It’s nearly been 10 months since the HTC Touch Diamond was first announced. Verizon is trying to get their act together and launch the Diamond before customers get word that the Diamond2 is just around the corner. Just like Verizon’s Touch Pro, the Touch Diamond’s ROM and RAM have been reduced from the original. Let’s just hope that they price the HTC Diamond right rather than using it as another tool to gouge their customers like they are doing with the Pro. Only good thing about Verizon’s spec tinkering is that they swapped out the 4GB of internal memory with a MicroSD card slot.
If you own the HTC Touch Diamond or the HTC Touch Pro (generic HTC branded handsets), you might want to head on over to HTC’s website and download their latest ROM update for the two handsets. Most of the bug fixes are focused around the camera and video playback, but the Pro update does touch a little on launch freezes for TouchFLO 3D. As always, be very careful while doing any updates to your phone. Accidentally disconnecting the phone or even pressing a button during the update process could cause it to fail and brick your phone.
Again, I’d like to stress that this is only for the generic HTC branded Diamond and Pro. If you purchased your phone from At&t, Verizon, Sprint, or any other cell phone provider, this update is not for you. Below you’ll find some details of the big fixes.
- When you launch the Camera while the system is working on other programs, the preview screen may become black.
- When playing a video, sometimes a portion of the video will be cut off a little bit.
- Fixes Audio playback problem with the speaker. Specific issues: sometimes the music will turn off and on after 10 minutes, or there is a buzzing sound or no sound at all
- Fixes the problem of not being able to receive MMS when in standby mode
- When launching music via the Music tab on TouchFLO 3D, the sound may intermittently turn off for a second and come back on
T-Mobile has been offering that Dash to customers for way too long. I was a bit disappointed when they chose to re-launch the handset in black, without giving it any new features of even upgrading the OS to WM6.1 . This could all change in the coming months. The HTC Magic looks to be the direct replacement for the outdated T-Mobile Dash. CNET (Germany) was able to get their hands on this pre-production unit. They were impressed with the new design, noting that it resembles the BlackBerry Bold in more than a few ways. The directional key pad has been replaced with a trackball and all the buttons on the face of the handset appear to have put on a pound or two. We’re a bit disappointed that HTC has only chosen to equip the Maple with a 2MP camera, but it’s an upgrade over the original at least. The other key improvement that the HTC Maple is sporting is its 3G connectivity. No price, carrier, or release dates have been given, but I’m sure we’ll be seeing the Maple hit the streets before Q3 of this year.
In an effort to stay in stride with all the HTC news, I constantly find myself on expansys.com to see if they have any updates on their pre-order products section. Fortunately, scouring their website this weekend paid off. The HTC Touch Diamond2 now has a release date of April 17 of 2009 and a price tag of £399.99 inc. VAT (Value added tax). With today’s exchange rate, that price translates to $570 here in the U.S. All things considered, the Diamond2 will be launching with a lower price than the original HTC Touch Diamond did last May.
It’s been about a week since HTC first announced the Touch Diamond2 and the touch Pro2, so it’s only natural that we’re announcing that T-mobile will be picking up the two HTC handsets and slapping on the MDA branding for their European markets. The HTC Touch Diamond2 will be featured as the T-Mobile MDA Compact V, while the HTC Touch Pro2 will take on the name of T-Mobile Vario V. From what we can tell, T-Mobile has not messed with any of the specs, but they are calling the Pro2’s QWERTY keyboard hinge the "kick tail" mechanism. Both phone will be pre-loaded with Opera Mobile 9.5 for a better web experience and will ship with Windows Mobile 6.1 (keep in mind that HTC promised that both these phones will be upgradable to WM 6.5 once it launches). Unfortunately, there’s still no word on price, launch date, or which T-mobile markets in Europe will be seeing these phones.
Make sure you hit up the read more link for full specs of the MDA Vario V and MDA Compact V
The GSMA Mobile World Congress wrapped up last week, but to finish things off, HTC sent out a few Tweets to make sure everyone was up to date on some of the details of the HTC Touch Pro2 and that it’s slated to ship to North America. I know not everyone loves Twitter as much as we do, so we’ve added the full details of HTC’s Tweets.
Tweet 1: we hope you’ve heard the big news. we’ve been working hard to finish everything in time to launch the Touch Diamond2, Touch Pro2, and Magic
Tweet2: The Touch Diamond2 has a bigger screen, better camera and people-centric features in a stylish metal and gloss shell.
Tweet 3: The Touch Pro2 has a huge 800×480 screen, spacious keyboard and Straight Talk voice features. You asked for a HD+Keyboard.
Tweet 4: HTC follows up the world’s 1st Android phone with the Magic. A smaller phone with sexy curves and a touch screen keyboard.
Tweet 5: You can see all our news from Mobile World Congress, including a video of the diamond2 and Pro2 launch keynote here. http://tr.im/gCBn
Tweet 6: And to answer the big question on everyone’s mind, the Touch Pro2 will be broadly available in all major markets, including North America
Tweet 7: All, we have not announced a launch date for the Touch Pro2 in any country yet. But we did announce we will start to roll it our in late Q2.
We’ve been waiting for Mobile World Congress for a few months now ever since we heard that Microsoft would be revealing Windows Mobile 6.5 and also announcing their new mobile services like "My Phone" and Windows Mobile "Marketplace". Microsoft is working hard to catch up with it’s mobile competition. Ever since the iPhone took the stage, Windows Mobile has taken a back seat in the smartphone marketplace. The newest version of Windows Mobile will be launching later this year and will give users an interface that is finger friendly, better web browsing, and better integration between contacts and communication. Along with WM 6.5, the Marketplace will allow users to directly install apps to their handsets just like on Android and the iPhone, while the My Phone service will allow cloud data backup for your calendar, contacts, and email.
We’ll be covering all three of these Windows announcements separately, but just wanted to give you guys a head’s up on what’s coming down the pipe line.