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HTC Titan Hands-on

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HTC Titan Hands-on
It looks like HTC is determined to stay at the forefront of the Windows Phone 7.5 advent. With today's announcement, HTC unveiled not one, but two well-spec'd Mango-powered handsets, in the form of the HTC Titan and HTC Radar. Obviously, the much beefier of the two is the HTC Titan, which incorporates a pretty respectful list of features, the most impressive of which being its gigantic 4.7" screen. No, that wasn't a typo.

The aptly named HTC Titan will treat you to one of the largest screens to ever grace a phone, with an eye-watering 4.7" of WVGA LCD, not to mention a 1.5GHz processor, 512MB RAM and 16GB of internal memory, as well as an 8MP camera with a dual-LED flash. While the screen size immediately draws comparisons with so-called “mini-tablets” like the Dell Streak, as you can see from the comparison shots and in the video, the Titan definitely feels markedly smaller and is distinctly a phone and not a tablet thanks to HTC's attentive design. Although a resolution of 480x800 starts to feel a bit low for such an enormous screen, unfortunately, right now this is a limitation of the OS.

The aptly named HTC Titan will treat you to one of the largest screens on a phone - 4.7
The aptly named HTC Titan will treat you to one of the largest screens on a phone - 4.7
The aptly named HTC Titan will treat you to one of the largest screens on a phone - 4.7
The aptly named HTC Titan will treat you to one of the largest screens on a phone - 4.7

The aptly named HTC Titan will treat you to one of the largest screens on a phone - 4.7" of WVGA LCD


The 8MP camera on board shares the same f/2.2 lens as found on the HTC Radar, with touch to focus and a range of camera modes added to liven up the picture taking experience, such as stitch assist panorama mode and the vintage filters found on Android HTC devices of late. Gauging from the quick hands-on we had, the macro functionality was spot on, focusing every time with good levels of detail, however exposure seemed a bit off on the odd occasion. We look forward to getting a sample unit so we can deliver a thorough review, however we did manage to get a few sample shots which you can check out in our dedicated post. As far as the build goes, the HTC Titan is remarkably thin considering its size, and feels solid to the touch with good weighting and a decent amount of grip on the reverse. So despite an under-whelming screen resolution, it's a real treat to see a Windows Phone 7.5 device that not only stands out from its OS peers, but also from any other handset on the market.

HTC Titan Hands-on
HTC Titan Hands-on
HTC Titan Hands-on
HTC Titan Hands-on
HTC Titan Hands-on
HTC Titan Hands-on
With the HTC Radar (in white)
HTC Titan Hands-on
  

With the HTC Radar (in white)

 

In terms of specific software features that have found their way to the HTC Titan, it does seem like users have what to look forward to. For starters, the HTC Hub has a more 'HTC Sense' like feel, giving you access to weather, RSS feeds and stocks all through a horizontal swiping mechanism accross a series of widget-like screens. Connected media has also been added offering DLNA functionality, as has HTC Watch, enabling movies purchased through the service to be shared across multiple HTC devices using the same account. All of these, when coupled with the knowledge that HTC is making somewhat extreme hardware, clearly demonstrate the Taiwanese manufacturer's determination to stand out in the ensuing Windows Phone 7 battle, especially in the wake of Nokia's next move. Will its efforts prove to be enough though, remains to be seen.

Next to Dell Streak
With the HTC Sensation (left)

Next to Dell Streak

With the HTC Sensation (left)



HTC Titan and Radar Hands-on:



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posted on 01 Sep 2011, 13:40 3

1. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Fail, waaay to big screen. 4.7 inch is way to big, and the Galaxy note announced earlier today is even bigger, what are they thinking ?

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 16:21 7

23. OriginalSIM (Posts: 14; Member since: 29 Aug 2011)


you sir are wrong. bigger is better. and it is still smaller than the streak. Da Da Da Da DAAAaaa... Im lovin it!

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 07:31

57. the one (unregistered)


bigger is better? Im assuming people are using phones for their napoleonic complex as well. When you have an oversized screen in your pocket im assuming it makes look like your not just lame nerd thats a little too into phones....... Why would you want to carry around a phone that big makes no sense I think phones really shouldnt be any bigger than an I phone 4 or HTC sensation size anything bigger than that is uncomfortable to carry in your pocket and also ackward holding against your face as your talking lol a big slab of metal on your ear?? Telephone nerds are creepy...

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 16:26 5

25. Heatfan316 (Posts: 341; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


That's only your opinion, you don't speak for everyone else. Peterlfromsweden=FAIL!!!

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 17:39 1

29. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


go sleep badadu...its not for you.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 18:29 6

34. HeyBadaBadaSwingBadaBada (Posts: 10; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


Bigger is better my friend ;)

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 20:52 5

41. PzykoSkillz (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Aug 2011)


How is the screen being that big a fail? Just b/c you don't like it? Lots of people like big screens. Some people have big hands. They're thinking that not everybody wants to carry around a big 10" tablet. You should just change your name to BadaBoy.

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 02:38 2

44. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


I think the Titan is created for people who have big hands. . . And the radar are for the average hands. . .

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 07:34

58. the one (unregistered)


unless your 9 or 10 feet tall I doubt your "hands" need a phone that big. The nerdy guys that would buy something like that with their small weak frames wont need a phone that big. Even basketball players use Iphones nobody needs a screen thats almost 5 inches.....thats almost obnoxious. lol its the phone equivalent of the guy that drives around in an escalade and 28 inch rims tinted windows and blasting his music "anything to get noticed, and get attention of what he lacks"

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 08:50

50. ReturningToNokia (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


@Peterlfromsweden...You are a Bada advocate, yet you always seem to be first in line to post on every WP article. Despite your protestations of 'planning to buy' a WP device, you are a WP hater.

WP is not going away; it is an alternative OS that people will choose. There really is no need for you to troll; however, you apparently enjoy doing so. Your behaviour is just sad.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 13:40 3

2. biscutbob (Posts: 82; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


That low res is killing me. I would jump on that phone for 300 ppi in an instant but not anymore hahah

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 13:53

3. Jyakotu (Posts: 817; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Wow, this thing looks a BEAST.! I can't wait to play around with Mango. I'm growing tired of Android, to be honest, and I need something different, responsive, and an OS that I know will get updates due to the company behind it running the updates.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 14:01 1

5. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


then bada is the OS for you.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 14:08 6

6. Jyakotu (Posts: 817; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


I don't want some over glorified feature phone, which is exactly what bada is.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 14:13 3

9. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


definitely not.
bada is a smartphone OS, that in fact has more functions and more personalization options than WP7.
bada has multitasking, voice recgognition, app store, HTML 5 support, Flash Lite, file manager (something WP7 doesn't) office app, bada has everything needed to be called a smartphone OS.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 14:48 6

13. Jyakotu (Posts: 817; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


I don't care what a European thinks of WP7, in my mind, WP7 > bada. It has all the functions I need. Personalization is on the back burner for me. I didn't even really personalize my Android phone th at much. It's all about functionality and WP7 handles that perfectly for me.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 15:05

17. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


As i said, bada has more functionality than WP7.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 15:14 1

19. jbash (Posts: 339; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


Flash Lite, you should have left that outta your argument :P

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 15:32 1

20. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


WP7 doesn't even have flash at all : P
Android is the only OS that has real flash anyway, so Flash lite is not bad...

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 17:08 6

27. Peter Griffin (unregistered)


Bada turned out to be a kids phone, not more and not less. I don't understand how people can buy phones these days almost without apps? and no, bada hasn't that much to offer on its own...
And its totally buggy, always running out of memory, has a poor browser (even bada 2 browser is slow compared to wp7), and getting gps to work is luck.
It's good hardware with poor software without support.

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 04:54

45. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Apps, there are 6500 apps for the wave at the moment. And about 6400 of them are high quality apps like, UC browser, Assasins creed, Modern combat sandstorm, Weatherbug, Accuweather, AP news and so on.

Buggy, no. I have used my bada phones a lot, and i have never ever even experienced one bug in bada.

Always running out on memory ? sounds like you have an android. I've only run out of memory a few time, when i have been multitasking and using more than the 256 MB ram that the wave has.

The browser is really fast on bada. Just as fast as on WP7, and leaving Symbian web browser in the dust.

GPS works everytime on my Wave 2. I have not been able to get the GPS on the Wave s8500 to work, i have talked to Samsung about it and it seems to be the hardware, and not anything with bada. And since the GPS works just fine with the Wave 2, this is no problem for bada.

i'ts a great software, with great hardware = awesome.

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 06:54 3

47. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


you realize thats less apps than the blackberry market right? lol

and unless you have used 6400 apps you dont really know if they are high quality.

even if 2/3rd of android apps are crap, that still leaves nearly 100,000 apps for you to play with of high quality.

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 07:37

49. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


i know that 6400 apps is not alot, but all the apps i need are on samsungapps. Office app, games from gameloft, com2us, weather, recipe apps...
There are lot's more useful and high quality apps on samsungapps. With bada 2.0 an the wave 3, the amount of apps on samsungapps, will very likely increase alot.
And how i know 6400 out 6500 are quality apps ?
Of course i haven't gone trough all of the apps, but i have been browsing the samsungapps store alot, an from what i see there the big majority of apps are high quality.

In fact, when i have browsed the Ovi store (which has over 40.000 apps), there has been more quality apps on samsungapps than ovi store, even though ovi store has more apps.

I say it like this, it is not the amount of apps, it is the quality that is important.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 17:41 2

30. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


all these things are also in symbians , why not buy a symbian you badadu?

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 08:09

59. SidLiy (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


I'm very sorry about your ignorance but,
Since mango update, WP7 has multitasking, the best voice recognition+text to speech features of any mobile or other device available, possibly the fastest growing app store ever & office 365 (The best mobile office client imo) with cloud features.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 18:31 4

35. HeyBadaBadaSwingBadaBada (Posts: 10; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


Leave the capable mobile OS to the men . Bada is the Fisher-Price of os's

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 14:09

7. cj100570 (Posts: 204; Member since: 12 May 2009)


Um, in case you didn't know....updates for WP7 phones also have to pass muster with the carriers just like Android updates. They have been delayed by the carriers and manufacturers as witnessed by the updates for Samsungs WP7 phones on AT&T and Verizon.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 13:57 2

4. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


yeah man low res for such a big screen, HTC you make me sad put Android on this device so we can get some high res going

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 14:53

14. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


you know whats coming right? 3 weeks after its lauched we will see reports of XDA putting android on that thing. :)

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 17:45 2

32. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


unofficial androids dont work well.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 14:12 1

8. ltr (unregistered)


Its a Windows phone. 7.5 I think due to the limitations of the OS itself explains why the screen is only 800x480

To me its just an updated HD7.

Its not a bad phone. ITs pretty smooth, not much lag,apps work fine.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 14:27

10. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


In fact apps on WP7 can lag terribly. It's only WP7 OS that is fast, the apps on WP7 are not fast.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 14:54 2

15. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


any other negative comments you would like to make peter? lol. your starting to act like certain apple fanboys that go on threads finding ways to trash anything that isnt iOS. come on.. ur better than that!

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 15:35

21. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


I'm not trying to trash anything, please tell me if i do.
I'm just telling of my expereince with WP7 (which you guys probably by know now, was not very good).
You haven't seen me go and say anything hatefull or negative against IOS or android ?

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 15:00 4

16. haikallp (unregistered)


im fine with u being a fan of Bada but pls be more mature and stop criticizing other OS.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 15:08 6

18. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)


Well in fact ... there are no laggy apps in Mango ... so get your facts right next time, that's fixed.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 15:35

22. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Well, it would be great if there are no laggy apps in mango, but with my NoDo Omnia 7 there was alot of them.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 16:47 2

26. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)


Yep there was a problem with the scrolling and Microsoft fixed it in the next update ... I have Mango RTM update on my Omnia 7 and all the scrolling is fixed by Microsoft ... but there are some apps that are badly written and lag but those apps are mostly cheap fillers or spammers :)

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 14:32

11. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Wow, didn't even know you could have such a ugly color on the live tiles, grey...

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 12:14

51. Motion That (unregistered)


Agreed!!!!! It's barely legible.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 14:45

12. osanilevich (Posts: 239; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)


I'd trade less pocket space for the more well rounded Galaxy Note although mango looks appealing

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 16:24 2

24. OriginalSIM (Posts: 14; Member since: 29 Aug 2011)


I have been playing with a trophy and I am super impressed with WPOS 7. Mango on the big screen will be awesome. Im imagining an update soon for higher res on the titan. Its going to be all good!!

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 20:36

38. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


Screen-res is part of the hardware. A software update cannot boost it.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 17:33 2

28. lubbalots (unregistered)


No flash, not a big deal. As long as theres html5, supertube, or lazytube, I'm good. Youtube client on wp7 100% better. Why? They play HD. Customization, not a big deal either, because you don't need to on wp7. Most everything is intergrated in the OS. If your arguement is in regards to custom ringtones, that's coming with mango update. Wallpapers, not a problem. Its an early OS. More major updates coming like Apollo. Rumor has it as yearly major updates. Who knows what MS may address then. They do listen to their customers you know. As you may know, this is just HTC. We have Nokia to look forward too. They are supposedly to who have the upper hand on wp7. Carl Zeis optics, thats something to look forward too.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 17:42 1

31. IEatApples (Posts: 66; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)


wp7 is just a boring os. I get the point of the os allowing you to quickly navigate through simple tasks but the tiles with no background or customization its just boring. I need colors on the screen.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 20:37 4

39. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


Granted, it does look boring on the computer. As a WP7, I myself started to think the same thing. However, if you go and use one (especially using it extensively), it's not boring anymore.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 18:20 1

33. ThomasFlowerchild (Posts: 12; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


I also think it's too big, but if the camera is as good as Nokia N8.

I'm waiting for a new phone to come out that beats the N8's camera AND has better specs.

But I got the feeling I'll have to wait a few more years for that to happen...

And Bada is nice, but even the newest Wave3 has only 5 megapixels :(

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 20:40

40. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


That Fujitsu Windows Phone may be what you're looking for.

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 04:59 1

46. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


I read a prewiew done by gsmarena on the wave 3, and they said that it was a 5 MP camera, but it was a extrmely good 5 MP camera that had very good colors and sharpness. I think you should have a look at the wave 3's camera, it is better than you think.

I myself have both the Nokia N8 and the Wave. And i can tell you that i like the pictures on the wave better. The wave has better colors than the N8, and i personally think that the wave's 5 MP camera is just as good if not even better than the N8.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 20:16 3

37. lubbalots (unregistered)


Whatever issue Peterlfromsweden has with wp7 and his "samsung" opmnia 7, i just don't see it on my HD7. Though i will admit the screen and the camera could be better. He also claims the lack of customization. And one of his arguement pertains to wallpapers. That is not i big deal! Smart phones nowadays are meant to ease the social life; games, music, social connection, movies, navigation, shopping, photos, documents, and so forth. Wp7 does this just as any other OS, but more with ease. Most of this ease is intergrated in the OS itself. That's what makes wp7 stand out. Do more in less time. Frankly i don't see it as the case with other OSs. I know for sure android is one that is not easy to deal with. Too many options, too many screens. iOS in the other hand is somewhat the same. I'm pretty sure that most people that use other OSs besides wp7 do the basics and not realize the potential of smart phoned. And thats from experience.

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 01:11

43. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Be very interesting to see how big this thing is once you have it in your hand. Having problems thinking 4.7" isn't too far to the uncomfortable size, but next to the Radar, it doesn't look that bad. (And it looks like a toy compared to the Streak!!)

Considering how few 4.0" or bigger options there are for W7 Mango (so far, only this one) , there may not be much of a choice for those who want something full touch from MS this time around.

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 07:35

48. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


EDIT: Forget about this post please...

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 17:58 2

52. GJanee (Posts: 211; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


see? if you talk crap a lot, you'll have to suffer the consequences... >:D

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 14:53 3

53. Theelichtje (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


hey peter, what i notice, everytime you cant win an argument, you stop posting on that one, and you start a new one.
look, i dont have any problems with you being a bada fanboy, just stop bashing on other os'es with arguments that arent true, or are getting fixed, or are useless, be happy with you child os and your little wave, and dont bother us. geez.

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 06:54

54. Kim (unregistered)


Woder Wuts The price and the date will come out So excited i gonna get this 1st on asia!!!

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 21:41

55. lzxc10 (Posts: 8; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Come on people, stop hating.
I own an iPhone 4, my dad has a Samsung Galaxy S, my best friend own a HD7. They are equally good. Different people are more suited to different phones, it all boils down to a matter of personal preference. :)

posted on 11 Sep 2011, 15:58 1

56. rassouli5 (unregistered)


I wanted to buy the Samsung I8700 Omnia 7... But then I saw this and it 100% changed my mind....I will wait a month and then I have a TITAN in my hands....

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