Great piece of hardware, but embarrassingly poor software that is non-intuitive, lacking features and incredibly frustrating.
HTC have attempted to place an iPhone-like layer on top of Windows Mobile (they call it TouchFlo) which admittedly is an improvement, but it is still atrociously bad. It cannot be customised and often crashes.
This phone has 12 buttons on it, and being a touchscreen it really only needs 1, perhaps 2... the buttons are not configurable and don't appear to do anything in most situations. When they do, it's not what you would have expected. This is a serious design oversight that simply results in wasted screen real estate (the persistent task bar doesn't help matters).
The bundled Google Maps is very good, but could learn a lot from the iPhone's integration with other applications. The HTC layer on top of Opera basically cripples web browsing... the default entry mode assumes that you want to browse to a file on the file system rather than a webpage, i.e. type in "google.com" and it'll tell you it couldn't find a file by that name. Really really atrocious.
I could moan about Windows Mobile forever... it is really the most badly designed interface you could possibly imagine. 3 or 4 applications to take notes, none of them speaking to each other and none of them quite doing what you want, entire applications to change the volume (instead of this being a setting) and settings that are so complicated and hidden away that you'll want to beat your head against the wall. God help you if you ever make a spelling mistake and want to go back and correct it, text navigation is something they simply never even thought of.
Basically, this is a great phone that looks great, has lots of processing power, a good camera and GPS, but has been completely crippled with terrible software. I hope Google OS runs on this phone, because that could really be incredible.
update 1.93 rom fell too fast,only one problem is battery life when use wifi.
yea the 1.93 rom really speeds up the phone
and is there a flat back cover for this? if there is does anyone know where to get it from?
Anonymous, 15 Aug 2008Very soft ringing volume & the touch screen "reaction" is very slow...have you downloaded the new 1.93 software
Can anyone explain why Skype dose not work on it after successful installation??
Thanks in advance.
please can someone tell me if this fone would work in Africa plssssssss
On my fifth day with this phone. Only worry i have is the battery which i have had to charge everyday maybe its a fault i only am experiencing. Otherwise the phone response generally is good, most impressed with the calendar sync since its my first windows mobile phone. Also like the subtle light ring alert on the joystick lets me know there is something received etc.
dave, 13 Aug 2008for anyone who has this phone could you tell me
how is the screen visibility outside in the s... moreListening to music thru speakers are on par with the N95. The ringtone seems loud enough but I'm not certain if it's as crisp as the N95.
Working with the HTC in direct sunlight has some negative quality effect, but nothing to worry about.
It's been 3 weeks with the HTC and I'm getting to appreciate it more. The phone does hang once in a while.
If your phone is running slow and all it's probably because you've got the very first firmware(Rom) which is 1.37. Leave that rom alone, the only good thing about that rom is the 3Danimation(background swings in and out) other than that everything is bad.
Go for the latest one 1.93 and you will get the totally different phone.
Andy, 15 Aug 2008DO NOT GO IN FOR THIS MOBILE.....
1. Poor battery Life.
2. 3d touchflo is not that respon... moreon my personal experience with my diamond..
the first point is the only one that true, other than that is not..
but without heavy usage of the phone, the battery is quite good...
not that bad.
DO NOT GO IN FOR THIS MOBILE.....
1. Poor battery Life.
2. 3d touchflo is not that responsive...
3. phone becomes UNBELIEVEABLY HOT(opinion shared by a lot of Users & blogs) even after a continous usage for 10-15 mins..
So no long chats...not long browsing...
no long music ....
Had this phone for 1 week and already planning to get rid of it as long as the market is hot....
Advice...there are better phone avaialbe.....Dont go for this one....
Arash, 14 Aug 2008Hi guys, I have this phone (Quad band, version 1.93) for about 2 weeks and it is great. No pro... moreSo are you in the US??
and with the short battery life, why not get the new battery with 1350amh?
i really wanna get this phone... i have tmobile.. you think i should buy it Tri-band and then download the UPDATE ROM or just bye it Quad-Band... if i do the latter should i still update it?
Does anyone in the usa have this phone with AT&T and the MMS working ? where did you get the settings and could you post them.
Hi guys, I have this phone (Quad band, version 1.93) for about 2 weeks and it is great. No problem or lag even in heavy use. The only thing that restricts you is your fingers and also battery life! I have to charge it every time not working with it. It lost about 1 day in moderate usage. You have unlimited power of a pocket PC, brilliant responsive touch screen & endless capability of iphone music player and also a beautiful excellent mobile phone.
HTC is a very smart brand. First release Touch DIAMOND then listen to user opinions & after that release Touch PRO to conquer the market.
Both Xperia & Touch PRO are excellent and have the same features but TOUCH FLO 3D make PRO more user friendly that Xperia. Working with TOUCH FLO 3D is very brilliant experience no one wants to miss it.