Tech Review: HTC Titan II

When I encountered the original HTC Titan last fall, I was completely overwhelmed by the sheer size of what I thought was a mini tablet. While I was impressed by the screen quality and resolution, I felt like I was handling a smartphone that could also double as a brick or a paperweight. So when I heard HTC would be creating a Titan II, I had to see what the next generation had in store.

If you’re a fan of the HTC Titan and its mega size, there’s a good chance you will like the Titan II. Although the Titan II has a 4.7-inch screen just like the original, the design feels sleeker. Or perhaps I’m getting used to seeing the mega sized smartphones on the market? Regardless, its screen size makes it easy to browse web pages without constantly zooming in and out as well as watching video without having to squint at a small screen.

HTC Titan II

The Titan II offers nearly the same user experience as using the original;  the Titan II runs a Windows OS just like the Titan. However, the Titan II is 4G LTE, making the phone significantly faster than its predecessor. The fast speed of the Titan II is pretty great, but the biggest upgrade comes from the camera, an impressive 16-megapixel camera. In comparison to the original Titan’s camera or the iPhone 4s, both of which have 8-megapixel cameras, the Titan II is a significant upgrade.  If you rely on your mobile to snap pictures while you’re out and about, the Titan II is a better choice.

The improvements to the Titan II don’t make it strikingly different than its predecessor, yet it’s a worthy contender in the smartphone market, especially if you consider yourself an amateur photographer. You can pick the HTC Titan II for $200 with a two year contract from AT&T.

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