same.

brett jordan said...

thanks... fixed

brett

 
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