ok, ok, ok, this is not for bargain hunters wanting a free phone and 12 months free line rental !! - please turn away now .....
This is for folk who want a serious power phone, probably the most powerful non-keyboarded phone around, and, probably (down to taste) the best non-keyboarded phone around, as well.
Its also quite new which means the only high-street shop stocking it is carphonewarehouse.
O2 and tmobile (with a modified MDA Compact V format) will be stocking it within a month or two.
To recap, if you want a good quality, powerful, does it all, non-keyboard phone, the choice is iPhone, Google G2 (HTC Magic at vodafone) and HTC Diamond 2.
My summary is that the iphone and the Diamond 2 are the most stylish, the Magic and the iphone the easiest to use, and the Diamond 2 the most powerful.
With specs like 288Mb ram, 5mp camera and the glorious 800x480 screen (iphone and magic are 480x320). The battery is 1,100 Mah and of course it has FM radio, GPS, aGPS, HUDPA/HSDPA, quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G, new touch-flow 3D interface which really keeps you away from winmo (if you want) and accelerometer.
Oh yes, and the front really is brushed aluminium.
Anyway, after looking all over the web for a 12 month contract. I found http://www.mobiles.co.uk
doing orange and voda for 12 months with http://www.mobilephonesdirect.co.uk
doing tmobile and voda. Orange doesn't have any signal where I work, so it was voda or tmobile,
mobilephonesdirect sells generic devices (currently) not locked to any provider and entitled to HTC's free upgrade to WinMo 6.5 in Sept (the first phone to have this guaranteed). Although our friends at xda-developers have it already :)
Tmobile was 12 months for £30 in web'n'walk with £100 upfront (Voda's best was 12 months for £35 inc. web with £150 upfront)
Tmobile: for 18 months at £30 a month tmobile its £33 upfront
Tmobile: for 18 months at £35 a month its free.
For 24 months is stlightly cheaper but why bother !!
Lots of pictures:http://www.gsmarena.com/htc_touch_diamond2-pictures-2689.php
Processor Qualcomm® MSM7200A, 528 MHz
Operating System Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
Memory ROM: 512 MB
RAM: 288 MB
Dimensions 107.85 X 53.1 X 13.7 mm (4.25 X 2.09 X 0.54 inches)
Weight 117.5 grams (4.15 ounces) with battery
Display 3.2-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with 480 X 800 WVGA resolution
Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz
Up to 2 Mbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds
Europe/Asia: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
(Band frequency, HSUPA availability, and data speed are operator dependent.)
Device Control TouchFLO 3D
GPS Internal GPS antenna
Connectivity Bluetooth® 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g
HTC ExtUSB (11-pin mini-USB 2.0 and audio jack in one)
Camera Main camera: 5.0 megapixel color camera with auto focus
Second camera: VGA CMOS color camera
Audio supported formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, QCP, MP3, WMA, WAV, MIDI, M4A
Video supported formats WMV, ASF, MP4, 3GP, 3G2, M4V, AVI
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Capacity: 1100 mAh
Up to 300 minutes for WCDMA
Up to 340 minutes for GSM
Up to 500 hours for WCDMA
Up to 360 hours for GSM
Video call time: Up to 150 minutes
(The above are subject to network and phone usage.)
Expansion Slot microSD memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
AC Adapter Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz
DC output: 5V and 1A
Special Features FM Radio, G-Sensor