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Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones

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One of the main advantages of the phones with a large touchscreen is the convenience of viewing websites that they offer. Easy navigation makes these devices preferred by the Internet depended individuals. Unfortunately, HTC Touch Diamond and Samsung OMNIA do not have a global 3G support, and only European and Asian.

The leader here is Apple’s Safari. Thanks to the multi-touch you can zoom in/out and like in the other two phones, a double tap resizes the image so you can view it and read it comfortably. In contrast to the competition, although small, you can select a link even when you are viewing the entire page. The other two models require zoom in first.

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

Apple iPhone


Touch Diamond and OMNIA run Opera Mobile 9.5 with the browser of the Samsung having a few pleasant modifications. When viewing a zoomed in large page, a mini map appears to help the navigation. If you want to see something up close or to zoom out smoothly, run a finger on the right side of the screen. On top of that, the browser renders pages better than Touch Diamond although the last one visualizes text better, because of the higher detail of the picture.

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 - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones

Samsung OMNIA


Overall, Opera Mobile 9.5 falls slightly behind Safari because of its controls and level of convenience. Besides, both Windows Mobile devices cannot be used globally for high-speed Internet access.

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


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

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Apple iPhone - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - GSM phones

Apple iPhone

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Since none of the contestants are equipped with a hardware keyboard, the touch display is used for text input. The iPhone has only one type of QWERTY, which is portrait oriented (the landscape mode is only accessible in the web browser). It’s quite user-friendly, because the buttons are large enough, but in order to type symbols such as comma or a full stop, you’ll have to switch to a different mode, which is not very pleasant. An interesting feature here is the magnifying glass, which appears when you run a finger over text and assists you to control the pointer more precisely. However, there’s no variant where you are able to highlight, copy or delete text. Unfortunately, the only indication that you have pressed the display is a sound, which is unusable in noisy environments.

HTC Touch Diamond also lets you write messages in portrait mode. The difference here is that the user can choose between seven text input methods, including handwrite recognition. The QWERTY mode visualizes smaller buttons in contrast to the ones seen in the Apple phone, but at least they are marked with the symbols, to which you have direct access. Compact QWERTY mode in combination with the T9 seems to be the fastest and most convenient way to write with this device. However, there is tactile feedback when the screen has been tapped.

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


OMNIA gives you both portrait and landscape mode options for text input when writing a message and there are nine different methods to do that. Only four of them have been personalized by Samsung and are finger-friendly. The horizontal mode can be very fast for writing, especially if you use both your hands, but we still have some remarks to make. Once again, there is no fast access to the comma (there’s a full stop at least) and the space has been placed strangely in the bottom right as opposed to the middle. Overall, the phone offers the widest variety and you can customize it to fit your needs better. To our regret, the latest firmware removes the tactile feedback.

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

Samsung OMNIA


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Messages



Every one of the three kings offers automatic settings for the most popular web mail servers so you won’t have any troubles configuring an account with them. There’s also support for all other POP3 and IMAP, as well as Exchange server sync.

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

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