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HTC Titan II Review

HTC Titan II 7.5

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The camera is the other major upgrade on the Titan II; it now sits at 16megapixels whereas the Titan was 8MP. The camera is backside illuminated (BSI) with a wide-angle f2.6 lens, auto focus and image stabilization. The specs are very impressive, but the results don’t differ much from the Titan’s 8MP shooter. Outdoor images were generally good with natural color reproduction, but when you zoom in to full resolution you notice that details are a bit fuzzy. Keep in mind that full resolution is 4640x3480 however, so most users will never be zooming in so much. On our 1080p monitor images looked very good. Indoor shooting proved a bit of a challenge for the Titan II, with images ending up granier than we would expect.

HTC Titan II Review
HTC Titan II Review
HTC Titan II Review
HTC Titan II Review
HTC Titan II Review
HTC Titan II Review
HTC Titan II Review
HTC Titan II Review
Outdoor photos - HTC Titan II Review
Outdoor photos - HTC Titan II Review
Outdoor photos - HTC Titan II Review

Outdoor photos

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Indoor samples

The image stabilization worked very well. There were a few pictures where we tried to make it blurry but the software did a good job of overriding our shaking. Panorama mode is simple to use and the results were good. The Titan II also features red-eye reduction to get rid of those pesky beady eyes.

Panorama mode - HTC Titan II Review

Panorama mode

Video is shot at 720p
, which is a bit of a surprise given that many 5MP cameras are shooting at 1080 these days, but the results were thankfully improved from the Titan. They were far from professional quality, but the Titan II did a good job with light adjustment and smoothly moving focus throughout the shot.

HTC Titan II Sample Video:


The Titan II has the same media experience as other Windows Phones due to the identical software, though watching videos on the 4.7” S-LCD display is a bit more satisfying. It did not have any problems playing our test files, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t complain about multimedia management. Everything runs through the Zune software, which is annoying. Like Apple with iTunes, Microsoft forces you to manage their content via their software, rather than simply letting you have access to your device how you want it. It took us several tries to sync the media we wanted because the Zune software wouldn’t properly find files that were very clearly via our File Explorer.

Playing music on the HTC Titan II - HTC Titan II Review
Playing music on the HTC Titan II - HTC Titan II Review
Playing music on the HTC Titan II - HTC Titan II Review

Playing music on the HTC Titan II

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Video playback

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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: 871; 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: 4278; 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?

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HTC Titan II

HTC Titan II

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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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

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