HTC Touch Diamond CDMA Review
This is a CDMA phone offered with Sprint,
but there is also a
GSM variant.

We first got our hands on the Touch Diamond back in June and came away rather impressed. It offered just about everything we could want in a device, including the slick TouchFLO 3D interface. While the GSM version we reviewed has yet to find its way to the States, short of importers such as Decho Wireless, Sprint has taken the lead and is the first carrier to offer the Diamond. As you might expect there are a few notable differences between the GSM and CDMA variants, but for the most part Sprint and HTC have wisely kept true to the original.

Included in the box you will find:
• 1340mAh Li-Ion battery
• Stereo headphones
• Extra stylus
• AC Charger with USB port
• USB data cable
• 4 in 1 adapter (miniUSB to 3.5mm, 2.5mm, miniUSB headphone, miniUSB charging/data)
• Leather Velcro pouch


The CDMA Touch Diamond softens the sharp lines of the original. Gone is the hard plastic faceted back, replaced with a soft touch, deep burgundy version of the battery door found on the Taiwanese Victor. Telus Canada has chosen to go for a black version, but honestly we like the red. It looks much better in person than in press shots, and it gives the Diamond some personality. It is 2.5mm thicker than the GSM version, but that is because the CDMA Diamond ships with a beefed up 1350mAh battery.

You can compare the HTC Touch Diamond CDMA with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The GSM Diamond is very angular, with sharp corners and straight lines throughout. The CDMA version has a soft rounding to it, both at the top and bottom as well as the line that separates the controls from the screen. The bottom buttons are still flush but clickable, and the slightly tweaked d-pad is a jack of all trades. It can be clicked in the traditional 5 ways, but the center is also proximity sensing and the outer edge can be used for touch scrolling. The four buttons (Home, Back, Send and End) as well as the d-pad ring light up a cool white when being used, or simply by bringing your finger near the center pad.

The resistive touchscreen appears to be the same gorgeous 2.8” VGA panel we loved the first time around. It is bright, vivid and auto-adjusts to the current lighting condition. It has only 65K colors, as compared to the 16M colors found on the iPhone, but images and videos look great nevertheless. It is very smooth responsive to touch, and most of the device can be navigated without using the stylus, which is tucked away in the back right corner. We had no issues viewing it in direct sunlight, provided the screen was wiped clean of fingerprints and whatnot.

The stainless steel frame is dark black, and the only buttons on the side are the volume rocker on the top left side and power button to the left of center on the top. The keys are flat and the travel shallow, but easy to press. “HTC Innovation” remains printed on the left, but the “4GB Internal Storage” originally found on the right side is now gone. The frame has gone seamless and smooth for the CDMA version.

To the right of the power button, in the center of the top, is the Diamond’s single speaker. Despite not being stereo it is surprisingly good, with plenty volume and good highs. It’s somewhat thin and lacks bass, but as it’s not a high-end music device we aren’t expecting a high-end listening experience.

The back is very simple, and while some argue that faceted back is a defining feature of the Diamond we are happy to see the cleaner Victor battery door. The 3.2 megapixel camera sits near the top, and black housing that runs a strip halfway down the phone encases it. Soft touch paint gives a more reassuring feel, and we think that we prefer the added thickness as well; it is still plenty thin and the original was so tiny it almost felt fragile. The stylus is still held in magnetically, and removing it will wake up a sleeping Diamond.

We loved the Diamond the first time around, but the CDMA makeover is a much better product. Color preference aside, the newer Diamond feels better in the hand and is more overall pleasing to the eye. It’s still a tiny device and enhances the understated elegance of the original with the softer lines and smooth edges. We don’t know that there is a better designed phone overall than the CDMA Diamond; it may not be perfect but it balances fashion, feel and function wonderfully.



24. unregistered

I love this phone, i have 10 lines with sprint, and they gave me one for 249.99 Can any one help me if i can load wireless printer software on this to print emails and attachments? I love the programme mp3 trinmmer where i can get mp3 ringer of my own for each contacrs.

19. unregistered

Hello, I have seen comments on some sites that the app download can only go to ROM, and not the on-board 4GB RAM, is that true? Has anyone tried this out? any feedback is appreciated.

20. martin unregistered

I have downloaded tons of apps and it lets you choose where to put it. I have heard some users losing their internal 4GB Drive when playing around with hard resets, but then being able to get them back. This might be why they are commenting they couldn't put apps on the RAM.

18. deejal01 unregistered

i disagree. I had this phone for a bit and ended up returning it. I hated the phone because text messaging was a pain. HOWEVER, the one thing that I did like was the transcriber text entry. You could print or write in cursive or a combination of both, using the stylus, and it got it right almost 99% of the time. With some tweaking, eventually, it was correct 99.9% of the time. I miss that feature. Sprint needs a new line of phones and their current line up looks pretty bad.

15. jinn unregistered

By far this is a great phone I bought it the second it went on sale on sprint's website i have to say using this phone so far is wonderful i havent had any problems for example with the gsm version HTC has put a great effort into this phone two thumbs up for them. Furthermore i would like to get a black battery cover ..... but other than that its a marvellous touch screen phone i must also commend this review it was really detailed .....

12. unregistered

Yuck, Sprint. Once AT&T gets this or the Touch Pro I'm gonna be a happy person.

11. unregistered

iphone who ? blackberry storm who>? go SPRINT!

10. unregistered

touch pro october 19th baby

23. unregistered

The launch date of the Touch Pro has been pushed to the being of November 08.

7. Pihrana unregistered

I want to know if this phone will work on the GSM 800/1900Mhz Frequencies? According to HTC's webpage for this phone it is Dual-band (800/1900Mhz), CDMA2000 1xEVDO Rev. A/1xRTT and IS-95A/B voice or data with up to 1.8 Mbps up-link and 3.1 Mbps down-link. Trouble is I dont want to spend all the money then not be able to use it in the UK...

9. unregistered

this is the cdma version, you want the gsm unit which they also reviewed a few months back.

13. Pihrana unregistered

I only have 2 or 3 carriers that work in my local town. Alltel, Sprint/Nextel and Centennial....... I'll be going to the UK 3 or 4 times a year and want the phone to work while I'm their..... I know the UK has carriers using GSM 800/1900Mhz Frequencies, so are you saying that the Specification on HTC website where it states (800/1900Mhz) is not GSM? If not then what are they? Thanks in advance.... Want to get it cleared up soon so I can order something.....

14. David the Gom unregistered

dual band for this phone is 800/1900 Mhz CDMA, it's same "frequency" as 800/1900 Mhz GSM, but different "signal"...

16. Pihrana_Work unregistered

Thanks David........ You've finally put the nail in the coffin (which I am grateful for, because I havent spent any money)...... So... I'm still looking for a decent phone that will work in the UK and my home in the US. Any suggestions..? Please dont say Blackberry :)

17. unregistered

with sprint the blackberry 8830 is your only option if you want to keep the same number. centennial is gsm like the uk, but theyre a small regional carrier and im not sure if their phones are unlocked. i dont know much about them, but you should be able to buy any unlocked quadband gsm phones which you can use both here and there. if you dont care about keeping your number over there (which youll pay a pretty penny for) you could also buy a cheap unlocked gsm phone and a prepaid sim for when you travel to the uk, and get sprint here.

21. unregistered

The Samsung Ace is a really nice phone that would work for you and is still windows mobile. But you lose the touch screen feature which is a turn off for a lot of people. It is a quad band phone though so it will work internationally...if you can afford to use the phone internationally

25. tuscan_sun

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Keeping the same number while overseas is way over-rated as roaming charges are truly outrageous. simply get a cheap unlocked phone and buy pre-paid GSM sims wherever you travel..

6. Paul unregistered

I've seen other reviews mentioned about the overheating/phone get hot problem... have anyone experience that?

8. unregistered

the battery does tend to get warm pretty quick making the back of the phone a lil toasty.

22. unregistered

I've also had the phones since telesales started selling it and I love this phone. In regardless to the saying of the battery over heating. I did alot of researching and tested the theory myself, it's not the battery that's over heating or getting hot. It's the radio that located below the battery area that gets heated, due to the manufactory squeezing it in a small area. To test that theory, when your phone heats up, just remove the backing of the phone and touch the battery, you'll find that the heat isn't there but below/bottom of the phone that gets hot. Thus far, no sulution to this issue.

5. kwhan84 unregistered

fabulous review. i had this phone since telesales started to sell it. it is marvelous. the best phone period.

4. unregistered

Will this phone come in black as well? It seemed there were rumors that it would launch in red but have a black back later. Any info would be appreciated. As for right now, I will have to see a red one in person to see how it looks as every review states that the red looks better in person. Also, any issues with overheating? Thank you for such a great interview.

3. unregistered

wow, with this phone I almost have to say that there was no point for the instinct, besides to rival the iPhone in time, if they made a dumbphone version of this they'd be perfect

2. unregistered

we have rev a coverage in our call center and the sprint tv quality is outstanding, way better than the instinct.

1. Paul unregistered

Hi, great review and lots of details which is what I'm looking for. however, I would like to see how Sprint TV fares in this device compared to Instinct; as well as handwriting capabilities (as text input)... is it accurate with the stylus or finger? pls pls pls, any information is greatly appreciated.
Touch Diamond CDMA
  • Display 2.8 inches
    640 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware , 0.3GB RAM
  • Storage 4GB,
  • Battery 1340 mAh
  • OS Windows Mobile Professional 6.1

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