The HTC Titan is like the giant that enters the pub – everyone can’t help but notice, especially when he’s covered in Mango. But has enough changed from the Windows Phone 7 predecessor to warrant such a huge pedestal to place Mango on?

HTC Titan – supersize my screen

The HTC Titan’s controversially large 4.7in display isn’t only ideal for your grandma’s failing eyes, but is perfect for web surfers who want that extra page length at a glance. Sadly it wipes out on its meagre WVGA (800x480) resolution that makes the homescreen tiles frankly comic in size.

By comparison the Samsung Galaxy S2 manages to cram in a whole population of extra pixels on a slightly more manageable screen size. But at 9.9mm thin – and with a second-generation Snapdragon processor to save battery life – the Titan certainly has an advantage, courtesy of its big bright screen. It's great for the keyboard, if nothing else. Fat fingered folk rejoice.

HTC Titan – is Mango ripe?

Windows Phone 7.5 Mango has been hotly tipped to propel Microsoft’s already impressive OS into the ring as a serious contender against iOS and Android, but without apps it’ll be going in unarmed. With Mango’s 500 new features we expect apps soon, though.

So, what’s so great about Mango? WebOS might be in its death throes but its life wasn’t in vain, as WP Mango’s similar multi-tasking looks great on the huge Titan screen and runs smoothly despite Mango only supporting a single core.

The ground-breaking homescreen tiles have been updated to hold more data, including that from apps, which could be a trend-setter. Sadly the trend of pull-down notifications hasn’t been added and getting to Wi-Fi is still a hassle. But with threaded social messaging pulling Facebook, SMS and Messenger into one place, you can save time and enjoy it using IE9’s slightly invasive location based browser. These are all small touches, but they set it apart from Windows Phone 7 with an impressive speed of evolution – Apple, take note.

HTC Titan – camera shy

Very little has been said about the Titan’s camera, but under a dedicated side button sits an impressive 8MP f2.2 snapper capable of 720p video. While the video might be a bit blurry, the camera is brilliant. HTC has added burst and panoramic features, while maintaining strong colours and clear lighting balance.

The camera is so good that Photo Enhancer’s Auto enhance does very little to snaps that are near-perfect efforts first time. Picture distortions such as Sepia, Vintage and Glimmer are fun extras that render instantly. The Nokia N8 and Samsung Galaxy S2 may have pioneered impressive photos and editing options, but the Titan has caught up quickly.

HTC Titan – iOS and Android killer

The Titan’s nippy speed, huge display, deep Facebook integration and impressive 20-hour battery life make it HTC’s best handset since the Sensation, and certainly the best Windows Phone so far.

With some more apps and a higher resolution display this would be a serious iOS and Android threat. We’re keeping a very close eye on this hardware-software pair up in the near future.


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