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HTC Touch Diamond2 Review

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We do think HTC outdid themselves with the design of the first Touch Diamond and its software was really above and beyond. The first gem was the first to ever introduce the TouchFLO 3D interface that we think is the best Windows Mobile customization yet to date (although newer HTC models have also brought out nice features)

Thorough a home screen with many tabs that you switch between with a carousel at the bottom, HTC has tried to bring the troubles you may have with the standard Windows Mobile interface down to a minimum. Here are the tabs you have on the HTC Touch Diamond2:

•    Home screen showing a clock, date and information regarding missed call, tasks etc. Clicking on the clock gets you to the brushed-up world clock and alarm setting pages, both of which look really upbeat.

Home screen - HTC Touch Diamond2 Review
World clock - HTC Touch Diamond2 Review
Setting alarms in the HTC Touch Diamond2 - HTC Touch Diamond2 Review
HTC Touch Diamond2 Review

Home screen

World clock

Setting alarms
in the HTC Touch Diamond2

 


•    Favorite contacts sporting cute picture and shortcuts to your call register and composing of new message or email.
•    Messages – you can browse through them, but if you get down to typing one in, you are faced with the well-known, old-fashioned interface.
•    Email – what you see is pretty much the same as in the messages menu, but it´s visualized as an animated letter where you can only see the top part of the text.

Favorite contacts - HTC Touch Diamond2 Review
Messages - HTC Touch Diamond2 Review
Email - HTC Touch Diamond2 Review

Favorite contacts

Messages

Email



•    Calendar is the only new tab available. It allows you to scroll through your task list for any given date. What we don´t like is how the days with events are marked, as it could have been done better and more obvious.  Weather forecast, if you keep an eye on this, appears when you pick out any of the next five days (more on this in a minute).

Calendar - HTC Touch Diamond2 Review
Calendar - HTC Touch Diamond2 Review
Calendar - HTC Touch Diamond2 Review

Calendar



•    Internet tab gives you a Google search field, links to Opera mobile browser, YouTube app and favorite push pages application. When you configure the push pages, you need to choose how often they are to be refreshed (1/3/6/12/24 hours) so you can take a look at new content in a snap, while if they haven´t been updated recently, you will be able to do that manually.
•    Stock helps you keeps tabs on the stock market
•    Pictures and video – allows you to browse your albums and there are camera/camcorder shortcuts.

Internet - HTC Touch Diamond2 Review
Adding a favorite page - HTC Touch Diamond2 Review
Stock - HTC Touch Diamond2 Review
Pictures and video - HTC Touch Diamond2 Review

Internet

Adding a favorite page

Stock

Pictures and video



•    Music – gives you quick access to music album selection and song playback without leaving the home screen. You can also start the really comfy music player from here.
•    Weather forecast clearly suggest what the app does, the important thing is animations are really cool and you can pick up to ten different locations and get info what the weather will be like in five days running.
•    Settings - allows you to access most frequently used settings and saves you the trouble of entering the chaotic Windows Mobile menus. We do like the HTC pages for sound notifications and communication options. What´s new here? A link that gets you to your business card customization and HTC menu to set up new email accounts. We disliked we had to wait until almost 500 emails got downloaded, because the email setup didn´t ask how many or how old letters it was supposed to show/sync.

Music - HTC Touch Diamond2 Review
Weather forecast - HTC Touch Diamond2 Review
Settings - HTC Touch Diamond2 Review
HTC Touch Diamond2 Review

Music

Weather forecast

Settings

 


A rather pleasing Task manager shows up when you click at the top, right part of the screen, while tapping the middle of this line makes the new Notification screen appear on screen. There you´ll be able to see not only any missed calls, messages etc., but the available wireless networks in range as well. Nice novelty indeed, since the corresponding interface on other Windows Mobile phones can throw you into despair.

Task Manager of the HTC Touch Diamond2 - HTC Touch Diamond2 Review
Notifications - HTC Touch Diamond2 Review

Task Manager of the HTC Touch Diamond2

Notifications



Shortcuts - HTC Touch Diamond2 Review
All programs - HTC Touch Diamond2 Review

Shortcuts

All programs


The application shortcuts tab has disappeared and similarly looking menu with 29 shortcuts turns up where the original Start menu is. It opens from either the upper left corner or through pressing the dedicated Windows button. A vertical list of all programs installed on your device unfolds through the Start menu as well. We do find it appealing, since it´s easy to use and click on with your fingers, but we just can´t hold back saying HTC must´ve been inspired by the upcoming Windows Mobile 6.5 and all changes it´s bringing out.

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HTC Touch Diamond2

HTC Touch Diamond2

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.1
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Display3.2 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (292 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm MSM7200A, Single core, 528 MHz
288 MB RAM
Size4.25 x 2.09 x 0.54 inches
(108 x 53 x 14 mm)
4.14 oz  (118 g)
Battery1100 mAh, 5.66 hours talk time

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