- Good screen quality
- Super-fast performance
- Windows Phone is a joy to use
- Great camera
- Relatively low pixel density
- It's too big
- Windows Phone is restrictive
- 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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…