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We unbox the first 4G-capable Windows Phone, the HTC Titan 4G
The [[artnid:422917|HTC Titan 4G]] is one of just four 4G-capable smartphones in Australia sold by Telstra. It's also the [[artnid:425534|first 4G Windows Phone]].
The HTC Titan 4G was previously thought to be called the Titan II 4G. It is a successor the the original Titan, a phone that was never released in Australia. Keep in mind that the sales packaging on our review unit (supplied by HTC) will differ to Telstra's retail packaging.
Ben Hodgson, HTC Australia and New Zealand's Country Manager, had this to say last week when HTC announced the launch of the Titan 4G:
"We were the first company to launch Australia's first 4G smartphone - the HTC Velocity 4G - and we are very proud to have chalked up another first by introducing Australia’s first 4G-enabled Windows Phone, the HTC Titan 4G."
The sales package includes the Titan 4G itself, a micro-USB to USB cable, headphones and an AC adapter to charge the device.
The HTC Titan 4G is one of the biggest smartphones on the market. It's 13mm thick and 132mm long. It weighs 147g.
The key feature of the Titan 4G, aside from working on Telstra's 4G network, is a 16-megapixel camera which snaps photos at a resolution of 4640x3480 pixels.
The HTC Titan 4G bucks the trend of most of its rivals by sticking with an aluminium unibody design. The phone is very well constructed but rather thick, as you can see here.
A removable plastic panel slides off the back to reveal the SIM card slot. You can see it here below the Windows Phone branding. Annoyingly, removing this cover immediately powers off the phone.
Soft feeling plastic surrounds the 16-megapixel camera and dual-LED flash. The camera has a 28mm lens and a backside-illuminated sensor.
The Windows Phone platform only allows a maximum screen resolution of 480x800. This means the Titan 4G's 4.7in screen only has a ppi of 199, well behind the market leaders.
The HTC Titan 4G runs the latest version of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.5 OS and is powered by a 1.5GHz single core processor and 1GB of RAM. Microsoft's Windows Phone platform is far more efficient than Android and therefore runs very smoothly despite "lesser" hardware than many of its rivals.
The HTC Titan II only has 16GB of internal memory with no memory card slot for expansion. The battery is non-removable due to the aluminium design.
The HTC Titan 4G is available for $0 upfront on Telstra's $79 Freedom Connect Plan which includes $800 worth of calls and MMS messages, unlimited SMS messages and 2GB of data per month. The Titan 4G is also available on a range of Telstra business plans and sells for $888 outright.