HTC Titan review

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

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Out of the box, what would you expect to get from Microsoft for the HTC Titan? Office? Good, cos it's here. Microsoft is obviously cashing in on the brand name that has been a staple of so many lives for years.

And there's a huge push to get you sharing your files on the brand's SkyDrive. It appears Apple and Google are not the only two with their sights set on taking over the clouds. On top of that, there is the option to use Office 365, which lets you remotely share files in a different way.

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Word, Excel and PowerPoint are there, but while you can create docs on the first two, PowerPoint only appears to enable you to view presentations, rather than making your own. We certainly had no problems using Word or Excel.

They're obviously watered down versions of the full PC software, tweaked to give them a Windows Phone look, but they seemed competent enough to us in our limited testing (we're not brilliant on Excel.)

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Continuing the Microsoft heritage is Xbox Live, which you can access via the HTC Titan. You can send messages, create an avatar and hook up with friends. But Microsoft has taken the Xbox branding and extended it to cover anything games-related, and links it in to your Marketplace downloads.

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Games and apps are still fairly pricey, but not as much as they were a few months back when we initially reviewed Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. Android users are in for a shock, whereas BlackBerry and iPhone users may just think it's a little bit more than they're used to paying.

That's not HTC's fault though, or even Microsoft's, and falls onto the shoulders of the developers, we would imagine.

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Obviously you'll only have one choice for mapping, and that is Bing maps, since it is Microsoft's own product. It works as well as rival products and gives you a few added extras such as local searches for things including eating, drinking and tourist attractions.

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For navigation, we were unable to find any of the big hitters such as TomTom or Co-Pilot or even Garmin. Nevertheless, there are some cheaper options that do the trick, albeit with a smaller feature set.

We're really impressed with the fact that you can try apps before you buy them. We wish iOS offered this, but it doesn't. Google does, but you only have a 15 minute window to claim your Android refund, so this is something that Windows Phone 7.5 has over its competitors. Well done, Microsoft!

Calendar

But, hang on - it's all going too well. Surely there must be something wrong? Yep, ladies and gents - we refer you to the Calendar app.

Yes, you can have calendars from multiple sources - Exchange, Windows Live, Google, Facebook and so on - and they'll live side-by-side in harmony. But not, it would appear, multiple calendars from the same source.

We're big users of Google Calendars, as are millions of potential Windows Phone Mango owners, and one of its great benefits is the fact that you can have multiple calendars.

But you can't if you're rocking Windows Phone 7.5, which only accesses your primary calendar. We searched and searched and couldn't find a decent way to add more calendars. In fact, it appears the only way to do it is through a rather crude method, which involves setting up various Google accounts and accessing them all individually.

We can't imagine what Microsoft is thinking here. It's not the kind of thing it would just forget to include and, considering Apple and RIM manage it, there can't be any issue with it being an Android-only perk. Whatever the reason, Microsoft needs to sort it out.

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