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Review: HTC Touch Diamond

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Menus Calls / Contacts Messaging  

With the Diamond set to the "Home" screen, one of the two function buttons is labeled "Phone" and takes you to the software dialer. Since there is a listing of your missed calls as part of the home screen, you can also choose to press that to see your recent calls. Alternately, you can always press the send key to bring up the dialer, no matter what other screen you may be on.

The default view in the dialer shows you the dialpad and the two most recent calls. You can make the dialpad itself disappear, though, in order to see a more complete view of recent calls. The menu button brings up an extensive list of actions you can take.

Once you dial a call, the screen opens up a calling box that is similar to what other touch-based devices are doing, such as the Samsung Instinct. You have six main buttons to choose from on this screen: Call log, Calendar, Notes, Mute, Speakerphone and Contacts. You can access all of that information during a call. You can also find many of the same functions by pressing the menu button. The dialer also shows you detailed information about the contact you're calling, including photo ID.

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The contacts application is powerful. Since the Diamond runs Windows Mobile, you can sync it with your computer to store all of your contacts on it if you wish. Anything you might wish to do with your contacts, you can in Windows Mobile. Or, you can use HTC's "People" application, which is much more pleasant. The People app shows you your favorite contacts as a series of photos. You can shuffle through them, and the 3D user interface will animate the pictures as you move through them to the contact you're looking for.


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