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HTC Titan Review
|| Review: October 2011
In a nutshell: The HTC Titan runs
Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) and has the largest screen of any
mobile so far, at 4.7 inches. That's enough to grab our attention,
but the Titan also has a lightning fast 1.5GHz processor to
support Windows multi-tasking, a superb 8 megapixel camera with
HD video, great music support with Zune HD, and a whopping 1600mAh
battery to power it all. At the same time, Mango still isn't
perfect, there's no memory card slot, and the web browser doesn't
The first wave of Windows Phone 7 phones launched a year ago, and it's
fair to say that they made a small impression on the smartphone market,
most of it bad. To be fair to Windows Phone, it was a tough sell, launching
against the iPhone 4 and Android phones
like the Galaxy S. At Mobile Phones
UK, we liked the first batch of Windows Phone products. We could see
the potential. But you had to be a brave kind of early-adopting person
to want to take the plunge. One year on, there's a second wave launching
into the market, with a more polished version of the operating system.
Has Windows Phone 7.5 Mango now got what it takes to go head to head
with Android and the
new iPhone 4S?
The HTC Titan is the daddy of Windows Phone devices. Clearly Windows
Phone needed to get the tanks rolling, in order to make significant
inroads into the smartphone market, and the Titan is the Tiger Tank
of the mobile phone world. It's headline feature is of course the enormous
4.7 inch display - the biggest on any phone released so far. Now, only
a year ago, we were cautioning people that the 4.3 inch screen of the
HTC HD7 might be too big for everyday use,
so we were very keen to get our hands on the Titan. The question we
wanted to ask was - is 4.7 inches the must-have for 2011/2012 or is
it just too big for mainstream use? The answer, surprisingly, is that
the Titan feels hardly any bigger than a mainstream phone like the Samsung
Galaxy S2 or the HTC Sensation XE.
Clever curves and an ultra-slim 9.9mm body make the slate-like Titan
perfectly manageable in the hand. You might struggle to stuff it into
your pocket, but in use it really doesn't feel too big at all. Our conclusion
is that where the Titan leads, others will follow, and we expect to
see a lot more 4.7 inch screens next year. We can't help feeling though,
that with such a large screen a resolution higher than 480 x 800 would
have been appropriate.
In addition to the huge screen, the Titan has plenty of firepower on
all fronts. The processor runs at a lightning 1.5GHz, although it's
not dual core. 16GB of memory is built in and there's a respectable
512MB of RAM, so all apps run quickly and the phone can multi-task without
hiccups. It's not the ultimate in speed - dual core and more RAM would
be necessary to ensure that - but it's pretty fast by most standards.
There's no microSD memory card slot, however, so 16GB of built-in storage
is all you've got - in fact it's about 12GB available for the user.
Again, there are phones that offer more than this. Battery power is
impressive, with a huge 1600mAh cell - one of the biggest available.
The camera is excellent. As well as an 8 megapixel sensor, there's
a dual LED flash, improved low-light sensitivity and a very large f2.2
aperture to let in as much light as possible. The results are impressive,
and can match a compact digital camera in good to moderate lighting
conditions. The camera will also record high-quality video at 720p HD
resolution, and there's a second front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera.
Music and video playback is of very high quality, with 5.1 surround
Connectivity is excellent too, with HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB and
a 3.5mm headphone jack all present.
But with any smartphone, the software is at least as important as the
hardware. So, what does Windows Phone 7.5 bring to the table that the
first release of WP7 failed to deliver? Well, appearances are largely
the same, with the tile design retained. Tiles are not Android or iPhone
style icons, but live elements, updating automatically with information.
There's more scope for apps to offer live information under Mango, and
more personalisation options too. Facebook and Twitter integration has
been improved. Conversations can now span text messages, facebook messages
and Windows Live Messenger just as if they were a single means of communication.
It's easy to share photos now, too. Email has been improved, with more
control over inboxes and better visibility of conversation threads.
Music management has been updated with Zune HD adding features like
and HTML 5 support, but not flash. There is, however, a separate app
for watching youtube videos. Voice recognition has been added, so you
can now search Bing by voice, and dictate messages.
Other new features for Mango include more efficient multi-tasking and
improvements to the organiser and calendar. Microsoft say that over
500 improvements have been made.
Overall, Windows Phone 7.5 is a viable operating system that can stand
up to the competition. We're not going to claim it's the best. That's
quite subjective. But it's up there with Android and even iOS, and ahead
of Symbian. One of the big bugbears with version 7 was a wide range
of Bluetooth problems. Although Microsoft have updated the Bluetooth
support for 7.5, we think that there are still a range of Bluetooth
problems lurking, including pairing with car kits and headphones. We
have no direct evidence for this, but listening to user feedback indicates
these problems are still present.
So, to conclude. We love the big screen of the Titan. We like Windows
Phone 7.5, although it won't be to everyone's taste and there are still
some lurking issues. There's a great camera here and some powerful hardware.
But memory is limited, there's no flash support in the web browser and
there are other things that prevent this flagship phone from feeling
like it's the very best. Having said that, it's available on contract
for significantly less than the iPhone
4S, so we can forgive it for not being perfect.
Features of the HTC Titan include:
- 8 megapixel camera with f2.2 lens, autofocus and dual LED flash
- 720p HD video recording / 1.3 megapixel front camera
- Display: Touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom capability, 480 x 800 pixels
- GPS receiver with digital compass and Bing™ Maps
- Music player formats: .m4a, .m4b, .mp3, .wma (Windows Media Audio
- 5.1 surround sound
- Messaging: SMS, EMS, MMS, Email
- XBox LIVE® integration
- Internet: HSPA (14.4 Mbps download, 5.76Mbps upload)
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate, mini-USB 2.0,
Wi-Fi, 3.5 mm audio jack
- Memory: 16GB internal storage, 512MB RAM
- Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) plus HSPA/WCDMA (850/900/2100
- Size: 132 x 71 x 9.9 mm
- Weight: 160g
- Battery: 1600mAh
- Talktime: 410 - 710 minutes
- Battery standby: 360 - 460 hours
HTC Titan User Reviews
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Average rating from 14 reviews:
Reviewed by mistake spotter from pluto on 11th
What is battery size 1230 or 1600 coz at top of review U say 1600 then
in features list irs 1230
Reply by Mobile Phones UK from UK on
12th Oct 2012
Thanks. It's 1600. We've corrected it now!
Reviewed by Thuasiram from India on 22nd May 2012
i don't know why people always think of half cup empty. windows phone
is awesomw. i was a windows user since HTC Titan (old with WM 5.0)i
never saw a person who uses 300K apps. windows offers apps which we
use on daily basis. and it is fast, stable and awesome live tilt technology.
i think Wm way dominates IOS (compared to cost iphone(50k, where as
we can get wm for just a half of it). i think it wouldnot be a good
idea wasting 25k for a bitten apple
Reviewed by Lewis from UK on 19th Apr 2012
Having used this phone for a few weeks I can say that it's an ok device
and windows phone OS is ok. The OS lacks customisation but it is a smooth/fast
OS. The handset is great. Just wished it was a little smaller. But other
than that it is ok. However I prefer IOS and the size of the iPhone.
So I have gone back to the iPhone 4. Plus the app store has far more
choice than marketplace.
Reviewed by Pip from UK on 15th Apr 2012
I've had my HTC Titan about a month now, moved from an iPhone 3GS after
much hesitation about WP7. Android interface didn't really interest
me. I love the Titan though!
The Titan is of good solid build, lovely big crisp screen (resolution
specs are lower but you don't notice it, absolutely lovely for photos
and videos and the operating system), battery life comparable to iPhone
(will last a heavy day's use but needs charging every night). Nice loud
volume for music and films, call quality fine. Again, processor specs
are lower but you never notice, it zips along really quickly without
The Mango operating system 7.5 is lovely to use, it just does everything
very smoothly and simply, a pleasure to use. The marketplace may not
have the volume of apps but it does have the quality, it has everything
I want and need so I'm really happy.
Small gripes would include inability to make folders, and would like
a decent week-view on the calendar (or ability for 3rd party apps to
manage the calendar directly).
Overall really pleased, would recommend WP7 and the Titan to anyone
- and hopefully the operating system update codenamed Apollo due end
of this year will make it even better.
Reviewed by cove19 from UK on 14th Apr 2012
Not sure why this website only gave 4 out of 5 for this device. My impressions
after using it for the past 3 days is awesome.
I traded in my iPhone 4 for this handset and I'm not sad to see the
back of it. Since apples updates for ios5 my iPhone was turning into
a nightmare. Main problems were with battery life. Normally i could
get full days use from one single charge with a good 40% battery left
before 22:00. After the last lot of updates this was never the case.
Back to the HTC Titan. 5 out of 5. After heavy use getting to know the
windows is and the phone I can't see any issues with battery life. Windows
mango is is great and a blessing to use. Apples IOS has had its day.
Android is great but best suited to tablets. Windows mango is superb.
Well done Microsoft and well done HTC.
I only have one niggle about the hand set, well not the phone but with
finding good phone cases for it. ;-)
Reviewed by Okenwa from United Kingdom on 16th
I have used HTC Titan for two months as a replacement for HTC Touch
HD.It has been a blissful experience.I was initially worried about the
size of the screen but my worries completely went when I first handled
the phone.It does not feel big.I often read comments about the number
of pixels but from my experience this is not an issue at all as the
screen display is impressive and colour display vibrant.If you are ebook
lover like me, you will love HTC Titan with free Amazon Kindle apps
for download from window market place.The battery life is good.I only
charge it overnight and never needed extra charging within the day despite
being above average user.I nearly gave up on window phone because of
limitations in apps but I have been won over again by the efforts put
in HTC Titan.
Reviewed by whataguywants from United Kingdom on
16th Mar 2012
Got the Titan as a replacement for the Lumia 800 which is a great phone
but battery life sucks. I was a previous iPhone fan but the WP7 OS blows
it and Android out of the water. The large screen of the Titan compliments
WP7 perfectly. The screen doesn't feel too big in the hand and I think
that 4.5" plus screens will be the standard in the near future. Everything
less seems inadequate in comparison. My only gripe is that you cannot
see the screen at all when taking pictures in daylight. Battery life
could be better but no worse than most smartphones and better than the
Lumia 800. Buy this phone, you won't regret it.
Reviewed by ally from USA on 16th Feb 2012
Reviewed by Ahmed from UK on 27th Jan 2012
Got the Titan this week, been really looking forward to it after using
the Trophy for a short while, which was my first Windows Phone. However
after 2 days this is sadly going back. Don't get me wrong, as others
have said this is a great looking phone with a wonderful bright screen
that looks very similar to AMOLED. But the sheer size and weight of
this thing obviously isn't for everyone. Even though I have fairly normal
size hands and fingers, after 2 days use I've ended up with an aching
thumb! To the extent I was stating to be put off from using the thing
as it started to become so uncomfortable to use. All in all interesting
experience, after using the Galalxy S2 a few months ago missed the larger
screen and was really looking forward to this. So its goodbye Titan
as the search continues for the best Windows phone.
Reviewed by Andre from UK on 19th Jan 2012
I've had two android phones to date and was unimpressed with the Os.
My wife has iPhone and although the iOs is impressive, I've never been
impressed with the function of the phones. I bought the titan several
weeks ago after researching it for a few weeks. Verdict, the best phone
I've ever seen or used. I can't fault any aspect of it. The pixel quality
is awesome, speed is unbelievable, its simple to use, excellent camera
etc. Best HTC phone to date. Windows Os is quite impressive too. Zune
is brilliant too, easy to use. Ok, windows Os is not as big as IOS or
android, yet, but I hope that will change in time. As long as htc continue
to make phones like the titan, and windows expands, I'll stick with
Reviewed by Phone Man from UK on 5th Dec 2011
Excellent phone. Could be an issue for some people due to the larger
size. I have small hands and struggle with one handed operation definitely
needs 2 hands to operate.Windows phone 7.5 is very smooth and efficient.
Highly recommended it just works! No flash is a positive in my opinion.
I turn it off on my SGS2 as it slows it down and is not really needed
for general browsing.
Reviewed by MRB from United Kingdom on 31st Oct
I have had this phone for two weeks now, and in that time I've been
bowled over by it's speed, stability and all round performance. Previously
I had an iPhone and I can honestly say I don't miss it at all. I feel
Microsoft have done a great job with the OS, it's very intuitive to
use and looks fantastic, and actually makes both iOS and Android look
extremely dated. The app situation isn't quite as bleak as some say,
in fact there are some excellent free ones available, and I've found
equivalents to all my iPhone apps. I've read several reviews on this
phone and they keep mentioning the 'low' screen resolution - this really
is a non-issue, the display is outstanding, and colours are nice and
vibrant too. It's great for showing your photos (incidentally albums
are synched with Facebook which is another positive about WP7). Internet
browsing on this phone is a superb experience, the IE9 browser works
nicely and is very quick on a 3G or wireless connection. It doesn't
support Flash though which is a bit of a shame. As far as I'm concerned
the only downside to the Apple is that the WP7 music player doesn't
support gapless playback, but in the scheme of things this isn't a major
issue. The sound quality is excellent. All in all an excellent phone.
I have no regrets. It's more unique than an iPhone, and I know it's
subjective, but I think it's better.
Reviewed by John Styring from England on 29th
I own the galaxy s2 , iPhone 4 and iPad 2 all great products in their
own right. The htc Titan is in my opinion the perfect phone, the screen
is superb (don't be put off with all,the hype about pixel counts ) fantastic
display of detail and clarity. The integration of Zune and Xbox is unique
and is far superior to iTunes , Call quality and battery life are outstanding
, mango now allows you massive selection of free ringtones with the
ringtone app, super loud ringer. The review above states no flash which
also is absent on all iPhones and iPads . The Zune music bluetooths
perfect on my parrot hands free car kit giving superb audio quality
through the cars sound system, In all a truly outstanding phone that
lets you have best of both worlds , a phone and super sized web browser,
microsoft word and people and friends integration. The live tiles are
amazing and informative without the battery drain which affects android
phones. Again love the s2 iPhone 4 and ipad2 but this Titan phone is
in all the perfect phone.
Reviewed by JayBoy from England on 28th Oct 2011
Wow what a phone. Having previously left feedback for the Omnia 7 and
Mozart its now time for my Titan review. 1st things 1st the screen is
huge! It maybe too big for some people so i suggest playing with one
before you purchase. Even though its SLCD its far better than previous
gen WP7 HTC mobiles (mozart,HD7,Trophy). They really do look washed
out in comparison. Another great improvement is the camera. HTC have
been knows for producing great phones but having below par cameras.
Not on the Titan. Its the best i have seen on a HTC yet (not had chance
to play with Sensation XE). The video recording is ok but not as good
as the still camera. WP7 Mango flies on the handset and games work better
thanks to the faster processor. So id recommend this to people who like
big phones. If its going to be too large for you then get the Radar,
or wait for the Nokia Lumia 800 for Samsung Omnia W
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