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T-Mobile Unveils Exclusive HTC Diamond2 Deal

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T-Mobile Unveils Exclusive HTC Diamond2 Deal

We first spied the Diamond2 way back in February, but now T-Mobile has achieved quite the coup in snagging the handset exclusively in the UK...

Rechristened under its traditional (and let's be honest, less flattering) name of the 'MDA Compact V', the Diamond2 is a heavily pumped up successor to the Diamond (aka MDA Compact IV).

One upping its predecessor in virtually every way, Compact V features an enlarged 3.2in resistive touchscreen display with stunning WVGA (480 x 800) native resolution, 7.2Mbit HSDPA, WiFi and aGPS. The camera doesn't let the side down either at five megapixels and equipped with autofocus while a microSD expansion slot makes the rather small 512MB of native memory irrelevant.

Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR and A2DP can be checked off too, while codec support includes WMV, MP4 and AVI for video and AAC, AAC+, WMA, MP3, M4A and WAV for audio. Battery life is decent as well quoted at up to 300 minutes talk time and 500 hours standby with a 3G signal. Naturally an accelerometer and FM tuner also find their way into the package.

All this goodness is crammed into a compact body which measures just 107.85 X 53.1 X 13.7mm and weighs only 117g. In fact, the only major omission is a 3.5mm headphone jack (why oh why?) and whether some will be able to live with the Windows Mobile 6.1 core hidden underneath HTC's TouchFLO 3D interface.

Pricing isn't cheap with the MDA Compact V only going free on price plans from £50pm and upwards, but that still puts in on par with high end BlackBerrys and a certain handset from Cupertino. Snag it from 21 May.

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T-Mobile UK

pewpew

May 7, 2009, 7:49 pm

whats wrong with the 3,5mm headphone jack?

Smit

May 7, 2009, 8:05 pm

@pewpew:


I am pretty sure they meant that there is no 3.5mm headphone jack (it has been omitted)

Ohmz

May 7, 2009, 8:13 pm

It's not there pewpew.





"In fact, the only major omission is a 3.5mm headphone jack (why oh why?)..."

ChaosDefinesOrder

May 7, 2009, 10:51 pm

the Diamond2 is just a Touch HD with a different casing and an updated version of TouchFlo3D. Internal hardware is identical, to the extent that I have the ROM from the Diamond2 running happily on my HD

Oliver Levett

May 7, 2009, 11:03 pm

Your statement about it being better in every way is an utter fallacy.





It uses the same chipset! (yes, the labels changed from 7201A to 7200A but it's the same thing) It has the same radio coprocessor, the same GPS hardware... It's essentially a reboxed Touch HD, although Manila version 2 and above is much nicer, and the size is far more pocket friendly.

Gordon394

May 7, 2009, 11:12 pm

@ChaosDefinesOrder @Oliver - nonsense!





The screen has leapt from 2.8in to 3.2in, the resolution improved from VGA (480 x 640) to WVGA (480 x 800), the camera from 3.2MP to 5MP, the ROM and RAM doubled from 128/256MB to 256/512MB, the battery life increased, A2DP added to the Bluetooth 2.0 profile and there's HSUPA uploading:


http://www.htc.com/www/product...


http://www.htc.com/www/product...

ChaosDefinesOrder

May 7, 2009, 11:54 pm

Gordon we didn't say anything about the Diamond, we said that it's identical to the TOUCH HD

ChaosDefinesOrder

May 7, 2009, 11:58 pm

Actually, re-reading the specifications and comparing the Touch HD to the Diamond2, the Touch HD is actually better - longer battery life at 1350mAh for HD, 1100mAh for D2, and larger screen at 3.8" on HD to 3.2" on Dia2

rav

May 8, 2009, 12:13 am

It is like a smaller HD but the point is that it's quite a big upgrade over the Diamond. The updated TouchFlo does look great and seems to go down very deep through the UI.





@Gordon


My Diamond already had A2DP. Use it every day.

Gordon394

May 8, 2009, 1:04 am

Fair enough ChaosDefinesOrder - misread the sentence. The two are similar yes, though the Diamond2 is much portable (about 30g lighter). It's a nice update from the Diamond but Windows Mobile and the resistive screen still kill it for me sadly.

Oliver Levett

May 8, 2009, 1:17 am

The resistive screens on new HTC devices are absolutely stunning. Sure, you don't get multitouch, but the zoom bar (and the zoom wheel on the original Diamond) is far more useful for one handed use. Also, the Diamond had 192/256 RAM/ROM. On some devices/OS images 64MB or 32MB of the RAM were hidden, and pre-release devices only had 128MB, but the shipped device has 192MB of RAM.





Also, I commend the redundancy in your HSUPA comment. :D I'm currently running the shipped Diamond2 radio ROM on my Diamond. That doesn't work if there are differences in the hardware, but all the Diamond/Raphael/Blackstone/Topaz/Rhodium devices have a virtually identical chipset and configuration with only different amounts of RAM/ROM.





Also, although the Diamond2 has a larger screen, the extra 160 pixels come at the price of the DPAD, and I must admit I quite like mine!

ChaosDefinesOrder

May 8, 2009, 2:23 am

correct me if I'm wrong, but can capacitive screens detect multiple pressure levels? something I've discovered recently is that some programs, most notably the RSS hub, can tell the difference between my finger and the stylus/fingernail, scrolling with the former, highlighting the text with the latter for copying (and pasting). TouchFlo (the scrolling daemon not the homescreen program) has a setting where you can change this pressure level cut-off.





bit off topic but it's related to how the resistive screens on the Touch HD is actually better than you give it credit for!





(also I'm typing this on my HD now!)

Nicholas Pires

May 8, 2009, 3:48 am

You forgot to mention that the Diamond 2 has VGA@30fps recording where as the Touch HD does not. I've had the Diamond 2 for 2 weeks now and have to say it's pretty damn good! The resistive screen is actually pretty sensitive you don't have to use much pressure at all with it and navigating and the likes is pretty easy. As with the 3.5mm jack it's not really a big issue you can get an extUSB to 3.5mm with a built in mic for like 2.99 or so off ebay works perfectly. Also combined with the fact it being WinMo you can put pretty much anything you can get your grubby mits on and install on it. I like it a lot!

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