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Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones

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There are two main technologies employed in the manufacturing of a touch display: capacitive and resistive. The first one only reacts to contact with bodies with a constant electric current (e.g. human finger). The resistive displays are widespread due to their lower price. They can be used with any solid object by applying pressure. You may not consider this for a serious problem, but if you lived in an igloo we doubt you’d risk your fingers to answer a call. More information on the different types of touchscreen technology can be found here.

iPhone has the best display (3.5”), 16 million colors and a resolution of 320x480, which provide excellent picture quality. The capacitive technology recognizes up to two simultaneous touches. This allows the realization of some interesting and entertaining features like zooming in/out by “pinching” the screen or a more diverse game controlling.

The other two devices employ resistive displays. The one of Samsung OMNIA is 3.2” with a resolution of 240х400 pixels, and in Touch Diamond, it is relatively smaller (2.8”), but with VGA resolution. Despite Samsung’s claims that their device supports 262k colors, it is limited to only 65k like every other WM phone.

OMNIA is the winner in the fight for the second place, mostly because of its size (the bigger the better) and sensitivity. iPhone pops up the champagne and Touch Diamond’s high resolution, suitable for text reading, comes at third place.

Rating: iPhone 3G: 5; OMNIA: 4.5; Touch Diamond: 4

HTC Touch Diamond, Apple iPhone, Samsung OMNIA - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones

HTC Touch Diamond, Apple iPhone, Samsung OMNIA

Touchscreen - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones

Touchscreen



Design:

In general, all three phones offer similar design with an accent on the large touch display.

Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones

left to right and bottom to top - Apple iPhone, Samsung OMNIA, HTC Touch Diamond - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones
left to right and bottom to top - Apple iPhone, Samsung OMNIA, HTC Touch Diamond - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones
left to right and bottom to top - Apple iPhone, Samsung OMNIA, HTC Touch Diamond - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones

left to right and bottom to top - Apple iPhone, Samsung OMNIA, HTC Touch Diamond


iPhone 3G and OMNIA are close in size and weight with Samsung’s baby being slightly narrower and lighter. It is also equipped with more hardware buttons, which are very convenient and most of which have multiple functions (e.g. pressed once the camera button activates the gallery). The OMNIA’s appearance is the most boring of all three, but that doesn’t mean that it’s ugly. It has it’s own charisma and the only annoying element is the stylus, which stays strapped on the side instead inside the body.

Apple relies on the extremely clean design (only one button on the front panel), which has become their trademark in the last years. Its size is somewhat not convenient to carry in a pocket and iPhone owners will have to get used to the question “Is that an iPhone or you’re just happy to see me?”.

The compactness is the key feature of Touch Diamond. It fits very well in a hand and is not bulky in your pocket. Its hardware buttons are very convenient, and the stylus is housed in the body. Pulling it out will automatically activate the screen. The phone’s back has a pleasant diamond pattern and the name of the model comes from it.

The winner in this category is HTC Touch Diamond, because of its compact size and elegant looks. Unfortunately, they come at the expense of the display, which is small. All three devices have a very pleasant design and it’s a matter of personal preference which one you will choose.

Rating: Touch Diamond: 5; iPhone 3G: 4.5; OMNIA: 4

Design - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones

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