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HTC Titan review

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

HTC titan review

If there's one thing we love more than Christmas or Mum's home made chicken pie, it's a big screen for browsing the internet on. Chances are that if you go for the HTC Titan, web browsing will be one of your big habits, and that screen lends itself to showing pages beautifully.

Don't panic when we tell you that it runs Internet Explorer, because it's a specially optimised Windows Phone 7 version that seems devoid of bugs and awful toolbars full of ads.

The first thing you'll notice is that the address bar is at the bottom of the screen, which feels really weird at first but we got used to it after a little while. And it's not just for typing addresses into but search terms as well. We were pleasantly surprised with the results.

HTC titan review

We tried to type in "TechRadar" (naturally!) but somehow ended up typing "Tesco". We expected to just be taken to a search results page, but what we got was so much more. We got a three-tabbed experience with Web (Bing search results), Local and Images.

It's where you see how Bing has been built into the phone from scratch, and it looks beautiful because the results are not displayed as a Bing web page but as part of the HTC Titan's interface.

The local results threw us a bit, because we assumed we'd get a list of nearby Tesco stores. Instead, the HTC Titan seemed to think we were in Texas and gave us things such as Gas Technology Corp, which is handy to someone, but not exactly what we were looking for.

Speaking of Bing, you can get to it from anywhere in the HTC Titan's system by just tapping the search soft key below the screen. In operating systems gone by, this would have searched within an application you were running at the time, but now it mostly defaults to Bing, which streamlines the Windows Phone 7.5 experience even more.

HTC titan review

Microsoft tells us that Internet Explorer on Mango is "not just similar to the PC version - it has exactly the same platform and script engine." And to be fair to it, it did load pages as they appear on a computer. Except for Flash. Which is missing. Yet again.

We knew this was the case for Mango when we reviewed it before but must admit that we were hoping HTC would have found a way of getting it onto the HTC Titan, like they've successfully managed to do on various Android handsets.

Sadly, this seems to be a limitation of Windows Phone 7.5 that Microsoft prevents HTC from getting past. It's annoying. Cut the bull, Mr Ballmer, and just explain to us why other handsets can have this but you can't. You're not Apple.

Bookmarks are accessed through a menu within the browser and work as you'd expect. HTC gives you several pre-loaded favourites, which included our friends over at T3 but not TechRadar, which is probably the most unforgivable aspect of this entire smartphone!

You're not able to change the search engine from Bing either, so don't get the HTC Titan if you don't like Microsoft's offering. Not that there is really much in it these days, as Bing is far superior to its predecessor, but it would have been nice to specify other search engines had we so wished.

There is a Voice Search facility provided by Microsoft TellMe, which we tried with mixed results. We'd say it's 90% rubbish and 10% OK.

It's obviously given it a go, but Microsoft and others really have their work cut out here. And they need to sort it out pronto now that Siri on the iPhone 4S has brought voice searching to the forefront and consumers will expect all offerings to match Apple's.

We like the fact that when you search, you don't just do it by text or voice but there are also options present on the screen to scan QR Tags/barcodes or listen to music like on Shazam. Nice touch, folks and it works well too - better than the voice integration.

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