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 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB,
  • Battery 1600 mAh
  • OS Windows Phone 7.5 Mango



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....

55. lzxc10

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 23, 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. :)

54. Kim unregistered

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

53. Theelichtje

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 04, 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.

48. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

EDIT: Forget about this post please...

52. GJanee

Posts: 214; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

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

43. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

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.

33. ThomasFlowerchild

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 17, 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 :(

40. rayjones09

Posts: 149; Member since: Dec 16, 2010

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

46. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 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.

31. IEatApples

Posts: 66; Member since: Jul 06, 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.

39. rayjones09

Posts: 149; Member since: Dec 16, 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.

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.

24. OriginalSIM

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 29, 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!!

38. rayjones09

Posts: 149; Member since: Dec 16, 2010

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

12. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

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

11. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

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

51. Motion That unregistered

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

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.

10. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

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

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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!

21. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 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 ?

16. haikallp unregistered

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

18. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

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

22. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 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.

26. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 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 :)

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.

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