HTC Titan

8.0
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Reviewed by abdulla77 (Currently owns)

I've ordered the HTC Titan the moment in launched (got it through clove.co.uk). Initial impressions were 'damn this is a huge phone!'. But what really sucks you in is the WP7 UI. The instant response you get from flicking your finger across the screen is hands-down the best i've seen since the iPhone 4. The animation or fluidity is even more vibrant with mega large icons or what they call the 'metro' look.

As far as usability as a phone, it does what it's supposed to do, everything is crystal clear in terms of buttons and calling. I even went and tried video calling using Tango and that worked smoothly. I also like the animation of contact number jumping when a call comes in, small touches but nice and not too intrusive.

In terms of video and music, that's probably the best thing about it. Zune's subscription model coupled with a huge screen makes this thing an entertainment powerhouse. Even from a UI perspective, everything is organized in 1 icon (together with your podcasts, and music/video apps you downloaded from the marketplace). I could stream music from the Zune marketplace, or download a non-DRMed version if I wanted. I could listen to BBC radio app in the background and user other apps at the same time.

In terms of call reception, i do tend to get bad coverage at my house (network dependent), so the phone does jump between 3G and edge a lot, but i guess that's a problem most smartphones have nowadays. Battery life does go down substantially throughout the day, so it doesn't really last more than a day's use in my opinion, however i like the 'battery saver' option on the phone, as it tells you how many more hours/minutes to go until the phone shuts off. In fact, when the battery saver kicks in, data-hungry apps simply stop transmitting data and prioritize on calling only, which is fantastic. But if you don't like that, you can easily change it in the phone settings.

Camera quality and functionality is quite good. Pics are quite clear and large, and you can automate the process of uploading to Skydrive, so that every time you take a pic, it gets uploaded automatically.

Otherwise, this is a WP7 phone after all, and the apps here don't compare to the iOS database, then again I have all my favorite apps that i constantly use on my iPhone, so i don't really feel left out.

All in all, i really like the quality, build, and functionality of this phone. It really sets the bar up there when it comes to flagship WP7 phones. The only phone that might top this off in the future could be the Nokia WP7 phones coming out next year. Then again, it's going to be a tough phone to beat!

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  • Design 8
  • Display 9
  • Camera(s) 9
  • Reception / call quality 7
  • Performance 10
  • Software 8
  • Battery life 7
  • Ecosystem 8
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