HTC Titan

HTC-Titan

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.HTC-Titan

4.7″ display

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.

8-megapixel camera

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.

Review conclusion

The HTC Titan might just be the perfect device for those of you who love watching videos and browsing the Internet on a smartphone.

Technical specifications

FeaturesOSMicrosoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
PROCESSOR1.5 GHz Scorpion processor, Qualcomm MSM8255 chipset
DimensionsExternal dimensions131.5 x 70.7 x 9.9 mm
Total weight160 g
First time official anounced2011, August
Phone statusAvailable. Release date 2011, October
General specifications2G NetworkGSM 850 MHZ / 900 MHZ / 1800 MHZ / 1900 MHZ
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
ScreenTypeS-LCD capacitive touch screen, 16M Available Colours
Display dimensions480 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
SoundAlert characteristicsVibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jackIncluded
Dolby Mobile and SRS sound enhancement
LoudspeakerIncluded
MemoryPhone bookPractically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Internal16 GB Data storage, 512 MB RAM
Memory card slotNot included
Call recordsPractically unlimited
DataGPRSClass 32
3GHSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
BluetoothIncluded, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA
EDGEClass 32
USBIncluded, microUSB v2.0
Infrared portNot included
Camera specificationsPrimary camera8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash,
VideoIncluded, 1080×720 pixel, 720p,
FeaturesGeo-tagging
SecondaryIncluded, 1.3 MP
MessagingSMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
RadioStereo FM radio with RDS
Internet BrowserWAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
GamesIncluded
GPSIncluded, with A-GPS support; Bing Maps
JavaNot included
Digital compass
Facebook and Twitter included
MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
YouTube client
Pocket Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNot includedte, PDF viewer)
Predictive text input
Voice memo
Available ColoursCarbon Gray
Stand-by timeUp to 360 h (2G) / Up to 460 h (3G)
Estimated talk timeUp to 11 h 50 min (2G) / Up to 6 h 50 min (3G)
BatteryStandard battery, Li-Ion 1600 mAh