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For the lucky people of Taiwan, HTC has bestowed on you on of the first launches of the Touch Diamond in less than 12 hours. There are rumors however that HTC has lowered the initial price of the Diamond. Is the iPhone 3G to blame (or thank) for the price reduction? The initial estimated cost of the diamond was NT$26,000, but now it seems HTC is willing to part with their precious gem for NT$23,900 (US$786). On the surface, that does not look like much of a price reduction, but that's a little more than an 8% price drop. Keep in mind that these prices reflect buying the phone without a new contract from your favorite service provider. Don’t forget, T-Mobile UK will be offering the diamond up for the ultimate price, FREE.
Ever wonder how big a phone really is? We are constantly throwing out phone specs around here, claiming that this phone is smaller than that phone, or that 1mm really makes a difference. Well here you have it, a little illustration which should give you a good idea how large these phones are. Listed above are a few new phones which you may have been following over the past few months. With this, we hope you can see how small the Touch Diamond and the Touch Pro really are compared to the competition.
|HTC Touch Diamond||102x51x11.35mm|
|HTC Touch Pro||102x51x18.05mm|
It seems the HTC Touch Diamond is ready to make a huge splash in the UK. One phone shop is already offering up orders of the Diamond. The best part about it? The Diamond in FREE (well, not really since they force you to sign a new contract with T-Mobile UK)! www.ukphoneshop.com is taking orders now, even though they list the diamond as being out of stock. Lets just hope that carriers in the U.S. are watching this (were talking to you; Sprint and T-Mobile), since they will need an Ace up their sleeve to fight the new 3G iPhone.
It seems HTC fanatics who have purchased their Touch Diamonds through importers like Expansys in the UK, will be treated like any other customer as if they purchased it through their cellular carrier. www.pocket-link.co.uk first reported that HTC was not pleased with how Expansys had imported the Diamond from Asia in a effort to get it to the streets before it was officially released in the UK and they threatened that the diamonds would not be covered under HTC's warranty service. After the story hit the net, HTC had a sudden change of heart and released this statement:
“HTC will always support the consumer and their device but what’s important is that consumers know that devices are region specific and that to receive the full customer experience, the device bought needs to be relevant for the region they are in. To ensure this, consumers can acquire their HTC Touch Diamond through our trusted distribution network”
So, you're now in the clear to get your imported Diamond, just keep in mind that it may not work as it should since they have chosen to make them region specific. Is that going to stop you? I bet you're reading this in your Opera Browser on your shiny new device already.
I know, this is an HTC blog. So why are we talking about the iPhone? Well, Apple seems to have come a long way in a year since the original release of the iPhone. It lacked 3G, you could not install anything without voiding your warranty, no enterprise usability since it lacked push e-mail, the price was a bit high, and then there was the fact that it was made by Apple. So what’s changed?
Apple just announced their new 3G iPhone. It now features GPS. It will have an app store which you can use over the air, has push e-mail and calendar, 3G connection, oh and it got a bit thicker. But the best new thing about the iPhone is that the 8GB version will be flying off shelves on July 11th for only $199! Can that be right? $ 199? That’s half the price of the current iPhone!
I’ve actually talked to 3 friends already today who are about to full their hair out in excitement over all this! I’m not writing all this to tell you that’s I’m going to run out and buy the new 3G iPhone. I’ve been a die hard Windows Mobile fan for years, but my friends who are planning on picking this thing up are also WM users (but it’s not like they blog about it). I’m writing this to simply say: How much is the HTC Diamond really worth? Yes, it features a very open OS which you can tweak till your fingers bleed, it is a lot smaller than the iPhone and can actually fit in your pocket. But is it really worth more than $700 when the 3G iPhone is going for $199 with 8GB of storage compared to the Diamond’s 4GB?
Many of you may have already seen glimpses of Teeter in a few of the videos on the site, but this is the first video I’ve been able to find which give you the full perspective of the game. Teeter makes full use of the Diamond’s accelorometer to control the little silver ball as you try to avoid the black holes of death. Matthew Miller (the creator of this video), points out that though there’s a game similar to this you could install on an unlocked iPhone, HTC has taken it one step further and added vibration into the game to that you can actually feel the little ball hit the side of the screen.
After making a breif appearance on the FCC's website late this week, the T-Mobile Shadow II has just been spotted on eBay. The seller clains that the Shadow II features Windows Mobile 6.1, WIFI, 2.0 Megapixel Camera/Camcorder, MP3 Player, Media Player, Memory Card Slot, BlueTooth. System Specs are 260MHz Processor, 128MB RAM, 256MB Flash Memory, 240×320 resolution LCD. We have no reason to doubt any of this, but we're always a bit skeptical when it comes to eBay listings of phones that have not been announced yet. The T-Mobile Shadow II will most likely be released by August, but no official has yet been given by T-Mobile.
Check out the eBay listing here and click the read more link for another picture of the Shadow II