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PHOTOVIEW: O2 Xda diamond Windows Mobile Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 06.05.08 - 13:32:21 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 38634x
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Together with today's launch of the HTC Touch Diamond, I also had the chance to get my hands on a brand new, also just announced, German O2 Xda diamond which is the same device like HTC's Diamond but in a slightly different design.
However, it follows the same design principals by being thin and squarish but unlike HTC's Diamond version, the Xda diamond has a flat "soft-touch" battery cover.
Everything else is pretty much the same - including the black mirroring front plate and display bezel as well as the touch sensitive D-Pad.

Quite untypical for a Windows Mobile Professional smartphone are the Home and Back keys, HTC decided to use for the Diamond. The Home key, which basically replaces the Start key, brings you always back to the Today screen while the Back button always jumps back to the previous menu item - quite similar to Windows Mobile Standard smartphones. For sure the Xda diamond also features the smartphone typical Call and End keys and - quite usual for HTC Touch devices - there are no soft-keys for the menu but here the user has to touch the flat touchscreen.

Like HTC's version, also O2's smartphone features a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera without flash on the back and in the upper right corner on the front a VGA video telephony camera which can be used for self-portraits as well. Unfortunately there's no hardware shutter button for the camera anymore which means you either have to start the camera from the Start menu or from HTC's TouchFLO 3D Today screen UI:






The device above was a preproduction unit but O2 Germany confirmed that there will be no difference to the final design. A review follows as soon as I get my hands on a final version.

Cheers ~ Arne