Interface, Software and Functionality:
As great as the Windows Phone interface is, one of the downsides is the lack of customization. You can apply color schemes and add, delete and rearrange tiles to suit your liking, but when you pick up a Windows Phone you’re generally going to have the same experience independent of the device you’re using. There are strong arguments for having this type of experience related to familiarity (see: iPhone), but unlike iOS there are several hardware developers on the Windows Phone platform and that makes it hard to differentiate.
HTC has done what they can with their HTC Hub app, which brings a Sense-like experience, but it is not incorporated throughout the interface which is at the core of what Sense is really about. The Titan II - like the Titan and any other Windows Phone 7.5 device before it- runs vanilla Windows Phone 7.5, and thanks to the required hardware specs it runs it quite well. If you’re unfamiliar with the interface check out our HTC Radar review for a detailed look at Windows Phone Mango.
we came away very impressed with the typing experience on the HTC Titan and our impression has not changed with the Titan II. When combined with Windows Phone’s spectacular auto correction, the Titan II is one of the best devices we’ve used to type out messages and emails. The only addition we’d like to see is a list of common punctuations in the prediction bar once a space is inserted. As it stands the user has to switch to the symbol mode to access anything beyond a period or comma, which slows down typing a bit.
In addition to the standard Windows Phone apps, the Titan II is preloaded with AT&T apps like Code Scanner, Navigator, U-Verse Mobile and YPmobile, as well as the aforementioned HTC Hub. Thankfully these can all be uninstalled via a long-press in the application list, since many users won’t be U-Verse subscribers and therefore have no need for the app.
Under the hood the Titan and Titan II appear identical. You’ll find a single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 processor clocked at 1.5GHz with 512MB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage with no expansion. In general the Titan II is snappy, but now and again we find ourselves waiting a bit longer than we’d like. It is not a constant or predictable lag, or even a significant lag, but something we’ve definitely noticed.
Internet and Connectivity:
One of the two main differences between the Titan and the Titan II is the inclusion of 4G LTE on the newer device. Web browsing overall was good, but the lack of Flash support does hamper the experience on some pages. The stock IE browser performed up to par, with smooth zooming and scrolling.
The other connectivity options on the HTC Titan II remain relatively typical. You will find Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS and the older Bluetooth 2.1+EDR standard with support for the HSP 1.1, HFP 1.5, PBA, A2DP 1.2 and AVRC 1.3 profiles. The phone has the ability to turn into a mobile hotspot, which will let you connect up to five other devices.