Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012
HTC may be best known for its Android phones, but the HTC Titan shows the company can make Windows Phones too. Let’s trace back the Titan’s journey through the year to where it stands today.
For Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, 2011 has very much been a year of two halves. In the months leading up to the long-awaited Mango update being released the platform largely ground to a halt, but since then things have being going great guns, and the HTC Titan is part of that second-generation wave of Windows Phones tasked with driving the OS forward.
HTC Titan rumours
We knew HTC would be among the names to introduce new WinPho hardware once the Mango update was out, but it was only at the end of August – just two days before its official announcement – that the Titan caught our eye under the name HTC Eternity.But there’s no doubt that the Titan name is well earned.
The S-LCD display is a real slugger at 4.7-inches across, though it’s just 9.9mm thick to keep the overall bulk under control. Running things in the engine room is a 1.5GHz single-core processor, and you get 512MB of RAM, 16GB of storage and an 8-megapixel camera with 720p video smarts.
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HTC Titan reception
As we pointed out at the time, much of this spec is the result of Microsoft’s super-stringent hardware requirements for devices running Windows Phone. That doesn’t mean the HTC Titan falls short of the mark, though.
Our official verdict once we’d put the handset through its paces in our HTC Titan review was that this is an “epic, easy-to-use smartphone”, with its screen size, overall design and Windows Phone Mango itself heading the list of positives.
Read HTC Titan review
Comparisons and recommendations
But with Microsoft offering such narrow hardware parameters for all devices running its mobile OS, how does the HTC Titan stack up against other Windows Phone Mango devices? Good question, and it’s one we’ve spent a fair bit of time trying to answer, checking out its credentials against its stablemate the HTC Radar as well as Nokia’s much-publicised new Lumia 800, and the first generation Samsung Omnia 7.Designer iPhone 4 cases