x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA

HTC Titan II Review

HTC Titan II

Posted: , by Brian K.


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.

The UI of the HTC Titan II is not customized - HTC Titan II Review
The UI of the HTC Titan II is not customized - HTC Titan II Review
The UI of the HTC Titan II is not customized - HTC Titan II Review

The UI of the HTC Titan II is not customized

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.

The HTC Hub app brings Sense-like experience - HTC Titan II Review
The HTC Hub app brings Sense-like experience - HTC Titan II Review
The HTC Hub app brings Sense-like experience - HTC Titan II Review
The HTC Hub app brings Sense-like experience - HTC Titan II Review

The HTC Hub app brings Sense-like experience

HTC Titan II Review
Thanks to the huge tracts of display real estate 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.

The web browser is good, but lacks Flash support - HTC Titan II Review
The web browser is good, but lacks Flash support - HTC Titan II Review

The web browser is good, but lacks Flash support

  • Options

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 07:12 5

1. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 2008)

7.5/10 is a fair score I guess. Slightly lower than Lumia 900's 8/10, especially with it's price.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 07:35

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

i guess in the windows phone world, the titan is the lumia's only competitor.

but soon...

41MP > 16MP

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 09:20

6. Schmao (Posts: 365; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)

41MP means it takes up MUCH MORE space. So they scale the image, and you get a nice low resolution around 16MP.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 09:51

7. DIYguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 27 Feb 2011)

Dafuq you talking about?

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 16:15

14. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

No dude they combine the pixels. Every six pixels becomes one pixel so the actual resolution is around 5 megapixels. But if you note that the 808 actually takes photos at both 38 and 32 megapixels, well it is easier to see how it can combine pixels, making a super pixel of sorts. There is no down scaling, just combining pixels.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 18:12

15. corrifa (Posts: 34; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)

Wouldn't scaling down be pretty much the same thing as combining them?

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 18:34

16. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

Rofl in a way but scaling down - according to Nokia- creates lost detail but combining pixels doesn't. I kinda see what they mean. When they combine the pixels the the picture is encoded at the same size as when it was 38 or 32 megapixels. But when the pixels are combined, the resolution drops by five to six times. In other words, you can look at it like it is 38 or 32 mega pixels when the final product is finished. Its is just that the pixels are connected so if you were to scale it to five megapixels, view it at full resolution, it wouldn't have any loss of details as if you were to view it at the actual 38 or 32 megapixels.

posted on 02 May 2012, 05:34

23. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

Hahaha. This guy doesn't really understand how pureview tech works.

posted on 15 May 2012, 10:52

25. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


posted on 15 May 2012, 11:17

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

i said "soon" bro. easy. it's a 100% sure decision that Lumia will incorporate Pureview in their next flagships.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 07:49

3. Dameon (Posts: 32; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

nice review..now im not sure if i wanna get a wp7 phone now or wait for apollo and see what they have in store

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 08:17

4. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 872; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

I was really hoping for the same set of photos as with the Lumia 900 so I could compare the two of them head to head.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 08:29

5. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

slight lags at times?!! lags in WP? really?! how often? what happen to htc+WP?! tsk tsk tsk..

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 10:05

8. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

It is tough to reason out 200.00 for a WP 7.5 device at this point. I expect HTC and AT&T to get this down to Lumina 900 levels, and then this will be a great option. I am hoping for a September/October WP8 launch, and these two devices need to hold the interest of phone buyers until Apollo turns some heads.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 10:24

9. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

lumia 900 camera sucks bad. i can vouch for that. that is why i returned it yesterday. indoor shots esp are blurry and the flash doesnt light up a turd! windows needs to go back in the oven until Christmas i feel..we need duel processors, real cameras and more customization options...oh and another 100000 apps would be nice. otherwise ..i am liking what i am seeing but i am sticking with android for now.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 12:42 2

11. Mozarrt (Posts: 301; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)

Somehow I get the impression you havn't actually tried the Nokia 900

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 14:37 1

12. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

from ur name i get the feeling u wernt very inclined to like wp7 in the first place.. if u actually tried it at all

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 21:14 1

17. Mr.Best (Posts: 79; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)

What? "Duel processors"? Are they gonna fight or something?

posted on 02 May 2012, 05:36

24. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

Dual processors? Dude, clock speed issue only occurs on android phones because of it's OS. WP doesn't need that much of clock speed. And Camera? Wait until nokia's pureview gives a visit to WP.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 12:19

10. Martine (Posts: 102; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

Cons: "Slight lag at times"


posted on 09 Apr 2012, 15:07 1

13. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Still HTC doesn't know how to utilize power or 16 mpx. N8 has 12 and is far more superior to this one.
HTC lame once again.
Fanboys used to say...mpx are not everything. HTC should listen to them.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 10:45

18. dan_md (Posts: 66; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)

If camera performance and boxy design is not your thing, head for the Nokia Lumia 900: sexier, better build quality, and great set of exclusive apps especially Nokia Drive and Maps - two of my favorite apps from my Symbian devices

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 15:09

19. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4320; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Do you guys ever notice?? There's always a "But..." in the conclusion!!

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 23:04

20. deadhead (Posts: 17; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

I went to AT&T today and looked at the Lumia 900 and this.. the Nokia is way better looking and it feels premium compared to the HTC despite the fact that its cheaper by $100 on contract.

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 05:39

21. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

The Titan's camera is still beaten by the Lumia 900. Carl Zeiss optics? Yes please.

posted on 10 Aug 2012, 17:12

27. kickinpwnr (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

As far as the lack of customization mentioned, is that in comparison to an Android device. Is customization however comparable to an iOS device?

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

Want to comment? Please login or register.

HTC Titan II

HTC Titan II

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
view full specs
PhoneArena rating:
Display4.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (199 ppi) S-LCD
Camera16 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1500 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size5.20 x 2.70 x 0.50 inches
(132 x 69 x 13 mm)
5.20 oz  (147 g)
Battery1730 mAh, 4.3 hours talk time

Latest stories