Do you remember this phone that ushered us into the age of industrial designs?



When it comes to smartphone designs, HTC has been one of the forerunners early on prior to the smartphone boom we've seen post iPhone. With every new announcement, it seemed as though the Taiwanese based company was unstoppable with its superb line of smartphones, offering consumers unmatchable phones that were consistently regarded as ahead of their time. HTC's brand recognition, was without a doubt, only beginning to rise during the late 2000s.

Enter the HTC Touch Diamond, released in the summer of 2008 to much acclaim for its then cutting-edge specs and jaw dropping design. Compared to the HTC Touch before it, the HTC Touch Diamond established this new notion of industrial designs – setting the foundation for future devices that came after it! Prior to it, smartphone designs were relatively bland, often featuring the same drab grey colored plastic bodies that were akin to PC designs of the 90s. Honestly, it's hard to imagine that it's been a decade already since its run, so it's amazing that its design can still hold up today!



Beyond the design, which was notable for its hard lines, compact size, gunmetal frame, and peculiar diamond faceted rear design, the HTC Touch Diamond managed to enhance the antiquated look of Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system – thanks to the beautifully designed TouchFLO 3D interface seen running for the very first time on it. Rather than being the usual stripped-down Windows experience on a smartphone, HTCs' TouchFLO 3D offered an almost futuristic look and feel with its interface, evident in its neat animations, transitions, and dynamic home screen widgets! Most people familiar with the platform, in fact, couldn't believe it was indeed running Windows Mobile, just because of TouchFLO 3D's foreign style.

Compared to other contemporary smartphones, the HTC Touch Diamond was a testament to how it was so ahead for its time, by emphasizing the need for a meticulously designed smartphone paired with a more modern looking interface. In the pantheon of Windows Mobile smartphones, the HTC Touch Diamond truly set the bar high for everything else after it. Unfortunately, though, it came at the time when Apple released its first-generation iPhone. Being the revolutionary device it was, the iPhone made it difficult for the HTC Touch Diamond to be a convincing option solely because it was still leveraging Microsoft's aging mobile platform.



Nevertheless, the smartphone still proved to be a big hit amongst fans and consumers, as the popularity and success of the phone eventually spurred a successor. Looking back at it now, the HTC Touch Diamond was a truly remarkable phone that was ahead of its time, helping to not only establish HTC's growing brand as a premier player in the mobile space, but also helping to usher us into the age of astounding industrial designs. Since then, the company has repeatedly wowed us with several smartphones with timeless signature designs – including its line of Android smartphones. Still, all of those devices can be trace back their lineage to the one and only HTC Touch Diamond.


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Touch Diamond
  • Display 2.8" 480 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm MSM7201, Single core, 528 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB
  • Battery 900 mAh(4.50h 3G talk time)

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23 Comments

1. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

When HTC was on top. I had the Touch, Touch Diamond, Touch Pro 2 and then an HTC Evo 4G. That is when I switched over to Android from Windows Mobile and never looked back. RIP Windows Mobile, I liked the original very much.

5. audibot

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

innovation at its best roll in your hand to silence hahaha had so much fun with this

21. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

@John Velasco: HTC diamond was a copy of NOKIA 7500 PRISM design. Refined yes, but copy.

6. audibot

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

i would love to see htc revamp the evo and and diamond with todays tech keep the sizes orig but 1080 screens with ram and cpu of today. but they would have to keep that awesome ui they had

2. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

I had that one. It was ok, sadly it was build on Windows.

3. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I like the newer phones from HTC. Devices of 2017. The older ones ( metal bodies) are not my type. U11 gray is very gorgeous

8. ramdroid

Posts: 138; Member since: May 21, 2016

U didn't see u11 plus in solar red. That thing easily would of wiped the market if it had 20% of apple or Samsung campaigns

12. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Yup I too think the same. And I still don't get the fact that why did hTC, SONY & LG stopped promoting their devices via tv ads. TV ads are usually the best when it comes to catching eye of majority customers.

4. Jacksie66 unregistered

Back when phones were unique and you could tell them apart unlike the generic slabs of today..

11. Farcaster

Posts: 162; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

Even until 2015, majority of phones were unique in design. I blame Chinese manufacturers for disrupting what we once had. They invest close to nothing into design, instead just ripping off top brands (Apple, Samsung) then mass selling them for cheap prices. Good for consumers? Maybe. But at the cost of bland design and less innovation.

19. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's not even 6months since iPhoneX released, but BBK already released more than 10 smartphones with notch :v

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6822; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I was so close to buying the Touch Diamond...but I was reading about Android...so I held out for the future...

9. RoryBreaker

Posts: 236; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

So sad how far HTC has fallen. Horrible marketing strategy, Device fragmentation (HTC One X, S & whatever else they had at the time) ruined a once great mobile innovator!

13. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Kind feel bad for them and in the mean time it is their fault for falling by too stubbornly, not listen to customer. And Samsung learn from that mistake look at them now.

10. maxnooze

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

too bad HTC dumbed down the design in the united states version...

14. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The HTC Touch had TouchFLO 3D before the Diamond.

15. Tipus

Posts: 894; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Htc HD2 was great phone

17. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

GOAT!

16. Rager722 unregistered

HTC One M8. The last innovative HTC.

18. SK_WS

Posts: 46; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

htc hero, desire, desire z, senstaion ... phone looks definitely better back in the day

20. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That's unboxing image make it's looks like a hifi player unboxing

22. ijuanp03

Posts: 612; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

HTC One M7, M8 and 10 are still the best looking metal phones. Period.

23. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

I loved my HTC HD2, ran windows at first and had at the time the largerst 4.3in screen and 1ghz processor. Best thing about it was that you could load android on to it and it ran like a dream

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