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HTC Touch Diamond vs Sony Ericsson Xperia X1

Only a phone face-off can decide which of these feature-packed business-focused smartphones will rule the boardroom.

The second and third quarters of 2008 will introduce a stunning range of smartphones to the Australian business market. Two of the hottest contenders for best featured business phone are the HTC Touch Diamond and Sony Ericsson's Xperia X1.

Both handsets will run on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.1, and therefore offer the same basic suite of business applications including Mobile Office and the ActivSync protocol. The new user interfaces for both devices is where the real popularity battle will be fought, with both handsets incorporating interface "shells" that offer user-friendly access to the otherwise drab Windows Mobile platform. Both TouchFlo 3D and the Xperia Panels employ menus which respond to finger-swipe gestures on their touchscreens.

It's also interesting to note that HTC is the hardware manufacturer behind the Xperia X1. This explains some of the similarity between the two handsets, such as the use of very similar Qualcomm processors.

HTC Touch Diamond

HTC Touch Diamond

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1

Operating system Windows Mobile 6.1 Windows Mobile 6.1
User Interface TouchFlo 3D Xperia Panels
HSDPA Yes (7.2Mbps) Yes (7.2Mbps)
Wi-Fi Yes (802.11b/g) Yes (802.11b/g)
Processor speed 528MHz 528MHz
Memory 192MB RAM 256MB RAM
Internal storage 4GB 400MB
Expansion slot None microSD
Screen 7.1cm (640x480 pixels) 7.6cm (800x480 pixels)
Dimensions 102x51x11.5mm 110x53x17mm
Weight 110g 145g
Input Touchscreen Touchscreen, QWERTY keypad, optical joystick
Browser Opera Mobile 9.5 Internet Explorer
push e-mail via Exchange
push e-mail via Exchange
Camera resolution 3.2 megapixels 3.2 megapixels
Camera flash No LED photo light
Video calling Yes Yes
Accelerometer changes screen orientation when rotated Yes Yes
Supports stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) Yes Yes

This battle for best business-centric smartphone is far from over. Leave us a message on our forums telling us which of these phones you think will rule the boardroom.