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HTC Touch Diamond CDMA Review

HTC Touch Diamond CDMA - Verizon

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HTC Touch Diamond CDMA Review
The sound quality on the Verizon HTC Touch Diamond, both incoming and outgoing, was excellent, about equal to that of the GSM Diamond, and better than when using the CDMA Samsung Omnia. Voices sounded crystal clear on both ends, almost as if you were you were talking to someone in the same room. Speakerphone performance was good, but not as excellent. On our end there was some speaker distortion if the volume was raised past medium.

Talk time is listed by Verizon at 5 hours on a full charge, but HTC lists it at just over 4 hours. In our testing we were only able to get 4 hours of talk time, the same as on Sprint’s Diamond. HTC claims 350 hours of standby time, with Verizon claiming 375 hours, but keep in mind that, as with any smartphone, standby time is considerably affected by what all is going on in the background. For instance, email push or pull will have a significant impact on battery life. With normal everyday use, talking on the phone, checking email, using the browser, and playing some music, we would have to charge the battery each night. HTC made a wise move in beefing up the battery to 1340mAh, but heavy users will undoubtedly upgrade to the larger 1800mAh extended battery.


The HTC Touch Diamond is currently the best smartphone we’ve used for Verizon, beating out the Samsung Omnia and BlackBerry Storm. The combination of TouchFlo3D interface, high quality VGA display, 3.2MP camera, and excellent call quality make it hard to beat. It’s powerful enough for the most hardcore business and techie users, but friendly enough that just about anyone can pick it up and go. Our only complaint is that the video player won’t play DivX and Xvid videos like the Omnia, but this can be fixed with third party apps.


  • TouchFLO3D user interface
  • VGA display
  • Call Quality
  • “WOW” factor


  • Can’t play DivX and Xvid videos
  • Music player still needs some work
  • Power users will end up buying the extended battery
  • The camera is not as good as the one of the Omnia
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. LGVX1993 (Posts: 260; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)

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

posted on 27 Apr 2009, 16:10

2. acdaazn (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Apr 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?

posted on 27 Apr 2009, 20:13

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.

posted on 27 Apr 2009, 20:34

4. mwinger (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Apr 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

posted on 28 Apr 2009, 03:27

5. sinfulta (Posts: 278; Member since: 11 Dec 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

posted on 28 Apr 2009, 15:18

8. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 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".

posted on 28 Apr 2009, 10:32

6. htsee (Posts: 86; Member since: 15 Mar 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)...

posted on 28 Apr 2009, 12:35

7. mr. anderson (Posts: 92; Member since: 16 Apr 2009)

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

posted on 30 Apr 2009, 19:03

9. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 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.

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HTC Touch Diamond CDMA - Verizon

HTC Touch Diamond CDMA - Verizon

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.1
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Display2.8 inches, 480 x 640 pixels (290 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Qualcomm MSM7500A, Single core, 528 MHz
0.2 GB RAM
Size4.00 x 2.10 x 0.60 inches
(102 x 53 x 15 mm)
4.20 oz  (119 g)
Battery1340 mAh, 4.16 hours talk time

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