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HTC Touch Diamond review

HTC Touch Diamond

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The Multi-Faceted Experience

The Diamond, small as it may be, scores big on the aesthetic scale. If the Diamond moniker has set you thinking of the device as a bling item, you'll be sorely mistaken. Weight-wise, the Diamond does not disappoint at a petite 110g, complemented by similarly demure dimensions (102 x 51 x 11.35mm).

The smooth glossy black bodice that accompanies its simple yet sleek candy bar form factor gives the Diamond the sophistication one associates with a certain carbon based trinket that's usually touted as "a girl's best friend". Unfortunately, the Diamond suffers the same fate as most other devices with a glossy surface, i.e. fingerprint smudges as you slide through the various features on it.

Buttons are scarcely visible on the Diamond, thus giving a fluid feel overall. On the main navigation panel, you have the standard Call and End buttons, placed right below the Home and Back buttons. While the five-way navigation pad remains on the Diamond, it also gains an upgrade as a touch-sensitive panel that allows you to utilize it like a scroll-wheel akin to what was presented on the HTC Touch Cruise, minus the obvious bulk. One upping its previous Touch iteration, the Diamond comes with a 3.2-megapixel camera located at the top center of the prism back, with the usual volume buttons on the left profile.

In short, what you have on the Diamond is an absolutely flushed surface, with the touch-sensitive panel opening up new navigational alternatives as we'll explore later on. Of course, dullness is not advocated here, and thus, right behind the Diamond is a multi-faceted design that reminds one of the Nokia 7500 Prism , giving the Diamond's naming convention a whole lot of sense.