Review: HTC Titan Windows Phone with Mango
The Titan ships with the newest version of the Windows Phone browser, which Microsoft is called Internet Explorer 9. It supports the must-have features, such as pinch-to-zoom, and full HTML as well as mobile web sites. Double-tapping zooms in and out quickly. Web pages for the most part loaded quickly over AT&T's 3G network. It's easy to open new windows/tabs, add favorites, search for items on the page and so on.
Microsoft has been boasting about IE9's speed for nine months now, and there's no doubt the browser is fast. I found it to be lacking in HTML5 powers, though. For example, many of the rich web apps that Google has created for Android and iOS devices are simply unavailable or don't work in IE9. Either Google hasn't created Windows Phone versions of these apps, or it isn't recognizing IE9's true capabilities. Either way HTML5 content is missing in action.
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Windows Phone 7 Mango offers a typical set of features that can be customized. The tiles can be recolored, rearranged, deleted, and otherwise organized how the user might prefer. The main menu is stuck in the list view, however. Being able to pin apps, shortcuts, web pages, etc., to the home screen as Live Tiles is a nice touch and makes up for the lack of true widgets (a little bit).
Each of the applications has its own little list of settings that can be adjusted to control behavior. Users can also adjust the background color (white or black) as well as the color of the majority of the tiles.
Beyond these simple controls, however, the WP7 Mango is nearly as locked down as the iPhone is when it comes to the ability to change the appearance and behavior of the device. Android devices have way more flexibility.
Phone Scoop spent some time with HTC's new Windows Phone 7.5 Mango handsets, the Titan and Radar. Here are our first impressions of these second-generation WP7 smartphones.
Sep 1, 2011
HTC today announced its new flagship Windows Phone 7.5 Mango smartphone, which boasts a Titanic -sized 4.7-inch WVGA (800x480) display. This massive smartphone is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core SnapDragon processor and includes up to 16GB of storage for media.
Apr 12, 2012
AT&T has indicated through its forums that it will provide a system update for its Windows Phone devices (including the HTC Titan, Samsung Focus and others) at some point in the coming months. For reasons unknown, AT&T has not distributed the 8107 system update.
Nov 9, 2011
AT&T today announced via its Facebook page that it will begin offering the HTC Titan Windows Phone Mango device starting November 20 for $199.99 with a new agreement.
Sep 12, 2011
AT&T today announced that it will sell the HTC Titan, and the Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash later this fall. All three devices will run Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.