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HTC Titan review

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango with a massive screen and 8MP HD camera

HTC titan review

HTC does make good cameras when it puts its mind to it. We'll give it that. In fact, this is probably the bit of the HTC Titan that it has the most control over (aside from physical design) and we have to say we were really pleased with what we were given.

8MP is no slouch but, as readers are often quick to point out, it's not all about the megapixel count but the quality of the processor, the lens, the software and so on. Luckily for the HTC Titan, it's all spot-on here with a 28mm lens with f/2.2 aperture and BSI sensor for helping when light isn't so good.

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Firstly, having a camera button helps. You don't have to fiddle around with getting your grip on the phone a certain way or digging through menus that may be hard to see on a bright day. Wherever in the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system you may be, a long press on the camera button will take you into the camera screen.

It's fairly basic on the surface, with buttons to just switch to front-facing mode or video, but when you get into the menu, budding Mario Testinos will be like kids in sweet shops.

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You're given a plethora of scene modes, providing Auto is not to your taste although, for the majority of people, it will be enough. Plus a panoramic mode, options to control ISO levels, face detection and (our favourite), the option to switch to burst photography to take five pictures quickly in succession are all present.

Ideally, this would be at hand on the main screen because you may want to take a few bunches of pap-style pictures in one go without having to delve into the menu, but as it is, you can't do it that way.

There are three LED light modes - on, off and automatic. Normally we wouldn't mention these, because they're so obvious, but we noticed in testing that even when we put our HTC Titan on 'Always on' mode for the light, it completely ignored us.

Like a petulant child, the light refused to come on and insisted on doing it its way where it would only give us illumination when it thought it was best to do so. Annoying.

When you do get your snaps on the computer, they're really sharp and clear. We were really pleased with results taken in both full daylight and darkness where the light managed to illuminate it all for us.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Flash bathes subjects in good light - maybe too much light sometimes

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BLUR: Taking photos in pitch black, it's hard to get a focus

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FLASH: But when you do, it is amazing. Almost as good as a proper flash

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DULL: Pictures taken in good light come out well, although the white balance can be a bit off

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CLEAR: The white balance isn't always off though

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LIGHT: Taken in pitch black with the light doing a good job

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PANORAMA: Panorama mode is a bit hit and miss. And we thought we had steady hands!

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Service ProviderO2
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time11.83 Hour
Product ModelTITAN
Screen Size11.9 cm (4.7")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)160 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 7.5
Messaging TypeMMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, SMS (Short Message Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density199 ppi
Height131.5 mm
Width70.7 mm
Depth9.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time360 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameTITAN Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeGyro Sensor, G-sensor, Digital Compass, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberO2MTITANBLK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

Unlike anything you've ever held before

With the largest screen of any Windows Phone, the HTC TITAN lets you work big and play big. Sporting a 4.7" screen and an ultra-slim 9.9mm unibody contoured design, the HTC TITAN is unlike anything you've ever held. It's the perfect phone for multitasking, enhancing your work efficiency, editing Office documents with the big virtual keyboard and making your entertainment and photos really come to life.

Limited Warranty1 Year