HTC Titan 2 Hands-on
Quickly holding onto the Windows Phone Mango smartphone, our first impression right from the bat is its stark similarities with its predecessor – like it’s larger than life presence and solid industrial design. However, it’s rather underwhelming to say the least, namely because it doesn’t try to go beyond what we’ve seen already. Nevertheless, we’re pleased by its always quality design and construction, which is strengthened by its metallic casing and soft touch coating. Still, it may prove to be too much of a gargantuan device from some people – though, its weight feels rather good for a device of its size.
Again, we’re presented with an insanely large 4.7” Super-LCD display, which seems to have the same WVGA (480 x 800) resolution as before. Yes, it’s obviously generous with its real estate, but its brightness output doesn’t seem potent enough to withstand the harsh view of the sun. Under the hood, the Titan 2 features a 1.5GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which, as always, is ever plentiful in offering a responsive and smooth performance. And to sweeten the load, it’s blessed with 4G LTE connectivity to bring Microsoft’s shiny platform up to par with the others in terms of data connectivity.
However, the star of the show with this baby is its demanding 16-megapixel auto-focus camera in the rear, which features a dual-LED flash, wide-angle F2.6 lens, backside illumination, and image stabilization. For all the talk, it seems very impressive on paper, but on the other hand, its 720p video recording is rather dull – especially in the world of 1080p recording. Regardless of that, it’s filled to the brim with some photo-taking centric things that will appease a wide-range of people.
So far, there’s no word on when this beastly phone is coming out, but it’s reported to come out in the coming months. Well, at least that’s some time away from the debut of the original HTC Titan. Moreover, pricing has yet to be revealed.
1. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 627; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
It's pathetic. Only Apple has the right to give us something more of the same and thrill us with it.
19. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)
Wrong. The correct statement would be " Only Apple gets away with giving the world something thats more of the same and thrilling fanboys." Those who don't blindly follow actually think about their purchaces.
26. hetero (banned) (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)
u r right man...htc is failing....the screen looks exactly like my hd7 in the sun....i dont see ANY improvement with this S-LCD display.....NONE......actually hd7 has a nicer shape than this....i always loved big screens.....but this is a bit overdone at 4.7....remember guys a tablet pc is minimum of 5 inch...
3. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
They will really have to discontinue the original Titan for this to sell. Very few people live in an AT&T LTE area, and the camera on the original Titan is great anyways. The original will have to be priced lower, and there is no other differences. Seems senseless.
9. Birds (Posts: 958; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
it is saying this is the second version of the titan that was originally on AT&T.
22. bigdawg23 (Posts: 345; Member since: 25 May 2011)
They did the same thing with the Samsung Galaxy S2 and S2 Skyrocket. It was out 6 weeks before the LTE version came out.
5. cober319 (Posts: 11; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)
oh sweet! 4.7" screen!! oh wait, now I have to use my other hand to reach anything at the other end of the screen. except for those of you with Ogre hands. I can't wait for the 6" phone that I have to carry a satchel for. really big screens are dumb.
10. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
I'm 5'10" and have no problem with the screen on my Nexus... sorry you have small hands not everyone does. Trust me I don't have ogre hands either...
15. Reverse (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
We don't care about you and your gf buying nexus.
11. ladyhaly (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
If it's not up to your preference, don't buy it. The world doesn't revolve around your petty whims.
20. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)
It must suck to be you. See I can handle a phone like this. You know what they say about a man with big hands!
23. leftheodo (Posts: 64; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
You know what they say about people with small hands! The titan is not for you!
8. Penny (Posts: 1100; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
My phone has a Super-LCD display, and it always gets washed out in sunlight too. Don't know if any of the mobile screen technologies really excel in this category (with normal brightness, not with brightness set to max).
21. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)
Or Clearblack. Only good techonologies like these actually look good everywhere. Super LCD is mediocre so don't expect anything great.
7. -box- (Posts: 3714; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
f 2.6?? Disappointing. Even with backside illumination, it's still unlikely to capture as good of photos as an N8
13. jphillips63 (Posts: 160; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
F 2.6 on a cell phone isn't dissapointing by far, if you nkow anything about f stops on a lens the ability for a cell to shoot at f 2.6 is quiet amazing considering most of my fast lenses for my DSLR's are at f 2.8 What i find dissapointing is why are these phones getting bigger and bigger? come one we have enough issues with battery life as it is and you want t okeep adding real estate to the screens? The largest battery eater we have are our high resoultion screens as it is and to add more pixels is obsurd. How about build us a phone with more ram.
17. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 215; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)
I said that last year and it seems like all people want is bigger screens. Give me more RAM and a 4.6'' screen and i am good
14. knights4life03 (Posts: 125; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
verizon already did their rain of their greatest smartphones bro and now its at&t turn and not with just 3 but 7!
24. Phrozt (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 May 2011)
Let's hope someone other than John V reviews this one so it doesn't get the same terrible score that the Titan did, simply because the author is a fanboy.
27. Phrozt (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 May 2011)
Good lord.. if that's your criteria for buying a phone, this is not the site for you.