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Review: HTC Touch Diamond

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The Touch Diamond uses a customized version of the Opera browser. It is a great browser, and works very well when paired with Sprint's 3G network. The Internet tab of TouchFLO lets you open the browser or jump straight to bookmarks.

The basic screen has five tools running across the bottom: a back key, a favorites key, a window key, the home key and the settings key. They are nice and large and easy to press.

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You can open multiple tabs at a time while browsing, which is a handy feature, and adding bookmarks is a snap. Double-tapping the screen lets you zoom in and out quickly. This is often necessary, too, because many of the buttons and links you wish to choose are too small if you don't zoom in. Most web pages — even the full versions complete with images — load fast enough that you won't get impatient waiting for them. The screen is large enough to make the mobile Internet rewarding, bit I do wish that you can surf with the phone sideways. The Diamond only surfs the Web in portrait orientation.

The Diamond also has Internet Explorer if you would rather use that browser.

Customize

The Diamond is fairly customizable. You can pick your own wallpapers, ringtones and such. Since it is a Windows Mobile device, you can add your own third-party applications that will expand its capabilities.

One of the icons in the TouchFLO menu is labeled "Programs". This screen functions similarly to Sprint's "Favorites" menu as seen on its feature phones. You can completely customize and add shortcuts to the applications and features of the phone that you want. This helps you avoid diving down into the Windows Mobile menus to find applications.

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