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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.

This is on the best quality network Vodafone, in terms of signal quality.
Also this includes 250min talk and unlimited internet and data (no anti-IM policy like t-mobile).

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 bottom really is brushed aluminium.

Review:
http://www.tracyandmatt.co.uk/blogs/index.php/2009/04/24/htc-touch-diamond2-review

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 :)

Lots of pictures:
http://www.gsmarena.com/htc_touch_diamond2-pictures-2689.php
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Specs:
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
Network HSDPA/WCDMA:

Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz
Up to 2 Mbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE:

Europe/Asia: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
(Band frequency, HSUPA availability, and data speed are operator dependent.)

Device Control TouchFLO 3D
Zoom bar
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
Talk time:
Up to 300 minutes for WCDMA
Up to 340 minutes for GSM
Standby time:
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
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#1
dam,means my phone is now the old model :(
#2
Don't know about Vodafone having the best signal! Both my work and personal phone are Vodafone, no signal at home and calls dropping out at work....both in central London. No probs in either locations on my old O2 phone.
#3
nt1311
Don't know about Vodafone having the best signal! Both my work and personal phone are Vodafone, no signal at home and calls dropping out at work....both in central London. No probs in either locations on my old O2 phone.


o2 and voda are the best. Its dependent where you are. I find tmobile and orange pretty terrible at home and work ... but thats my experience

pretty bad not to hve signal in london though
#4
nt1311
Don't know about Vodafone having the best signal! Both my work and personal phone are Vodafone, no signal at home and calls dropping out at work....both in central London. No probs in either locations on my old O2 phone.


Maybe a phone (firmware) issue rather than network issue.... I have the sony xperia X1, and it loses signal regularly in buildings esp at home, never had any problems with my W960i at home...known issue with the phone.
#5
"This is for folk who want a serious power phone, probably the most powerful non-keyboarded phone around"

I had the original HTC diamond, amazing phone. ALthough did not upgrade to this as there isnt much different, instead opted for a HTC Hero on android and havent looked back at the diamond. As for this being the most powerful phone....

Check out the Toshiba TG01, that will put this to shame.

1GHz processor compared to 528MHz on this. THe Toshiba is quite a bit more powerful. The touch diamond 2 uses the same processor as the original Diamond, same as Hero, Touch HD, Touch pro (all of HTC range) so its a matter of which operating system you want, windows or android. I prefer android, its easier to use out of the box and to download apps from market (apps store) etc. To do the same on windows 6.1 I would have to practically hack the phone.
#6
TGO1 - Who wants a brick in their pocket?
#7
coming up to the end of my contract with vodaphone and i bought a blackberry bold offline this is the first phone i have seen where i fancy moving to. I dont really want anything over 12months on a conract thou!

where did all the good cashback deals go, with high minutes and i'll buy the phone offline.
#8
Paws_Pup;6244575
TGO1 - Who wants a brick in their pocket?


its a tv remote isn't it?
#9
Brilliant deal :)

I totally agree that the Touch Pro 2 is one of the, if not the, best phone to own. I am currently an original TP owner, and my housemate has the Xperia X1..both great phones but they needed some tweaking. The TP2 is essentially the best parts of both of those phones, put together..and the result is awesome :)

Any phone without a QWERTY hardware keyboard simply cannot compete for BUSINESS use (exchange integration is the big one here), and quite simply i have not found another phone with a keyboard/screen this good.

The TG01 looks 'ok' but who on earth needs a 1ghz CPU in the phone at the moment (maybe in 2 years times..), and where is it's hardware keyboard? epic fail
#10
I recently looked at upgrading my legendary N95 8GB for a touch screen phone and after weeks of testing, playing and debating, I decided to stick with my N95 8GB until the Nokia E72 comes out. There isn't another touch screen phone on the market that can compete with the intuitivity of the iPhone, and I'm no Apple fanboi either.

All other touch screen phones are playing catch-up, true, there may be faster options out there, or with better cameras and processors, but the way that the interface 'just works' on the iPhone makes it stand out from the rest. Until the other touch screen phones have that pinch/stretch/double tap UI, I don't think they can get close, much as it pains me to say it :(
#11
I'm glad people stuck pins in this over-puffed deal. Let it stand on its merits rather than doing a poor imitation of Arthur Daley on it.
#12
Spud211
Brilliant deal :)
I totally agree that the Touch Pro 2 is one of the, if not the, best phone to own. I am currently an original TP owner, and my housemate has the Xperia X1..both great phones but they needed some tweaking. The TP2 is essentially the best parts of both of those phones, put together..and the result is awesome :)

Any phone without a QWERTY hardware keyboard simply cannot compete for BUSINESS use (exchange integration is the big one here), and quite simply i have not found another phone with a keyboard/screen this good.

The TG01 looks 'ok' but who on earth needs a 1ghz CPU in the phone at the moment (maybe in 2 years times..), and where is it's hardware keyboard? epic fail

But this isn't the Touch Pro 2 :)
I've been looking at the TP2 for when my Xperia contract expires, but tbh, none of the current ranges are currently offering much more than what I can already get on the X1 (with an xda-developed WM6.5 ROM).
I might go for the X2, but again, that's not so much of an improvement, so it might be a nice change to go for a phone which is slightly less chunky for a change :)
#13
Sorry, no deal on this being the best phone. I've had many Windows Mobile powered phones over the years, including the latest XDADev roms, and although functional, just simply not that great. I've recently turned to the HTC Hero (T-Mob G2) and the Android OS is simply stunning. It puts the iPhone to shame, let alone WM6.

Currently can be got for free on Vodafone for £25 pm including free internet etc (from MobilePhonesDirect as well).
#14
Watch out for mobilephonesdirect. I have had a very dissatisfying experience. They promised next working day delivery and didn't. They didn't even send the dispatch note until a couple of days late, then the phone wasn't delivered on the next working day.
So I cancelled the order under their "7 day no quibble" scheme. After a lot of quibbling, they finally managed to get it all cancelled about 20 days later.
(by quibbling, I mean I told them I hadn't received the phone and that was why I wanted to cancel the order. Their response "can you confirm the seal on the box is intact?". No you fools, I can't confirm anything until I get the f^%$ing phone....)
#15
max_lan
Watch out for mobilephonesdirect. I have had a very dissatisfying experience. They promised next working day delivery and didn't. They didn't even send the dispatch note until a couple of days late, then the phone wasn't delivered on the next working day.
So I cancelled the order under their "7 day no quibble" scheme. After a lot of quibbling, they finally managed to get it all cancelled about 20 days later.
(by quibbling, I mean I told them I hadn't received the phone and that was why I wanted to cancel the order. Their response "can you confirm the seal on the box is intact?". No you fools, I can't confirm anything until I get the f^%$ing phone....)


I know this isn't the point you were arguing, but it really annoys me when companies demand that to return under the 7 day rule the box must not have been opened. AFAIK the distance selling regulations say nothing about the box being intact, it's purely a law to protect the fact that seeing as you couldn't look at the item in person when you ordered it you are given a chance to decide you don't like it. How can you decide that without opening the box???

A large online electrical retailer, I think it was Dixons, got into trouble for this a while back, and it got onto watchdog.

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