WPDoodle: The TITAN II makes other Windows Phones look like wimps

In reflection of CES 2012 last week (and looking forward to our WPCentral recap-podcast tomorrow), we want to celebrate the TITAN II a little bit with this week's WPDoodle. While HTC did a pretty knock up job with the original TITAN, besides the massive 4.7" screen there wasn't really anything "huge" about it.

Now with that super fast 4G LTE on board and a whopping 16MP camera (the largest HTC has ever used, even besting Android) the TITAN II truly feels like it earned its name.

Sure, we can talk about how the 16MP camera is more gimmick than advantage, but for marketing purposes it will get Windows Phone noticed. We're okay with that as we needed something to differentiate ourselves from the competition, something to get consumers to pay attention. Will it pay off? We'll find out in a few weeks.

In the meantime, check our our TITAN II hands on, video test, 16MP camera samples,  LTE information and more photos of the device.

WPDoodle images courtesy of Jason Harrison, founder of BrowCo.com. Have a great idea for a WPDoodle? Send an email to doodles@mobilenations.com and Jason'll take a gander.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • HA! "1billion mega pixels"
    So when are those PetaPixel phones coming out? ;)
  • I kinda like it. I like the big screen. but I'm going to have see both the Titan II and the Nokia 900 before I say yes to one or the other. Now I have this odd feeling that come the spring one of these guys are going to be on T-MO so i'm going to hold just a little longer. But the device in size is good for me.... between the two you have the titan with it's size and cam features and the Nokia 900 with the great Nokia apps like Nokia drive. tough call between the two though.
  • This is one of the more intriguing WP7 devices. I would choose this over Lumia 900. 
  • no the lumia 900 smokes it
  • it does?  how so?
  • build quality, better optics, better ffc, nokia drive and a whole bunch od other things.  The camera taking and the video taking isnt impressive on the titan 2.
  • I love the Titan, and I think this is exactly what WP needs, but what I don't understand is at 16mp doesn't 720p sound funny? Like the camera isn't really as capable as it sounds? Now what does a 16mp, 1080p camera sound like???? Sounds like a beast to me. And, there's plenty of devices that have 1080p cameras without HD screens. Nevertheless, the next feature to be showcased on a new WP device should be HD screens, well that and 32-64gb storage for Christ sake. Just how large is a 16mp photo at its best?.... Let me stop complaining.. I guess the point is that WP is finally getting some "higher" end hardware. Notice I said higher not high, but we're getting there.
  • Yeah we're getting there and the next step is other carriers not named ATT finally getting some great devices.
  • You need dual core to record 1080p video.
  • Really? You need dual core to record in 1080p? I didn't know that... Is this really true??? Anybody?
  • Yes, it's true, even if the camera is capable of recording 1080p, you need a dual-core processor to be able to take advantage of it. Qualcomm used to have it listed on their site but now it's gone. You need Qualcomm's snapdragon S3, or in the future S4 for 1080p recording. Windows Phone can only have S2 or S1 for now, hopefully  that will change with Apollo, or even Tango.
  • I suspect that 720p is a limitation of current version of WP7 - and I can imagine that together with high screen resolutions it will be a part of Apollo release this fall.
  • I still don't get the importance of 1080p recording on a phone camera.  Mine does 720p and the results look nothing like I would expect HD to look like.  I really think they are misleading people with the capability for quality video recording on these phones ...
  • Bottom line is no smartphone does video very well, whether they quote 720 or 1080p. They just cant handle the panning and movement. I watched a recent test where an industry video expert was asked to judge the quality of 6 or so smartphones which had recorded the same piece of video and then played back on a 24"monitor. The guy basically said that all the phones were absolute garbage at recording video, but the Blackberry was the least crap. I watched the test and he was right. The video taken on these devices was awful. The phones tested were the 4s, Samsung Galaxy S2, Nokia Lumia 800, amungst others.
    As a point of interest an artist was asked to judge each phone on the picture qulity when taking a pic of one of his paintings and displaying it on the phone screen. He judged the Samsung to be the best and most accurate reproduction of his work, even over the iphone retina screen.
  • I like the fanfare for the T2, but lets not start fragmenting the WP camp by competing with ourselves. Lets take over the world FIRST. ;-)
  • I got the old Titan about a week ago and love it so far. It's my first Windows Phone (switching from android). I have experienced the random reboot three times so far which freaked me out cause Windows Phone isn't supposed to do that... I also experience the disappearing keyboard which is way annoying, but I like the phone over all.
    The problem that I see with the Titan II is the battery. Having a 1730 mAh battery is not going to cut it. An added 130 mAh can't be enough to compensate for LTE. Especially since I live in a non-LTE area so it will have to periodically check for LTE.
    At this point I'm leaning toward the Lumia 900 cause it is dead sexy and has a 1830 mAh battery, 230 mAh more than my og titan. With LTE on board I'm guessing we'll need a huge battery even after the second gen SoC that's being used. And that's just to get you through the day.
  • specs mean nothing.....
    I've yet to find a good 720p or 1080p camera phone.
    megapixels  mean nothing.. my old 8 year old compact 4mp camera  takes shots better than any phone camera out there.
    I rather have a good 480p/720p camera at 30 to 60 frames a sec with no lag or jitter than have a 1080p phone camera thats just bad.
    Logic .. a bad 4 megapixel camera blown up to 8 megapixel is still a bad camera.
  • Specs are used to sell phones