HTC Titan


The first thing that will stand out when you see an HTC Titan in person is its size. It is big, but not uncomfortably so. This 4.7 inch Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) device that runs on AT&T’s network fits comfortably in the hand and in the pocket. Since it runs the current Windows Phone 7.5 operating system and gets all the benefits of doing so (battery life, usability) I will focus on what Makes the Titan unique.

If you’d like to find out more about the Windows Phone operating system the Windows Phone site is a great resource.

Hardware

The HTC Titan has a solid feel. It has a heft when compared to the Samsung Focus, my comparison device, but it is not heavy. The case has a soft texture to it and the screen actually sits inside the case so when you pop the back of the case off it seems the screen is actually falling out (see slideshow). It’s a pretty cool design.

The camera on the back is a 8 MP camera with dual LED flash. It takes nice pictures, and with the additional camera software HTC has included, makes this one of the most powerful cameras in the Windows Phone lineup. There is also a 1.3 MP front facing camera, which is another aspect that sets this Windows Phone apart from the others. In the camera itself the front facing camera can be accessed by tapping an additional software button located between the zoom and button to switch to video.  I was able to try the just released Skype for Windows Phone beta with the Titan and results were good.

The 4.7 WVGA screen doesn’t produce the same quality of color as the Samsung Focus OLED display, but have no doubt this screen looks very good. The extra size of this screen really makes the Windows Phone live tiles seem even more engaging than normal. Even if you aren’t in the market for a new phone at the moment you owe it to yourself to check out the screen on the Titan in person if possible.

If you noticed I didn’t mention processor or memory specs above that was intentional. If you’ve used Windows Phone across a variety of devices you know that the fluidness of the operating systems is consistent whether you’re using current hardware or a device that cam out in October 2010. The HTC Titan is obviously no different. If you are really interested processor specs are listed in the specifications below.

From a battery life perspective I also saw similar results as other Windows Phones. You can easily get through a day with normal use. Call quality and data speeds were very good.

HTC Software

It’s well known manufacturers have some level of customization within the Windows Phone operating system and to date HTC has shown the best example of what can be done.

HTC has expanded the camera and settings of the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system (OS) on the Titan to really make it stand apart.

In the camera HTC has added support for additional camera modes and settings right into the camera settings menu. They have also added additional settings in the system settings area. A complete list of these are provided below.

CAMERA SETTINGS

  • face detection
  • metering mode
  • flicker adjustment
  • scenes
  • effects
  • panorama shot – it is nice that HTC built this into the OS, but I have seen better results using a 3rd party app such as the Photo Studio provided by Samsung
  • burst shots – works well to capture many images in a short amount of time

SYSTEM SETTINGS

  • Internet Sharing – the Titan can act as a wireless hotspot if you are using the 5GB data plan from AT&T
  • SIM Applications
  • SRS Enhancements (for sound and video) – when using wired headset
  • Hearing Aid support
  • Attentive Phone
    • Quiet ring on pickup – reduces ring volume when I move phone
    • Pocket mode – increase ring volume while in pocket or bag
    • Flip for speaker – turn over your phone to activate the speaker during calls
    • Flip for mute ringer – turn over your phone to silence the ringer during an incoming call

Although HTC has done a wonderful job of including many additional features into the Windows Phone operating system itself they also have unique apps available in the marketplace. One such app was the DLNA app. It worked perfectly with my Samsung DLNA TV (my Samsung Focus still doesn’t support DLNA).

Overview

The Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) operating system is great, and in the right hands can be made even better. HTC has stepped up to the plate and hit a home run with the Titan. The combination of 2nd generation hardware with additional operating system features sets this device apart from the pack. Many other sites have claimed the Titan is currently the best Windows Phone currently available. I can’t say it is the best as I haven’t been fortunate to try all of the other devices. Although, I have tired many and the Titan is definitely a very good device and probably the best combination of hardware/ software currently available in the Windows Phone ecosystem.

 

 

As of the time of this writing the Titan is currently available on AT&T’s website for $.01 with a 2 year contract. If you’re in the market, please consider it.

MWGEEK RECOMMENDED

Specifications

  • 4.7” WVGA screen
  • Rear facing camera (8MP) with dual LED flash
  • Front facing camera (1.3MP)
  • Battery – 1650 mAh with up to 4 hour talk time and 14 day standby
  • Weight – 5.64 ounces
  • Size – 5.14 x 2.78 x .39 inches
  • up to 16 GB internal storage
  • Wi-Fi
  • GSM/EDGE
    • 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 3G UMTS/HSDPA
    • 850/1900/2100 MHz
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo
  • 4G HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul

 

Disclaimer

 

I am an AT&T mobile and UVerse internet customer. AT&T is not compensating me for this review. My opinions expressed above represent my true thoughts.

 

Sources: AT&T, Microsoft

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