Throwback: HTC Touch Diamond

Throwback: HTC Touch Diamond

Released in mid-2008, the Touch Diamond was an important device for HTC. It was the first device to feature HTC’s TouchFlo 3D UI on top of Windows Mobile 6.1, a pre-cursor to HTC Sense. TouchFlo took a new approach, making Windows Mobile much more finger-friendly and easier on the eye. Some of its features were so successful that we still see them today on the latest HTC handsets; the prime example of which being the famous flip clock.

Throwback: HTC Touch Diamond

The Touch Diamond also featured a 3.2 megapixel camera, which took some pretty impressive shots, as well as video capture. It also featured apps (or programs) for popular services such as YouTube, which you could use pretty much anywhere thanks to the phone’s fast HSDPA data connectivity. It also had a slick design, which really did make it look like the phone had been carved out of a piece of diamond!

The Touch Diamond was the first device to make Windows Mobile look impressive, and was a worthy competitor to the iPhone. The UI also paved the way for popular Sense devices such as the Hero. A true all-time classic.

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  • W Keeling

    I loved my diamond, first phone I started putting rom’s on

    • Drew

      Me too, great phone!

  • phantomzone

    Gosh, Im still using mine although its on its last legs. In fact, just logged into t-mobile and ordered a new SGS2. Been waiting for over 18months to find a phone that will sync outlook/exchange contact subfolders.  Seems only the iphone will do it but I dont want an iphone!!!

    • Pete

      What?? Android has several apps that sync perfectly with MS Exchange!

      • phantomzone

        Yes, syncing to exchange isnt the issue. its the contact subfolder that I seem to be having trouble with.
        I dont see any of the standard software supporting the contacts subfolders where my private and business contacts are kept. Looking in google there seems to be a demand for it but it looks like Activesync doesnt support it. On my HTC Diamond I had to buy an app to do this with exchange which is not available on Android. Any suggestions/recommendations though would be mightily appreciated.

        • www

          buddy subfolders work just fine, i use them all the time

  • Dez16v

    I still have mine and its in very good condition for its age. I still use it as a satnav because I installed TomTom on it. A very nice peice of kit and small enought to keep in your pocket. However, because its Windows Mobile 6.1 it has lock up’s, and is annoying sometimes when the software doesn’t run etc… thats why I now use an iPhone 4 because it just works…. all of the time.

  • Bubba

    Ridiculously underpowered, prone to lag/lockups, but still an important milestone in non-Iphone development. Unfortunately, the Sense interface is *still* not optimised for the hardware that it runs on, just look at the Sensation vs. Galaxy S2 differences in interface speed. My first HTC phone was the Diamond, and I’ve always used them up until the S2 came out; I just cannot wait any longer for HTC to optimise Sense and have waited enough!

    • ItemSize

      If you know how to use phones then none of the above is true.

  • Simon

    my dad is still using mine. you can even run android on it these days :-)

  • Excellent little phone. The screen was amazing for its time. Such good quality. Felt well built to. Yes ive got an iPhone 4 now, but the touch diamond was a great phone, if this phone was released with a better camera, faster processor and windows 7 / android it would do well. A great size.

  • Anonymous

    Gotta admit that I miss Windows Mobile and the great community spirit around it…


  • Bigrogerhyde2

    Had, the touch diamond 2, was a great phone & really well designed. Sadly it dropped & the glass cracked making the resisting screen useless! Did manage to sell it to a “send us your phone” type website for about £15 a few months ago though!