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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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