Pros > Beautiful screen!
> Great O/S
> Integrated social networks
> Smooth and responsive
> Good camera
> XBox Live integration
Cons > No expandable SIM slot
Summary I received my HTC Titan a couple of days ago as a result of upgrading from my iPhone. I was taken aback at the unexpectedly fresh (I know, the term is overused) experience. The phone's operation is smooth as butter as I navigate my way through the menus and applications. There are many nice touches that come with the new "Mango" version of Windows Phone operating system. Most of these niceties are in the form of tight integration of social apps into the phone's ecosystem. Coming from the lackluster facebook app available on the iPhone, I was plesantly surprised at how easy it is to contextually share things with my social network.
As a little disclaimer, in my house we have an iPhone 4S, two iPhone 3Gs', four iPods, a Blackberry Curve, a Samsung Infuse Android phone, and obviously, this phone. That said, I am quite experienced with a variety of smart phones and i-devices. I also develop apps for Android, iOS, and soon Windows Phone 7x. I believe this puts me in a unique position to objectively compare each device in a day-by-day usage context. Having used the Titan for a couple of days now, I find it difficult to imagine going back to the iPhone or switching to an Android-based phone anytime soon, despite how charming Siri is :) With the Mango version of the O/S, I see a level of innovation that I've not seen for a while (apart from XBox Live) from Microsoft in a very long time. It is obvious that they've taken their declining smartphone marketshare to heart and have poured a lot of time and expense in coming up with something truly special.
As far as apps go, all the apps that I regularly used on my iPhone are available for this phone. I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything. And if I am, I'll just build my own!
I have to admit, when I ordered this phone online, I was a little concerned about how large this phone would feel, crammed into my pocket. As I mentioned, I also own the Samsung Infuse Android phone, which has a screen size of 4.5 inches (just 0.2 inches short of the Titan's). However, the Titan feels more sturdy, thanks to the metal body, and is equivalent in body size. It also feels fine in my pocket, thanks to its thin profile and curved edges.
In conclusion, I am very happy with my decision of switching from my iPhone to this phone, despite my initial trepidation. I highly recommend anyone considering Windows Phone 7x to give this phone a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised!
Pros -Smooth OS experience.
-Stand out, eye catching design.
Cons -Not greatly impressed with call quality.
-Battery life is inconsistent.
-Know the OS limitations- No expandable memory, no Flash Player.
-Some screens do not work in landscape mode. Inconvenient.
Summary My wife was all about this phone- Huge screen, outstanding camera. The pictures this monster produces are fantastic- great indoors and outdoors, wonderful macro (small details) settings, great options and editing. Just an elite camera. The screen is wonderful for watching videos and playing games. The live tiles are wonderful on the screen, but seem to be better on the white background. Reception is amazing- it locks onto AT&T signals and never lets go. But call quality is not quite as good. Speakers are a little less clear.
The aluminum body is sturdy, eye catching and durable. The weight is fantastic, and the feel in the hand is great. Yes, it can fit in most pockets. Button placement is weird- power button on top and both volume control and camera button on same side. A couple of days any user will be used to it, but it is a waste of the space the Titan has.
The battery on our Titan is inconsistent. Sometimes it last most of the day, sometimes it drops like a rock. Can't quite nail it down.
Great phone, great experience. Highly suggest it.
Pros Beautiful Big Bright Screen (once you go big, you won't go back)
Fast and Fluid (Unlike my previous Android Device)
Great Hardware Design (slim and high quality feel)
Windows Phone 7 software is Awesome
Cons Limited Applications(Although most of the ones I want are there)
Lack of available accessories
Only 16GB on board memory (but Skydrive's online cloud storage is available for all pics and docs)
Summary So I have been following Windows Phone 7 since its inception. I am a big Microsoft user with my PC, Xbox, Zune software, Hotmail email account and so on. Over the last 3 years, I have owned an iPhone, Android, and now this Windows device. I always liked the look of the software and had big hopes for it but knew its 1st Generation software and devices were limited. After the iPhone (which I got tired of), I moved to Android with the Samsung Infuse. While the device was nice and fun at times with great features, it was hampered down by constant crashing and rebooting, slow downs, and just quirkiness which grew irritating.. fast. Even though it wasn't a dual core phone, there was no reason why I should have had so many issues. Which led me to believe the Android software was part of the problem.
So finally with the new round of Windows Phones coming out, I found an opportunity to pick up the HTC Titan from AT&T for a penny (AWESOME DEAL!). I was torn between this and the Samsung Focus S, but the camera features and screen sold me. The screen is absolutely gorgeous! Big without increasing the overall size of the phone, and bright with great quality. I really believe the Windows Phone 7 software allows the screen to look as great is it does. Colors really pop. The blacks aren't as black as the AMOLED screen, but you won't notice the difference without comparing the two side by side.
As I mentioned before, the camera helped with my decision as HTC added a few software enhancements and a great dual LED Flash to go along with the 8-megapixels of the camera.
I love the Zune software, better than iTunes. Its just better looking, cooler if you will. And if you already have the Zune pass, which I don't, this phone should be a no brainer as you can take your tunes with you where ever you go. On top of that, I appreciate the fact that there is an FM transmitter installed in the phone. I don't always use it, but there are times I will want to. The people hub is very streamlined and allows all your contacts from wherever to be easily integrated. I love it. And Xbox live has some great games and they look great on this phone.
The only couple of downers about this phone are its somewhat limited applications. I have been missing being able to play Hanging with Friends, as that app has yet to make it over to the Windows Marketplace (hopefully at some point Zynga will start making games for this platform). Also, I have searched many common sites like Amazon and E-bay, and I am having trouble finding a good case and screen protector for my phone. Not even the AT&T store I purchased my phone from had a case for my phone, other than the bulky generic universal case they provide... NO Thank You! I'm used to using the Zagg Invisisheild as my screen protector but they don't make one for this phone yet. Again, I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Overall, this was a great purchase.. and at a great price. I would have willingly paid the 199.99 new contract price for this phone. The hardware materials used to build this quality phone are extremely good. The metallic cast rear is sturdy and feels like high quality. The screen, which I cant say enough about, is very beautiful.. I absolutely love it. I really feel like Windows Phone 7 is undervalued and under appreciated. Its a great software and such a valuable alternative to the iPhone and the Androids of the world. Anyone who is pro-PC, I would highly recommend giving this phone a try with the integrated Windows features present. Anyone not yet on a smartphone, definitely give this phone a comparison test. I feel most people would be extremely satisfied with this software and wont feel like they are missing anything if they chose this over the other two major software options. The phone doesn't have the greatest specs, but it definitely doesn't need it. Oh, and battery life is one of the best.
In summary, great phone, great software, let's go Windows!
Pros 1 Intuitive with a large beautiful screen
2 Flip to silence, flip to speaker, loud ring when in pocket/purse
3 Beatiful pictureswith FB, skydrive. No more silly syncing!
4 Buttery smooth operation email,calendar,apps,browsing, everything!
Cons 1. Wish it had LTE (Titan II came out just 2 months too late! for me)
Summary I own a lot of electronics and this is atleast my 7th phone in the last 8 years(sony ericcson, orginal Razr, Palm Pre, Torch, iPhone 3GS, Droid bionic, Samsung Focus). I've never had as emotional an attachment to anything as with this amazing piece of machinery. Where to start?
The first thing that caught me off guard(pleasantly) was the buttery smooth, gorgeous tile interface. It took me 10 seconds to figure out that the long press was my best friend and I've customized my digital finger print by putting my actual frequent contacts on the front instead of a silly contact list(why bother with a click, then a browse and then another click or even more stupid a search??). Android allowed me to do this, but not like this. This is plain simple - even my mom(60) and dad(69) who are tech luddites of the highest order figured this out in seconds. Speaking of which maybe that's the best endorsement - my parents have found this phone, bar none, to be the most intuitive, easy to use devices. I was shocked to find my mom, who has difficulty using a PC despite being around the things for decades, using the phone so easily.
But enough about the OS. You can read about that in other reviews. Short opinion - nothing holds a candle to Windows Phone Mango - in real world usage. Doesn't matter what your hardware is, the thing is THE most responsive, THE most intuitive, THE most aesthetically pleasing interface that strives to get the HECK out of your way and get you into what you want to do as quickly as possible.
The Titan. What an apt name. Except that it doesn't feel like you're holding a giant in your hand. Maybe they should have called it the gentle Titan? I don't know what HTC did, but the phone feels solid and not bulky. It almost defies logic, but I find it easy to hold and use. I have normally sized hands(I'm 5'9") and this thing feels excellent in my hand. The screen is gorgeous and unless you actually hold it next to the Samsung Focus(Super AMOLED), you wouldn't think that a better screen is possible. At higher brightness levels it's simply outstanding. What I like a lot more with this model is that it goes very low in brightness when I'm reading ebooks at night. Yes, I read eBooks on this giant screen on the Amazon kindle with the lights all out. It is the only device I read on now - which is kinda sad because I thought I would never find anything better that the new Amazon kindle to read on.\
Browsing websites on this thing is buttery smooth and a joy because I no longer have to squint at full desktop versioned sites on the mobile screen.
The camera is by far the best I've used on a phone. The flash is bright and while it's no match for the higher end point and shoots, this thing produces beautiful, crisp photos that have people doing double takes when I tell them this was off my phone. Comparing pictures taken with other phoines at the same events only the iPhone 4S versions were comparable.
I like the little features HTC has added like the attentive phone - if you want to silence the phone, turn it over onto it's face. If you're in a call and want to go to speaker mode, turn it over on to it's face and it's on speaker. It actually rings louder in your pocket or your purse and gets softer when you pick it up. How the heck they did this, I don't know - but that's freaking amazing! Maybe they use the light sensor or something to do it.
Now for the shocker: battery life. I cannot believe how long a thing of this size goes. A FULL day of HEAVY usage is typical for me before I have to charge it. I have 6 email accounts all syncing constantly with calendar invites and reminders. I use a blue tooth device and I use the GPS constantly to find my way around. And I have blue tooth connections enabled to connect with the system in my car. I don't know why other phones of this size can't do the same - someone said it's because it's a single core processor on this phone.
The music/videos hub (Zune subscription and HTC's youtube app) and Skydrive support(all the photos from my phone are automatically synced so I don't ever have to upload or backup anything) - truly excellent apps that essentially keep all my stuff in the cloud.
Now for the not so good:
The speaker phone is capable but it's a little tinny at the higher volumes. My Samsung focus was better in this respect.
Call volumes at default settings aren't always the best. If you go into System settings and enable the hearing aids section, this is fixed(and then some)
Overall, I'm just amazed with this device. After hunting for years for the perfect electronic companion, I think I've found it.
The only sad thing is that HTC announced the Titan II. It's got a 16MP camera! Still, I think 8MP is plenty. Also consider that the price of this phone may go down to the 1c special they had on Thanksgiving given that it's successor is out on AT&T.
Pros Good Build Quality
Good Screen (size, visibility in sunlight, brightness)
Very fast (thx to windows phone!)
Dedicated camera button
Amazing operating system!
Cons Mediocre call quality
No SD card option!
Screen is not very scratch proof... but not too bad
Typical HTC design... not very inspiring or 'different'
Summary Great phone by HTC, not much to fault it for... lots of positives! Next phone is gonna be a Nokia Windows Phone though... HTC designs are not exactly exciting... but a great smartphone with an AMAZING OS!