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Review: HTC Titan Windows Phone with Mango

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The HTC Titan has all the modern communication tools that today's smartphones owners expect to have. That means email, social networking, messaging, and so on.

It supports Microsoft Exchange as well as POP3/IMAP4 email. The Mango email client is one of the few tools of Windows Phone 7 that I dislike. Don't get me wrong, it is perfectly functional, I just don't like the way it looks. Emails flow in as often or as sporadically as you wish. You can send, save, archive, forward, flag, and search through emails with ease. Gmail works really well in Mango, and thanks to the Exchange support built into Gmail, you can add Google Calendar and Google Contacts as easily to the Titan as you can Gmail itself.

The SMS/MMS application, which is one of the core tiles on the device, offers threaded conversations. Text appears in colored bubbles in a way that will be familiar to most people. Images appear in-line with the conversation. It’s a cinch to sort through entire conversations, delete whole threads, and keep your conversations organized.

As for instant messaging, the only client built into the OS is for Facebook. For all other IM services, you'll have to seek out third-party apps from the Marketplace.

On the social networking, Microsoft is breaking new-ish ground with Mango. The People Hub has the same support that it did for Facebook, but by adding Twitter and LinkedIn into the People Hub, you now have access to a richer, more well-rounded social networking experience with the added incoming Twitter and LinkedIn feeds.

In addition to the People Hub, there are excellent Twitter and Facebook apps built for Mango availabe in the Marketplace.

 

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