HTC Titan

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The HTC Titan is exactly the sort of Windows Phone Microsoft wants to see from its hardware partners. It’s a big and beautiful slab of technology that invites great debate while still conforming to the chassis specs coming out of Redmond. The main question stirred up by the arrival of the 4.7-inch Titan is, inevitably, how big is too big? Ever since HTC’s own HD2 established 4.3 inches as a viable form factor for smartphones, that’s been considered a sort of ceiling for comfortable use, but...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.39 inches
Weight 0.35 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 4.7 inches
Carriers AT&T
Operating system Windows Phone
Launch OS version 7.5

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 5.18 inches
Width 2.78 inches
Thickness 0.39 inches
Weight 0.35 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color Black

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 4.7 inches
Technology Super LCD
Pixel arrangement RGB
Resolution (Y) 800 px
Resolution (X) 480 px
PPI 199
Touchscreen type Capacitive

Connectivity

Carriers AT&T
GSM Yes
GSM frequencies supported 1900, 1800, 900, 850
UMTS / HSPA Yes
UMTS frequencies supported 900, 2100, 850
Max WWAN downlink speed 14.4 Mbps
Max WWAN uplink speed 5.76 Mbps
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Tethering / mobile hotspot Yes

Processor

Manufacturer Qualcomm
Brand / family Snapdragon
Model MSM8255
Clock speed 1.5 GHz
Number of cores 1

Memory

RAM size 512 MB

Storage

Internal size 16 GB
External No

Front Camera

Resolution 1.3 megapixels

Rear Camera

Resolution 8 megapixels
Flash Dual LED
Video resolution 720p

Software

Operating system Windows Phone
Launch OS version 7.5

Interface

Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB

Sensors

Sensors Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer

Battery

Capacity 1600 mAh
Removable No

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8.5

Average User Review

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    Reviewed by Alex Steel (Currently owns)

    Coming from an iPhone 4, I thought the Titan was going to be far too big and unwieldy. However, HTC have done a fantastic job of making the Titan's size deceptive. Firstly, there is very little bezel, making the front just one huge display. Secondly, the device is super thin, which makes it slip nicely into your pocket.

    The display on the Titan is stunning. Colours are vibrant, blacks are deep, and viewing angles (only horizontal and vertical) are nearly 180 degrees. Resolution does leave something to be desired, as more live tiles could easily be fitted in at this size. The pixel density, however is not noticeable in everyday use.

    Battery life has generally been good, but throw in any gaming or heavy browsing, and it drains a lot faster. I generally squeezed out 1-2 days of use.

    Software is the same fantastic WP mango, with a few HTC preloaded apps (which can be uninstalled). The 1.5ghz processor means the OS blazes along, with smooth animations, and fast load times in games. In terms of apps, yes, there are a lot less than iOS and Android, but when you look at quality, not quantity, the marketplace is up there with the rest. Most popular apps are available, with some great exclusive games.

    Overall, the Titan is a solid, premium feeling device, with a fantastic screen, and at the moment should be considered the flagship device for Windows Phone.

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    Reviewed by bowman.brian (Currently owns)

    Is that a phone in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

    In all honesty, 4.7" is really pushing the bounds of use-able but in my time using it, the Titan never felt ginormous. I just had to stretch my thumb slightly to reach the far edge. In fact, in terms of physical dimensions, its only taller than its HD7 brother and a hair wider. The screen is absolutely phenomenal (albeit at only 800x480) resolution. Comparing this to the Focus S I thought for sure that the Focus S would blow it away but really there is hardly a difference (blacks are more washed out in more light but I think the colors are more accurate on the Titan). Mango runs like a champ and the camera is great. If you are comfortable with the now defacto 4.3" screen size and want to give windows phone a try, this is the device to try.

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    Reviewed by joelrthomas (Currently owns)

    Upgraded from iPhone 4 to the Titan and absolutely love it. Although the blacks are not quite as deep as on a Super AMOLED + display like the Focus S, the screen is incredibly vibrant. The Windows Marketplace is getting better every day, and there are only a handful of apps missing for my use (Dropbox being the main one.). Overall, Windows Phone 7 is fantastic, and this is by far the best device on the platform. My favorite phone that I've ever owned.

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    Reviewed by MetroStylePerson (Currently owns)

    I love this phone. I moved from a Samsung Focus, and I got this for $275 off a friend without extending my contract with AT&T. There were a number of problems with my Focus -- with the USB port, the camera and the compass not being too good, and the titan addresses them all, and does so with grace and finesse.

    While some might be put off by the heavier weight, the glorious screen size and the metal back feels amazing to use. The processor is fast and the interface fluid, noticably so over the 1st gen Focus. The camera is simply gorgeous. I had a number of iPhone users exclaiming how nice the camera is on my phone at a graduation ceremony, and that was using the LED flash in complete darkness.

    Highly recommended!

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by sirtwist (Currently owns)

    One of the premier Windows Phones, the HTC TITAN is an incredible piece of hardware engineering. Even though the screen is a massive 4.7", it feels great in the hand due to its thin size. Users with exceptionally small hands mind find it difficult to use, but my wife has no problem using it with her normal sized female hands.

    The Windows Phone operating system is a joy to use, and it truly shines on the TITAN.

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    Reviewed by VasiS (Currently owns)

    Has a good solid feel with metal body. Even with the 4.7" LCD screen, it is sleek and has an amazing battery life. The Camera on the back (8mp) and front (2mp) perform well in most conditions. As usual, WP7 is buttery smooth and runs like a charm on this HW. The App store needs better apps (yelp, looking at u) along with OS improvements like Visual Voicemail and Global Search.

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    Reviewed by fahadmp (Currently owns)

    I've had this phone for a week now and it's a great phone. Love the large screen, it fits well with WP7 and the camera is also great but I not quite as nice as the Apple iPhone 4S. As far as call quality goes, I feel that the call volume is kinda low. The phone lasts me about a day. Coming from the iPhone, I love Windows Phone 7.5, Overall, it's a great phone!

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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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