HTC Titan Review

HTC Titan Review

Last year when Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform rose out of the ashes, veteran smartphone maker HTC came to the plate bringing along devices fitting for the launch party – such as the HTC Trophy, Surround, and HD7. Obviously, the biggest one of the bunch, the HD7, didn’t quite pack the same punch as previous ‘HD’ devices from HTC, but fortunately enough, the Taiwanese company is making sure to turn things around with its latest Windows Phone device. Truly having a gargantuan presence behind it, thanks to its insanely large 4.7” display, the HTC Titan as its name implies intends on being a prominent figure amongst the recent crop of Windows Phone Mango smartphones.

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and Regulatory Guide


At first glance, the Titan might seem to be too much phone for any normal human being, especially with its wide figure, but after holding it in our hands, it reconfirms our assertions of being yet another quality device. Donning yet another indelible industrial design that shines in all corners, there’s plenty to like about this beauty – like its sturdy metallic casing, relatively slim figure (0.39” thick), and clean appearance. Yes, its metallic shell adds some weight to the handset, but it’s warranted in keeping it rock solid.

You can compare the HTC Titan with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

It was only yesterday when the HTC HD2 enthralled us with its 4.3” display, and as fate would have it, we’re reliving the same thing now that there’s a 4.7” WVGA (480 x 800) S-LCD display taking up space on the HTC Titan. In a smartphone world filled with 720p displays, its WVGA resolution (200 ppi) is undoubtedly behind the times – and it’s blatantly exposed when viewing fine text in a zoomed out view within the web browser. Nevertheless, its Super LCD panel produces enough vivid and high-contrast color tones to reel in our eyes. Add in to that its wide viewing angles and strong brightness output, it’s able to maintain its visibility when using it outdoors.

Since there is plenty of spacing separating its capacitive buttons, accidental presses are actually very rare. Above its display, it features that distinctive narrow looking earpiece common amongst HTC smartphones, and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera, which combines with the Tango app to offer video chat via Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity.

Around its sides, we find its microphone, microUSB port, two-level shutter key, volume control button, 3.5mm headset jack, noise cancellation microphone, and dedicated power button.

HTC Titan 360-degrees View:



28. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

It says android buttons phone arena, btw

26. rabit1

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Problem with reviewers is just that without having to use it extensively, working out all the tricks and intricacies of a product there's no way they'll know and appreciate a good thing. They basically only look at skin deep. Same thing with people who looks at the number and says "only single core?", "only 800x480?", etc.. Granted there is no perfect product. But Titan is very very good. Great screen, no problem whatsoever with screen resolution. In fact its large screen is a joy to use. There is no going back to anything less than 4" screen after Titan. Now awaiting Titan 2.

25. Phrozt

Posts: 9; Member since: May 11, 2011

Gotta love the author's conclusion, "well, the titan is good and wp7 is good, but I still want you to buy Android, so here are some good models to buy."

23. apocalypsebc

Posts: 148; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

It should have at least been rated an 8. 7.5? people might think you are talking about mango lol. As far as big screen phone that isn't here in the U.S., You forgot to mention the Samsung Galaxy Note which is a 5.4 inch amoled phone/tablet. The next best thing with the best of both worlds. I just cant wait to see one made by Nokia or Samsung running Windows Phone 8 OS.

27. gragonHDfones unregistered

the thing is they should put it under a carrier, because i wouldnt wanna get it for $700.

21. Phaze0085

Posts: 124; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Great good job HTC. I love my new phone. Yea, id like an expandable card slot, but i really dont use my phone for music anyway. I would love to have a better screen, I mean come on, who wouldnt? But to be honest the screen on it is great as is, so I cant complain. Hey, if you guys choose to make an HTC Titan 2 with a 5" screen, count me in. 2 thumbs up and 4 out of 5 stars. Good jobs guys and gals.

18. rsiders

Posts: 2060; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

And by the way, still a decent review.

17. rsiders

Posts: 2060; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Well maybe I'm jumping the gun here but I love this phone! I went into the AT&T store to give it a test drive and it more than exceeded my expectations. The screen resolution is going to pale in comparison to other phones in ppi but when you stop focusing on "the numbers" or "high-end" specs and focus on the experience who cares about the ppi or dual core processors? The phone is a joy to behold! Now the call quality and camera review may be the most useful of these type of reviews because you can't really measure those aspects with a test run at the retail store. But, the experience is magical. I would rate at least 8.5 but like i said I can't speak on call quality. Just hope T-Mobile gets one. I don't see why not either. T-Mobile customers would win. HTC would win. Windows Phone would win. Excuse my

16. Dragonshadowstorm

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Android buttons???

8. snowgator

Posts: 3629; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Okay, I am huge fan of Phone Arena and it's staff. I think they have mostly been fair and informative on reporting news. But truth is truth: John V. Is NOT a fan of Microsoft. As such, I am not surprised with this review. Windows Phones are NOT Android or iOS. It is not as mature of a platform. I do not expect reviews at this stage on a level of high end Androids or the 4S. But what you will get is a well supported, updated, secure and bug free platform. Not only will the Titan a fantastic experience for the user, but if you look at the You Tube repeats of Microsofts WP8 plans, you know the advances coming. And if you look at the Nodo and Mango updates, you know EVERYONE will get it. I own the Titan and the Focus S. The Titan's camera is near elite in it's performance, it loads everything you want with no hesitation, connects with every social network you have head of and most you haven't, is a joy to use

10. snowgator

Posts: 3629; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

"heard of". Here I am defending my phones, and I cannot even spell right. Stoopid me.

12. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I researched many reviews regarding the titan, from technos to user reviews and many love this phone. So i wouldn\'t be hurt to much by this author.

7. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

8/10 is a fair score for a smartphone in this category.

5. senbobaggins

Posts: 8; Member since: May 22, 2011

Typical phonearena, turning a windows phone review into a plug for android phones. Seriously, look at all the reviews for second generation windows phones....all 7.5. I was a huge phonearena fan but im sick of hearing about Android.

6. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Typical fanboy. The Fandroid bitch about PA being the iphone arena. The iphone fanboy bitch about PA being too much for android now it is the window people.

24. JesterB

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

It IS odd that PA gave this a 7.5 when they have the Atrix 2 a 9.....

4. ReturningToNokia

Posts: 130; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

Succinct review! I love WP, but I am not impressed with this 'flagship' WP device; nor am I impressed with the Focus S (and I'd wager that many tech sites aren't impressed with the Focus S given that only a handful of the more popular tech sites even bothered to review it). Get here, Nokia!

3. MickDM

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

the last paragraph sounds more like an ad for android phones than a review of this phone...ijs

11. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

I thought you were kidding regarding the last paragraph. Looks like I'll have to agree with you. And can you believe it, the author even says "awesome ice-cream sandwich." Who can you trust nowadays?

29. yodanim

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

if you look at the picture next to the front facing camera picture, it lists the three capacitive soft buttons s ANDROID BUTTONS!! biased much, we see what he'd rather review. 7.5 is a terrible score. user reviews are more like it.

2. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

Yuh know maybe they take the phone is like a brick thing to seriously.

1. SpanishDeveloper

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 25, 2011

HTC, make us a favor and create a 4-inch/4.3-inch Windows Phone with a great display and a good camera. This thing is too big for my pocket.

9. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I saw 4.7" display and was like.. YAY!!!! Then.. 800x480 and I threw up in my mouth a little.. no thanks!

15. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2565; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Just wait til next year when they have the update that will allow higher resolution displays. I am sure there will be a "Titan 2" in the works.

19. apocalypsebc

Posts: 148; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I hope so, but Nokia or Samsung might beat them to the punch. They both use amoled displays and phone/tablet are the next thing. Kind of like having the best of both worlds. Look up the Samsung Galaxy Note! I want one of those with Windows Phone 8 ;-)

22. rayjones09

Posts: 149; Member since: Dec 16, 2010

Well if you haven't used it, it sounds bad. But, go ahead and try it out. Its noticeable but in all truth its not that bad at all. Its no HD display but its still great. It shouldn't impede on regular functions.

14. TechiOz

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Hmmm, pocket size is relative to the man. Big guys have bigger pockets and bigger hands. Some need a bigger screen for bigger finger etc. Think outside your box mate.

20. apocalypsebc

Posts: 148; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

You might cry if you saw the Samsung Galaxy Note. Phone/tablet is the next best thing. The best of both worlds.
  • 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

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