HTC Touch Diamond
Diamond in the rough, or rough Diamond?
- Design, TouchFLO design and interface, HSDPA 7.2, 4GB internal storage, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, Opera browser
- Interface is sluggish and slow, text entry is tedious, still requires stylus for more complex operations, no 3.5mm headphone jack, no memory card slot
The much-hyped Touch Diamond had plenty of potential, but ultimately it is a hugely frustrating phone to use. A great display, stylish design and reasonable browser are let down by a sluggish and slow user interface. Unfortunately, the great eye candy of the Diamond isn’t enough to push it over the line.
Price$ 999.00 (AUD)
Perhaps the only device currently on the market that can claim to be a true competitor to the iPhone 3G, HTC's Touch Diamond is an impressive looking smartphone packed with features. The TouchFLO 3D interface is designed to make using this Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone hassle-free, but unfortunately it falls short.
If there is one aspect of the Touch Diamond that HTC deserves credit for, it's the excellent design. This is one of the most stylish smartphones on the market — it's significantly smaller and far more compact than the iPhone. The gloss black finish and control pad are classy touches, while the unique diamond plastic finish on the rear adds a stylish feel, though it does attract plenty of unwanted fingerprints.
The Touch Diamond features a full touch screen and stylus, but HTC has also included a navigational pad and touch sensitive scroll wheel, in addition to home, back and call keys. The 2.8in display is crystal clear and has an excellent viewing angle (though like the rear casing, it's almost impossible to keep clean).
The TouchFLO 3D interface looks superb and its design and layout is highly commendable. On the Home tab, a large flip style clock displays the time, while swiping your finger upwards allows you to view calendar appointments. For the rest of the functions a row of icons sit in a tab style interface across the bottom of the screen. You press down on the active tab and slide your finger left or right across the tabs to cycle through the menu selections. Animations are excellent, particularly the weather application, which shows raindrops hitting the screen and then being wiped away by a windscreen wiper when showers are forecast. Cycling through music albums and e-mail messages reveals more eye candy.
HTC has clearly gone out of its way to push Windows Mobile into the background as much as possible, but sadly it's not enough. Despite commendable graphics and the stylish user interface of TouchFLO 3D, using the Touch Diamond is a highly frustrating affair. For starters, you'll still need to have the stylus handy — once you delve deeper into most applications, you'll quickly realise this is still a Windows Mobile handset despite the coat of paint.
Selecting menu items and sliding through menus with your finger is frustrating as the touch screen requires a firm press to register. If your finger is slightly incorrectly positioned when attempting to slide, swipe or touch certain menus, you won't get a response. Speed is also an issue — we regularly experienced lag and slowdown when opening and closing applications, selecting menu items and using functions like e-mail and messaging. Despite HTC's attempt to provide as many options for messaging as possible, this is also painful affair. There are multiple touch screen text entry options available, including a full QWERTY keyboard, compact QWERTY keyboard and a keypad with T9 predictive text input, but tactile feedback is nonexistent and the keys are squashed together, so you'll need to use the stylus for any sort of accuracy.
Call quality is largely passable, but if you have to use an automated switchboard, the Touch Diamond is a little frustrating. While you're on a call the screen goes into power-save mode — unlike the iPhone, you need to wake the display from this mode by pressing a button before you can access the keypad.
Despite these issues, there are a number of positive features. The bundled Opera Mobile browser offers a solid experience on the whole. The built-in accelerometer automatically rotates a Web page, and you can zoom and pan using finger gestures — although the hit and miss nature of the touch screen rears its ugly head here as well. HSDPA 7.2 support means pages load fairly quickly over Telstra's Next G network.
The Diamond also features Wi-Fi, A-GPS and A2DP Stereo Bluetooth — the latter an important inclusion considering the USB headphone connection. While the included headphones are average, the port location at the bottom of the unit means you'll have to have the Touch Diamond upside down in your pocket when using them. HTC has conveniently included 4GB of internal flash storage, but the lack of a memory card slot is a huge oversight and one that may cause potential buyers to pass over this phone.
Join the newsletter!
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Apple iPhone X
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
cloudandco Smart Cane
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Toys for Boys
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Bose SoundLink Micro
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Xbox One X
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 2 Google Pixel 2 review: not quite 'pixel perfect' but damn close
- 3 Google Home Mini review: a welcome addition to the smart speaker family.
- 4 Huawei Nova 2i review: Flagship features get smuggled into the mid-tier
- 5 Moto X4 review: This is what a world without MotoMods looks like
Latest News Articles
- Exciting New Aussie Dash-Cams Unveiled Ahead of Holiday Road Trip Season
- Latest Spartan sports watches hit the scene
- Early iPhone 7 reviews: You'll miss the headphone jack, but the camera and battery life are tops
- Watch out: iOS 10 install is reportedly bricking some iPhones
- Google's Pixel Launcher leak hints at the demise of the Nexus brand
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- LG V30+ review: The videographer's smartphone arrives
- Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- Xbox One X review: Brave new world
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- FTCyber Security Program ManagerACT
- FTTechnical Services AdministratorVIC
- CCUnix System AdministratorNSW
- CCChange ManagerNSW
- CCBusiness AnalystNSW
- FT.Net DeveloperACT
- FTFront-End DeveloperNSW
- FTPlatform Software Engineer (Data Warehouse/Big Data) - Permanent - Sydney CBDNSW
- CCiOS DeveloperQLD
- FTTechnical Services AdministratorVIC
- CCIT Cloud EngineerNSW
- FTSenior Java and AEM DeveloperOther
- FTField Services TechnicianACT
- FTSenior .NET Developer - Back EndOther
- CCAutomation Test ManagerVIC
- FTMid-Level Business Analyst (Digital Transformation)NSW
- FTBusiness AnalystSA
- FTPenetration TesterNSW
- FTITSM Senior Business AnalystOther
- CCRecruitment AdvisorNSW
- FTSenior Biz Talk DeveloperACT
- FTSolution Designer/ Architect | 6mth ContractOther
- TPSenior Project OfficerNSW
- CCDynamics CRM Functional Consultant - BrisbaneNSW
- FTSenior Business AnalystOther