HTC Touch Diamond CDMA Review
This review has been updated on 28 April, 2009

Introduction:

Out of the numerous companies that manufacture Windows Mobile based smartphones, HTC continues to hit the mark with innovative products. We were highly impressed with the first HTC Touch Diamond we reviewed last year, though it was a GSM import, and then later with the CDMA variant that became available through Sprint. Now Verizon has followed suite with their release of their version of the Touch Diamond, and we’re glad to say that they got it right this time.

The retail package includes:
  • HTC Touch Diamond phone
  • 1340mAh battery
  • wall charger with detachable miniUSB cable
  • multifunction audio cable
  • two stylus
  • CDs
  • User manual


Design:

When looking at the HTC Touch Diamond for Verizon, it is almost unmistakable from the GSM model, as both share the same shiny black exterior, sharp edges, and “diamond cut” design on the rear battery door, unlike the Sprint model that is more curved and has a burgundy painted battery door. The device has a good weight to it, though not as heavy as the Touch Pro, and is slightly thinner since it lacks the sliding QWERTY keyboard. The overall construction feels good, though a little plasticy, as there isn’t any metal used on the internal parts.



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

The 2.8” VGA resistive touchscreen appears to be the same one that we loved on the other models, including the HTC Touch Pro, as images and text look amazing on it. Next to the earpiece, there is a sensor to automatically adjust the display’s backlight, or you can manually adjust it via the software. We found that the sensor worked quite well, and the display would get brighter when used outside, making it easier to view while in sunlight. Even though the resistive technology is used, instead of capacitive, it was very smooth and responded to the slightest touch. Two styluses are included, but most of the time we were using just our finger.

Located on the left side of the HTC Touch Diamond is the volume rocker, with the power button located at the top, 3.2MP camera on the back, and miniUSB port at the bottom. One stylus is held in place magnetically, and will wake the Diamond up when removed. Under the display is the unique d-pad, as it has physical buttons for up/down/left/right, but the center “select” button is also capacitive. This provides different features, such as touching the capacitive button for the camera to focus, then pressing it down to take a picture, or moving your finger around in a circular motion to zoom in or out of a web page. There are also dedicated buttons for home, back, send, and end.





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9 Comments

1. LGVX1993

Posts: 260; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

Wow I wasnt expecting such a good review. If only the Diamond 2 wasnt coming out...

2. acdaazn

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 27, 2009

i have noticed that in the specs, it has the same size as the VZW TP, but is it really? could you guys do an actual measurement for the thickness? or if anyone has this phone, could you measure and post it up?

3. Charlie unregistered

I was thinking the same thing. The GSM Diamond was like, 11mm thick. Sprint's was like 14mm. There's no way that Verizon's Diamond is 18mm thick, like the Touch Pro's.

4. mwinger

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 27, 2009

The Verizon Touch Pro is the same thicknes as the Sprint verison. .55" or 14mm. [:http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/controller?item=phoneFirst&action=viewPhoneDetail&selected PhoneId=4486

5. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

VZW People: The Diamond for VZW is .55", the Touch Pro for VZW is .71", for comparison sake the Omnia is .52" Thick. Sprint People: the Diamond for Sprint is .60", the Touch Pro for Sprint is.71" for comparison sake the TreoPRO is .50" Thick. Geez. lol

8. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

Thank you for your comment. We have measured the thickness of the Verizon Touch Diamond and it is approximately 0.55" to 0.60". The Verizon Touch Pro is slightly thicker at 0.71".

6. htsee

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2009

why are there no specs listed for the phone? and all cdma phones in the touch series currently use the 1340mah battery... to be honest, im surprised there was a review done on a device that already had a reviewm (cdma diamond) without mention of any real differences (outside of the microsd card, which is a definite plus)...

7. mr. anderson

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 16, 2009

if you notice this review is pretty much a rehash of the first, with updates for the differences between the two

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

why do windows phones keep getting such high reviews? what do you guys smoke? innovative? its the pro w/otu a keyboard. its also too small to effectively type on for long periods of time. windows phones are boomerangs and bricks. at least HTC made this one look like the non selling brick its going to be. quit giving windows phones such high marks.
Touch Diamond CDMA - Verizon
  • Display 2.8" 480 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm MSM7500A, Single core, 528 MHz
  • Battery 1340 mAh(4.16h talk time)

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