To help you decide whether or not the HTC Titan II for AT&T is a smartphone worth purchasing, this review will take a closer look at its design, features, and performance.
The HTC Titan II offers plenty of reasons for smartphone shoppers to take a leap of faith into Windows Phone territory. While it may not provide the familiarity supplied by more popular iOS and Android phones, the Titan II boasts a large display, 4G LTE capability, a superb camera, and solid performance. Does this smartphone have what it takes to gain your hard-earned cash? It certainly does, but its price tag of $199.99 after a two-year contract with AT&T could be hard to overcome. Keep reading to see exactly what the Titan II has to offer so you can make an informed decision.
Since the first thing we do when getting a new smartphone is give it an once-over in the looks department, let us begin reviewing the HTC Titan II with a closer look at its design. Anyone familiar with the original HTC Titan will notice that the sequel is relatively the same. That is not exactly a bad thing, however, as the smartphone’s rectangular shape and rounded curves give off a professional and stylish aura. Throw in some sleek edges and a subtle metallic finish, and you have yourself a smartphone that will fit in easily with any crowd.
The HTC Titan II certainly lives up to its moniker, as it is one large smartphone. It officially measures in at 5.1 inches tall by 2.8 inches wide by 0.4 inch thick and weighs 5.2 ounces. Those are some rather hefty measurements, so if you are looking for a smartphone that is cute and will easily fit into tight pockets, look elsewhere. Regardless, the Titan II is not only large, but it backs up its size with a very sturdy body that should be able to withstand the bumps and bruises that come with everyday use. The phone feels solid to the touch, but if you are one who has small hands, holding the Titan II could become a chore over time. It should be noted that the soft-touch grip feels quite relaxing.
Like pretty much all touch-screen phones on the market, the front panel of the HTC Titan II is characterized by its prominent 4.7-inch Super LCD display with 800 x 480 resolution. The display is responsive and produces quality graphics in terms of clarity and color. Just beneath the display are three backlit buttons that correspond to Windows Phone’s Back, Start, and Search functions. Other physical controls of note found around the phone’s edges include a power button, 3.5mm headphone jack, and controls for the camera and volume. A 1.3-megapixel camera sits on the front, while the back has a superb 16-megapixel camera.
Moving away from its aesthetics and into its core features, the HTC Titan II comes equipped with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system. The OS offers a clean, easy to use interface that is quite enjoyable no matter what task you are performing. The Mango OS also provides such features as multitasking, threaded messaging, Microsoft’s Bing search, and some social networking integration. While all of these features are certainly nice to have, one area where the Windows Phone platform is severely lacking is its app marketplace. Simply put, it is nowhere near as vast as the ones from Apple and Android. This could be a major negative for app fans, as they will find the selection to be disappointing.
Speaking of apps, Microsoft, HTC and AT&T preload the Titan II with several proprietary offerings. Microsoft offerings include Bing Maps and MS Office. HTC apps that come pre-installed include HTC Watch, Connected Media, Locations, and Notes. AT&T selections include AT&T Navigator, Code Scanner, Radio, and more.
The Titan II comes with all the basic features you would expect from a smartphone, including integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, and voice commands. Its status as a tri-band phone means that you can take it with you on international trips to work on some overseas networks. The Web browser by default is Internet Explorer 9, which features HTML 5 support. Browsing with the large display is a pleasure, and sites translate nicely to the mobile display. The phone’s 4G LTE and HSPA+ capabilities are another highlight that is certainly worth mentioning.
As for communication options beyond typical phone calls, the HTC Titan II gives you plenty to work with. You can use standard text messaging, or have quick chats via Windows Live Messenger. Mobile email includes support for POP3 and IMAP accounts through major providers such as Gmail and Yahoo, and you can also access corporate email through Microsoft Exchange. Social networking integration includes the usual suspects in the form of Facebook and Twitter, among others. The Titan II organizes contact data from these various sources into a consolidated format thanks to the People Hub feature that is highly useful. Messaging, no matter the format, is helped by the responsive touch-screen display and its ample size.
Entertainment options are highlighted by Microsoft’s Zune music player. It allows for playlists, supports multiple formats, and integrates with Bing Music to help identify the songs you are listening to. The Titan II is great for gaming, and you can also entertain yourself with apps.
The 16-megapixel camera on the Titan II is tough to beat. Not only does it offer a slew of adjustable settings and 4x zoom, but its performance is top notch. Images look colorful and true to life. The camera also does a good job of recording video in 720p.
The Titan II’s performance is backed by a 1.5GHz single-core processor that gives the smartphone enough pep for multitasking. No matter what the task, no performance hiccups are encountered, which is a plus. 4G LTE performance is impressive as well. As for call quality, clarity and volume is achieved on both ends, even when the speakerphone is engaged. You can count on making many phone calls without having to recharge the battery, as talk time is rated up to 4.3 hours.
It’s hard to deny that the HTC Titan II is a quality smartphone. It packs a solid design, plenty of features, and quality performance into a well-rounded package. If you can get past its $199.99 price tag, you can have yourself a superb smartphone on the Windows Phone platform.
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