Just returned from a little shopping trip with a lovely new toy :-)
Seems the HTC Touch Diamond was released today in Hong Kong, the area I was in had them in most of the shops, though they were selling out fast.
First impressions are very positive, its cooooool!
Having gone from an iphone to a touch dual to this in the last 6 months it gives me room for comparison.
It is the most 'un-windows mobile' windows mobile experience I have ever had, its quick and responsive. However, don't be expecting it to be responsive like the iphone, it simply isn't (afterall this is still windows mobile, just with an overlay). But... it looks amazing, size is great and the 3d touch flo is nice and snappy. Two things I notice that are as good as the iphone are the touch keyboard, which even though the screen is smaller it really is excellent and the screen itself is so sharp, the vga display really makes this phone stunning to use. Opera is included and ready to use, the experience is great coming from netfront 3.5 on my touch dual, it's not as good at scrolling and moving as safari is, but it is the best browsing you will get on WM. Opera ocassionally twitches a little and moves the page in an odd way, but still very very good. The 7.2mbps HSDPA really does shift, the built in youtube application has videos playing almost instantly.
It's currently pulling all my contacts and settings back through dashwire but will post some more indepth thoughts on this release version as soon as I can.
And here it is: