August 16, 2008 6:45pm
Telus recently released the sexy and stylish HTC Touch Diamond – becoming the first carrier in North America to offer this!
We played around with the Diamond and it certainly lives up to its name – very shiny and glamorous. What we liked best about this touchscreen device is how easy it is to navigate and use, very intuitive and comes with the TouchFLO 3D interface, Windows Media Player and 4 GB internal memory, 3.2 megapixel camera with auto focus and video capabilities, built-in GPS (through Telus Navigator). The size is 102 x 51 x 11.5mm and weighs 110 grams with a wicked and clean display of 480 x 640 pixels (2.8 inches). This comes loaded with Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional for all your e-mails.
You can surf the web via Opera Mobile and the Diamond has a scroll wheel of sorts that makes it easier to view the browser. With the clean display the web pages come out really nice and easy to read. Also, the videos crisp as well. This does not comes with a QWERTY keyboard, so If you do get a bit frustrated with the touchscreen while entering names, contacts, e-mails, text messages HTC has graciously provided a stylus to get things completed faster. We are still testing the battery life and will let you know in our next review how long it actually lasts. We were excited to initially open to box and find the phones backing to be shapes like a diamond (European model), but to our disappointment this version of the phone has a smooth backing like every phone with just the camera.
Here is our first review of the HTC Touch Diamond. More to come soon:
Telus has plans starting at $149.99 with a three-year contract, $349.99 for a 2-year contract, $399.99 for a 1-year contract. Also, this is available for $449.99 with no contract. Rate plans vary at $15 for unlimited email and IM or $30 for unlimited email, web browsing and IM).