HTC Titan Review
By Tommy Rebik
- November 30, 2011
Pros: HTC Titan boasts of the latest operating system Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS and has elegant classy looks which speaks for the mass appeal of the handset. It has perfect smooth aluminum finish which gives the handset an amazing touch.
Cons: Its size will remain a big issue as it is just too large for a smartphone and the loss of external memory is felt badly. It has average voice quality.
HTC Titan looks just like its name. It is a huge phone which comes with the Windows Operating system and a 4.7 inches display screen. With the latest smartphones cutting down on weight and size and thinning the overall look, this phone stands on its own. It has an amazing 5.2 inches height, 2.8 inches width and 0.39 inches depth, it weighs around 5.6 ounces. The size if HTC Titan is not normal for everyday use so it seems better to keep it inside the bag or the pocket. Care should be taken as to keep oneself from putting things in that same pocket as it will scratch the display screen which is actually a Gorilla Glass screen. Taking out the HTC Titan in public will surely get you noticed. People will gawk at you as if you bought this from an alien. This becomes a bit embarrassing and you would prefer to avoid such a situation. The aluminum casing looks great but does not fix-in well with the rest of the body. In some angles, you might find a jerky movement. The entire packaging comes with the handset, an AC adapter, a headset, a USB cable and user manual. The headset is not amazing. Rather replace it with one of your own average headsets and you will find the sound quality improved incredibly. Turn on the loudness so you can do justice to Shakira or Jennifer songs. Here comes the bad part. Since the storage capacity is limited, it allows for only a few songs to be saved in the handset. Although it has a massive internal storage of 12.6 GB but the fact remains that it limits your downloads and this problem cannot be fixed. This is one major drawback considering todayís cut throat market of mobile consumers. HTC Titan comes with a single core second gen 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor which has made Titan an edge above Trophy. Titanís processor does tasks with double the speed, same goes for data transfer rates and GPU frame rates. Data browsing is fast and heavy graphical sites open up in a few seconds. Multitasking is not the most efficient and browsing sometimes results in poor quality pages of the same site that was opened successfully earlier. This gets frustrating. However there is one thing that shines out is its battery life. It uses a 1600mAh battery with a talk time of 11h 50m, and standby time of 360h. It boasts off an amazing 4.7 inch Super LCD display screen with a resolution of 800x480p. Titanís WVGA resolution display screen supports 198 p/inch which results in pixilated text and images. Nevertheless the screen continues to show images and texts even at a few angles. Definitely Super AMOLED screens are far better in showing rich and vibrant images but Super LCD has its own shine. Touch-screen response time is awesome allowing for ease of swiping, scrolling and tapping. The screen scrolls in one fluid motion performing as per command received from the touch. Just under this Super responsive WVGA LCD touch screen are present touch sensitive keys for search, back and start. On the right spine sits the volume rocker and a camera launcher and on the left spine rests the microUSB port. A slot of 3.5 mm is reserved at the top of the handset for plugging a headset. The main camera sits at the rear end and is of 8Mp resolution. The video chat camera at the front is 1.3 Mp which is good enough. Its operating system is the latest OS version which comes with many enhanced functions and features. HTCís own addition to the Titan includes HTC Hub, which comes with all the regular widgets and apps. Then there is HTC Watch, video download, rental service, photo enhancer and many more. AT&T offers AT&T Live, AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T Navigator and more. Then you can also download from a huge market of Windows Phone Apps to includes ones of your choice. HTC Titan operates on Quad-band on AT&Tís HSPA+ 14.4 (4G) network and also supports Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi 802.11(b/g/n) and GPS. Tango Chat will allow you to video chat using the 1.3 Mp camera. The 8 Mp camera functions better than most of the HTC handsets. It has more enhanced features as well as the operation has become a lot more fluid and speedy. The camera launcher launches the app in a jiffy. In dim light, the f/2.2 aperture helps and pictures give clean results. It has been tested and proven that inside pictures and dim-light pictures show a high quality devoid of digital noise as is present in a lot of latest smartphones. The videos are also of high quality as the compression is almost perfect and can be seen on TV without any problem. A 720p video is compressed to 80MB and is clearer than Sensation XE video which is saved from 1080p to 65MB. Panorama is included too. But then it is just a smartphone and donít make an impression that you would be making videos or taking images like a camcorder or a digital camera. The keyboard is huge, with large spacious keys making it for ease of typing. This greatly reduces chances of error which is a breath of relief as upon entering emails and passwords; typing errors can really get back at you. There are a few hitches in this otherwise smooth functioning handset. While browsing, the back key opens up Home page rather than the previous one which it is supposed to. Upon entering email, you have to type the entire address including the ď@Ē symbol. Even if your internet connection is doing great, your browsing may end up opening error pages or dislocating objects in heavy graphics site. These are to name a few things that are not very pleasing to have in your handset. Titan is not the most perfect set but it does come with a few outstanding features like its camera, camcorder and the awesome display screen.