HTC pushes out Sense-less Mango phones

HTC pushes out Sense-less Mango phones

Summary: A hands-on tour of HTC's two forthcomng additions to its Windows Phone 7 line-up: the HTC Radar and the HTC Titan, which has a mammoth 4.8-inch touchscreen display

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  • HTC Titan and HTC Radar compared

    HTC has introduced two smartphones, the Titan and the Radar, both of which run the Mango version of the Windows Phone 7 operating system.

    The new devices were unveiled simultaneously in London and other European cities on Thursday evening. Both are expected to go on sale in the UK in mid-October.

    "The new HTC Titan and Radar smartphones raise the bar with new advanced photography, multimedia and social capabilities that enable you to take full advantage of the latest Windows Phone innovations," Jason Mackenzie, president of global sales and marketing at HTC, said in a statement.

    The handsets will be among the first to launch with the Mango build of the Windows Phone 7. The mobile OS, also known as Windows Phone 7.5, adds a unified inbox for accessing all messages in one place, updated native apps such as Bing and Internet Explorer 9, and Zune integration. It also provides multitasking support for third-party apps, and voice-to-text functionality for web searches and composing messages.

    While HTC has tweaked some features, neither comes with its proprietary Sense user interface, which is typically found on Android-based HTC handsets.

    Photo credit: Ben Woods 

  • HTC Titan side

    The Titan (pictured above) is the larger of the two devices and has the better specs. It will go up against flagship Android handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S II or HTC Sensation, or even the recently announced tablet-phone hybrid, the 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note. It will also have to contend with other recently launched non-Android smartphones from the likes of Nokia and Research In Motion.

    Among the Titan's most notable features are a 4.7-inch touchscreen display, a 1.5GHz processor, HSPA and Wi-Fi connectivity, and 16GB of internal storage. Despite its large screen size, the handset is relatively slim at just 9.9mm thick, and it has a brushed aluminium shell.

    It has a number of business-oriented features, such as Microsoft Office Mobile for editing documents on the go and linked email inboxes for managing multiple accounts. It also provides integration with Microsoft OneNote, which allows people to store notes in the cloud.

    Photo credit: Ben Woods

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  • No thanks, No Android, no deal.

    I saw a Windows Phone 7 recently and it was rubbish. Sluggish, no apps, and some glaring missing features. Microsoft have A LONG WAY TO GO TO CATCH iOS and Android.

    The only reason HTC are making these is because Microsoft forced them to as part of Microsoft's Android patent protection racket deal.
    jsullivan22
  • Which phone? Which missing features?
    anonymous
  • I would like to know which phone you are talking about? I have a WP7 phone running the Mango beta build and it is great. Fast, fun to use and the People hub is amazing. My two teenage children love it and want one which is a good indicator. Android is running into the Linux type problem of too many flavours and a wide open OS. I program for both platforms and I am so far quite impressed with Mango. It still has some missing features but hopefully these will come in the not too distant future. The other problem with Android is that there is a growing perception by consumers that phones running the OS are a 'cheap' option. That perception may or may not become a problem for Google.
    mikebit
  • Maybe the reason is that HTC is not happy with Googarloa, which they have already stated.
    anonymous
  • Why "Sense-less"? I don't get the joke, or do you really mean it's pointless for HTC to develop WinPho7's? I think it's a great phone - much smoothers, and faster than my other smartphones i've had.
    maybe you mean there is no sensors in it? (GPS/accel/tilt, etc?) but i think MS insist on that in the spec.
    TechsUK
  • @Techs UK : The custom UI that HTC put on their Android (and earlier Windows Mobile) handsets is called "Sense".
    mike@...
  • "I saw a Windows Phone 7 recently and it was rubbish. Sluggish, no apps, and some glaring missing features."

    I have a wp7 on mango beta and there aren't any missing features, I've used both android and Wp7 and Android is woefully slow and sluggish OS but Wp7 far from slow I have never owned a faster phone, my mozart is a lot quicker than my friends samsung galaxy s II which is just an embarrassment to the Android OS

    "Microsoft have A LONG WAY TO GO TO CATCH iOS and Android"

    With Mango they've caught up and even surpassed both in some areas so thats just a rubbish statement, plus its been out less than a year and has achieved that, unlike Android which has been out for 4/5 which is shocking progress

    Oh and the reason HTC don't need to add there sense is because MS have released a complete OS that doesn't need a further software layer to make it actually workable which android is exactly that unworkable rubbish.

    The Apps are increasing the fastest and people are now realising that Android is not the answer and more and more OEM manufacturers are now making the move over.

    Bye bye android
    anonymous