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Hands-on with the HTC Titan

HTC's Titan, the company's newest addition to the high-end mobile range, is a thing of beauty. A 4.7 inch screen sounds like a handful, but in reality it's quite nice. The jumbo screen is compensated by the tiny view from the side, making it easier to get your hand around it.

The first thing that strikes you about the phone is how fast it is. With the unnamed 1.5GHz processor, the Titan flies through any daily task. In fact, we were hard pushed to make it struggle with anything. The phone effortlessly switched from photo viewing to video playback, and even over to the Xbox Live games centre. Animations are fast and attractive, adding to the sleekness of the overall design.

Initial trials with the camera were very impressive. Even in areas with unpredictable lighting, the Titan put its dual-LED flash to good use to illuminate the scene. The Titan shares the same camera specs as its smaller Radar brother, so buyers can expect similar results on both devices. Wireless DLNA media streaming will make showing off your new photos a breeze.

I managed to compare it with the iPhone 4 I had on me (which was met with a few glances and one or two boos), and unsurprisingly the Titan is a much larger phone. But what's interesting is that all the time I was using it, it didn't feel bigger. Windows Phone 7 fills the screen in a way that doesn't leave you questioning what all the wasted screen real estate is for. Live tiles expand and make sense on a phone that size, which is more than what can be said for the iPad's sparse home screen.

While officials remain tight-lipped on final pricing, expect the Titan to cost a pretty penny. Luxury doesn't come cheap, and the Titan screams it. At the same time, it also screams "buy me". Expect this to make a splash among those uncertain with whether Windows Phone 7 is the right choice. Will you be getting one? Let us know in the comments.

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Well one thing we do need to know is, if this device is coming State-side; which carrier is getting it.

Actually it doesn't matter because I am going to buy it cash and just use it on WiFi if it doesn't come to Verizon.

That phone is beautiful!!!!

Steve Jobs? This is one of those "hummer-like" phones you were referring too. Look how awesome it looks. Especially compared to your small iPhone 4.

So this is essentially the HD7++. I can't even imagine living with a smaller screen than the HD7, so this would definitely be my upgrade choice.

Wonder which carrier will have this. I have a T-Mobile account in the USA but rumor is that they will also have the iPhone 5 this October. I have a HD2 which I like but I got a little bit put off when M$ refused to upgrade it to Windows Mobile 7. It looks very interesting though.

Wasn't going to be interested in this, but wow, it looks great.

I don't have an xbox account, so is there a way to remove the ghastly logo from the screen?

cashman said,
Wasn't going to be interested in this, but wow, it looks great.

I don't have an xbox account, so is there a way to remove the ghastly logo from the screen?

There is, you can unpin it. Know this however, that is where your games are, you can pin individual games to the start screen, but you still have to go into the Games area to pin one.

cashman said,
Wasn't going to be interested in this, but wow, it looks great.

I don't have an xbox account, so is there a way to remove the ghastly logo from the screen?

Just hold your finger over the icon for a couple seconds and then remove it...

If you want to log your game data, achievements and the like you will want to setup a Live account. You don't need an XBOX.

I am surprised at how ignorant people are.

martinDTanderson said,
No AMOLED, No Sale!

article doesn't mention details about the screen, but it seem to really have deep black as AMOLED screen would.

х.iso said,

article doesn't mention details about the screen, but it seem to really have deep black as AMOLED screen would.

I believe on Sammies devices have SMOLED because its their tech. However those blacks do look deep. Could it just be the angle of the shot?

Also it is likely use the SLCD screens which have brighter colors

Hardcore Til I Die said,
WP7 doesn't interest me at all.

More Android devices pls htc!

Originally WP7 didn't interest me either. I admit, the fluidly control of the phone impressed me, but when it came to features, WP7 was really behind compared to the rest of the OS devices. But Mango does really stand out, try a Mango device before deciding to go to Android.

Oh, and btw, I love Android and I've run Android since early last year when it was ported to my HTC HD2.

I know HTC push _a lot_ of mobile phones, but you have to admit it, every now and then, they pump out a beauty. This is the first HTC phone that I've liked since the HD2 (which I still have which is now running WP7 Mango 7720). My contract runs out next March with the ability to upgrade early in December (the 26th funny enough ಠ_ಠ). So I might opt for this, A Samsung Galaxy S2 or possibly wait until March for a Quad Core based phone (Yes, I'm a core whore).

Tony. said,
I know HTC push _a lot_ of mobile phones, but you have to admit it, every now and then, they pump out a beauty. This is the first HTC phone that I've liked since the HD2 (which I still have which is now running WP7 Mango 7720). My contract runs out next March with the ability to upgrade early in December (the 26th funny enough ಠ_ಠ). So I might opt for this, A Samsung Galaxy S2 or possibly wait until March for a Quad Core based phone (Yes, I'm a core whore).

Edit:

Hang on a minute, it's a Single Core phone.. Apparently. (Need confirmation other than some person saying it).

Windows Phone 7 codebase doesnt support dualcores yet - if you put them in there it wouldn't be able to use them. I'd still wager that bar gaming and video editing, this phone will still perform remarkably against a Galaxy S2

~Johnny said,
Windows Phone 7 codebase doesnt support dualcores yet - if you put them in there it wouldn't be able to use them. I'd still wager that bar gaming and video editing, this phone will still perform remarkably against a Galaxy S2

There was an interview with someone from Microsoft who works with the WP7 development and they said what you said about WP7 only supported Single Core, but Dual Core support was still coming and was the future.

The reason why I insist on having a Dual Core phone is that I'll likely be taking up a 2 year contract again, and I want my device to actually last that long in terms of how well it'll perform with future updates. More cores means smoother experience.

Tony. said,

There was an interview with someone from Microsoft who works with the WP7 development and they said what you said about WP7 only supported Single Core, but Dual Core support was still coming and was the future.

The reason why I insist on having a Dual Core phone is that I'll likely be taking up a 2 year contract again, and I want my device to actually last that long in terms of how well it'll perform with future updates. More cores means smoother experience.

It might not really matter. A thing to keep in mind is that WP7 already flies on current 1GHz CPUs, and this is a step up to 1.5GHz. Another is that dual core CPUs will take more power than their single core brethren in most cases, and if there is anything I want in my next phone, it's better battery life

Tony. said,

There was an interview with someone from Microsoft who works with the WP7 development and they said what you said about WP7 only supported Single Core, but Dual Core support was still coming and was the future.
.

Correct. WP7 is based on Win CE6 with a bit of EC7(CE7) thown in. EC7 supports duel cores I do believe, so Microsoft just need to port over the codebase to WP7.
It probably only has half the codebase of CE6 now after all the modifications done to it and microsoft will treat it as its own OS unrelated to CE

~Johnny said,
Windows Phone 7 codebase doesnt support dualcores yet - if you put them in there it wouldn't be able to use them.

Ahh but you are missing one key factor. if I buy a phone today, I have that phone for the next two years. Are you saying Microsoft will not have support for multi-core within the next two years? But if Microsoft comes out with WP7.5.5 (let's just call it that for now for argument sake) that supports multi-core phones, I'm stuck with a single core phone.

So what is a smart person supposed to do? We know for a fact that the Microsoft's competition has dual core devices. Should a smart person wait? And if you are not phone geeks like us that know this stuff, I can easily sway to an Android Phone or a iPhone 5. All I have to say is "For the price you are paying on a WP7, get this wonderful Samsung Galaxy 2 phone that is dual-core or the iPhone 5 (when it comes out) because it's dual-core. WP7 runs on old technology. It's only single core which means it's slower." Sounds convincing to someone that doesn't know any better, right?

And I can pretty much guarantee you that will play out in mobile phone stores when reps are convincing the customers which phone to buy.

Tom said,
So tempted to get one. MUST FIGHT THE URGE AND WAIT FOR SAMSUNG. :<

It's a 1.5Ghz single core processor? That can't be right with nearly all of the 1.5Ghz processors being Dual-Core. I'm wondering if this is correct or the person demostrating the phone is a complete idiot.

Edit: Yes, the person demostrating the device is a complete idiot. Because the phone has Mango but he says the phone doesn't have builtin Twitter, which Mango infact does.

Tom said,
So tempted to get one. MUST FIGHT THE URGE AND WAIT FOR SAMSUNG. :<
Samsung didn't show any Windows Phone devices, only two Android ones. Maybe at some other event.

micro said,
Waiting for Nokia's flagship wp7 device.
I don't think Searay/740 would be it. It falls short against Titan.

FMH said,
I don't think Searay/740 would be it. It falls short against Titan.

How would you know, the specs aren't available yet

Sraf said,

How would you know, the specs aren't available yet

The name. Nokia announced new, simpler naming method. With it, you could judge the product's price and hardware capability.
It goes as follows, all future Nokia phone would be named something between 100 to 900. The first digit is important here. Higher the first digit, the more high end, and expensive the phone. So 9 would be the flagship device.
1 would be the cheapest.
So in this case the first number is 7, so it may classify as a mid-end smartphone.

Digitalx said,

Specs don't exactly change between WP7 devices.


They do.
The minimum are:

-Camera 5 mega-pixel, but could be higher
-RAM 256 MB, but could be higher
-Same with processor, it should be at least 1GHz. It could go as high as the OEM wants, could have more than one cores. The latest WP7.5 devices have varied processor sizes.
And etc.

The specs aren't aren't "limited" because their is a minimum value for them, they could go as high as you want(By 'you' I mean the OEMs ).