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HTC Touch Diamond 2 review | Smartphone Features

Published on: Wednesday, June 24th 2009                   Written by: Ilse Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

HTC smartphone review

T he box contains the HTC Diamond 2 mobile phone, AC adapter, USB cable, battery, screen protector, replacement stylus, Stereo Headset, and a Quickstart guide. The most important thing to get started with the HTC Touch Diamond 2 cell phone, is a fully charged battery. Thankfully, the battery capacity has been increased and is now 1100mAh instead of the 900mAH capacity its predecessor had to settle for. Charging the Li-Ion battery happens through the phone. If a pictogram of a full battery appears on the display, charging has been completed. The memory card can be inserted into the Touch Diamond 2 by removing the back cover. The cell phone supports the microSD format, which means many GBytes can be stored onto the memory using a microSDHC memory card. It's only a matter of activating the HTC Touch Diamond 2 and waiting until the start screen appears.

HTC Touch Diamond 2 with its stylus pen

HTC Touch Diamond 2 with its stylus pen

 

HTC Touch Diamond 2 phone menu

HTC Touch Diamond 2 phone menu

HTC TouchFLO 3D technology

The HTC Touch Diamond 2 handset is equipped with the latest operation, thanks to version 2.0 of the TouchFLO 3D technology. Several items have been added, and several have been improved. The TouchFLO 3d is in fact an additional layer around the operating system Windows Mobile 6.1. And that brings us to the weak point of the Touch Diamond 2; mobile 6.1. This system seems to trail somewhat behind when it comes to hardware. Windows Mobile 6.5 is eagerly awaited, an upgrade that is even planned for this mobile phone. The HTC Touch FLO 3D is actually quite well-able to push Windows into the background. You really have to make an effort to get to the 'traditional' Windows menu. Upon activating the phone, you're welcomed by an original start screen displaying a retro clock, a rather nice detail. The bar on the bottom displays several directly accessible items. Not only does it show Contacts, Messages and Mail, but also the Agenda and more. The 'settings' item, placed last on the bar, lets you adjust the HTC Touch Diamond 2 to your own preference. The improved menu is easy to become acquainted with, and will appeal in practice.

HTC Touch Diamond 2 Internet

HTC Touch Diamond 2 Internet

Mobile internet on the HTC Touch Diamond 2

To be able to use the Internet to the fullest, the HTC Touch Diamond 2 features the Opera browser and HTML support. Additionally, zooming in is possible and it is quite easy to scroll with the tip of your finger. Browsing with the HTC Diamond 2 can be done reasonably well, although it takes some time to get used to and some finger exercises beforehand. The phone supports auto rotation, which is very convenient; since it lets you use the monitor optimally to reproduce certain specific subjects. WiFi is also enabled, which is ideal to work through the home network instead of surfing on the fairly expensive HSDPA network. Additionally, an HSDPA and USB interface are found. If you are familiar with the Windows operating system, you will recognize the earlier mentioned connections and network settings immediately. Setting up a connection with an (open) network or provider is quite easy. And thanks to the support of Quad-Band GSM networks, you can also fully use your HTC Touch Diamond 2 for international communication purposes.

 

HTC GPS navigation

I t used to be unique, but nowadays it is almost unthinkable for a mobile phone manufacturer to not integrate a GPS function. The HTC Diamond 2 does not make full use of navigation. It is possible to navigate; however, it is not a full GPS navigation package the phone provides. Mobile navigation is definitely becoming a must and on this item, the HTC Touch Diamond 2 really does drop a stitch. This is a pity, in particular when you compare the Diamond 2 to the competitors such as Nokia (Nokia E75 for example). You can slightly enhance the speed of the navigation use by opening QuickGPS prior to using the GPS navigation. This action downloads the actual satellite positions and time information, which enables faster calculation of the GPS position. It requires a WiFi or GPRS/3G connection with a network/server. This information is only actual for a specific period of time, and the end of it will be displayed on the screen. Naturally, the HTC cell phone supports YouTube and Google Maps, topped off with Streetview. If you don't require a full GPS navigation system, you'll be fine with the HTC Touch Diamond 2.

HTC Touch Diamond 2 review

 

HTC Diamond 2 battery

HTC Diamond 2 battery

HTC Diamond 2 charger

HTC Diamond 2 charger

HTC power converter

HTC power converter

 
 
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