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Friday, 10 August 2012

HTC Titan II Review

HTC takes another stab at the Titan with this 4G follow up called the Titan II. Before the Lumia 900 there was the Titan. It was a beast of a phone, the likes of which Windows Phone users had never seen. They liked the giant phone, and it sold well. So when it came time for HTC to create a successor they clearly employed the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” approach, and added in a few goodies. The Titan II lives up to these expectations. Even with the lower from metal on the original Titan to plastic on the 2nd-generation version, the phone still feels great in the hand.HTC updates last year's Titan with a fresh design, LTE, and other under-the-hood goodies. With the latest version of Windows Phone in tow, the Titan II is a big phone that should be big on performance.


HTC’s bringing their signature industrial design to the Windows Phone platform with the Titan II. Its body materials include the brushed polycarbonate uni-body which is look like metal, but isn’t really metallic. The device is influence by glass up front and the hardened plastic casing around back. Overall, it feels very tenacious in the hand due to its significant weightiness. The front side of the device is all plate glass under the slim speaker grill. Under the plate resides an AT&T logo next to the front-facing camera. Down at the bottom, the standard three Windows Phone buttons are located on a subtle chin.


You won't see much variation among high end Windows phones since they all use the same Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 2nd-generation single core CPU with Adreno 205 graphics. Only clock speed varies, and high end phones run at 1.4 to 1.5GHz. You can't noticed 100MHz between the Titan II and Lumia, and with either you'll get very fractious performance. As we've said in other recent Windows Phone reviews, Microsoft has seriously optimized for the Snapdragon S2, and there's no need for a dual core CPU. The phone is very fast, 2D and 3D games play fluidly and the phone can handle 720p video playback just fine. Since there's no HDMI out, 1080p playback is pointless.


The HTC Titan II runs Windows Phone 7.5. There are no surprises when it is come to Windows Phone. It’s the exact same OS many of you already use. There are few quirks. However,there is some lag in the keyboard. On the first key press there is a slight delay on the letter showing up in the text box, and the key pop-up never present. This only happens when approach the keyboard after opening a fresh app.


HTC Titan II Features :

  • 4.7" 16M-color S-LCD capacitive touchscreen of WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels)
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support; tri-band 3G with HSDPA 14.4 Mbps and HSUPA 5.76Mbps
  • Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS
  • 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 CPU, Adreno 205 GPU 512MB RAM
  • 16 megapixel autofocus camera with dual-LED flash; dedicated button; 1.3MP front-facing unit
  • 720p video recording @30fps
  • 16GB of built-in storage
  • Standard 3.5mm audio jack
  • Standard microUSB port (charging)
  • LTE network connectivity
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • Stereo Bluetooth 2.1
  • Mobile Office document viewer/editor
  • Social network integration and cloud services
  • Built-in A-GPS receiver
  • Stereo FM Radio with RDS
  • Equalizer and sound enhancer present
  • 1730mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Comes with HTC Hub and a load of handy, exclusive HTC apps
  • Surprisingly light and easy to handle for its size

Main facility

  • 720p video recording does not do the massive camera sensor any justice
  • WVGA resolution does not look that great on a screen this size
  • Non-expandable storage
  • No mass storage mode; Zune only file management and sync
  • No Flash (or Silverlight) support in the browser
  • No DivX/XviD video support (automatic transcoding provided by Zune)
  • Non-user-replaceable battery
  • A much higher price than its direct competitor, the Nokia Lumia 900
  • Design is dated and not exactly innovative

HTC Titan II Specification:

  • 2G Network : GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 3G Network : HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA 850 / 2100 - HTC Titan 4G
  • 4G Network : LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100 LTE 1800 - HTC Titan 4G
  • Announced : 2012, January
  • Status : Available. Released 2012, April
  • Dimensions : 132 x 69 x 13 mm
  • Weight : 147 g - Touch-sensitive controls
  • Type : S-LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size : 480 x 800 pixels, 4.7 inches (~199 ppi pixel density)
  • Multitouch : Yes
  • Primary : 16 MP, 4640 x 3480 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash
  • Features : Geo-tagging, BSI sensor, image stabilization, face detection
  • Video : Yes, 720p@30fps
  • Secondary : Yes, 1.3 MP
  • Alert types : Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker : Yes
  • 3.5mm jack : Yes
  • Card slot : No
  • Internal : 16 GB storage
  • GPRS : Yes
  • EDGE : Yes
  • Speed : HSPA+
  • WLAN : Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA
  • Bluetooth : Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
  • USB : Yes, microUSB v2.0
Technical info
  • Operating System : Windows Phone 7.5
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  • CPU : Qualcomm
  • CPU Speed : 1.50 GHz
  • Processor Cores : Single Core
  • RAM : 512MB
  • Standard battery, Li-Ion 1730 mAh
  • Stand-by : Up to 290 h
  • Talk time : Up to 4 h 20 min

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