Nokia Lumia 900 vs HTC Titan II

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.

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.

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.

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.



1. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

the price is indeed the selling point of the lumia... will wait for apollo before getting a wp.

2. santaclaus

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

apollo + pureview = killing device

11. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

oh i ment to thumb u up. WP 8 will be amazing.

30. epdm2be

Posts: 824; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

nnaatthhaannx2 : ...but require me to buy yet another phone again since "they" won't release it for the current range of lumia's.

31. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Wait, what are you talking about?

3. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Nokia is the company most likely to support it's WP. More apps, better color choice, better call quality, and the better price. Nokia does win. But credit where credit is due. The T2 is a better camera, and a more solid device. The lens on the 900 scratches easy, and the hard edges on the device will annoy some people. Drop the price on the T2 to a more comparable 100.00 - 120.00, and this choice isn't as clear. It then becomes what do you use your phone for more. But at 100.00 more, it isn't even close.

12. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Don't you think it would be so much better if PA just listed a winner under each subhedding in the article? It's strange that in most of the comparisons, they don't take a side, they just show you what one has against another. If any editor is reading this, please consider. It makes the articles more worthwhile.

14. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Why would they do that then? No one would read the review. The reveiw points out the advantages and disadvantages in each device and a simple sub header can't explain that at all. The point of this sight is to give in-depth reviews to consumers. Like if people went with the device with the most disadvantages in the comparison, they should know the flaws they would face right of the bat so your point is kinda...well??? I don't agree. lol

15. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Actually, I kinda like the idea. Break it down to sections (screen performance, OS/UI, camera/recording, multimedia, ECT.), and let the readers see which device wins each section. They pretty much do that already, and truthfully the "overall" winner isn't as important as getting the devices strengths matched up with the users needs. The 900 may be a better device, but someone may want a smartphone for a reason the 900 is weak in, and be disappointed. This would be very useful in Android devices, as their differences are so vast.

4. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

htc threw in it 16 mpx and there is no difference between titan and lumia with "just" 8 mpx. Htc could use even 32 mpx and it would be a crap. Lack of experience, lack of knowledge=dissapointment

7. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

You know nothing, HTC don't make their camera. check the one on Cnet and you see a night a day different from the lumia and the Titan. The Titan was over all better.

8. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Well..I do know more than you, sir htc-blindmaniac. And I did say many times, HTC don't know how to make good cameras. And I don't give a crap who's making cameras for them. They use it in their phones. Period.

9. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

and...I'm so sorry..but even S II (which has "only" 8 mpx) makes a lot better pictures than your almighty titan the second.

10. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

HTC's cameras are actually quite good. My HTC Sensation 4G shoots as well as (and sometimes better than) my Lumia 900, and.the Amaze, Vivid, and One series have had positive reviews for their cameras as well. Also, megapixels aren't everything. A quality sensor, lens, and software make a huge impact. It's like a car: more cylinders or more power doesn't mean the car is.better, faster, or the best choice for the needs of the user.

13. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

my sensation's camera is great too! You cant judge a company by just one product. (Except McDonalds)

16. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

$g is an exception and he makes really good photos. I wonder why HTC hasn't utilizedthis technology in further models. And maybe diamond many years ago (it has 3,2 or 5 mpx? don't remember). My point is that HTC tends to make a big BANG about their phones. Titan II has been announced for many months. N8 killer, better than 4s, blablabla marketing gibberlish. Smaller sensor, lack of xenon, 16 mpx...and what? Titan II makes photos which are often on par with Lumia 900 (whioch is not superb in this ascept) and for sure not better than for example, S II. HTC stopped. Apple made a progress with camera in 4s. Huge progress, And it is visible. HTC is always trying (vide dr dre bass)...and nothing more. I have a feeling that they are focused too much on their so called unibody cases than on the rest of the phone.

19. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Have you check the cnet one I guess not because you would not say it is on par. And for the last time HTC don't make their camera they buy it from other company. You know nothing. Not many phone company make their camera. The one on the 4s is from sony,

21. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I don't care about cnet. have you checked uewrrewuy? N? So shut up. I've had either. Nokias, HTC's, Moto and even samsung. I make a statement based on my own experience. You use internet. Be my guest. The only phones which make good pictures are mytouch 4g and old diamond. I don't say Titan II is a mess but it is not as good as it was announced. It produces quite good pictures, but worse than 4s or SII. Taking into account it was supposue to be a "N8 killer" and something no one never seen before, it's a joke. HTC just bumped up specs to higher resolution so no one should spot weak points. But it's not a proper way. They just don't know how to do it properly. HTC was close to a really good camera. It was 4g. Period. They can put in it even 24 mpx and yet they will be beaten by apple, samsung, let alone Nokia.

22. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

...sorry, but if Cnet is your source of information...good luck!

5. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

The only real difference in any windows device is occasionally clock speed, screen size and camera

17. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

When I buy a PHONE, the most important factor in it, is a CALLING QUALITY. Nokia wins almost every phone in that aspect. Clock speed is important factor only for laggy androids The best screen size for handsets is 4" - 4.3". That size has the best usage enjoyment. Imagine how you look while holding some 4.5"-4.7" brick on your ear while walking in the street. No thanks! Last but not least, the design. I don't want any of those androidlooklike clones.

20. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I don't call lol dude im 15 i facebook and text. and in my spare time dismantle broken computers for the good parts or reset the hard drive to resell it. I dont care for calling quality.

29. epdm2be

Posts: 824; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

kshell1 Wasn't a small, cheap Wifi-tablet then a better choice instead of a cellPHONE?

6. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

@John V.: the internal storage may not be expandable, but Windows Phones come with 25 GB free storage via Microsoft SkyDrive, bringing the total to 41 GB, or 38 for user-accessible data. A person would have to get the 32 GB iPhone with icloud to get that close (still 1 GB short). Granted I strongly prefer expandable memory (especially in the era of capped data plans for data syncing) but one must give credit where credit is due. Plus side of SkyDrive (and cloud services like DropBox, which I also use) is that if the phone is lost or stolen, the online data is safe.

25. epdm2be

Posts: 824; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

The problem is this: 1) on Windows Phone cloud-usage (Live!) is obligatory and therefore require punters to fork out for these data-plans. Even the most trivial things (like e.g. transfering a ringtone or photo to another phone) 2) target audience for many smartphones are people whom don't have the income to spend on expensive data-plans. Proof is XBox-Live integration (which only works through the cloud) and is directly geared toward a younger audience. The removal/restriction of expandable storage is a bad one. And this will only get worse when you take into account apps like offline-navigation, HD video-recording, high MPixels photo's etc...

18. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

if it's the camera you want go buy a SGSII,iPhone 4S,N8 or wait for the almighty 808PW but if it's a good WP buy the L900 because in my opinion the sweetspot 4-4,3'' screens and for me I would like a 4'' screen and I'm going to wait for the 808PW to come out because I need a good phonecamera to shoot my freerun vids and pics on

23. deadhead

Posts: 17; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I held them both in the store today, the Lumia wins hands down. Its just a better device overall, and its cheaper.. that combination is kind of rear these days.

24. epdm2be

Posts: 824; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I see all these comments on the video and mpixels on both HTC and Lumia but hasn't anybody heard how horrible the AUDIO-recording was on the Titan? Strange how vendors keep neglecting the sound-departement. Only Nokia seems to divert some efforts in that.

26. fenixsama

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Sometimes I wonder if the lumia 900 would have been great if it were meego. -sent from my N9

27. Dadler22

Posts: 242; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

and the winner is.... NO ONE because you bought a Windows Phone.

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