It’s touted as the most beautiful WiiMo device in the market. Hmm, gimicky. I could care less how it looks as long as it works. And I’m right about the gimicky part as the “most beautiful WiiMo” ain’t no beauty in the functionality department:
Strangely, once turned on both the HTC Touch Diamond and Aston Martin DBS failed to impress us… Both are in fact poorly manufactured with cheap materials and slow and unreliable.
I have been using the Touch Diamond for a month now and I’m sad to report some puzzling facts:
- First we have the material used on the Diamond, cheap plastic, especially on the back. After using it for a week it begins to make little noises around the stylus silo, if you happen to hold your phone firmly at this end.
-Then you have the screen, a nice VGA little wonder which is “burned out” by the the phone’s backlight. On our demo unit, the right side of the screen seems to be brighter and “burned” compared to the other side.
- Slow like a dead snail. Don’t get me wrong here, but I hate having a 500Mhz plus powered device in my hands that’s slow to respond when I tape on an application. I can assure you I’ve seen worse, but the Diamond is sluggish and you have to tap the screen several times in order to start an application.
- TouchFlo 3D… Why did HTC recreate what others have already beautifully done, like the SPB Mobile Shell 2.0? I complained earlier about the Touch Diamond’s speed, well believe it or not, the Diamond is slow mainly due to the TouchFlo 3D environment.
There are NO doubts that the UI is gorgeous and will amaze you with it’s nice graphics and animation, but after 15 minutes you’ll find yourself in the Settings Panel removing TouchFlo 3D from your Today List. If you don’t care about speed and enjoy taking your time doing things, consider this… You’ll will spend much of your time scrolling left or right when accessing certain applications. Let’s say for example that you’re at the Home screen and want to access to your web browser with TouchFlo 3D… You’ll have to scroll left or right 5 times to arrive to your final destination. If you’re like me and don’t care about the camera feature or Mp3 player, guess what, there is no way to remove them!
-Too much “tapping” to launch applications! Similar to the TouchFlo 3D interface, HTC also made things worse by adding unnecessary additional steps to get to your “Notification”. Since our VGA screen is smaller than many of those found on other devices, HTC decided to add an additional pop-up page to let you choose between different notification icons like EMAIL, PHONE, NETWORK ,and so on. This adds a further step to the process.
-Weak radio. I own several HTC products, like an MTeor, a Hermes, an Advatange X7510, and now the Diamond. Among all of my HTC toys, the Diamond is the only one which often loses the network when I leave it alone for a time. I have tested this at several different locations and where my MTeor had a signal, the Diamond could not catch anything. Even more puzzling is how sensitive the Diamond is… I was outside Tokyo for a video shoot on the new Toyota Crown Hybrid. Where I used it if I swung the phone to my left I had 3 signal bars, to my right, none… Scary!
-GPS? Well… Yes the GPS works, but don’t be in hurry to get your location.