Mohammed Ullah, 05 Nov 2008Do not buy the HTC Diamond it is the most third class device in the HTC family with very bad b... moreHow can you say that... i don't believe you even own a touch diamond... except by the battery life issue i don't have any of these problems... perhaps you don't know how to use a phone... by the way i solve the battery issue by buying the extended batt pack... the diamond is a powerful device in a compact size... really a great phone...
Jamie, 04 Nov 2008The phone has a very poor battery life. For some reason it also reminds me of the crystal maze... morewell i have one and i love it. you don't have one, maybe if u spent some time with it, you'd change your opinion
Oh yeah...to download tweaks on XDA developers forum...you have to join the group. its easy, and free. then you're in. Programs are "Diamond Tweak" and and "Diamond TF3D Config" Also download "GSen" as mentioned here at the end of the review on this site.
Another thing...the battery IS ABYSMAL...but you can get the extended battery 1350 as opposed to 900...makes phone a bit thicker but WAY better.
Have had the Diamond in Canada for two months on Rogers Network. No 3g....its not a North America phone. Don't know if this can be switched on, but I knew this when I bought the phone. Phone rocks. download tweaks from XDA developers forum (google HTC Touch Diamond Tweaks" - you'll find it.) The phone is very very fast now, way better than the one offered by Telus. Way.
Great features and tons of software out there available....like Nav4All...a free GPS software...gives not bad turn for turn directions...and speed and such...but google maps has better.....maps.
all else on phone rocks. HTC headsets suck...no carrying case sucks. all else awesome.
but why buy this for 500-600 bucks when you can wait for touch HD? I know I'm gonna get it. But the Diamond is a beautiful phone....after the tweaks.
Do not buy the HTC Diamond it is the most third class device in the HTC family with very bad battery life,frequent HANGING,non user friendly keys/buttons
thanos, 05 Nov 2008the battery is realy an issue (a big one). Well it might not be a commercial lie though... rat... moreOf course that they don't mention the circumstances under which the test for the battery performance in stand-by was done, but in the worst case it shouldn't by that far from the advertised number. I can tell you how I did the test, and I'm sure that this is the correct way to test this at the customer side.
So, I first conducted several full battery cycles (complete charge then discharge). I also let it charging during a couple of nights. Then, w/o touching anything in the phone SW I simple let it stand-by mode. By default the phone connects to a 3G network with HSDPA enabled. If 3G is not available it connects to a 2G network. Now, about the signal strength, I'm sure that it was OK all the time because there is a 3G antenna next to the building that I live in. The room temperature was about 20deg C, which is quite good for the battery performance. If there is nothing mentioned about the circumstances under which the battery test was done, by me this means the conditions that have used.
OK, but instead of 396 hours it lasted about 72 hours. Then I thought that the battery is not OK and I tested it with other load, not the phone. The battery capacity is 900mAh, which means that at 20deg Celsius the battery should survive 20 hours at 45mA constant load current. So, I made the test and it turns out that the battery is almost OK as it survived a bit more than 19 hours. Please DO NOT try this test by yourself, except if you have the necessary knowledge and electronic equipment which are needed for it.
So what is the conclusion? The HTC phone is drawing too much current in stand-by mode!
Does anyone care to comment my biggest complain about that the phone is making calls by itself. Is there a fix for this issue available yet? I wrote to the HTC support center, but no answer almost a week already :(
Conclusion: is you intend to use this "phone" mainly and intensively as a phone, you should not by it. However if you care about all the stuff that is integrated in the small sized phone, then you might consider buying it.
Here are the disadvantages that are crucial for me:
* battery performance is far behind from the expected one
* the camera is w/o power LED, this means no pictures in the dark. Besides this 3.2Mp are not good enough for the demanding users.
* there is no pouch in the standard package, which is a must as it protects the nice phone;
underdog, 04 Nov 2008I'm using it for about two weeks and I'm not happy so far. I knew that there is a trade-off be... morethe battery is realy an issue (a big one). Well it might not be a commercial lie though... rather a marketing trick. It isn't mentioned anywhere under which circumstances the test (for the battery life) are made. Because if it was, it should be many lines long!!! LOL ;). And as I say, it's better to tell the flaws first because these info we provide is mostly for people who think of buying it. And I think it's fair! The company says all the good things so we should say all the negative!! But I don't think that suggesting loudly not to buy this phone. It's not appropriate at all! It seems like you work for some other (competitive) company! Everyone can judge if they want to buy it or not.
I'm using it for about two weeks and I'm not happy so far. I knew that there is a trade-off between the battery capacity and size(weight), but I didn't knew that it would last 5 times less then the announced stand-by time. According to the HTC web site the "diamond" should last 396 hours in stand-by, if it's used in 3G network (WCDMA). However mine one last a bit more than 3 days. This is a BIG disappointment, what a big commercial lie!
However the most annoying issue that I've seen so far is that the phone is making calls by itself :) I was amazed when I found out that the phone called the one contact that I've added in my contact list. That happened when the phone was in stand-by mode and the touch screen was locked. I don't know who should I blame for this, Microsoft or HTC, probably both.
The camera is not good as I expected, and it doesn't have a power LED, which could also be used as a nice flash light.
Besides the above mentioned flaws, the VGS touch screen, wi-fi, GPS and G-sensor modules are great.
Jamie, 04 Nov 2008The phone has a very poor battery life. For some reason it also reminds me of the crystal maze... moreNothing wrong with the crystal maze, some people dont understand phones very well and end up buying things like the e71.
Joanne, 04 Nov 2008Hi all, am wondering of the camera on this phone got flash? I mean can take pictures in the da... moreThe phone has a very poor battery life. For some reason it also reminds me of the crystal maze. do NOT buy this phone......quite frankly its not very good at all. I would not buy one and if I did I would take it back
Hi all, am wondering of the camera on this phone got flash? I mean can take pictures in the dark? Coz as i knw,htc touch cannot..please let me knw,thank you
would someone be required to have a licence for the gps-navigation system of the samsung omnia 16gb and the htc touch diamond?
please answer me on this question. thank you in advance.
Anonymous, 03 Nov 2008To several questions: Try checking out http://forum.xda-developers.com/ All kind of nice st... moreThat's so true... Many people complain about this phone but please look on xda forums... My phone is very stable and has freeze only once in two months... Using the guide of this forum my diamond is now really shining and so fast and fluid... This phone rocks...
I own the phone and everything was great until I upgraded the software to the latest that HTC affers on his site. After the instalation and the initial setups, the animation between "home", "people", "messages" etc... is gone! Only the up n down touches within a section works they way it used to. On the other hand, I think that the power consumption is a bit better, which was the worst part of the phone, but still it doesn't sutisfy! In addition after the upgrade, I couldnt manage to restore all the settings that I had before (allthough it was a full backup) Finally I can't find even the half of the applications that exist on other operating systems (such as symbian, apple, etc...). But I love the screen quality as well as the resolution! (I think HD will be even better).
martin, 01 Nov 2008i've just got this phone and the home screen is not touchflo 3D. i've tried many ways to get t... moreAnyone is interested to get this phone at a special price?
You can reach me at e-mail above.
In short: Toy NOT tool.
The hardware is nice, apart from the ugly and very impractical back side that doesn't allow it to be operated on a table!! A mouse pad or similar soft material is needed(!?!?!).
WM6 stinks like the old Win3.0!!! VERY unstable. Have had the phone for about a month and needs a hard reset installing and setting everything from scratch about once a week (takes about 40 minutes). If you're not a 'nerd' and plan using your phone for a stable platform for work then look elsewhere!!
BUT if you can live with interrupted calls, inability to always answer calls, sms not always sent to all recipients, sudden lockups, missing notifications, chopped music playback, and other typical Microsucks behavior. Then this IS a nice gizmo.
BUT as I said initially see this as a nice toy with a lot of features that are fun to play with, don't expect a stable work tool. And consider having your old phone in your bag...
With a little luck and with their usual speed Microsucks will be able to create a stable os for mobiles within a few decades...
Meanwhile lets hope their competitors can do better...
To several questions:
Try checking out
All kind of nice stuff and solutions to problems.
if u want to improve pictures quality that take by diamonod u can do one easy work
yes by removing small glass on back cover u can do it
i press small piess of glass that cover camera lens by solid metal pen and for now my diamond takes best picture