HTC Titan - 1st Impressions [Video]

We mentioned last night on Twitter we have a lot of new phones here at WPCentral. First up was the Radar 4G, next is the Lumia 800 and today we have the HTC Titan (look for some new Samsung stuff too).

The HTC Titan is expected to launch here in the US on AT&T in the coming weeks, so we figured we give the unlocked version a go. The device is quite massive with a 4.7" Super LCD screen, 1.5GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, 12.6GB of available storage, an 8MP rear camera with a 1.3MP front facing one and a solid, smooth case.

Here's the phone's strengths: beautifully designed, excellent cameras, gorgeous screen and it's fast. But is it too big? You'll see it compared to the HD7 in the video and yes, while it is large, it's not too noticeable. Then again, if you're on a subway or in a metro region, you will get some head turns and stares when you pull it out to check your email.

More coming up in the next few days. Throw our your questions and we'll try to answer 'em either in comments or in the review.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • lol $h!ts on the HD7
  • Yeah, I was not a fan of the HD7 or HD7s--felt uncomfortable in the hands and the screen was terrible.This though...yeah, whole other story. Titan is the real deal and much improved design and quality.
  • Look there it is again! "SIM applications" in the Settings. it was on the Radar's settings too.It's not on my HD7 what is it?
  • I noticed this too! When I go to SIM applications on my Titan, i just get a screen with "There aren't any applications to use here on your SIM card." No idea what this is for or what we can do with it.
  • I've played a little with an Ultimate/Titan today at a Vivo's store in Brazil. Very nice phone, I really liked. It's in another league than my "old" Optimus 7. One thing I've noticed is a SIM toolkit access under the Settings menu, I don't have it on my Optimus even after Mango, but I don't know about other devices, but it seems good because there's useful features in some countries such as money transfer et al.
  • Hey I'm from the US and I want to purchase the Titan. I'm a current TMobile subscriber and would like to know, if I get the Titan all I have to do is insert my sim card and I should be in business correct? I want to use the phone on mobile USA. Thanks
  • I got my HTC-branded Titan off of Amazon. popped my Surround's AT&T SIM into the back and I was good to go. I have yet to test 3G though, as I don't live in an area that supports it, so I'll have to take a drive one town over to test that. Will report my results.Of note: you'll have to make sure to change all the regional settings back to US settings, but for some reason the phone still uses british english all over the place -- "Synchronising" instead of "Syncing", "Favourites" instead of "Favorites", british voice for the speech synthesizer, etc. and I haven't figured out how to change this yet. Not a big deal though.
  • The device needs to be unlocked for it to work on T-Mobile. So buying an At&T branded Titan will not work. An HTC Unlocked Titan will, unless someone is able to unlock the AT&T model for you
  • Good try with the explanation. Unlocking just means you can use the phone with another network. This doesn't answer the greater question:
    Will you be able to use a phone designed to work with AT&T's data network on T-Mobile's data network?
    You see, the AT&T branded HTC Titan is a quad-band phone that operates on the following frequencies: HSPA+/WCDMA 
    850/1900/2100MHz and 
    Quad-band GSM/GPRS/Edge 
    850/900/1800/1900MHz  (copied directly from HTC.
    AT&T uses these frequencies: 850 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE 2G 1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE 2G 850 MHz UMTS/HSPA 3G 1900 MHz UMTS/HSPA 3G 700 MHz LTE 4G (this is from wikipedia. couldnt find it on at&t but it's all correct) T-Mobile uses these frequencies: 850 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE 2G       1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE 2G       1700 MHz/2100 MHz UMTS (W-CDMA)/HSPA 4G (formerly 3G[32]) (This is also from wikipedia. couldnt find it on t-mobile, but this is also correct) Anyway: 
    so, the AT&T Titan-- all you have to do is unlock it and it SHOULD register onto T-Mobile's 4g 2100 MHz network since the phone works on that frequency. 
    I'm not 100% sure that it'll work. It should. Just not sure. 
    ***My apologies on the format of this post. I just copied and pasted some information tables and everything's a mess. 
  • I received my Titan a few days ago, and I'm absolutely in love with it! The screen is gorgeous, great viewing angles and daylight visibility. Build quality is top-notch, and even being so big and built like a tank, it's really thin and lightweight -- lighter than my Surround and my old Touch Pro! Typing on it is wonderful thanks to the keys having more space, so you can worry even less about typing errors. Colors are bright, darks are dark. I'd say the S-LCD gives S-AMOLED a run for its money -- now I need to find a Focus S to compare it to when that phone is released.My only complaint is that IE9 doesn't smooth tiny fonts that well, so it's not too great to read zoomed-out webpages -- normally one doesn't have a reason to do that anyway, but having such a large screen actually makes it practical, but the font smoothing in IE9 just doesn't agree with it here.It's darned fast too. Anyone with WP Bench installed, check the top scores -- my Titan currently tops the speed chart =)
  • download surfcube and try using that instead of ie9 you will notice a pleasant experience.
  • appreciate the suggestion, but surfcube feels like a convoluted mess to me, and still doesn't solve literally the ONLY issue i have with IE9 on the titan.surfcube is just a custom shell for IE9 anyway.
  • Surfcube doesn't render any differently, and in fact is laggier than IE9.
  • Really appreciate the mini-review, planetarian. I was sold on the Titan 100%, until I saw how the screen tiles really just leap off of the Focus S screen at you. I am really looking ahead to comparing these two devices. Like that Mr. Rubino said it's reception is fantastic. That will be a HUGE selling point to me. I still use my cell phone as an actual phone (gasp!!) a TON, so reception and call quality are way high up on my list of concerns over camera's and some of the other hardware.I am kinda concerned over how bulky the Titan will be with a protective shell such as an Otter Box. I work in a boiler plant, and damage to my phone is a given without one. I hate side holsters and carry my phone in my front pocket. The 4.7" just may end up being to freaking big. Not a fan of Samsung plastic builds, but we will see.
  • Another thing I noticed was a large (5ft x 2ft I guess) interactive touchscreen display simulating a HTC WP7 showing the features in the middle of the store. I never saw any other phone "ad" like this one.HTC is really investing heavily on WP7 mkt, at least here in Brazil, and as far as I know, it's selling well. As I told in another post, last week I was at the same store for 30-40 minutes and 2 Ultimates was sold in this meantime :)
  • Huge typo "and today we have the HTC Radar."
  • great review bro! god almost buying this phone >.
  • Bajaja t-mobile has better coverage and faster data speeds than at&t
  • I wanted to pick up the radar but with 8 gig of memory I can't live with is very disapointing that it does not come with 16 gig
  • I agree. Skydrive is not dependable (some days it works, some days it doesn't) so the cloud wouldn't work for my music needs. HEAVY music listener and I prefer to have downloaded music rather than streaming it. It's more smoother
  • Daniel,Can you please comment how you dealt with the lack of visual voicemail? I know Mango supports it in the OS but each carrier has to enable it for the feature to work. In the US only T-Mobile has enabled it. AT&T posted in their support forums some months back that they're working on it but you know how that goes. Missing this feature might be a deal breaker for me but I'm opened minded. Since you've used the Titan on AT&T, how did it compare not having it and then going back to having it on the Radar on T-Mobile?Of all the Mango reviews out there, only NYT's David Pogue has mention the lack of VVM. Thanks.
  • I want this phone soooo bad. (weeps) damn you T-Mobile. I only hope that the T-Mobile rep I talked to that other day knew what she was talking about and the Titan will indeed be annouced for T-Mobile soon.
  • hmm well I been an android user for a long time on T-mobile, and got the Samsung Galaxy S2, which is a good phone, which I rooted and all, but to tell you the truth, I am not that pleased, I have experienced from time to time some lag, is not consistent on the browser, so checker boarding, now I been looking at the radar and was nice looking, the only problem I saw, was the storage, I have a microSD car, and was wondering if any WP7 device supports it, since I am wanting to make the jump to a new platform, either IOS or WP7, but IOS not on T-mobile so I would like to give WP7 a try, I like the browsing smoothness on WP7 which is one of the things I use the most, like I said only problem right now is the internal storage, or the fact that cannot be expanded on the radar.
  • Could the issue with speed and signal be due to it not being optimized for AT&T's network? I know it's the same phone they're getting but it's not AT&T branded and doesn't have AT&T firmware
  • Would the radar be a good upgrade to the hd7? Im not sure if i should wait, it doesn't look like t-mobile is getting anything until spring possibly..
  • I bought a HTC HD7S to replace my Focus that I gave to my kid sister. I can't wait to be spoiled my a 4.3" AMOLED! Yet, Sunday.
  • Not sure if I read this correct but the HD7s does not have an amoled display
  • Hd7 does not have an amoled display..
  • Sorry, HD7S doesn't have AMOLED. That said, it has Super LCD like the TITAN, which is still awesome, so don't worry.
  • With his comment of 4.3" and AMOLED display enthusiasm, I think Ray is referring to Sundays Focus S release, which is a strange post on the Titan first impressions thread. But still: Enjoy Ray!! Let us know what you think of it!!
  • I have some trouble with my HTC Titan.1. In games, the graphics is stuttering sometimes. I mostly play Bejeweld, but also seen it in other Windows live Games. Did not have thise issues with my Trophy. If I listen to music while playing ther is noe stuttering in the game. ?????2. Sometimes when I make a phonecall, when the other side pick up, I can't hear anything and they can't hear anything.This also happens when i recive calls.Anyone else have this trouble?:(
  • No issues with my Titan.
  • The power button has no business being on top on a device of this size. Samsung always puts their power button on the right side, and Nokia did the same with the Lumia 800, which isn't even all that large.
  • Great video, Dan. Consistently interesting throughout and no crazy camera movements. Titan is looking great.
  • how did you test the 4g speed of the titan? what app did you use?
  • DO WANT!!! Wish ATT would hurry up and date it already!
  • Yeyy i am in turkey and i bougth the phone from amsterdam-wageningen. İt was unlocked and it worked like a charm with turkeys operators :D:D i really love my phoneeee :-)and i have no problem with sim menu hehe. HTC titan rocks! :)
  • I think the key feature everyone seems to be forgetting about with the HTC Titan is the security feature; in case of emergency mugging, use it as a baseball bat.
  • Does anyone know if the Titan has haptic feedback (ie. vibrates) on its keyboard? I've been told that some WP7 phones have that feature, and some don't.
  • The smartphone that's anything but shy. #HTC TITAN coming to @ATT on 11/20 for $199.99.