HTC Touch Diamond

Oh my gwad, looks like my nokia phone may have an unexpected accident!


Featuring a sharp 2.8-inch touch screen housed within a stunning formation of brushed steel and flawless faceted edges, the HTC Touch Diamond is as beautiful to behold as it is to use.

With HTC’s vibrant touch-responsive user interface, TouchFLO™ 3D, and ultra-fast HSDPA internet connectivity… the HTC Touch Diamond offers a rich online experience to rival a notebook computer, allowing you to interact with Google, YouTube, and Wikipedia as freely as you would with a broadband connection.

HTC Shift … after 3 weeks

Okay, so I have had a few request for an update so here it is.

On the whole I really like it, I have some issues but they will come later. The form factor is great and the keyboard is very usable (I have got over my issue of pressing ` instead of 1, it just take a bit of getting used to the keyboard layout). The small touch pad and mouse button are very usable, but what would be nice is a scroll button similar to the HTC Advantage.

Sound quality out of the two speakers is acceptable, but using the headphone jack with headphone is excellent.  I have watched a number of AVI movies on my Shift and headphones add another dimension to a film.  On that note the AVIs played without any video or audio stutter which is excellent.

The Snapvue / Vista toggle button is kewl, as it the fade in / out effect as it switches between the two.

Snapvue is a bit of a pain in the butt. Because it’s not quite Windows Mobile 6, it doesn’t have the functionality that you get used to.  I see up on xda developer that they have a custom WM6 ROM, which I might try next week.  Just like WM6, the wireless stack does not like the London Underground where the mobile phone reception comes and goes.  I have setup my Exchange 2007 server and my Hotmail account and sometimes it is painful to get them to sync.  In most cases the only way is to do a cold reset, which means removing the battery (I have yet to find a reset button, which would have been a nice addition).  It is also a shame that Snapvue is unable to access any of the storage, like the internal harddisk or the SD card.  Maybe the custom ROM will fix that?

On the Vista side of things it is quite responsive.  I read most of my email and RSS using Outlook 2007 and this works quite well.  I installed Office 2007 Professional and all the apps are very usable, that is except for One
Note.  Why, well the screen is an active digitizer so you cant really ink properly, which is a shame.

As expected the main bottle neck is memory and this is a pain, but workable, as you have to remember this is a UMPC and not a laptop replacement!  The hard disk is not the biggest in the world, but I have a 16gb sd card for storing data on.  That brings me to my main moan and that is that from a cold boot the SD card works.  If you hibernate or sleep vista it disappears.  I am sure its a vista update but have not had time to troubleshoot.

Another annoying thing is that Vista uses the wireless stack (Remote NDIS based Internet Sharing Device) from WM6.  This is a great idea but when you have problems with WM6 getting to the mobile phone network, it does affect Vista, but surprisingly Vista can handle it (most of the time) and recovers very well.

Mobile data speeds are very good and I am greatful for having an unlimited contract with T-Mobile (well except for last week when I was on holiday in Malta and clocked up a very impressive and expensive data bill in 3 days!!!)

I that is about it. Not tried Skype yet, but have connect to my wireless Lan at home and that works fine.  I am still working out how to install Windows Powershell as that would make this just excellent!

Oh and I nearly forgot, the question you all want to know … battery life! To be honest I have not done any exhaustive testing, I just couldn’t be bothered.  What I have done is some real live stuff, so I reckon I get about 2 – 2.5 hrs usage from the battery and that is with the modem on surfing or watching a movie off the SD card. I dont really have an issue with that, and the power supply is tiny so I carry that with me anyway!

So would I recommend it?  Yeah, but as long it does what you want. Like most gadgets it has limitations, and you can either live with them or not.  I can, and it allows me to read my email & RSS, surf the web, write blog posts like this one, and edit / create Office documents.  I will check the custom ROM out, and will be on the market for a bugger harddisk (probably solid state) and more memory.

As for the price, you get what you pay for, one of the smallest, sexiest looking UMPC/WM6 device on the market (I get a lot of questions and enquiring looks), that has a dual life of being WM6 and a Vista PC.  Am I glad I am an “early adopter”? yeah of course and as far as I am concerned it was money well spent.

If you want one, check these guts out they gave me a really good deal and have 16gb SD cards.  Mention this blog too if you talk to them ;-)

If there is anything I have missed of you want to know something leave a comment and I will reply


Okay, just wanted to share some of this with you, and also to “file” it away for my future reference.

So, I want to get away from having a fixed landline at home, and use the mobile phone network.  So phase one would be to use a one of these 

The world’s first truly universal cell phone docking station and charger.
The patent-pending Dock-N-Talk™ allows you to dock your cell phone and use your normal corded or cordless phones to make and receive your cell phone calls. Effectively turns your wireless service into “wired” service while docked. The Dock-N-Talk can be used in your home, office, dorm room, weekend home, boat, RV or any other location where cell service is available

So next it is to use wireless broadband.  Now not as good as fixed line broadband in relation to downloading movies and music, but for suring it should be okay.

Originally I looked at the Linksys WRT54G3G Router

But Ian pointed  me to this baby Top Global MB6000 3G Phoebus 3G/Wi-Fi Wireless Router

Both so the same thing, and require a PCMCIA celluar adapter, but they could be thing to let me “cut the cord”



HTC Shift Unboxed

So Tuesday after an MCP I unboxed my shift.  So under the plastic the outer case felt like metal, but it is just “posh! cardboard


Inside the cover was a sleek black box, that looked more like a box of chocolates that a gadget!


Inside the box you have the following:


Top left is spare stylus and  a head set


Top right was a velvety case that has the power supply in it, with velcro ties


Bottom left are the manuals


Under the manuals was a nice surprise.


The battery and a USB hub. On closer examination, the USB Hub has three ports, and RJ45 connector, and on the back a mini USB jack


To fit the battery, you slide off a panel on the underside of the Shift. Here is a slot for a SIM card  and the space for the battery

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Finally, bottom right is the Shift.  It comes in a leather look snug fitting case, embossed with the HTC logo.  The case has two magnets in to secure it closed


Inside the case you have the Shift.

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Looking at the Shift, you have a VGA port at the back  right hand side


On the right side you have the power socket, USB port, SD slot and the power connector


One the left hand side you have 3.5mm head phone jack.


To open the shift, hold and slide it up.  This is a bit stiff and you need to be firm. Once open you then pull the screen portion up. This this adjustable and provides resistance.


When you look at the back of the screen, you can see the two slide rails on either side.


So looking at the shift from the front you have the left and right mouse button top left, and the toggle switch between SnapVue and vista.

Top right you have a connection manager button and below it a button that switches the vista screen resolution between 800×480 and 1024×600

Under that you the a mouse pad, which is surprising responsive and a joy to use.  Bottom right of the screen is the fingerprint pad.

On either side a third down the screen you have two small speakers

When you first power the Shift on, Vista starts up and does it initial setup.

Once started You only have

In comparison to a HTC Advantage, you can see that the Shift is no too much bigger


I can also confirm that the Shift is 800g with battery


Here is the Vista performance rating and I must admit that for such a small package it is quite responsive


SnapVue reports

ROM version: 1.30.405.0 WWE
ROM date: 01/28/08
Radio version:
Protocol version:

Guess what I just bought?

Can you see what it is yet? .. Just come back from in Great Russell Street

Okay I will let you … it’s my brand new, unboxed HTC Shift .. Yeah baby I have been waiting over 6 months for it.  Had a play on one in the shop and it is sweeeeet, quite responsive and I can wait to get it out of the box.

Will post unboxing pictures with tonight or tomorrow!


Found this on Bruce’s blog (

Check it out!

With HotPlug, you can move a computer without powering it down!

We created this product for our Government/Forensic customers – but it has IT uses as well. Need to move a server without powering it down? HotPlug can do it.

Bottom line: WiebeTech’s HotPlug LT allows hot seizure and removal of computers from the field to anywhere else on the planet. HotPlug LT keeps power flowing to the computer while transferring the computer’s power input from one A/C source (such as a wall outlet or power strip) to another (a portable UPS) and back again.

check out the youtube video!


HTC Advantage / Ameo: Athena Project Black Dual by PK 3.0

Oh my gawd is all I have to say.  So Jason started the ball rolling by posting Can you use the HTC Advantage as a Laptop replacement?  This then led to Jenneth with How I turned the HTC Advantage into a laptop replacement. The final path was here Athena Project Black Dual by PK 3.0


It’s is bl00dy brilliant.

I had to use the unlock software first which is here: as the upgrade stopped at 1%.  But after that it was a sweet upgrade.

Still getting used to things, but will report back once I have had a real play .. one thing is that its quicker than the normal WM6 ROM!  Microsoft & HTC check this out!