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VIDEOVIEW: HTC Touch Diamond Hardware Walkthrough
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 27.05.08 - 21:27:40 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 22444x
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This Videoview shows some of the hardware high- and lowlights of the HTC Touch Diamond, HTC's latest Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional smartphone. Sporting 192 MB RAM, 256 MB ROM and 4 GB of inbuilt memory, the HTC Touch Diamond lacks an expansion slot for SD memory cards. Nevertheless, it features a VGA touchscreen as well as a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera on the back and a QVGA video telephony camera on the front. The function buttons bellow the touchscreen, two of them - the Home and Back buttons look like Windows Mobile Standard keys - aren't touch-sensitive, even if they look like, but there is an exception - a touch sensitive ring around the D-Pad which can be used to zoom in/out in certain applications like the photo and video album, Google Maps Mobile or Opera Mobile 9.5.

Google Maps Mobile can be used with the inbuilt GPS receiver and the Touch Diamond includes a G-Sensor which rotates the screen in certain applications automatically (like photo and video album as well as Opera Mobile 9.5).

Coming next - a Videoview walkthrough of the feature highlights.

Cheers ~ Arne


 

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Comments
Posted by lUp on 27.05.08 - 21:54:35

the most interesting part is been left out:

how do you use the autofocus with no dedicated camera button? i dont think the d pad has 2 "click-states" or does it?

everything else looks fine, i even tend to like the soft touch more than the original design

Posted by Arne Hess on 27.05.08 - 22:45:11

The autofocus takes everything in focus which is in the middle of the camera. Alternatively you have a delay in shooting the photo after you've pressed the D-Pad aka shutter.

Posted by vicott on 28.05.08 - 05:17:28

In a way, the d-pad does have 2 states. When your finger is above the button or just touching (but not depressing) the button, it functions as auto-focus. When you depress the button, the picture will be taken.

Posted by MTM on 28.05.08 - 09:25:16

Thanks for the nice video, Arne smile

I would like to know how the sensitivity of the touch screen is. Having tried some other phone with a very responsive screen (no name mentioned :p), I have kind of noticed the usual resistive touch screens are less sensitive.

Posted by Arne Hess on 28.05.08 - 10:30:46

Absolutely no difference to other HTC Touch devices since it's still the same technology.
It still cannot compete with the iPhone in terms of thumb-sensitivity but hey, you can also use a stylus! ;-)

Posted by Con on 28.05.08 - 12:28:10

Hi Arne, great video. I have a couple of questions I hope you can answer.

Is that unit a HTC or O2 Xda Diamond? I ask as I thought that the O2 had the soft touch back and an O2 logo, and the HTC had the black OS theme. Is this correct or is the black theme also available on the O2?

This unit had both, and is actually what I'd prefer. The diamond back is a little too flashy for my liking.

Thanks,
Con

Posted by Arne Hess on 28.05.08 - 12:43:53

Con wrote:

Is that unit a HTC or O2 Xda Diamond? I ask as I thought that the O2 had the soft touch back and an O2 logo, and the HTC had the black OS theme. Is this correct or is the black theme also available on the O2?

This unit had both, and is actually what I'd prefer. The diamond back is a little too flashy for my liking.

Now that's not so easy to answer. Generally it's an O2 Xda diamond as you can see on the soft-touch battery cover. However, because it's an engineering device, it sports the HTC logo on the front, not the Xda logo.
However, while it's a German O2 Xda diamond, the ROM is indeed HTC's ROM with the black TouchFLO 3D UI. The German O2 TouchFLO 3D UI is blue/white as I've videoview'd it before.

Posted by user on 28.05.08 - 14:35:27

Hi - I think we'd all really like to know about battery life...

Posted by MTM on 28.05.08 - 19:12:43

Arne Hess wrote:

Absolutely no difference to other HTC Touch devices since it's still the same technology.
It still cannot compete with the iPhone in terms of thumb-sensitivity but hey, you can also use a stylus! ;-)

Thanks for the reply.

I read (I think it was at MobileBurn) that HTC had increased the sensitivity. I guess not, then.

I really would have liked a more responsive screen - don't care much about stylus use and letter recognition (a thing apparently required in many Asian countries). Well, let's see what June 9th brings tongue

Posted by noobie on 29.05.08 - 09:34:56

Hi Arne,

Can you tell me if the HTC Touch Diamond has quadband GSM? i.e., all of the 850/900/1800/1900 bands. I dont seem to find this information anywhere. Everyone seems to be concerned only about 3G and no body really cares about plain old GSM -smile

Thanks!

Posted by Arne Hess on 29.05.08 - 10:53:51

Quite a good question and I can tell/confirm you that it's indeed triband GSM only, supporting 900/1800/1900 MHz but not 850 MHz which is used quite often by AT&T. Just tested it myself when I was in Seattle 2 weeks ago.
And to make it complete I can also confirm that it's dualband UMTS only, supporting 900/2100 MHz.

Posted by Midsommer on 29.05.08 - 15:53:02

hi Arne,
nice review. Thanks for that. But three questions:

1: You said to show a hardware O2-xda with original HTC-Software. Did you put the Software on by yourself? (BTW: where do you get the pre-releases from?)

2. Have you tried to enter text with the software keyboard? Was it usable? As I most times send SMS instead of phoning, would you say: The test input is usable? Does the switch to the WinCE input take time - as on some videos? I only can remember, that HTC skined the SMS read screen, but for text imput, the crappy standard WinCE program has to be started (slow). 
 
3. The device seems to be faster than in the O2-branded one - is that due to the 192 MB extention (compared to the 128 MB), branding, or simply due a software update from HTC?

Posted by Arne Hess on 29.05.08 - 17:41:10

Midsommer wrote:

1: You said to show a hardware O2-xda with original HTC-Software. Did you put the Software on by yourself? (BTW: where do you get the pre-releases from?)

It's my job to get the latest stuff to show it to you guys, isn't that what you expect from the::unwired? ;-)

2. Have you tried to enter text with the software keyboard? Was it usable? As I most times send SMS instead of phoning, would you say: The test input is usable? Does the switch to the WinCE input take time - as on some videos? I only can remember, that HTC skined the SMS read screen, but for text imput, the crappy standard WinCE program has to be started (slow).

I'm a heavy SMS user for the past 13 years and you can bet that I've tried it. I definitely like the new soft-keyboards HTC added to the Diamond so I can confirm it's woking quite well. While in general I would say that a BlackBerry kind of device, like the Samsung i600 is a better messaging device anyway, for a touchscreen only device, the Diamond makes a good job!
In any case, this will be part of my next and upcoming Videoview where I will show some of the device features a little bit more detailed!

3. The device seems to be faster than in the O2-branded one - is that due to the 192 MB extention (compared to the 128 MB), branding, or simply due a software update from HTC?

Yes, the additional 64 MB helped a lot as well as this is a final ROM without any logger-software which runs in the background. Therefore the whole device is way snappier and I hope that O2's release version will get even better.

Posted by noobie on 31.05.08 - 01:15:31

Arne Hess wrote:

Quite a good question and I can tell/confirm you that it's indeed triband GSM only, supporting 900/1800/1900 MHz but not 850 MHz which is used quite often by AT&T. Just tested it myself when I was in Seattle 2 weeks ago.
And to make it complete I can also confirm that it's dualband UMTS only, supporting 900/2100 MHz.

Arne, thanks for the confirmation. This is a deal breaker for me. Velocity it is, for me.

HTC doesnt seem to care for people like me that are in stuck with this stupid company called ATT and make world wide travel! I hope one day HTC will realize the lost business!!

Thanks!

Posted by sandra on 21.06.08 - 21:30:15

Hi Arne

thanks for the information! very helpful

I came across some test reviews in the internet, there they said battery was weak but that they were only testing a pre-version of the phone.. so i wonder whether you know how long battery lasts with the definite phone version.

best regards, sandra

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