Product Review: Htc Touch Diamond 2-Part 1

Spearhead with Windows Mobile?
HTC is no longer an unknown manufacturer. The company from Taiwan has been manufacturing the various Windows smartphones of the major network operators T-Mobile, Vodafone and o2 for several years and has also been on the market for several years under its own name. HTC also stands for the hardware on the Google G1 Phone. In the test today is the current flagship of HTC, the Touch Diamond 2 in the compatible version of o2, XDA Touch Diamond 2. The test is still with the operating system Windows Mobile 6.1, that will soon be replaced by the new operating system Windows Mobile 6.5. The HTC Touch Diamond 2 is according to HTC upgrade entitled to Windows Mobile 6.5. My interest in the Diamond 2 arises from Windows 6.5, not 6.1, that in its time was a good operating system, but not only in my opinion against the iPhone OS 2.0 and the Android OS 1.5 has clear deficits. Diamond 2’s technique is beyond doubt. How does the new technology work with the old operating system?
Technical specifications

Processor Qualcomm MSM 7200A, 528 MHz

Operating system: Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional

Power standard: UMTS / HSDPA / GSM quad band

Display: Touchscreen 3.2 inches (WVGA, 480 x 800 pixels)

Data transmission: Bluetooth 2.0, Wifi b / g

GPS: yes

Interface: miniUSB

Internal Memory: ROM: 512MB; RAM: 288MB

External memory: expandable with microSHC cards

Keyboard: Touchscreen

Camera: 5.0 megapixel color camera with autofocus

Second Camera for Videotelefonie: VGA

FM radio with RDS

Supported file formats Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC +, WMA, WAV, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, M4A, MIDI

Supported file formats Video: WMF, ASF, MP4, 3GP, 3G2, M4V, AVI

Power supply: Li-ion battery, 1100 mAh

Stand-by time: up to 360 hours (GSM), up to 500 hours (WCDMA)

Talk time: up to 340 minutes (GSM), up to 300 minutes (WCDMA)

Dimensions (WxHxD): 107.85 x 53.1x 13.7 mm

Weight: 117.5 g

The starting point
The Diamond 2 follows the Diamond from HTC, which was a real revelation last summer. For the first time in the history of HTC, there was a really smartly designed smartphone, which was pleasantly flat and had a display with VGA resolution (640 x 480 pixels). Swabs had to be made because of the weak battery and the non-expandable memory. The Diamond 2 has almost cleared the two problems of non-expandable memory and small battery – in the Diamond 2, microSD cards can expand the memory and the battery has now 1100 mAh capacity instead of 900 mAh.

The design
The XDA Diamond 2 from o2 comes in a subtle metallic gray anthracite high-gloss plastic housing. The shapes correspond in something to the HTC Touch Diamond 2, however the o2 form is in my eyes much more pleasing. Due to the high-gloss plastic, the Diamond 2 is a magnet for greasy fingers, but not necessarily immediately noticeable. The 3.2-inch display is made of glass, which is coated with a plastic layer. The lower bar below the hardware buttons and the zoom bar, on the other hand, is made of precious metal, here the Diamond 2 looks very high-quality and chic. The predecessor was the complete plastic case, which was easily reminiscent of Kaugummiautomat. The size of the Diamond 2 is very good in the hand, the weight is not great in the shirt or trouser pocket. The balance is good, I never feel that the Diamond 2 could slide out of my fingers, despite the high-gloss surface. The processing is ok, thanks to the Akkudeckel, which covers the entire back, stability is given. However, an iPhone 3G feels more solid despite the plastic body.

The technology
As in the predecessor, the Diamond 2 has everything in it, which is good, expensive, important and energy-eating. HSDPA, HSUPA (with 7.2 Mbps down and 2 Mbps up), EDGE, quadband, GPS, Wifi in standard b and g, an FM radio, a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, expandable memory using Micro SDHC cards, Bluetooth and, and, and. The Diamond 2 also has a real diamond, which is to be admired, it is the 3.2 inch display with a resolution of say 800 x 480 pixels (WVGA). In comparison, the iPhone display triggers only with 320 x 480 pixels. The Qualcomm processor with 528 MHz drives the smartphone quickly and fast, there are not really important delays.

In the second part, I continued my excursus into the technology, dedicate myself to the touch screen, the camera, the battery life and the operating system.

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