Hello, can someone tell me that is this phone always connected to the internet? I'mean that the phone connected independet witchout asking a user? And is there any thing to block the screen? like a keypad lock in stadard phones?
I've had the HTC now for nearly a month. It has been a pretty big disappointment. I'm such a huge HTC fan, but his was a huge let-down.
At the core of my problem is the OS. I'm not sure what it is but it's extremely SLOW. And I mean slow. Push a button, wait 3 seconds while the handset changes. Touch Flo, WM6.1 - whatever, it just doesn't work. It's so frustrating trying to just dial a person because it takes more than a few seconds for the phone/keypad to appear so you can dial out. The worse though is the browser. Both Opera and Internet Explorer are horrible. It takes forever to load, and when you zoom in or zoom out, it takes another 10 seconds to load each change - drives me crazy. Some pages don't load properly - for example, the "box" on Yahoo Mail doesn't work so I can't REPLY to e-mails.
Another frustration I have is that the screen is actually much smaller because you get the top and bottom "bars" (aka "taskbars") that basically make the 2.8" screen into a 2.4" screen. I didn't trade up to get a smaller screen!
I do like the google maps and how it can now locate you based on triangulation of base stations as well as GPS. It is very small, thin and light.
I had the opportunity to try out the Omnia the other day and for a WM6.1 device, that works. It was much faster (though not iPhone quick) than the Diamond. I'll be trading up for that though I am not a very big Samsung fan, when I can get around to it.
Meanwhile, I hope HTC listens and does something because it was a very nice looking phone. Too bad.
facts, 24 Jun 2008" HTC begins shipping its Diamond handset with updated TouchFLO interface... " http://www.mobi... moreNice. How about those people who bought this when it came out? They better make the upgrade available to those people as well, or else, they would have a lot of angry customers.
IMO not such a big questionmark. As you say, firmware upgrade needed to "rectify an obvious issue"... so must be covered by *warranty* .
facts, 24 Jun 2008" HTC begins shipping its Diamond handset with updated TouchFLO interface... " http://www.mobi... moreGood of you Facts, to post the link, sadly but not surprisingly, if you notice, there is a big question mark as to whether existing Diamond users will be able to rectify an obvious issue with the first release,(htc would not have developed the new firmware if all was well)
so what am i looking at then? ,,,, 800 USD down the tube? they just needed to develop the product further, wait another 3 weeks before the launch, considering that the new firmware is going to appear about a month after the initial launch,
its very unfair for existing users,
" HTC begins shipping its Diamond handset with updated TouchFLO interface... " http://www.mobile-review.com/fullnews/main/index_eng.shtml
Francis, 24 Jun 2008Hkboi2002, Im wondering whether the phone has a real GPS-receiver or only A-GPS (data transfer... moreGoogleMaps is incredible. Just type in name of whatever you looking for (like tesco, mcdonalds, bicycles, tube sweets, fruits) and in seconds you will have the closest shops/points on map. Excellent. But it uses data connection all the time. BTW: why you data conn is expensive? I am on pay as you go and i pay £2.50 for 5 days unlimited internet in HSDPA and 3G. Thats expensive?
Anonymous, 24 Jun 2008Hi exile :)
I don't have this phone, but I have seen it in stores. It doesn't seem to be chea... moreWell, TouchFlo works in many other devices manufactured by HTC. The difference is in Diamond we deal with new 3D version which still can work on fast devices like Kaiser or Athena. Slow performance is due to left running in background applications and few bugs in first release of firmware. RAM memory puts this device as one of the fastest on the market. Can be fixed manually (google it!) or you could wait for next firmware. In proper hands it is working excellent. Got it for 5 days and still so excited. And my next one would be touchPro so diamond with keyboard.
For Automatic Delivery Reports for SMS
You need to do the following:
highlight sms/mms then click menu bottom right and choose options
click on sms/mms on this screen too and there you go simply choose the request for delivery report...
Not user friendly but at least there was a way of making it automated with your sms's :)
exile, 24 Jun 2008Hey Anonymous,
I never even mentioned the actual "looks" of the product, but since you have... moreHi exile :)
I don't have this phone, but I have seen it in stores. It doesn't seem to be cheap and also it doesn't look simple.
And if u see the reaction of the phone is slow, it's because of touch flo. Touch flo isn't a simpe device. If you put touch flo in any other phone, it won't act at all!! I don't know it can be disabled or not, but if u disable the touch flo, u will see this phone rocks!
Actually I'm not an expert, but it was my opinion.
awaiting for your answer.. :)
And sorry for my bad English.
Francis, 24 Jun 2008Hkboi2002, Im wondering whether the phone has a real GPS-receiver or only A-GPS (data transfer... moreHello Francis,
yes, this has an independant GPS receiver and also the ability to receive data and assimilate via GPRS / WiFi mediums, (A-GPS)
HkBoi2002, 15 Jun 2008Hey guys, sorry for not replying faster, I didn't know so many people have posted since I last... moreHkboi2002, Im wondering whether the phone has a real GPS-receiver or only A-GPS (data transfer via network). Data-plans are still pretty expensive, so I would like to deactivate A-GPS, is it possible?
Google maps is free, right? Does it work like any other GPS-Software? All the roads on it in the world? Voice direction? What are the disadvantages of Google maps?
Thank you so much for your help
Anonymous, 23 Jun 2008Hey man!
Design is not as important as feature.
Maybe Diamond is not a good-looking phone, b... moreHey Anonymous,
I never even mentioned the actual "looks" of the product, but since you have discussed them, i just want to add the following
1) the publicity shots make the phone look absolutely fantastic, sadly, when you see it in real, the quality is actually quite ordinary, now i realise that publicity / promotional material is sometimes doctored to make things look really good, but the real product is quite plain and, at approximately 800 usd, its natural to ask for more, again bringing up the case of the 3470 / 3400,they stand out entirely because, of the matte black finish , shiny plastics as in the touch diamond, immediately impart a rather cheap feel to the product
2)more on the GUI / Touch flo, the home menu is not intuitive, even leaving room aside for unfamiliarity for a new product.
3)there is a considerable lag while the menus are being paged,
4)the default grey / silver home menu , coupled with the reflections from the glossy touch screen and ambient lighting, makes for difficult comprehension of the menu content, maybe, you can change the home menu, font and color schemes , to make it more legible?
5) on the positive side - remarkably small in size, specially considering the enormous amount of features
6) waited a long time for this device, but must confess , have been severely let down,
Anonymous, Delivery Report can be done automatically... you do not need to do it every time you send and SMS...
Please Explane.. thanks in advance.
Anonymous, 20 Jun 2008It's my 4th week with this phone, and the more I get to know the phone better, the more I am l... morei really like this phone but is the touch pro going to beat this phone. But I like the touch screen because it is sleek (touch diamond),with touch pro the qwerty keyboard on the phone spoils the beauty of the touch pro (makes it thick). They should have the new and improved touch diamond . HTC must come up with a service for the touch diamond so if you want an upgrade certain parts of the touch diamond such as the cover , ram , rom , internal storage , installing new operating systems such as 6.2 which will come out in the future or some different kind, but this must be affordable .
Just to be clear. iphone is NOT selling for $199. It's $199 with contract and extras! For example in Canada,they are selling it for $199 with 3 years contract PLUS you have to get a data plan on top of your voice plan. That means $199 plus 3 yrs of doubling the price of your current plan. I don't understand why Steve Jobs even announced $199 when its NOT! He should of just say $1 to make it sound more dramatic!
exile, 23 Jun 2008I bought this phone is Dubai, kept it exactly 5 hours and promptly returned it. It was a disap... moreHey man!
Design is not as important as feature.
Maybe Diamond is not a good-looking phone, but it's much better than Jam.
If you want a stylish phone then go for Gresso!
I bought this phone is Dubai, kept it exactly 5 hours and promptly returned it. It was a disappointment- i am curently running a 4 year old imate jam, so the quantum leap that was to ostensibly accompany this product, simply wasnt there,
1) the look and feel is very cheap, i am not sure of the actual material of the screen, but its felt like semi industrial grade plastic, smudged easily, and its longevity looked dubious
2) the touch flo was quite hesitatnt, there was very little authority or decided "positive feel" in the menus
3)overall interface menu was slow,seems operating system not fully developed, and actually felt like that main processor or graphics chip was just unable to keep up, with touch commands, maybe, there is a patch?
4) the fit and finish of the panel lines was poor,
5) to tell you the truth, the htc 3470 , minus the fm radio and wifi, seemed like a far superior product. atleast in fit , finish and feel, htc should realise by now that plastic always looks terrible, the matt finish of the 3470 was really impressive,
6) overall, it was a thankfully, short but disappointing experience.
7) please also note, that i am a big fan of htc products, and have been using them since the past 6 years, but this diamond touch is an undercooked product,