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The HTC Titan's app potential is never going to match that of an iPhone 4S or Samsung Galaxy S2, but it can boast about its native Microsoft Office support. Other smartphones tend to rely on third-party developers for Word and Excel support, but Microsoft has done the job itself here.

You can edit and create Excel, Word and PowerPoint documents, and share them over SkyDrive. This is a free Microsoft Cloud service that gives you 25GB of storage for documents and photos. Of itself, this is not remarkable. HTC offers its own cloud storage for Android devices and Apple's iCloud does pretty much the same thing (with a 5GB limit). However, the integration of Skydrive is particularly nice. It has some of that Apple-flavoured ease of use, and it makes SkyDrive worth using - rather than leaving ignored, as most tacked-on cloud services seem to be.Office WP7

Even Windows Phone can't make Excel fun, but it has a go

The Office app itself looks good too. This isn't a powerhouse suite that gives you all the functionality of the desktop Microsoft Office, but getting away from this ideal is part of what Windows Phone 7 is about - and a big part of why it's rather good. For reading and editing docx files or spreadsheets while on the train on the way to work, it's great. This is one spot where the huge 4.7in screen of the HTC Titan comes in handy, making selecting cells in Excel a doddle.

Once you're done, just save the file to SkyDrive and you'll be able to pick it up from your computer at home or work, through the Windows Live ID used in the initial phone setup. An even handier utilisation of this cloud storage is for photos, but we'll cover that later on in the camera section.

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September 2, 2011, 10:05 pm

I expect MS to give financial incentives to app developers to create cross platform apps. That should open app stores to real competition and grow the WP userbase


September 3, 2011, 5:49 am

@Dave Gilbert: The two reasons you've given against choosing this handset - the OS and the utilitarian design - are exactly the two I'd look for when buying a phone. The sheer clarity and cohesiveness of WP7 are qualities that even iOS can't manage let alone the afterthought that is Android. The application market is constantly growing and with quality submissions. I have an Android tablet (Nook Colour) and visiting the app store feels similar to shopping in a pound shop - mountains of tat hiding the odd gem.

David Gilbert

September 3, 2011, 6:20 pm

Point taken, but it was not the OS itself I have an issue with, more the lack of support given by developers, a similar problem facing the Android tablet market. I think that WP7 is indeed a powerful OS, but like MeeGo could disappear due to lack of support, which would be sad as diversity if always good.
By the way, I completely agree regarding the Android app store, it's like shopping in the discount bin of a bargain basement shop.


September 3, 2011, 11:03 pm

The support while no where near the level of even Android is gradually growing. I was pleasantly surprised to find 'International Snooker' a wonderfully realistic game and a personal favourite of mine having already been ported from over from iOS and Android. You have to remember that Microsoft has a lot riding on WP7 and few would bet against it pulling it off. Meego sadly took too long to enter the market and lacks the devotion from it's parents Nokia and Intel to really make even a late effort. All being said who really what the future really holds.


October 21, 2011, 5:25 am

The Apps are just too expensive to consider buying a windows phone. Don't care why, it just makes WP7 a big no no.

Greg Shewan

October 21, 2011, 12:17 pm

I disagree about the screen size issue, I think these powerful smartphones are content driven and anything under 4 inches is just underselling the entire point of owning one. However the phones themselves could use a bezel trim, with that accomplished I think we could see significantly smaller phones with large screens.

Case in point: the Galaxy Nexus. It is about the same size as the SGSII but has a screen with a .35 inches larger diagonal. If WP7 and iOS ditched hardware controls like Meego and ICS then this would be possible. Only a thin strip would be needed for the earpiece, sensors and camera. On my SGS the top and bottom of the bezel are almost 15mm when they could be as small as 4-5mm, perhaps even smaller if Samsung could make the branding smaller.

Martin Daler

October 21, 2011, 1:18 pm

The huge screen seems like a waste of space, literally. It is just a regular 3.7" screen stretched out to 4.7". Had they instead kept the same pixel density and added more pixels, that would have been a benefit. But to simply make a 3.7" screen take up more space, why? When I could achieve the exact same benefit simply by holding a 3.7" screen a bit closer to my face?

We don't want 'bigger' screens for the extra space they take up, we actually want more screen.


October 21, 2011, 2:16 pm

Andrew (The reviewer), you say the multi-tasking is a bit meh as the app is restarted when you tap on it again. Well it also did this on the iPhone when it was first introduced. Apps have to be modified to work properly with multi-tasking just like the iPhone.

Luan Bach

October 21, 2011, 2:46 pm

They'll get lots of cross platforms apps as soon as they let people develop in C++

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