I've been following the HTC Touch Diamond since April, my hopes crushed and revived with every report as it slowly made its way across the ocean. During its transformation from GSM to CDMA, it losts its nifty angular back which I assume inspired or was inspired by the name, it got a little curvy, and its thickness grew to accommodate the beefier battery. After all that, its still looking mighty sexy on release date.

The Sprint version of the phone was released on Monday sporting a red case (a white one is on its way, though I'm not sure if Sprint is getting it) and after checking the pricing within my Sprint account, the phone costs as much as a netbook. Since my Sprint contract doesn't run out until May, the $150 discount doesn't kick in until March so that'll be my target date for acquiring a new phone. Afterall I've been raised on the American cellular system of subsidized phones, buying a phone at retail is just plain crazy to me...

But as I read more and more about the Diamond on Sprint, it made it all that much more difficult for me to hold out until next year. Especially with videos such as the one below showing the gorgeous TouchFlo 3D interface, I love the weather application!

But you know what is really helping my holdout? The HTC Touch HD which was leaked late last week. HTC has stated they aren't competing with Apple, but with the HD's size coming very close to the iPhone's and all their work developing the TouchFLO 3D skin, I wonder.

I'm unable to get on the iPhone wagon because 1) the AT&T contract is ridiculous (when compared to Sprint's original SERO program), 2) I'd have to jailbreak the phone to really use the apps I want, 3) are capacitive screens really that much better? It seems as though resistive screens would allow for more exacting input. I guess resistive screens aren't as gorgeous to look at as capacitive screens so I'm going to assume my designer friends value a gorgeous looking screen over precise touch screen input. Once the HD comes out, I'd like to hear people's thoughts on why they would choose the iPhone over the HD. I'm guess a whole lot of it will be because of Apple's OS / UI... but what if it was compared to the Android? Chances are we'll probably see the HD released with the Android OS too.

HTC is in an interesting growth period, maintaining its identity as a trusted ODM for companies like Sony and Palm while its own brand is gaining traction. And though I’ve remained faithful to the Windows Mobile platform, many have never given HTC a chance because of Microsoft’s OS (even with the TouchFLO 3D user interface). With HTC’s membership in the Open Handset Alliance, the upcoming Android-based Dream for T-Mobile should make the OS a non-issue.

I can't wait until my contract is up for renewal.

Update: The HTC logo explained, it isn't awful, but it's not great either. I always thought the arrows represented data packets traveling to the phone and away. You know.. I/O. When looking at the symbol with the word mark and the slogan below, there's too much going on. The font of the word mark doesn't work totally well with the logo. Should maybe increase the size to match the logo (thought its not bad when the word mark and symbol are centered vertically)... and as for the symbol, green and black is a nice color scheme, but the gradient is a bit much. Too much white in there? Maybe cut down the range a little... color scheme reminds me of Sony Ericsson (ah I remember the days of the T68i). The gentle curves also bother me a little, I wonder if the curves on the CDMA Diamond matches up with the cuves on the symbol. Anyway, who am I to judge?

Update 2: Adrian Covert of Gizmodo recaps the GigaOm Mobile Conference. Most insightful line of the conference, "...the 4G killer app won't be an app at all — but rather broadband equalization when the home experience is the same as the mobile one, and we can run the same kinds of data intensive apps anywhere."

Update 3: The HTC Touch HD is available for pre-order on Amazon's German site. Around $900 USD. Comparing the pricing of the HTC Diamond, I'm reckoning the Touch HD will run us about $700 when it hits stateside. Ouch.

Went to the Samsung Experience Store today at the Time Warner Center. Why would a company go through so much expense to have a showroom showcasing its latest products from around the world and not have the Omnia available?