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Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones

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Apple iPhone - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones
Apple iPhone - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones

Apple iPhone

Today, there’s almost no phone without a music player, and more and more devices offer multiple sorting options and audio presets. Nevertheless, the quality sucks in most cases. Therefore the combination phone + iPod = iPhone was widely accepted as the ultimate solution for the music lovers.

Apple’s product offers the best interface. It’s easy to use and employs the cool cover flow (in landscape view). In addition, a large album art visualizes when you’re listening to a song. Next comes Touch Diamond. It has the pleasant option to play music directly from the homescreen. Same as in the iPhone in order to fast forward, you need to run your finger along the progress bar, which is a very convenient option. Unfortunately the album covers are quite small and ruin the good impression from the easy track change. OMNIA on the other hand, doesn’t offer smooth fast forward, and looking at the album art is nothing close to what the competition brings us. Besides, if you want to see the album image on the whole screen it will not automatically resize to fit it, and will appear zoomed in to an extreme and pixelized.

Nevertheless, the all-in-one Samsung is equipped with the best speaker producing relatively clear and loud sound. Touch Diamond and iPhone fall behind big time in this aspect, because they are too quiet and have an irritating background noise. We don’t consider this to be a major issue since the loudspeaker is rarely used for listening to music from a phone.

HTC Touch Diamond - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones
HTC Touch Diamond - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones
HTC Touch Diamond - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones
HTC Touch Diamond - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones

HTC Touch Diamond


Samsung OMNIA - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones
Samsung OMNIA - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones
Samsung OMNIA - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones

Samsung OMNIA


Music - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones

Music

The headphone sound quality is the really important thing. In this category, the leader is iPhone, because it comes with the best pair of earphones compared to the other contestants. They are extremely loud and you’ll even have to lower the volume to 70-80% so you don’t get your head “blown off”. The quality is very good as well and resembles the experience with best portable music players also made by Apple. Despite the strange shape, which cannot guarantee comfort for every ear, OMNIA’s headset puts it at number two, bringing decent sound and light noise. We were left disappointed from Touch Diamond, because of the low quality and strength and lack of a 3.5 mm jack, present in iPhone (OMNIA comes with a converter).

Rating: iPhone 3G: 5; OMNIA: 3.5; Touch Diamond: 2.5


Video:

Here, we were nicely surprised by HTC Touch Diamond, which uses a personalized version of Windows Media Player. High-resolution (480х320) MPEG4/h.264  videos play quite smooth, the colors are saturated and the picture has high-detail. Overall, the quality is better than iPhone’s, but the display is much smaller, which could be tiring for the eyes if you’re watching a movie for example. In addition, we noted some dropped frames during the time of heavy action on the screen.

HTC Touch Diamond - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones
HTC Touch Diamond - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones
HTC Touch Diamond - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones

HTC Touch Diamond


iPhone relies on the 16 million color large screen and the handy video player. The colors are much paler than the competition but the gradation is smooth. Like in Touch Diamond, the biggest problem of the phone is the need to convert every video (sometimes taking more than a few minutes).

Apple iPhone - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones
Apple iPhone - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones

Apple iPhone


OMNIA is the best phone to watch videos, because it supports all formats, including DivX/XviD. Thanks to that, you can simply take a movie from your computer and transfer it to the device. The display is large enough to watch and read subtitles without having t stare. On top of that MPEG4/h.264 and h.263 videos load easily. Quality-wise, there still are things to be improved with the most annoying one being the lack of smooth color gradation.

Samsung OMNIA - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones
Samsung OMNIA - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones
Samsung OMNIA - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones

Samsung OMNIA



HTC and Apple have integrated YouTube video support, which unfortunately, is not present in OMNIA. This is a serious plus, especially if you have a constant Internet access.

Rating: OMNIA: 5; iPhone 3G: 4,5; Touch Diamond: 3.5;

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Video





Apple iPhone - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones

Apple iPhone




Camera:

In this category, we already knew that OMNIA would win. Equipped with a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, flash and a very user-friendly interface, offering a wide variety of options. The most frequently used applications are accessible straight from the homescreen, which is rather convenient. The image quality is head to head with the photos made with the best cameraphones and the only more serious drawback is the unreal colors. On top of that, you can record VGA videos. Some of the effects that can be added like color swap for example, are impressive and we see them in a phone for the first time.






Samsung OMNIA - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones
Samsung OMNIA - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones
Samsung OMNIA - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones

Samsung OMNIA


HTC Touch Diamond - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones
HTC Touch Diamond - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones

HTC Touch Diamond


Second in both resolution and quality is Touch Diamond with the 3.2-megapixel and autofocus. It’s very nice that the camera focuses and shoots rather quickly. The interface is quite simplified and finger-friendly, but even for the smallest adjustments, you have to enter the menu. The pictures lack fine detail, but the colors are good except in the cases of overexposure when everything is faded. Videos can be recorded with resolution of 320х240 and 19 fps, and the quality being nothing special.



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

Samsung OMNIA

HTC Touch Diamond

Apple iPhone

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

Samsung OMNIA

HTC Touch Diamond

Apple iPhone

Outdoor images


It’s hard to say anything good for the iPhone’s camera. It is only 2-megapixel without autofocus and lacks any settings. The pictures made with it have the lowest quality of all three, and you simply cannot record videos.

Rating: OMNIA: 5; Touch Diamond: 3.5; iPhone 3G: 2;

Camera - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones
Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones

Camera

 

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