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Nokia Lumia 800 and HTC Titan side-by-side
For those looking for a new smartphone running Mango, the most recent version of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.5 OS, there aren't many handsets to choose from right now.
However, two flagship devices for the operating system are now available, with the launch of the Nokia Lumia 800 (shown right) at Nokia World in October and the release of the HTC Titan (shown left, not to be confused with the HTC TyTN).
Given that, this is a good time to pit the two Mango smartphones head-to-head. Read on for a comparison of features, with my conclusions at the end.
There are a lot of similarities between the two. Both have 8-megapixel cameras, both run Windows Phone 7.5 and, as such, both have integrated Microsoft Office for SharePoint, documents and One Note access on the go. Both also have the same level of integration of social-networking services such as Twitter and Facebook.
The HTC Titan is the larger of the two. It has an impressive 4.7-inch super-LCD display, compared with the Lumia 800's curved 3.7-inch Amoled ClearBlack touchscreen. To my eyes, the Nokia screen has the edge for everyday use, as the homescreen and menus look less washed out, thanks to smaller icons.
On the other hand, fans of watching full-length films or TV shows on the phone will find the larger screen of the Titan lends itself more to such tasks. For everyday use, I found the Titan to be a little wider than is comfortable to hold in portrait mode for long periods. This is true when doing common things like writing an email or text message, or making a long phone call.
Nokia Lumia 800 Design
With the Lumia 800, Nokia has managed to create a smartphone that looks different in design from the general pack of handsets, with its almost convex shape. Its all-rounded edges meet distinctly square ends, the frame topped off with its curved glass display.
Thanks to its smaller overall dimensions, it's easy enough to hold, and while it is not lightweight at 142g, it is manageable. By contrast, the HTC Titan lives up to its name at 160g.
Both handsets respond quickly to screen presses, and I didn't see any lag in opening apps from a fresh start. Occasionally, both needed a second to 'resume' when unlocking the screen into an already running app or game.