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Nokia Lumia 900 vs HTC Titan II

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Interface and Functionality:

Running the most up-to-date version of Windows Phone, version 7.5 (aka Mango), there’s nothing dramatically different in terms of the experience – well, you know, Microsoft likes to keep it that way. Therefore, whether you’re checking out the People Hub for you social networking fix, or using the calendar to keep up with your schedule, you won’t find anything different between them.

The Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 vs HTC Titan II
Nokia Lumia 900 vs HTC Titan II
The HTC Titan II - Nokia Lumia 900 vs HTC Titan II
Nokia Lumia 900 vs HTC Titan II

The Nokia Lumia 900

 

The HTC Titan II

 

However, we have to point out that HTC Titan II offers the HTC Hub, which is none other than a slimmed down version of HTC’s Sense UI over on Android. Conversely, the unique thing about the Nokia Lumia 900 is that it has the benefit of being able to download Nokia’s specific apps – like Nokia Drive and Maps. Initially, some might be enticed by the voice guided turn-by-turn navigations available with Nokia Drive, but you can’t forget that the HTC Titan II has access to HTC Locations, which is its comparable GPS navigation app. So what can we say about it all? Don’t hinge on the core experience to make a decision on what to side with.

The HTC Hub app brings Sense-like experience - Nokia Lumia 900 vs HTC Titan II
The HTC Hub app brings Sense-like experience - Nokia Lumia 900 vs HTC Titan II
The HTC Hub app brings Sense-like experience - Nokia Lumia 900 vs HTC Titan II
The HTC Hub app brings Sense-like experience - Nokia Lumia 900 vs HTC Titan II

Nokia Drive and Maps - Nokia Lumia 900 vs HTC Titan II
Nokia Drive and Maps - Nokia Lumia 900 vs HTC Titan II
Nokia Drive and Maps - Nokia Lumia 900 vs HTC Titan II
Nokia Drive and Maps - Nokia Lumia 900 vs HTC Titan II

Likewise, we can say the same when it comes to typing messages with each device, as neither one is able to distinguish itself as the superior one – that’s because of their spacious layouts and responsiveness in keeping up with our rate. Throw in one phenomenal auto-correct feature found with the Windows Phone keyboard, we find both to deliver a great messaging experience.


Processor and Memory:

Becoming a consistent theme amongst Windows Phones in general, we’re not all that concerned about raw specs with them, mainly because they seemingly all run flawlessly and without any distracting issues. Nevertheless, the Nokia Lumia 900 is powered by a single-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8055 processor, whereas the HTC Titan II relies on a single-core core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 CPU. When it comes to pure performance, it’s hardly determinable to say which has the edge over the other, as they perform equally with all tasks.

When it comes down to internal storage, they’re both advertised as offering 16GB, but out of the box, but it’s actually 13.61GB of free memory – meaning, you’re still required to manage stored content to maximize their capacities. Sorry folks, there’s no expansion with them!


Internet and Connectivity:

Arriving on the scene at the same exact time, both have the prestigious title of being the first 4G LTE enabled Windows Phones on the market – and the timing couldn’t have been better! Relying on AT&T’s network, they’re both able to load our web site in its entirety in under 30 seconds. As for the rest of the web browsing experience, they once again perform similarly with their fluid kinetic scrolling and pinch zooming.

Web browsing with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 vs HTC Titan II
Web browsing with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 vs HTC Titan II
Web browsing with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 vs HTC Titan II
Web browsing with the Nokia Lumia 900 - Nokia Lumia 900 vs HTC Titan II

The web browser of the HTC Titan II - Nokia Lumia 900 vs HTC Titan II
The web browser of the HTC Titan II - Nokia Lumia 900 vs HTC Titan II

In our testing, data speeds remained consistent as they both deliver similar results in the same locations. Specifically, we’re able to see them obtaining maximum download and upload HSPA+ speeds of 5Mbit/s and 1Mbit/s respectively. Under 4G LTE connectivity, we’re seeing better results at 10Mbit/s and 3Mbit/s, but they’re nothing stellar when compared to devices running off of Verizon’s LTE network. With other connectivity options, they both feature aGPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality.

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