HTC Titan

Score

Pros

  • Good screen quality
  • Super-fast performance
  • Windows Phone is a joy to use
  • Great camera

Cons

  • Relatively low pixel density
  • It's too big
  • Windows Phone is restrictive

Key Features

  • Review Price: £499.00
  • 4.7in LCD WVGA screen
  • Windows Phone 7 Mango software
  • 9.9mm thickness
  • 8 megapixel camera with f2.2 lens

The HTC Titan’s name is no joke. This phone is gigantic, bridging the

gap between smartphones and tablets in a manner not seen since Dell’s 5in Streak.

It runs Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, has a 4.7in screen and HTC’s usual

superb build quality. What’s not to like? Aside from the fairly high

price and that its body works the phone into a niche, not a great deal.

Upon

first grasping the HTC Titan, you feel as though you’ve grabbed a

device made for someone else – someone bigger. Unless your hands are

quite dainty, it still fits comfortably between the butt of your palm

and fingertips, but it strains against the traditional definition of a

smartphone. This tech trend of larger screens on pocket devices can’t

continue that much longer.

For

its size, though, the HTC Titan fits remarkably comfortably into a jean

pocket. It’s only 9.9mm thick, so its cubic volume isn’t actually that

great.

The Titan’s styling continues the trend set by the HTC HD2 and HD7.

It’s black, simple and feels wonderfully strong. Most of the back is

made of metal, and the front covered with toughened glass. The design of

the back is rather deceptive, though. The seam a couple of centimetres

up from the bottom suggests there’s a small pull-off battery cover, as

seen in the HTC Salsa. But it’s a sham, because the backplate is full-length, released with the press of a little button on the Titan’s bottom.HTC Titan

The

seam isn’t entirely meaningless, though. It shows where the metal of

the cover gives way to soft touch black plastic – there’s a cutaway of

this material at the top too, where the power button and 3.5mm headphone

jack live.

These touches don’t detract from the rather stern,

non-nonsense look of the HTC Titan. It’s hard not to be a little

impressed by the efficiency of the design – the phone’s front is 90 per

cent screen, leaving just a 15mm expanse at the bottom for the mandatory

touch sensitive Windows nav keys and a similar bit up top for the HTC

logo, the speaker to pipe out phone calls and the user-facing camera.
HTC Titan 11

Missing

hardware features common to other smartphones, but absent from

virtually all current Windows phones, include a microSD card slot and

video output. There’s 16GB of internal memory built-in, but beyond that

you have to rely on the cloud to provide you with storage. The most

famous non-expandable smartphone series is, of course, Apple’s iPhone

range, which now offers models with up to 64GB of internal memory.

The

HTC Titan’s specs could be seen to fall behind in other ways too. This

is the time of the dual-core smartphone processor, featuring in the new

iPhone 4S and most top Android phones, but this phone has “only” a

1.5GHz single-core Snapdragon chip backed-up by an unremarkable 512MB

RAM. Looked at in isolation, this will be enough to put some off buying

the Titan when, at £500 SIM-free, it’s a top-end model. However, specs

mean little when considered out of context. That’s where Windows Phone

7.5 comes in…

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