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Review of Sprint's new Touch Diamond from HTC


Review by Michael Oryl on Wednesday September 10, 2008.

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Multimedia / Applications

The Sprint version of the HTC Touch Diamond has the same 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera as the original. It lacks a flash, but takes some really nice photos given enough light. The rest of the multimedia features from the original are also available, like the Windows Media Player and 4GB of built-in storage space.

It is Sprint's added services that often make their devices shine, and that is the case with their Touch Diamond as well. Sprint TV is a passable streaming TV system that offers a good number of channels and clips to choose from. Sprint navigation uses the Diamond's built-in GPS module to provide turn-by-turn navigation, and music is available from both the Sprint Radio service and the Sprint Music Store, which currently sells tracks for US$.99 each. The Sprint music store uses the Diamond's excellent Opera 9.5 browser and is actually easier to use than many of the dedicated Music Store apps in other Sprint handset are.

As mentioned above, the Opera 9.5 browser is available to users, as is the regular Pocket Internet Explorer. Opera 9.5 is a fantastic smartphone browser, with double tap zooming and finger panning and scrolling. The HTC developed YouTube application is also very good, providing high-quality access to YouTube videos while on the run.

User Interface

The basic TouchFLO 3D user interface on the Sprint Touch Diamond is the same as the original in function, even if it has had its appearance changed a bit to fall more in line with Sprint's current TV advertising. Overall it looks good and is quite responsive. We have seen a few hiccups while using it that are similar to those seen on the initial firmware revisions on the original Touch Diamond, so we have hopes that some of these will be smoothed out with future updates as they were on the original. Make sure you watch the videos to get a good look at the UI, and keep in mind that the stylus is almost never needed, since fingers can be used to scroll and navigate in all of the applications and menus.

We have a video demonstration of the various on-screen text input methods used on the Touch Diamond on the next page, so be sure to check it out.

Conclusion

While we haven't given it the complete thrashing that we usually subject cell phones to, we have every confidence that the HTC Touch Diamond for Sprint will impress people. It has a slick top-level user interface and is jam-packed with features. We find the new design to be better than that of the original, and are glad of the larger battery that it contains. Text input is still a bit of a mixed bag, as it was with the original, so people really should spend some time in a Sprint shop with the device before plunking down their hard earned cash.

It's a good solid device for people that want something touchable, but perhaps need the business sense that a Windows Mobile device provides. We give it an easy "Recommended" rating

You'll find more videos, including three videos of the original HTC Touch Diamond, on the following pages. Don't miss the video of the second video of the Sprint version below, either.

Recommended (explanation)
Nice VGA display, slick UI, great browser
Thicker and heavier than the original, TouchFLO 3D is only skin deep
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Michael Oryl
Michael is the Philadelphia based owner and former editor-in-chief of MobileBurn.com. You can follow him on Twitter as @MichaelOryl

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