Both handsets tout their touchscreens as being their biggest asset, however how do they compare in a fight? Call it a touch-off, if you will. On your marks…get set…go!
HTC Touch Diamond: 102mm in height, is 51mm wide and 11.5mm thick, weighs 110g.
iPhone 3G: 115.5mm high, 62.1mm wide and 12.3mm thick, weighs 133g.
HTC Touch Diamond: 2.8″ touch-sensitive screen.
iPhone 3G: 3.5″ multi-touch display.
HTC Touch Diamond: Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, the first HTC phone to do so. However similar it may be to WM 6.0, HTC has actually layered their own software on over the phone, giving it a more user-friendly navigational system, and TouchFLO 3D technology, which we first saw in the Touch last year.
iPhone 3G: The iPhone runs on OS X, which is Apple’s very own operating system.
HTC Touch Diamond: 4GB of internal flash storage, plus a microSD card slot is supported, for additional storage.
iPhone 3G: 8GB and 16GB, with the latter available in both black and white.
HTC Touch Diamond: 3.2-megapixel sensor, and auto focus. The internal accelerometer means the Diamond acts like the iPhone, so photos can be viewed in landscape-stylee and be browsed through with a flick of the finger. The Diamond also has a second camera on the front, a VGA CMOS colour camera, for video-calling.
iPhone 3G: 2.0-megapixel camera, with geo-tagging and third-party application integration.
HTC Touch Diamond: An integrated speaker and FM radio feature in the Diamond, and the audio player can play MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, WAV, and AMR-NB formats.
iPhone 3G: The iPhone’s main thrill is indeed the iPod functionality, and with 8GB or 16GB options, that’s a lot of AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 1, 2, and 3), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV.
Video formats supported are H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; H.264 video, up to 768 Kbps, 320 by 240 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 1.3 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats.
HTC Touch Diamond: 3G HSDPA connectivity, plus integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
iPhone 3G: 3G HSDPA, plus integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
HTC Touch Diamond: GPS and A-GPS ready.
iPhone 3G: Assisted GPS.
HTC Touch Diamond: 270 minutes’ talktime for WCDMA and up to 330 minutes on GSM networks, whereas standby is 396 hours and 285 hours respectively. When video-calling, users will get up to 145 minutes on WCDMA.
iPhone 3G: Up to five hours of talk time using 3G, or 10 hours using 2G, standby is 300 hours, five hours of 3G internet use and six hours of Wi-Fi internet use, seven hours of video playback and up to 24 hours of audio playback.
Availability and Pricing
HTC Touch Diamond: Out now, available for free on various contracts with T-Mobile, otherwise for £500 PAYG.
iPhone 3G: Out on July 11th, you can get it for free on £45 and £75 per month tariffs, or £99 on the £30 and £35 per month plans. With O2, of course.
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