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HTC Titan Review

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Interface and Functionality:

We’ve gone through it extensively in our reviews of the HTC Radar and Samsung Focus Flash, but the HTC Titan offers the same exact Windows Phone 7.5 Mango experience found on those . On the surface, it’s still able to catch our eyes thanks to its dynamic live tiles, integration of social networks (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn), and multi-tasking elements. Certainly, the latest build of the mobile platform has a ton of new features to keep even older users content. On top of that, the HTC Hub has been updated as well to give us that distinctive Sense UI feel.

The HTC Titan offers the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango experience - HTC Titan Review
The HTC Titan offers the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango experience - HTC Titan Review
The HTC Titan offers the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango experience - HTC Titan Review

The HTC Titan offers the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango experience


Although it might not matter as much, since all Windows Phones have to adhere to strict hardware requirements, the HTC Titan is blessed with Qualcomm’s third-generation Snapdragon processor – well, it’s specifically a single-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor. Coupled with 512MB of RAM, which might seem miniscule by some, it’s still able to provide one responsive performance throughout all aspects of the platform. From opening up apps to kinetic scrolling, the HTC Titan is seemingly blazing with its response.

Thanks to its massive display, the HTC Titan makes the already fantastic messaging experience found with Windows Phone even better! Well, that’s because of the spacious layout available to us, plus, when you combine its awesome responsiveness and spot-on auto-correct feature, it’s by far the best Mango device to type messages.

Messaging - HTC Titan Review
Messaging - HTC Titan Review

Messaging


With Mango’s presence, the email experience has been refined to offer a universal inbox system and threaded conversations. And of course, the setup process is simple as pie seeing that it essentially requires only our email address and password to automatically set up.

Email - HTC Titan Review
Email - HTC Titan Review

Email


Not surprisingly, AT&T’s presence is felt yet again with apps like AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Navigator, AT&T U-verse Mobile, and myAT&T. Besides those carrier branded apps, the only third party one preloaded is YPmobile.

Preloaded AT&T apps - HTC Titan Review
Preloaded AT&T apps - HTC Titan Review
Preloaded AT&T apps - HTC Titan Review
Preloaded AT&T apps - HTC Titan Review

Preloaded AT&T apps



Internet and Connectivity:

Yeah, there’s no Flash support, but honestly, we’re hardly heartbroken about that because the web browsing experience on the HTC Titan is especially gratifying – thanks to its smooth movements and fast HSPA+ speeds.

Internet surfing with the HTC Titan - HTC Titan Review
Internet surfing with the HTC Titan - HTC Titan Review
Internet surfing with the HTC Titan - HTC Titan Review
Internet surfing with the HTC Titan - HTC Titan Review

Internet surfing with the HTC Titan


Planning to take a trip overseas? Well, you’ll be in good hands with the GSM enabled HTC Titan, which also boasts HSPA+ connectivity for faster data speeds over 3G. Meanwhile, it features your typical arsenal of connectivity items like aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and even mobile hotspot functionality.


Camera:


Similarly to many other recent HTC smartphones, the HTC Titan is geared to be a photo-taking centric device thanks to its 8-megapixel auto-focus camera, which features a dual-LED flash, wide-angle F2.2 lens, and backside illumination. The photos don’t impress us, but they are not bad either. Exposure isn't handled in the best way possible, while color reproduction is a bit on the colder side, but not to the point of making photos look unnatural. Detail is better than average and is good even indoors in lower light.

Camera interface - HTC Titan Review
Camera interface - HTC Titan Review
Camera interface - HTC Titan Review
Camera interface - HTC Titan Review
Camera interface - HTC Titan Review
Camera interface - HTC Titan Review
Camera interface - HTC Titan Review

Camera interface


Samples made with the HTC Titan - HTC Titan Review
Samples made with the HTC Titan - HTC Titan Review
Samples made with the HTC Titan - HTC Titan Review
Samples made with the HTC Titan - HTC Titan Review
Samples made with the HTC Titan - HTC Titan Review
Samples made with the HTC Titan - HTC Titan Review
Samples made with the HTC Titan - HTC Titan Review
Samples made with the HTC Titan - HTC Titan Review
Samples made with the HTC Titan - HTC Titan Review
Samples made with the HTC Titan - HTC Titan Review
Samples made with the HTC Titan - HTC Titan Review
Samples made with the HTC Titan - HTC Titan Review
Samples made with the HTC Titan - HTC Titan Review
Samples made with the HTC Titan - HTC Titan Review

Samples made with the HTC Titan


Strong - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - HTC Titan Review
Medium - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - HTC Titan Review
Low light - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - HTC Titan Review

Strong

Medium

Low light

3ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - HTC Titan Review
5ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - HTC Titan Review
7ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - HTC Titan Review

3ft

5ft

7ft

Darkness with flash
Indoor samples


Think that its 720p video recording would rinse out the sour taste left in our mouths? Unfortunately, it doesn’t since there is nothing high-definition found with its quality. Above all, it suffers tremendously from some very poor looking details – resulting in extremely muddy videos!

HTC Titan Sample Video:




Multimedia:

As always, we’re delighted by the Zune experience when it comes to playing music. Enabling SRS enhancement, its volume output is rather average in overall tone without any evidence of crackling or distortion at the loudest setting.

Playing music - HTC Titan Review
Playing music - HTC Titan Review

Playing music


Needless to say, the HTC Titan is unequivocally the perfect device for watching movies, as it’s able to flawlessly play our test video encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080 resolution. Besides the obvious fidelity of having a wealthy display, it’s  further supplemented by its smooth playback and rich visuals.

Watching movies - HTC Titan Review
Watching movies - HTC Titan Review

Watching movies


Out of the box, the handset offers 12.89GB of internal storage, which means you’ll need to manage your multimedia content more carefully – and yeah, there’s no way to expand it.

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posted on 29 Nov 2011, 08:11 6

1. SpanishDeveloper (Posts: 43; Member since: 25 Aug 2011)


HTC, make us a favor and create a 4-inch/4.3-inch Windows Phone with a great display and a good camera. This thing is too big for my pocket.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 11:12 5

9. McLTE (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I saw 4.7" display and was like.. YAY!!!!

Then.. 800x480 and I threw up in my mouth a little.. no thanks!

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 14:53 1

15. Dr.Phil (Posts: 916; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Just wait til next year when they have the update that will allow higher resolution displays. I am sure there will be a "Titan 2" in the works.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 18:35 2

19. apocalypsebc (Posts: 148; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


I hope so, but Nokia or Samsung might beat them to the punch. They both use amoled displays and phone/tablet are the next thing. Kind of like having the best of both worlds. Look up the Samsung Galaxy Note! I want one of those with Windows Phone 8 ;-)

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 20:39

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


Well if you haven't used it, it sounds bad. But, go ahead and try it out. Its noticeable but in all truth its not that bad at all. Its no HD display but its still great. It shouldn't impede on regular functions.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 14:26 1

14. TechiOz (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Hmmm, pocket size is relative to the man. Big guys have bigger pockets and bigger hands. Some need a bigger screen for bigger finger etc. Think outside your box mate.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 18:39 1

20. apocalypsebc (Posts: 148; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


You might cry if you saw the Samsung Galaxy Note. Phone/tablet is the next best thing. The best of both worlds.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 08:39 1

2. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


Yuh know maybe they take the phone is like a brick thing to seriously.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 09:07 5

3. MickDM (Posts: 63; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


the last paragraph sounds more like an ad for android phones than a review of this phone...ijs

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 12:44 1

11. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


I thought you were kidding regarding the last paragraph. Looks like I'll have to agree with you. And can you believe it, the author even says "awesome ice-cream sandwich." Who can you trust nowadays?

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 14:33

29. yodanim (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


if you look at the picture next to the front facing camera picture, it lists the three capacitive soft buttons s ANDROID BUTTONS!! biased much, we see what he'd rather review. 7.5 is a terrible score. user reviews are more like it.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 09:59 1

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


Succinct review! I love WP, but I am not impressed with this 'flagship' WP device; nor am I impressed with the Focus S (and I'd wager that many tech sites aren't impressed with the Focus S given that only a handful of the more popular tech sites even bothered to review it).

Get here, Nokia!

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 10:08

5. senbobaggins (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 May 2011)


Typical phonearena, turning a windows phone review into a plug for android phones. Seriously, look at all the reviews for second generation windows phones....all 7.5. I was a huge phonearena fan but im sick of hearing about Android.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 10:16 1

6. ngo2dd (Posts: 787; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


Typical fanboy. The Fandroid bitch about PA being the iphone arena. The iphone fanboy bitch about PA being too much for android now it is the window people.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 18:54

24. JesterB (Posts: 17; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


It IS odd that PA gave this a 7.5 when they have the Atrix 2 a 9.....

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 11:08 2

7. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


8/10 is a fair score for a smartphone in this category.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 11:10 2

8. snowgator (Posts: 3237; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Okay, I am huge fan of Phone Arena and it's staff. I think they have mostly been fair and informative on reporting news. But truth is truth: John V. Is NOT a fan of Microsoft. As such, I am not surprised with this review.

Windows Phones are NOT Android or iOS. It is not as mature of a platform. I do not expect reviews at this stage on a level of high end Androids or the 4S. But what you will get is a well supported, updated, secure and bug free platform. Not only will the Titan a fantastic experience for the user, but if you look at the You Tube repeats of Microsofts WP8 plans, you know the advances coming. And if you look at the Nodo and Mango updates, you know EVERYONE will get it.
I own the Titan and the Focus S. The Titan's camera is near elite in it's performance, it loads everything you want with no hesitation, connects with every social network you have head of and most you haven't, is a joy to use

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 11:22

10. snowgator (Posts: 3237; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


"heard of". Here I am defending my phones, and I cannot even spell right. Stoopid me.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 12:50 2

12. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


I researched many reviews regarding the titan, from technos to user reviews and many love this phone. So i wouldn\'t be hurt to much by this author.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 15:37

16. Dragonshadowstorm (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Android buttons???

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 17:28 1

17. rsiders (Posts: 277; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Well maybe I'm jumping the gun here but I love this phone! I went into the AT&T store to give it a test drive and it more than exceeded my expectations. The screen resolution is going to pale in comparison to other phones in ppi but when you stop focusing on "the numbers" or "high-end" specs and focus on the experience who cares about the ppi or dual core processors? The phone is a joy to behold! Now the call quality and camera review may be the most useful of these type of reviews because you can't really measure those aspects with a test run at the retail store. But, the experience is magical. I would rate at least 8.5 but like i said I can't speak on call quality. Just hope T-Mobile gets one. I don't see why not either. T-Mobile customers would win. HTC would win. Windows Phone would win. Excuse my venting.lol

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 17:29

18. rsiders (Posts: 277; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


And by the way, still a decent review.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 18:40 1

21. Phaze0085 (Posts: 101; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Great good job HTC. I love my new phone. Yea, id like an expandable card slot, but i really dont use my phone for music anyway. I would love to have a better screen, I mean come on, who wouldnt? But to be honest the screen on it is great as is, so I cant complain. Hey, if you guys choose to make an HTC Titan 2 with a 5" screen, count me in. 2 thumbs up and 4 out of 5 stars. Good jobs guys and gals.

posted on 29 Nov 2011, 21:36 2

23. apocalypsebc (Posts: 148; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


It should have at least been rated an 8. 7.5? people might think you are talking about mango lol. As far as big screen phone that isn't here in the U.S., You forgot to mention the Samsung Galaxy Note which is a 5.4 inch amoled phone/tablet. The next best thing with the best of both worlds. I just cant wait to see one made by Nokia or Samsung running Windows Phone 8 OS.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 16:23

27. gragonHDfones (unregistered)


the thing is they should put it under a carrier, because i wouldnt wanna get it for $700.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 14:00

25. Phrozt (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 May 2011)


Gotta love the author's conclusion, "well, the titan is good and wp7 is good, but I still want you to buy Android, so here are some good models to buy."

posted on 12 Dec 2011, 18:31

26. rabit1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Problem with reviewers is just that without having to use it extensively, working out all the tricks and intricacies of a product there's no way they'll know and appreciate a good thing.
They basically only look at skin deep.

Same thing with people who looks at the number and says "only single core?", "only 800x480?", etc..

Granted there is no perfect product. But Titan is very very good. Great screen, no problem whatsoever with screen resolution. In fact its large screen is a joy to use.

There is no going back to anything less than 4" screen after Titan. Now awaiting Titan 2.

posted on 26 Dec 2011, 04:46

28. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


It says android buttons phone arena, btw

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HTC Titan

HTC Titan

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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Display4.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (199 ppi) S-LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255, Single core, 1500 MHz
512 MB RAM
Size5.18 x 2.78 x 0.39 inches
(131.5 x 70.7 x 9.9 mm)
5.64 oz  (160 g)
Battery1600 mAh, 11.83 hours talk time

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