I took a look at the Nokia Lumia 900 on AT&T at the beginning of the month and think it is a great Windows Phone, especially for just $100. However, after testing out the HTC Titan II (available for $199.99) for the last week I think I would choose this phone over the Lumia for a couple reasons. You can check out my image gallery for some photos of the Titan II and continue reading below for more of my thoughts on the Titan II.
|Image Gallery: Check out some photos of the HTC Titan II on AT&T.|
I saw the HTC Titan II briefly at CES in January, but it is different when you get one to use outside of the shiny show floor. I was immediately impressed by the solid construction of the Titan II. I never noticed the back slick gradient color scheme before, but now see it is similar to what HTC did with the HTC One S and it adds a classy look to the back. I also LOVE the curved glass chin at the bottom of the display and it is touches like this that make the device stand out from other black slab phones.
You all know that current Windows Phone devices don't push the limits on specifications, but they don't need to because Microsoft did such a good job optimizing the operating system. The camera is quite good, phone quality is great, and everything zips along just fine.
The camera button and long volume button are found on the right side. The microUSB port is on the left side with the 3.5mm headset jack and power button on the top. The camera is centered on the upper back with dual LED flash lights to the right of the camera. The upper back is dark gray with the gradient color in the center section. There is a textured small piece at the bottom of the back that is removable so you can access the full size SIM card slot.
The Titan II is actually a bit lighter than the Lumia 900 and it is a big device. That said, at 6 feet, 1 inch, and 250 pounds, it fits well in my hand and size wasn't an issue. I love the rock solid feel of the Titan II and the curved glass at the bottom just gives it that extra touch.
In typcial AT&T fashion, you will find several apps loaded by default. Thankfully, you can uninstall all of these on the Windows Phone platform. The included apps and utilities are AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T Navigator, AT&T Radio, AT&T U-verse Mobile, YPmobile, and myAT&T.
It is not just the camera on the Titan II that impresses, but the camera software enhancements that HTC provides help push it past the Lumia 900. You will find panorama mode, burst mode, many different scene choices, red eye reduction, image stabilization, and more.
I prefer HTC Windows Phones because they provide enhanced utilities that make the phone much more usable. If you go to Settings>Attentive Phone you will find the following options:
You will also find sound enhancements for SRS and equalizer mode when using headphones.Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive are nice apps on the Lumia 900 that help set it apart, but I do like the attentive phone utilities and HTC flashlight. WPCentral has an excellent comparison between these two new Windows Phones and they also came down to giving a nod to the HTC Titan II.