A Great Phone – HTC Touch Diamond2
Posted June 30th, 2009 12 Comments
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HTC Touch Diamond 2 I have to admit I’ve always been a big fan of the HTC phones. I bought my first HTC phone years ago when they still were known as Q-Tek. Those days are long gone and their design, the userinterface and the phone technology has improved by atleast a thousand percent. No kidding ;)

This is NOT a review of the HTC Touch Diamond 2 but more of a post where I will share my experience and my point of view on this very-much-so hyped phone.

The HTC Touch Diamond 2 is a very slick phone with a beautiful, eye-catching design. It runs windows mobile 6.1 with HTC’s TouchFlo3D system mounted on top to make navigation more easy and intuitive.

First of, lets start with the specifications taken straight from the HTC website..

Key features:

  • 3.2″ 65K-color WVGA display
  • Latest TouchFLO 3D
  • Qualcomm MSM7200A 528 Mhz CPU and 288 MB RAM
  • Dedicated graphics chip (64MB RAM reserved for graphics)
  • Quad-band GSM support
  • 3G with HSDPA 7.2Mbps and HSUPA 2Mbps
  • Wi-Fi and built-in GPS receiver
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • 5 MP auto focus camera with excellent image quality
  • microSD card slot
  • Touch-sensitive zoom bar
  • MS Office Mobile document editor
  • Standard miniUSB slot and Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP
  • Great audio quality
  • Excellent video playback
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I have to say based on the specifications and the phone navigation this is by far the best phone I’ve had. The TouchFlo interface definitely grows on you onc eyou get a hang of it. I would say it’s probably as easy to learn as the iPhone. Surfing the web is also easier than ever. The touch sensitive zoom bar makes zooming in and out on articles or pictures very easy. The Touch Diamond 2 is very similar to the Touch Pro2. The two biggest differences are the 0.2″ screensize advantage of the Touch Pro2 (3.6″ vs 3.8″ screen) and the QWERTY keyboard.

I haven’t tested the camera all that much, but the images I’ve taken so far have turned out great.

Update: Here are a few pictures I’ve taken with the Touch Diamond2 in the last couple of days.

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  • All over I would say that this is a VERY VERY good phone, the best I’ve had to date. HTC continues to build on their success with this model and I can’t wait to see what they have in stock for us in the future.

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  • On June 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm
    Sammy wrote:

    I’m a big fan of HTC myself. I was fortunate enough to try the Diamond for a while before it was released.

    I fell inlove with it back then but these days I’m really anxious to see what HTC Hero is all about.

  • On June 30, 2009 at 10:29 pm
    Thorsten wrote:

    No doubt Sammy. Hero is going to be awesome!

  • On July 2, 2009 at 11:53 pm
    Flick wrote:

    I can’t wait to read more reviews of HTC Hero myself, but before all the hype, I actually *did* have my heart set on the HTC Touch Diamond 2. Now I’m waiting to see if the camera on the Hero is as good as the TD2 (although I’ve only seen one site showing photos taken using the TD2)

  • On July 3, 2009 at 8:05 am
    Thorsten wrote:

    Flick, I might post some of my TD2 pictures over the weekend. The quality is really good. If the camera is just as good on the Hero it will be a VERY popular phone.

    I’ve played around with the android OS on the HTC Magic and I have to admit that I’m a bigger fan of the TouchFLO laout for now. However, I’ve heard that some major Android improvements are to come with the launch of HTC Hero – they better be good ;)

  • On July 4, 2009 at 9:58 pm
    Flick wrote:

    @Thorsten: I’ll look forward to seeing any photos that you do put up. The camera is important to me as I currently have an LG ViewTY which, as you probably know, was marketed as ‘the’ 5mp camera phone, but turned out not to be the case at all as the colours are quite faded compared to a 2mp camera on a Sony Ericsson I had previously.

    Really wish HTC had included a flash for either the TD2 or the Hero though; I suppose a phone can’t be *too* perfect with a 3.5mm jack on the HTC Hero.

  • On July 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm
    Thorsten wrote:

    @Flick, I’ve added some pictures I took this week. Let me know if you want more examples – I’ll put up a few more.

    I’m not sure about the LG phones, but I know the Carl Zeiss optics in Nokia and Sony Ericsson phones is brilliant. I think the pics of the Diamond2 are pretty good. Colorful and sharp (thanks to the autozoom).

    A flash would definitely be nice. Who knows, maybe they have that coming up in one of their future models. Lets hope they do ;)

  • On July 5, 2009 at 4:29 pm
    Sammy wrote:

    Great pictures, Thorsten. I hope the food tasted as good as it looks :)

  • On July 5, 2009 at 11:20 pm
    Flick wrote:

    @Thorsten: Thanks for the lovely photos! I agree with Sammy that the food looks amazing. How long does it usually take to take a photo?

    I find that I have to hold down the shutter button on the ViewTY for a good 2-3 seconds so motion shots are a no-no; Sony Ericsson seemed to be much faster.

    (ViewTY’s lens is a ‘Schneider – KREUZNACH’)

  • On July 6, 2009 at 11:00 am
    Thorsten wrote:

    @Flick – you’re welcome. I’ll post more pictures in the coming weeks. I just need to add a decent gallery first :)

    The shutter speed isn’t all that bad. It usually takes 1-2 seconds, mostly depending on the focus time of the zoom. I haven’t really tried motion shots, but I think you’ll have a hard time capturing crisp motion pictures with the Diamond2.

    The zoom function is great, but due to the small delay between the zoom and capture process, motion pictues often turn out a little unclear/blurry.

  • On July 8, 2009 at 1:06 am
    Flick wrote:

    @Thorsten: I’ll look forward to more photos!

    Thanks for the info regarding shutter speed. I think I might be expecting too much from the cameras that come with phones – I’m not actually very good at the art of taking photos so any equipment that can compensate for my lack of skill is always helpful (e.g. good autofocus)

    In case you wanted to see how the LG ViewTY fares, I’ve uploaded a photo taken in sunlight, where it does quite well:


    The colours during a gray day are just washed out really.

    p/s: There’s always NextGEN gallery for Wordpress :)

  • On July 26, 2010 at 4:50 am
    htc hero wrote:

    Does anybody know which sort of video files are supported? I bear in mind the Instinct only might dl 3gp utilizing opera mini. I downloaded the twist ap, maybe that’s the issue? How can I watch movies from sites apart from youtube? Which file varieties? Usually I’m given the option of 3gp or mpeg4. Cannot get both to work. Thanks on your time! Damn I want I was eligible for the improve to EVO!

  • On January 28, 2011 at 2:49 am
    Heart Necklace wrote:

    ~’: I am really thankful to this topic because it really gives up to date information ;”,

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