The HTC Diamond takes Windows Mobile to the next level

The HTC Diamond takes Windows Mobile to the next level

Summary: I posted about the press release and kick-off event for the HTC Diamond this morning and after looking at some more of the videos and having the opportunity to find out more about the Diamond from a call with Jason B. Mackenzie, Executive Director, National Accounts, I think HTC has a potential big winner here. The UI is absolutely amazing and takes what you see on the latest HTC Touch to a new level that should appeal to many people looking for a rich experience from their mobile device. I was thinking about saving up for the 3G iPhone, but I think the HTC Diamond may have just knocked down the iPhone a bit for several reasons.

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I posted about the press release and kick-off event for the HTC Diamond this morning and after looking at some more of the videos and having the opportunity to find out more about the Diamond from a call with Jason B. Mackenzie, Executive Director, National Accounts, I think HTC has a potential big winner here. The UI is absolutely amazing and takes what you see on the latest HTC Touch to a new level that should appeal to many people looking for a rich experience from their mobile device. I was thinking about saving up for the 3G iPhone, but I think the HTC Diamond may have just knocked down the iPhone a bit for several reasons.

HTC Diamond takes Windows Mobile to the next level

The HTC Diamond still has Windows Mobile at its core, 6.1 Professional this time, so it fully supports all of those great enterprise and consumer features I want from a device, such as Bluetooth keyboard and A2DP support, 3rd party application support, internet sharing with a laptop, standard USB to miniUSB charging support, video capture, cut/copy/paste, and more. With Windows Mobile at its core and HTC UI improvements and applications running on top of that the experience should be awesome.

I found out that the navigational pad on the device is actually touch sensitive so it adds functionality to the device. For example, when you are taking a photo with the 3.2 megapixel camera (I can't wait to see how this performs) placing your finger on the navigational pad auto-focuses the camera to help take clear shots. You can also use this touch sensitive navigational pad for scrolling in web pages and more.

I also learned that HTC has been working in collaberation with Opera to create a web browser that is Opera powered and HTC enabled so that should blow the socks off of any browser we have seen on a Windows Mobile device to date. I am very curious to see how it stacks up to the iPhone browser, but if you can select text, cut/copy/paste, and perform other functions seen in the Opera Mobile browser then it beats the iPhone Safari browser in my book.

I primarily use the T-Mobile Shadow as my Windows Mobile device and enjoy interacting with the Neo interface. It sounds like the HTC Diamond takes that to the next level and more with the ability to work with your email and text messages right from the Home screen without ever getting into the Windows Mobile Messaging application.

I can't wait to hold the device and feel how it stacks up to other devices I have, but the dimensions and images make it seem like it will be very pocketable. I see it also has a stainless steel frame so it should be rock solid. The angles on the back seem stylish and I think this is something to be seen in person to appreciate. Even the slick desktop cradle looks like a museum piece. The ability to carry all of this power in my shirt pocket impresses me and again, I cannot wait to try out this device.

I hope the device ends up coming to T-Mobile USA with 3G support, but know it should at least come to AT&T (and most likely Sprint and Verizon too). The only thing that curbs my enthusiasm is that I will have to wait a while for the U.S. version to hit the streets and would have loved to have seen HTC kick this device off here in the U.S. I suppose we have our regulatory system and wireless carriers to thank for the delay.

Topics: Browser, Hardware, HTC, Mobile OS, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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  • All I can say is awesome and where can I get one?

    Wow, this phone is awesome. I have owned a HTC Touch Dual since October 2007 and it is the best mobile I have ever owned and I tend to buy a new one almost every year or so.

    My HTC Touch Dual is 3.5G here in Australia so it craps all over the iPhone.

    This new HTC Diamond running Windows Mobiel 6.1 is amazing - http://www.htc.com/www/product.aspx?id=46294

    Check out the specifications, features and TouchFlo 3D screenshots.
    Martin_Australia
  • RE: The HTC Diamond takes Windows Mobile to the next level

    This one is sure shot winner
    prasad_dude
  • RE: The HTC Diamond takes Windows Mobile to the next level

    I have an AT&T Tilt that I just upgraded to WM 6.1. 6.1 definitely helps the stability of the OS. I just hope that when it comes to the US market, It does not get crippled like AT&T did to the TYTN and TYTN2 when they became US models. (For example, the TYTN2 has a second VGA camera that can be used for Video Conferencing that is not on the tilt.)
    Animal13
    • WM 6.1

      Can I ask how did you get the WM 6.1? I would like it for my Tilt. THanks
      Victor.Paul@...
      • It's Available for download...

        at:
        http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4b106c1f-51e2-42f0-ba32-69bb7e9a3814&displaylang=en
        dunn@...
  • RE: The HTC Diamond takes Windows Mobile to the next level

    There's nothing in the info at the HTC Diamond web site about a keyboard, virtual or otherwise. That's odd, don't you think? I guess they're still trying to figure out what they're going to do.
    Brock
    brock_b@...
    • Video shows multiply input methods

      Check out Paul's video here, http://www.modaco.com/content/windows-mobile-news/268179/htc-touch-diamond-tour-additional-feature-videos/

      He shows there are actually multiple input methods available for the Diamond so text entry should be rather easy.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • Video shows multiply input methods

        Thanks, Matthew. The video is very informative.
        I must agree -- the Diamond looks really slick.
        -- Brock
        brock_b@...
      • Responsiveness of Graphical User Interface and Accelerometer

        Nice video, but it seems the responsiveness of graphical user interface and accelerometer needs improvement. For example, when looking at photos one at a time and you swipe your finger across the screen from left to right, it takes about 3/4th of a second for the user interface to respond.

        Overall, Diamond looks nice, but with code-optimization for 3D TouchFLO/GUI, this will be great for me. But I'll wait until it has QWERTY keyboard.

        I'll probably have to save up my money to buy an unlocked phone so I can have a front-facing camera. It's great when it comes to communicating through "mobile webcam" through [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Sign_Language]American Sign Language[/url].
        Grayson Peddie
  • RE: The HTC Diamond takes Windows Mobile to the next level

    i own a HTC diamond and believe this article is written base on specs not actual physical experience. HTC diamond is a battery hug (3 to 5 hours on standby with 5 to 10 calls not more than 3 minutes each call) navigating with fingers are frustrating due to diamond being confused what to do very jerky. if you work 5 minutes with new iphone you realize the HTC is years behind Apple. unit is slick beautiful but inside the guts is fake you load 9 contacts on 3D flo and the unit is overwhelm with number of contacts you try to go to next contact the current one then tries to dial. swiping left to right are terrible you better of finding how to turn touch flo off maybe will be nicer unit to work with. i haven't been able to register my phone. even after getting in touch with technical support customer service and any other department i could find in website or Google search i have been ignored completely except pre define emails stating that they are sorry and they are working on this issue.
    registering a product is that so complicated
    daveazadi
  • RE: The HTC Diamond takes Windows Mobile to the next level

    i have one that i have not been able to use in five months i change my pass word and cant not get in



    dr.sarrette@hotmail.com














    solomon007
  • HTC Diamond VS iPhone 3G VS Nokia 5800

    Check out the comparison between HTC Diamond,apple iPhone
    3G and Nokia 5800
    http://www.techgodown.com/htc-diamond-vs-iphone-vs-nokia-
    5800/
    johnconnor2811