Verizon upgrades its Touch Diamond2?

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Verizon upgrades its Touch Diamond2?
In the past, Verizon was known for crippling some of the smartphones it was offering to customers. It might have been a slower processor or a smaller memory chip or removing a YouTube client. To top it off, the price for the Verizon model would usually be higher. But with the upcoming HTC Touch Diamond2/Whitestone, Big Red is actually upgrading the handset.

Verizon's model will be equipped with an upgraded 3.6 inch WVGA touchscreen with 400 x 800 pixels, the same size as the screen for the Touch Pro2. The original version of the phone has a 3.2 inch screen. It will also have a 5MP camera with AF and a mechanism for Anti-handshaking and will be shipped as a CDMA/GSM world phone. Yet, while the nation's largest carrier did increase the size of the display, the unit will ship with Windows Mobile 6.1 even though 6.5 should be out around the same time as when Verizon launches its version of the Touch Diamond2 in September or October. Oh well, some things never change.

HTC Touch Diamond2 Preliminary Specifications

source: WMExperts

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12 Comments

1. cj100570

Posts: 204; Member since: May 12, 2009

WinMo 6.5 being out around the same time an in time for Verizon to ship it on the phone are 2 different things!

2. jmill75

Posts: 122; Member since: Jul 22, 2009

another douche bag comment in a phonearena article....no way...your right some things never change

8. brikz4real

Posts: 173; Member since: Dec 24, 2008

Seriously..are you kidding me? I can honestly see if they were crippling the device in a way that you can't do anything about it. But just because it doesn't ship with WinMo 6.5 isn't exactly "crippling" anything. If you had an ounce of knowledge about mobile devices, you would know that an upgrade to WinMo 6.5 is going to be free and easy; as soon as VZW verifies that it would work well with their version of the device. That's what they did with earlier WinMo phones as well. Besides, version 6.5 hasn't really had a real "road test" yet so why would you want to have it on your device? I say, let them test how WinMo works on some other device and as soon as I see most of the bugs ( and it will have bugs ) worked out, then I will upgrade. But you are right, some things never change: like Phone Arena's bias and assinine comments like this.

3. renegade626

Posts: 54; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

its sucks that its so easy to upgrade the winmo verison on the phone on ones own

4. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

So the verizon version is essentially a different model seeing as how it has different hardware specs. VZDUB holdin' it down.

5. mikeaud44

Posts: 30; Member since: Dec 05, 2008

Thank god there is finally a phone that can prevent me from having to shake someone's hand! That was getting so annoying

6. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

thats retarded...but classic, you got an actual laugh out of me....

7. kjack628

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 19, 2009

Lol I agree people hands are dirty..which one would you choose diamond 2 or omnia II trying to decide

9. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

isnt it up to HTC on what size the screen is and not VZW?

10. endokun83

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 09, 2009

it's actually an agreement between the carrier and phone manufacturer. HTC will build a preliminary model and present it to VZW. VZW will analize the model and then ask the manufacturer to make changes. i.e. add vz navigator support, increase or decrease memory, add rhapsody support etc... The manufacturer and the carrier will go back and forth until they can come to term with the specs of the handset in question. Which is also why US releases of cell phones usually take so long

11. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Yeah... sometimes carrier demands can be a good thing, but at the same time incredibly annoying for a producer... Apple has it easy... they make one device, support one OS, and push it out the same everywhere around the world... HTC makes tons of devices, supports WinMo and Android (market firsts for both operating systems since their conception) and has to ship to tons of different carriers all over the world and meet all the demands of the carriers in the US... talk about running yourself ragged... But I applaud HTC for putting up with rediculous US demands on certain things... I just wish HTC had put their foot down on releasing the Raphael for VZW (Their TP)... what a piece of junk.

12. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

It's been upgraded, yes... But at what cost?

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