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Nokia's Lumia 900 proved a crucial release for Windows Phone, with its pairing of striking form and a very low entry price making the operating system appealing for a much wider base than past models had attracted. The HTC Titan II launched with the Lumia 900, offering another headline Windows Phone option for AT&T's 4G LTE customers, but what makes this a potential standout option?The Titan II looks largely similar in form to the original HTC Titan, which launched alongside the Mango release of the OS last fall, albeit with a more obvious lip at the base of the display – a light upwards curve where the virtual back, home, and search buttons are found.As indicated by the title, the Titan II is a sizable handset, with a 4.7-inch display that luckily features little bezel along the sides, keeping it easily grasped. The SuperLCD screen is bright and attractive, though at 800x480 resolution, the pixel density (199 ppi) leaves something to be desired.A screen this large demands a much higher resolution, though the gorgeous Windows Phone interface still looks great on the display, with text and the large colored boxes appearing bold and beautiful as you swipe through pages.
HTC made quite a statement when it announced the original Titan in the summer of 2011. Its sequel is aiming to do so as well. After all, smartphones with 16MP camera sensors are a rare sight on any market. Launched at the same time as the attention grabbing Nokia Lumia 900 during this year's CES, the HTC Titan II appears built for the sole purpose of besting the Finnish flagship's spec sheet. The HTC Titan II is hardly a revolution in the realm of devices, running Microsoft's mobile OS, thanks to the software giant's strict hardware restrictions. It only ups the original with the presence of LTE network support, as well as a beefier camera unit. But what a camera unit it is! The HTC Titan II packs a monstrous 16MP sensor, which is the biggest one, offered in a smartphone on the U.S. market. The camera alone puts the Titan II in the way of some seriously established smartphone players. Heck, it might even try and give your point-and-shoot digicam a run for their money. The first thought, which ran across our minds when we saw the HTC Titan II for the first time was whether the handset was fresh enough to carry the "II" moniker.
Walking the line between "phablet" and phone, the HTC Titan 2 ($199 with a new two-year AT&T contract as of April 18, 2012) is a monster-sized Windows Phone handset. We first encountered the Titan 2 at this year's CES, and back then we liked its 16-megapixel camera and LTE connectivity. The Titan 2 is certainly an impressive phone, but it has a few quirks that you should take into consideration before you buy. The Titan 2 lives up to its name: Sporting a 4.7-inch Super LCD screen, the Titan 2 dwarfs nearly every other smartphone on AT&T, with the exception of the 5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note. The Titan 2, like many other HTC phones, has a minimalist design that makes it comfortable to hold for long periods at a time. Aside from the aforementioned display, the front of the Titan 2 has the standard Windows Phone navigation buttons (Back, Home, Search), and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera sits just above the top-right corner of the screen. Flipping the phone over reveals the 16-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash (more on that later), as well as a small removable cover that lets you access the Titan 2's SIM card. The cover takes some work to remove, but it comes off after a few tugs.
The HTC Titan II ($199.99 with two-year contract) tries, but doesn't quite succeed, to take the mantle of best Windows Phone away from the just-released Nokia Lumia 900 ($99.99, 4 stars). On paper, this is one impressive cell phone, with an incredible 16-megapixel camera, 4G LTE, and a massive screen. Unfortunately, the camera doesn't live up to expectations, and Windows Phone still has a few serious drawbacks when compared with Android and iOS. But Windows Phone is a fun, easy-to-use OS, and the Titan II is still a good phone to experience it with. Design, Call Quality, and AppsAt 5.12 by 2.76 by 0.39 inches (HWD) and 5.2 ounces, the Titan II feels a little more expensive than the Lumia 900, thanks to the Titan II's soft-touch coating and more prominently tapered edges. But the extra-large 4.7-inch capacitive touch screen offers just 800-by-480-pixel resolution, which is rapidly becoming the low-end standard. In a side-by-side comparison, the Lumia 900's screen looks much more vivid, with deeper blues, blacks, and reds. The Titan II looks a bit washed out in comparison, and you can easily see the individual pixels in fonts.
Over at AT&T you've got two giant choices for hero phones if you want to run with Windows Phone Mango - the Nokia Lumia 900 and the HTC Titan II. Your choices will be based on what you like the phone's hardware to look like, how nice the camera is, and how fabulous the software runs on either device. As it turns out, HTC may have created a silent hit here in the face of the massively promoted Nokia device - will it survive a secondhand mention? HTC has never had trouble delivering a fabulous looking smartphone when they've been on point - and 2012 has proven several times already that this is a year when this king of hardware is going to be bringing the heat all across the board. HTC's Titan II takes the great hardware points that were live in the first Titan device and increases them from top to bottom. There's a gigantic 4.7-inch S-LCD on the front, the soft plastic on the front has one cover on it with some excellent patterning for grip and easy usability, and the camera on the back is better than any other Windows Phone released thus far. This device feels great to hold, looks great, and is as responsive and intuitive as any Windows Phone, great or small, released thus far.
The original HTC Titan came out last fall, offering some of the best hardware we'd ever seen running Windows Phone. But that was months ago. Nokia's Lumia 900 now leads the pack when it comes to design and build quality, and we've seen Windows Phone's pace of improvement slow while Android and iOS have continued to mature and innovate. So HTC releases the Titan's successor, aptly named the Titan II, into a very different mobile landscape, where Windows Phone is no longer the exciting upstart and is now just the third-placed operating system. Can the Titan II improve on a good thing from last year's model? More importantly, should your next phone run Windows Phone? Let's find out. If we were entering the age of extra-large smartphones when we reviewed the original Titan in November, we're now squarely in the middle of the XXL smartphone era. In recent months we've seen the 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note, the 4.7-inch HTC One X, and a host of other enormous smartphones. The Titan II fits right in: at 5.2 inches tall and a 0.39 inches (9.9mm) thick, the phone (along with its 4.7-inch display) is absolutely massive. It's cleverly curved and tapered so as to be relatively easy to hold, but you'll never forget this thing is in your pocket.
Can a phone ever truly offer the quality of a point-and-shoot? The HTC Titan II ($199.99) takes its best shot with a 16-megapixel camera, the highest resolution available on any smartphone in the U.S. This Windows Phone for AT&T isn't a slacker when it comes to other features, either. It delivers 4G LTE speeds, a huge 4.7-inch WVGA display and Microsoft's slick OS. But are these features enough to trump the $99 Nokia Lumia 900?Click to EnlargeThe Titan II looks similar to the original Titan but curves up slightly at the bottom for improved grip and a more elegant silhouette. With a 5.1 x 2.8 x 0.4-inch design, the smartphone definitely makes its presence known in your pocket or bag--and it tipped our scales at an equally substantial 6 ounces. That's heftier than the Nokia Lumia 900 (5.6 ounces; 5 x 2.7 x 0.45 inches), which has a smaller 4.3-inch screen.Some may prefer the Titan II's metal chassis, but we like the Lumia 900's bright cyan color option--it definitely stands out more than the subdued Titan II.Click to EnlargeOf course, the Titan II's centerpiece is its 4.7-inch display. The massive screen dominates the front, and the back has a slate-gray matte finish.
It was not too long ago that we were introduced to the on the HTC Titan and we came away overall impressed, though not blown away by the device. HTC and AT&T obviously read our review and were heartbroken, so they rushed an upgraded product to market in hopes of pleasing us. Just over four months after the release of the Titan, we now have the Titan II. The Titan II should probably be named the Titan 4G, because the only real difference between the two is the and the impressive . Are these changes enough to appease us? Read on to find out…Laid side-by-side you'd have an almost impossible time distinguishing this new Titan from the original from the front. Both feature the large 4.7” super-LCD display with the , an earpiece and not much else. The backs are more distinguishable; the Titan II has a more refined design with curved lines that are reminiscent of HTC's Android offerings. The bottom door is better integrated into the design and no longer looks out of place. Still, it only gives you access to the SIM slot and the battery remains fixed. One perplexing note, .The Titan II retains the same layout around the phone as the original: the , the volume rocker and camera button are on the and the port on the left.
The HTC Titan II is every bit true to its mythological namesake. If it were cheaper than the Nokia Lumia 900, or if its rival didn't exit at all, it would be the biggest, baddest smartphone running Microsoft's operating system. It has agreeable performance and a few standout features under its large 4.7-inch-screened hood, but that same display left me hanging in other ways. And though its design is metallic and sturdy,it wasn't without its flaws. Find out if it's worth the splurge or if a cheaper Windows handset is a better choice. HTC didn't step outside the box when designing the new Titan II. The phone is almost identical to its predecessor, the original HTC Titan. At 5.1 inches tall by 2.8 inches wide by 0.39 inch thick, this handset is just as much of a behemoth. Sculpted in the flat, rectangular slab shape that's become so common in today's smartphones, the Titan II is the spitting image of many of HTC's Android handsets. Tipping the scales at a hefty 6 ounces, the Titan II will weigh you down. But even so, the phone's soft-touch metallic gray finish, rounded curves, and tightly beveled edges give it a premium feel. I had no trouble wrapping my paws around it, but the Titan II's large size will pose a challenge for smaller hands.
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