HTC Touch Diamond 2 Test

Curse and blessing of many PDA phones is often the operating system Windows Mobile. While it is the ultimate for many business users, it’s a horror for interested mainstream customers, who want to do more with his cell phone not only visually, but also because the operating philosophy using pen input often.

  1. HTC Touch Diamond 2 test
  2. Data sheet
  3. Rating

Here there is need and sales potential on the track remains, the Taiwanese PDA-phone – detected early specialist HTC and attaches with its own user interface Touch FLO 3D on this point. The most recent copy of this series is the 479-euro UMTS model touch diamond 2.

Already visually the newcomer makes her a lot and has a complaisant than its successful predecessor touch diamond. The attractive stylish flat only 14 mm and 118 grams light PDA phone draws attention with its 3.2-inch touch screen on that spanned by a fine metal frame.

The resolution of the widescreen display is größenbezogen handsome 480 x 800 pixels and is so predestined for the playback of images, videos or Web pages. Consistent with that display offers a bright and also color strong representation.

Seven Hardkeys accept commands

In addition to the touchscreen, which can have seven Hardkeys touch diamond 2, take the orders of the user. Four more buttons below the display can be found next to the on/off button on the front side, which activates the screen lock in operation and disabled, and the two volume buttons on the side of the housing.

They take on the task of “Choose”, “Hang up”, “Back” and “Main menu”. As especially handy extra turns out to be is also the so-called “zoom bar” below the screen: here about Web pages, documents, you can zoom news, photos or even Google maps content with the swipe of a finger in and out again.

In everyday life, this feature provides real added value, as well as the integrated position sensor specifically for surfing the Web. Makes for different functions for automatic switching from the vertical to the horizontal display representation – depending on, how to keep the Smartphone.

User-friendly interface

The TouchFlo 3D user interface made great progress compared to previous HTC models. She is deep in the operating system Windows Mobile 6.1 of the touch diamond 2 embedded and offers the user an interface intuitive to use with fingers.

Heart is a scroll bar at the bottom of the screen, which provides maximum 11 entries and can be individually configured. So you can call frequently used features, such as contacts, calendar, messages and the browser and multimedia features and current weather or stock market information quickly and easily.

In practice, the test device when scrolling through the bar showed uptight initially, although every now and then. You have the hang of it, but once to wipe the finger does not have the symbols but lying on to lead, succeeds scrolling without further problems, as well as the operation in general – you can make even input from the virtual keyboard by finger.

Facilities at top level

The new personal communication history presents itself especially successful and extremely practical. Here, the user at a glance see all phone calls and messages that have been made to or from a person. The contact view is well thought out and also shows at a glance all communication possibilities.

The main menu can be called in any situation about the mentioned button, offers large and pretty stylish icons and can be configured with up to 24 entries also individually.

The PDA phone beginners can enjoy so the attractive appearance. Diehard Windows Mobile fans who want the normal Microsoft optics, are also happy: If you want, can miss the touch diamond 2 also the traditional Windows Mobile look and use your Smartphone with the provided PIN.

The equipment package of the latest HTC shoot very strongly reminiscent of the touch HD (for the test report from the connect 2/2009). So there are also the touch diamond 2 with all imaginable connectivity features: in addition to GPRS, EDGE and HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbit / s for the data download dominated it the speedy upload HSUPA (up to 2 Mbit / s). This includes the short-range radio Bluetooth, Wi-Fi join (b/g) and a GPS receiver.

Photos, music, Office and Internet

The touch diamond 2 with a 5-megapixel lens with auto focus captures photos, which offers good image quality depending on the illumination of the subject. The music player knows to please, even if the included stereo headset that docks to the mini USB socket, could sound better also.

Thanks to the platform, the HTC dominated of course dealing with Office documents, and the browser comes with push Internet: this news of favored Internet pages in the background on the PDA-phone be charged to shorten waiting times.

A the type of MSM7200A 528 MHz Qualcomm processor to provide a brisk pace of computing in everyday life. However, the touch diamond approved 2 but every now and then some Memorial seconds when you call various functions. The available memory is good overall 344 MB and can be significantly enlarged on the memory slot MicroSD format.

The measurement laboratory attested the touch diamond 2 a GSM talk time of about six hours, while in the UMTS network after less than three hours, the deadline is. The typical endurance is just under seven hours. The transmission and reception properties, both the UMTS and GSM operation, are only average while the acoustic capabilities of the HTC a ‘good’ earn.

Data sheet

FACILITIES
SYSTEM
Operating system
Processor / clock speed (MHz)
internal memory (MB)
Memory card slot
QWERTY keyboard / touchscreen / multitouch
Battery type / variable
SCOPE OF DELIVERY
Headset / data cable
Size of memory card
Charging cable for the car / holder for your car
CONNECTIVITY
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / LTE
HSDPA / HSUPA
Wi-Fi standard
Bluetooth…
… Headset / Handsfree / A2DP
… Object push / OBEX / AVRCP
… SIM access, phone book / HID
USB type / storage / charging
DISPLAY
Type / size (inch)
Resolution (PX)
Number of colors
PHONE FUNCTION
Call list / language selection
Brokering
Situation profiles / airplane mode / vibrating alert
Handsfree / mute
MESSAGING
Email / POP3 / IMAP / HTML
SMS / MMS
PIM
Contact management
Phone numbers / E-Mail addresses (number per contact)
Image / notes field / date of birth
Appointment management
Day / week / month view
weekly / annual events
Alarm clock when device is off
Sync: Outlook / Mac
Notes: Outlook-sync
ToDo-list
OFFICE
Look at Word / edit
Consider Excel / edit
PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo
BROWSER
Web / frame / Java / Java scripting
Flash / https / home / Favorites
MULTIMEDIA
Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC
Video player / full screen display
Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV
Integrated camera
Resolution (megapixel)
NAVIGATION
Receiver GPS / A-GPS
Navi-software / onboard / offboard
Navi / route planner
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Dimensions in mm
Weight (grams)
MEASURED VALUES
Endurance D power (hours)
Endurance interview E-Netz (hours)
Endurance conversation UMTS (hours)
type. Endurance (hours)
standard radiation factor / SAR value (manufacturer)

Rating

TEST RESULTS
ENDURANCE (100)
Endurance talk (35)
Persistence display mode (65)
FACILITIES (170)
System (15)
Scope of delivery (10)
Display (40)
Connectivity (15)
Phone features (10)
Messaging (15)
PIM (15)
Office (5)
Web browser (15)
Camera (15)
Music and video (10)
Navigation (5)
HANDLING (140)
Ease of handling
User interface
Processing quality
MEASUREMENTS (90)
Transmission and reception quality GSM (30)
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30)
Acoustic measurements send (15)
Acoustic measurements receiving (15)
tested in issue: 07/09
CONNECT sentence maximum 500 points