HTC Touch Diamond CDMA ReviewHTC Touch Diamond CDMA 9.5
Overall sound quality was very good on both ends. It wasn’t quite as outstanding as the original, but callers said we sounded good though a little distant. On our end we felt the same, the callers sounded a bit distant but voice reproduction was accurate and the caller was crystal clear. Reception does not appear to be an issue with the CDMA version as it was with the GSM unit we tested. We were able to place and hold calls without incident.
Battery life is rated at just over four hours of talk time, and in our testing we fell only a few minutes short of this. HTC claims 350 hours of standby time, but keep in mind that, as with any smartphone, standby time is considerably affected by what all is going on in the background. For instance, email push or pull will have a significant impact on battery life. Except for the first few days, when we were heavily using apps, video and just generally groping the phone frequently we have been able to get through the day with normal use. HTC made a wise move in beefing up the battery, but heavy users will undoubtedly upgrade to an even bigger one.
We compared our SPB Benchmark results with the ones of the HTC Touch Diamond and HTC Touch CDMA.
The HTC Touch Diamond is the best CDMA phone we’ve ever used. That’s not to say it’s perfect, but its darn near close. The size, weight and feel are phenomenal. The VGA screen keeps us drooling, and TouchFLO 3D is an amazingly intuitive and useful interface. Performance boosts have made even Windows Mobile run smoothly, and the OS allows infinite customization possibilities. It’s powerful enough for the most hardcore business and techie users, but friendly enough that just about anyone can pick it up and go. The music player is our biggest gripe, but the beauty of WinMo is that we can simply load another player we prefer more. We’re extremely happy to see Sprint remained relatively hands-off with the software, and the few changes they made we approve of. This is the phone we’ve been waiting for, and it doesn’t disappoint.
- TouchFLO 3D is better than ever
- Even with the burgundy back, the Diamond is dead sexy
- Excellent size to go along with a top end feature set
- Great out of the box, but endless possibilities with Windows Mobile
- Performance is improved, but WinMo still has its moments
- Battery life is as expected, but the power user will be looking for an even more extended battery
HTC Touch Diamond CDMA Review - Performance and Conclusion