HTC Titan II (2012): First Review – Part 3

Saturday, April 7th, 2012 4:51:51 by

On back of the phone are the ultrahigh-resolution 16-megapixel camera and dual-LED flash array. A small speaker sits here too, plus understated monotone HTC and Windows Phone logos. A small textured back plate covers the SIM card compartment, but sadly there’s no SD card slot for extra storage, and the battery isn’t removable.

The Titan II embraces the latest operating system from Microsoft, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango with the latest software update Tango. The Titan II is the first HTC phone to incorporate the update in the operating system. However, it is not the first Windows phone, Lumia 900 is the first to achieve that honour.

Mango features some welcome improvements such as Twitter integration in the People hub, threaded conversations, multitasking, and enhanced Bing search. You can read more about them in our in-depth review of Windows Phone Mango.

Now, don’t get me wrong–though I love the power and customization the Android OS offers, (personally I find the rigidity of iOS too constraining), I appreciate what Windows Phone’s Metro has to offer. Indeed, the user interface is intuitive, attractive, and engaging. My only objections, and they can be deal killers, concern not being able to find certain applications I can’t live without. TweetDeck is one and I’m sure Instagram is another must-have for many users, but both sadly are missing from the WP7 market. Yes, Microsoft’s app collection is 70,000 titles strong and growing, but it still has its share of holes.

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