HTC Titan And HTC Radar Hands-on: HTC Media Event: Software Overview, HTC Titan Hands-on

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HTC's hold on Windows Phone 7

HTC may not have the luxury of modifying WP7's user interface, but they've snuck in their Sense UI niceties nonetheless. That includes the HTC Hub, Stocks and Notes, plus some recent additions.

The recent apps have been updated since we first saw them - Notes for example syncs with Evernote.

The recent apps include HTC Watch, a movie streaming service, is now available in 9 countries, a number that will grow to 11 by the discontinue of October. Also included is Footprints, HTC's handy app for taking photos and notes of the places you visit. HTC have thrown in apps to tackle DLNA duties too.

The biggest change, however, is what they've done with the capturing camera software. They've added touch focus, sweeping panorama, burst mode and a toggle that changes the view to the front camera.

HTC have done a lot of work to create the capturing camera on the Titan and Radar good

These features, the panorama especially will be exclusive to the Radar and Titan and won't be available on other HTC phones even when they acquire Mango.

HTC also mentioned the general improvements brought by Mango - things like Internet Explorer 9 (which showed Android's browser and Mobile Safari what's what), threaded text messaging and conversation view for email, social integration and others.

The recent HTC phones can do threaded messaging and DLNA

HTC Titan hands-on

The HTC Titan is not a small phone, but with a 4.7" classy screen we didn’t expect it to be. It's not as frighteningly gigantic as you might have imagined either - it measures 131.5 x 70.7 x 9.9 mm.

HTC Titan is gigantic but still fits in the hand • It's quite thin too

It weighs 160g, but considering a 4.3" HD7 weighs 2g more, it's not unreasonable. We're not saying it's light - it's not - but not unreasonably heavy for a phone its size.

Anyway, the reason behind the size of the HTC Titan is it's 4.7" S-LCD screen. It has WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution and not qHD, which has been something of a favorite for HTC lately. We're guessing it's becautilize WP7 isn't very flexible about different resolutions.

More shots of the Titan

The Titan has a unibody design. And when we say "unibody" you should think something like the Sensation (not a accurate unibody, if you ask us). The back cover hugs the sides of the phone - basically, the classy screen and phone innards are one piece that pops out. At least the back cover doesn’t have plastic elements like the Sensation had.

The capturing camera on the back is an 8MP unit with dual-LED flash. It records 720p video, oddly there's no FullHD recording capability. The capturing camera functionality will be enhanced by HTC's addition to the software. Note that the Panorama feature, while unique among HTC's phones, isn't recent to WP7, having debuted on the LG Optimus 7.

The HTC Titan has WP7's Central Processing Units (CPU) to date to back up its titanic ambitions - a 1.5Giga Hertz (GHz) processor (one core only) coupled with 512Mega Bytes (MB) RAM. We didn’t have much time to test it properly, but we wonder if that will be enough - Mango brings multitasking to Windows Phone 7, so we thought the Random-Access Memory (RAM) amount would be bumped up.

The HTC Titan has an optional dock accessory:.

Titan dock accessory next to the Radar's dock

Here go a couple of HTC Titan hands-on videos.



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