Yes, I do know how "hip" nowadays to look for next iPhone killer, but I'm afraid HTC (PINK:HTCCF) is not even close on this one yet (unfortunately)
Lets count fingers:
- 3mps Camera vs 2mps on iPhone
- 3G (HSDPA and HSUPA) vs. Sluggish EDGE :(
- VGA resolution screen (640x480 vs. 480x320)
- GPS & AGPS capability
Ok, so far a slightly better camera, much faster data transfer, GPS and better screen resolution.
- Running OLD Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro ??
- Opera browser - I used it - huge improvement over WM built in IE, but still a far cry full Safari browser on iPhone
- Talk time: 4h on HTC vs. 8h !
- Internal Memory: 4gb vs. 8gb (or 16gb)
BUT MOST IMPORTANT REASON OF ALL, EASILY TO OVERLOOK IS LACK OF 3.5mm Audio port!!
Nokia was the first to realize the simple truth - I (as a consumer) don't give a rat's behind if the phone called Music phone 20 times, if I can't connect my favorite headphones to it or for that matter any of 99.9% of all sold headphones which have ether standard 3.5mm or the 1/4" prosumer/Pro jack.
Nothing brings me down more that seeing by myself LG Chocolate phone on display in official Verizon store connected to regular headphones using TWO different adapters!!!
This seems to be to issue with almost all devices currently sold. Solutions suggested by manufactures is to use proprietary headphones, Bluetooth or to use adapters. I not big fan of ether solution since: a) Proprietary headphones - well, simply suck b) Bluetooth ones are mediocre in sound quality and need frequent charging c) Adapters - give me a break - i don't want to look like freak on streets.
I still remember about 3 years ago I bought Nokia 6682 phone from Cingular and no one could tell me clearly that the phone actually had pretty decent mp3/aac playback capacity and flash memory expansion slot (up to 1gb cards) since Nokia marketing people didn't put emphasis on that in their materials... but it was really bad is - 6682 didn't had 3.5mm jack - original Nokia headphones (Terribly designed) broke after normal wear & tear - adapter , which I got off eBay, broke MUCH faster - so I eventually gave up and started to look for a new phone with integrated normal audio jack eventually i ended up with iPhone, since n95 is just way to expensive and bulky, and n81/82 not even near on horizon to be sold in US (by carriers)
You may believe me or not, In my opinion not even 3G is going to save this device from Epic sales failure. What's good 3G for if your internet browser sucks and you'd probably have to cash out full 40-50$ for data plan vs. $20 on iPhone....
Update1: Imho HTC are a bit overenthusiastic about this. C'mon, selling over 2mil units in 2008 ??
Update2: Or maybe it's going to suck a bit less than I originally expected http://www.opera.com/pressreleases/en/2008/05/22_2/
Update3: And then again someone else sharing my opinion and showing video of interface http://www.akihabaranews.com/en/akiba_tv.php?pgno=1&type=news&id=15955
Update4: Another point vs. HTC is the battery life. Even on official specs looks like Diamond won't shine in that area and there are reports of short battery life on current HTC models like TYTN II aka ATT Tilt - http://www.governmentsecurity.org/forum/?showtopic=28155
Update 5: Full HTC Diamond Touch review
Update 6: It looks like I need to provide a bit of additional proof on fact I stated above: "Bluetooth ones are mediocre in sound quality".
While AD2P is step in right direction, it's still not a wire replacement.
Two links below clearly state two things : Sound quality is nice, but not great and secondly for the 1/5 of the price you can get better sound quality wired headphones.. http://www.goodgearguide.com.au/index.php/taxid;2136212600;pid;1414;pt;1 http://gear.ign.com/articles/743/743782p1.html
Update 7: One of my dear readers pointed me I need to do some updates regarding web browser and battery time. I decided to dedicate a whole new post plus addition of some new material.