HTC Titan Hands-on

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 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.

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.

HTC Titan and Radar Hands-on:

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  • Display 4.7" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1600 mAh(6.83h 3G talk time)



1. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 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 ?

23. OriginalSIM

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 29, 2011

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

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...

29. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

go sleep badadu...its not for you.

34. HeyBadaBadaSwingBadaBada

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Bigger is better my friend ;)

41. PzykoSkillz

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 29, 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.

44. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

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

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"

50. ReturningToNokia

Posts: 130; Member since: Jul 09, 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.

2. biscutbob

Posts: 82; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

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

3. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 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.

5. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

then bada is the OS for you.

6. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

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

9. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 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.

13. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 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.

17. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

As i said, bada has more functionality than WP7.

19. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

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

20. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 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...

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.

45. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 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.

47. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

49. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 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.

30. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

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

59. SidLiy

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 14, 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.

35. HeyBadaBadaSwingBadaBada

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

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

7. cj100570

Posts: 204; Member since: May 12, 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.

4. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 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

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

32. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

unofficial androids dont work well.

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.

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