First Mango-powered phone
HTC Titan was the first smartphone with Windows Phone 7.5 to be released in the UK in 2011; along with the Radar model it is the first Mango-powered device. Since then the company has sold many more products and is now one of the most loved brands. Their latest model sports a lot of great specifications and features, not to mention a name that is derived from ancient Greek mythology; but will the device be bought by many or just by HTC fans? Read more about it from our next review.
A big device
We will begin the review by talking about the design of the HTC Titan. The smartphone does live up to its name: it is among the biggest ones we had the pleasure of rating so far, with its 131.5mm x 70.7mm dimensions. The weight, 160g, also makes this device heavier than others. HTC have obviously put time into creating the Titan, because the build is of the utmost premium quality. The chassis is of the unibody kind and, when the display is idle, the product looks like a monolithic slab of metal. The main body sits inside the already mentioned unibody shell. When we took the smartphone in our hand before starting to test it, it felt solid and robust; dropping it to the floor didn’t result in scratches or other such problems. One thing is certain: the Titan is not the kind of smartphone to be held with one hand, not unless you have really big ones.
The front of the HTC Titan is dominated by a very large 4.7″ display with a 480 x 800 resolution. Despite being so huge, the screen performed well during our test: text was sharp (except when browsing the Internet), touch response was good and colors were both bright and vivid.
In the next part of our review will touch upon the subject of interface. The Titan smartphone is endowed with the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango which, though at first won’t seem so, is quite great. This UI offered various customization options, easy-to-press large rectangular tiles that displayed various information and so on. But it’s not all sunshine and butterflies, because this interface is restricted to including its own wallpaper for the lock screen and an HTC Hub boasting things such as News, Weather, Stocks and Favorites. As opposed to previous Windows Phone OS, the one installed on the Titan smartphone actually offered great multitasking possibilities.
Single-core 1.5GHz CPU
As for processor, manufacturers integrated this HTC device with a single-core 1.5GHz. Even though the CPU wasn’t a dual-core one, we nonetheless thought it worked just fine on the Titan model and the experience was overall smooth. Unlike other smartphones, the one we tested didn’t offer the possibility of using microSD cards, which was quite a shame as far as we were concerned. The amount of internal storage was 16GB, but it couldn’t be expanded. If you don’t mind that, then it won’t a huge problem, since you’ll be able to store a fair amount of photos, music and more.
The HTC Titan sports its very own Internet Explorer Web browser which makes for quite a good surfing experience, especially considering the device’s large screen. Sadly there’s no Adobe Flash support.
The 8-megapixel camera that is packed with the product delivers decent photos in both low and good light conditions and is able to shoot good 720p videos.
Using the smartphone heavily made the battery last for almost a day before recharging it. Moderate use made it last a day and a half the battery life.
The HTC Titan might just be the perfect device for those of you who love watching videos and browsing the Internet on a smartphone.
|Features||OS||Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango|
|PROCESSOR||1.5 GHz Scorpion processor, Qualcomm MSM8255 chipset|
|Dimensions||External dimensions||131.5 x 70.7 x 9.9 mm|
|Total weight||160 g|
|First time official anounced||2011, August|
|Phone status||Available. Release date 2011, October|
|General specifications||2G Network||GSM 850 MHZ / 900 MHZ / 1800 MHZ / 1900 MHZ|
|3G Network||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100|
|Screen||Type||S-LCD capacitive touch screen, 16M Available Colours|
|Display dimensions||480 x 800 pixels, 4.7 inches (~199 ppi pixel density)|
|Proximity Light sensor for auto shut down|
|Multi-touch input method|
|Gyroscope Light sensor|
|Accelerometer Light sensor for UI auto-rotate|
|Sound||Alert characteristics||Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones|
|Dolby Mobile and SRS sound enhancement|
|Memory||Phone book||Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall|
|Internal||16 GB Data storage, 512 MB RAM|
|Memory card slot||Not included|
|Call records||Practically unlimited|
|3G||HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|Bluetooth||Included, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA|
|USB||Included, microUSB v2.0|
|Infrared port||Not included|
|Camera specifications||Primary camera||8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash,|
|Video||Included, 1080×720 pixel, 720p,|
|Secondary||Included, 1.3 MP|
|Messaging||SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|Internet Browser||WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML|
|GPS||Included, with A-GPS support; Bing Maps|
|Facebook and Twitter included|
|Pocket Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNot includedte, PDF viewer)|
|Predictive text input|
|Available Colours||Carbon Gray|
|Stand-by time||Up to 360 h (2G) / Up to 460 h (3G)|
|Estimated talk time||Up to 11 h 50 min (2G) / Up to 6 h 50 min (3G)|
|Battery||Standard battery, Li-Ion 1600 mAh|