Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
You know how technology goes. Just as soon as you are getting ready to plunk your hard earned cash down on a nice new phone, someone announces the next generation that is the “must have” device. HTC just did that.
Sprint finally launched the US version of the HTC Touch Diamond. It’s rumored to be coming to Verizon and ATT. But the Diamond has been out for months in Europe and HTC is marching on. You can hardly blame them. The Apple iPhone is kicking butt and taking names in the consumer market and with the 3G and Microsoft Exchange support, threatens to erode the share of the business market.
Enter from stage right, the HTC Touch HD. The thing that immediately got my attention is the screen. 3.8” TFT LCD running 800x480 WVGA resolution. That should make for a very nice movie viewing platform.
Unfortunately the specs don’t say what video formats are supported. We’ll assume for the moment that because the device is currently listed as a Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro device, that at least means Windows Media Video (.wmv) will be handled. But what about all of the other popular formats now on the market?
Assuming you can easily remove the battery and thus carry some extras, it looks like we may have a viable contender to the Apple iPhone. Sure would be nice to see a Zune Phone show up using this as a platform in the next couple of weeks.
Dreams are free.
Unfortunately this phone will NOT make it into the US market for at least another year. This is one of my major frustrations with the phone industry. It'll be released to the rest of the world 6-8 months before it reaches the US.
You are probably right. It's also another reason I'll never sign a 24 month contract again.