In the movie Immortals, Titans are explained to be gods that were forced from the heavens after a war between them. If that’s the case, then the HTC TITAN, on AT&T, is truly a phone unmatched by its rivals. This Windows Phone is a beast of a phone. Here’s how my experience panned out.
The HTC TITAN is a well constructed phone. HTC continues to use a unibody frame for some of its higher end devices, and it’s a good choice. The aluminum unibody frame gives the TITAN a solid feel in the hand, not like the plastic feel of the Galaxy S phones. It reminds me of the Android powered Thunderbolt in many way, in regards to design. Coming in at 9.9 mm thick, the TITAN is only a few millimeters thicker than the Droid RAZR (7.1)and the Galaxy Nexus *8.94). The phone is still pocket friendly, and with an almost 5-inch screen, that’s a definite plus. The 4.7-inch Super LCD display offers plenty of room for viewing pictures, movies, and web pages. The simplicity of the Windows Phone OS takes advantage of this with bright colors that pop. Inside the phone is what’s really pushing this TITAN to the forefront of current smartphones, a1.5 GHz processor and 4G (HSPA+).
If you’ve never seen a Windows Phone 7 device, for whatever reason, it has one very simple OS. There are essentially two “pages”. One holds all of the live tiles and the other holds all the apps installed on the device. The live tiles are like widgets in the fact that they update throughout the day to supply you with current info. From weather, to Foursquare, to pictures, the smart tiles provide you with the most up to date info for all your connected accounts and media. The Windows Phone OS has seen an update rather recently, Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango). With it came better tie in with social sites like Twitter. Under the People live tile you can add accounts from Facebook. LinkedIn, Twitter, email, and Windows Live. In the Microsoft ecosystem your Windows Live account is the key to the kingdom. It connects your Zune, Hotmail, Xbox Live, and other Windows specific accounts into one area.
One of the truly innovative and essential tie-ins for the Windows Phone ecosysytem is Xbox Live. With Xbox Live on you phone, you are able to connect to your Live account from anywhere. Your avatar appears in all its wonderful glory on your device. You are able to see which of your friends are online and what they are playing. Yo can send messages to them via your smartphone. Last week with the Xbox Live service seeing a n update a new feature came to Windows Phones, Xbox Companion. Essentially Companion is what allows the interaction with your console. you can search Bing, look thru recently played games, and launch games from your smartphone.
The HTC TITAN is by far the best Windows Phone 7 device that I have ever used. The simplicity of the OS plus the Microsoft ecosystem make this a very hard device to pass up. It’s very much in the upper tier of smartphones, Android and iPhone included. The point is, if you’re looking for a smartphone, and don’t desire to be an iFanatic or in the Android Army, Windows Phone is a great option. The smartphone gods’ loss is our gain.