Windows Phone Black Friday deals: All smartphones free on contract

Just a quick reminder for all my US readers who are celebrating Thanksgiving this week; Amazon is selling all smartphones (besides the iPhone) for only One penny on contract on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. The offer will end on November 28th so hurry up if you wish to get a handset like the HTC Titan which is currently in back-order (it will be shipped to you next week if you order today). Hit the banner above or below to grab the Titan, Samsung Focus S or Focus Flash.

HTC Titan available right now for 0.01 on AT&T

Just a quick heads up to let you know that the HTC Titan is now available for only $0.01 on AT&T right now similar to the Samsung Focus S and Samsung Focus Flash on a 2 year Contract. Hit the banner below to order one of the three Mango devices.

Update: Acutally every single US smartphone is sold for a penny on Amazon this week. Hit the banner below:

AT&T HTC Titan now available for $99.99

AT&T fans rejoice! The mighty HTC Titan is now finally available on your favorite carrier today for only $99.99 with a 2year contract. Interestingly this one is quite a bit cheaper than the Samsung Focus S which is now priced at $174.99. For more info about the Titan just hit the related links below the post or click here. I will have my full review up in the coming days.

UPDATE: the Titan is on Back-order but the Focus S and Focus Flash are now priced at $0.01:

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HTC Titan landing on AT&T on November 20th

The gigantic HTC Titan which I’m extensively reviewing right now is set to hit AT&T stores on November 20thfor $199.99 with a 2yr contract. You can already check out some of my Titan videos here (or the related posts links below) and follow me on Twitter here because I often post about some of the good or bad things I encounter while using the handsets I’m testing. If you really can’t wait for the Titan then the Samsung Focus Sand Focus Flash are already available right now at the links below:

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HTC Titan performance compared to 1st Generation Windows Phone 7 handsets

Time to show you how the gigantic HTC Titan performance compared to a first generation QSD8250 powered Windows Phone 7 handsets. As you will see in the video embedded after the break, the Titan is simply perfectly smooth at all times unlike the Samsung Omnia 7 which has a hard time rendering the live tiles when scrolling fast, the Webbrower controls embedded in third-party Silverlight applications and also panorama controls are now perfectly smooth in all applications. The Titan also often loads big games faster than the Omnia 7 and simply destroys the Samsung devices in HW accelerated HTML5 rendering (watch the video until the end..). This is really a combination of the 1.5Ghz Scorpion CPU in the MSM8255 and also the more powerful Adreno205 GPU.

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HTC Titan 4.7″ SLCD display performance

Yesterday I showed you how the HTC Titan‘s 4.7″ SLCD display performed outdoors in bright daylight and it’s now time to check out the panel’s viewing angles performance. This is really important especially with a display of this size. I first noticed the great viewing angles when I first witnessed the device during the launch event early last month and was really happy to find out that I wasn’t dreaming back then because the Titan does indeed have a pretty nice screen. As you will see in the video below the colors are perfect even at extreme angles as if it was using an IPS panel. Issues appear only when the screen is viewed from a diagonal angle: the blacks/shadows will wash out but the colors will fortunately stay the same.

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HTC Titan’s screen outdoor visibility

It’s now a well known fact that the HTC Titan‘s 4.7″ SLCD screen is gigantic but what I really wanted to test was its outdoor visibility compared to the Super AMOLED displays from Samsung which are currently the best in this lighting situation. The first thing you will notice on the HTC Titan and HTC Radar is that unlike all of HTC’s previous handsets there’s no air gap at all between the glass (Gorilla Glass here) and the display panel. The result is that contrast, viewing angles and outdoor visibility are greatly improve because there’s less light refraction and dispersion messing things up. As you will see in the pictures below outdoors visibility is nearly identical on the HTC Titan and Samsung Omnia 7.

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HTC Titan HD video recording hands on and compared to the Omnia 7

One of the main differentiating feature of the HTC Titan is its new 8 megapixel camera with F2.2 lens, dual LED flash, and BSI sensor. Thanks to the MSM8255 SoC the device is now capable of shooting 720P videos at 30fps (25fps for the 1st gen Windows Phone 7 handsets).

So how do the videos look like ? Well, I shot two of them on the Titan and the Samsung Omnia 7 both at the same time so you can directly compare them. The first thing you will notice is the higher frame of the Titan video and its higher level of motion blur which seems to be caused by a slower shutter speed. This results in a steadier video shoot compared to the Omnia 7′s jerky mess. The only downside of the Titan is th super slow auto-exposure control which can be really annoying in some situations(the Omnia 7 colors are more natural). Both camera also have continuous auto-focus (it’s a hit-or-miss feature as you can see sometimes both devices have a hard time focusing depending on the lighting situtation.). As of right now the HTC Titan features the best camera that HTC has ever packed in a one of their handsets. The 720P videos shots on the HTC Titan are btter than the 1080P ones shot on the HTC Sensation. For you information the the First HTC Titan is 75MB while the Omnia 7 is 45MB (the Titan encodes at 10Mbs and has 5 more fps while the Omnia 7 encodes at 6Mbs). Check out both videos after the break and tell me what you think and if you want me to show you anything else.

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The HTC Titan is here

Friendly heads up for all of you who interested in the HTC Titan; I just received one today and will post my first impression in the coming days. If you have any question about the handset (hardware, software etc) just post them in the comment section below and I will make sure to answer them. Justin case you ware still wondering: this thing is kinda huge…the SLCD panel is the best so far on any HTC handset but I still want a Super AMOLED Plus display… Anyway, let me know if you want to know anything.


One Third of the HTC devices sold are Windows Phones

According to HTC, Windows Phones make up 30 percent of their sales the rest being Android powered handsets. Ironically this was the other way around not long ago when the Taiwanese manufacture went from being an exclusively Windows Mobile OEM to the first Android manufacturer (recently outclassed by Samsung). HTC’s manager in Singapore, Melvin Chua also believes that “Windows Phone 7 will eventually be better than other platforms and will give Android a run for its money”. This obliviously remains to be seen and only an good marketing campaign can effectively make things rosier for Redmond’s camp this fall.

Nokia is said to prepare a big ad campaign for its first Windows Phones and Samsung’s recent deal with Microsoft also includes participation in the platforms marketing. Unfortunately we have yet to see any thing new on this front so far…

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HTC Attentive Phone update for Mango released

Following the release of the HTC Watch, HTC Locations and HTC Connected Media (which enables DLNA support on all of HTC’s Windows Phone 7 handsets once they are updated to the final Mango Firmware) the company has just release the Attentive phone update earlier today. This will integrate HTC’s sensor enabled functionalities directly in the phone’s settings menu similar to Samsung recent High Fidelity Position feature.

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HTC Locations, HTC Connected Media (DLNA) and HTC Watch Windows Phone 7 Mango application released

HTC has just released two of its newest Windows Phone 7.5 Mango applications today. The HTC Watch video rental/streaming service application came out last week and today both the HTC Locations and HTC Connected Media apps are finally ready to be downloaded. The HTC Locations application is more or else a WP7 port of the old HTC Footprints stuff that was introduced a while ago on Windows Mobile 6. Nothing really super exciting. The second app is the most interesting one: HTC Connected Media is the DLNA media sharing hub that will allow you to broadcast your device’s multimedia content (Music, videos, pictures) on any DLNA equipped hardware (TV, Windows 7 / Vista PC etc). Unfortunately this doesn’t seem to work on current Windows Phone 7 HTC handsets but may be operational if you have flashed yours with the released leaked firmwares.

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HTC RADAR Hands on

The HTC Radar (formerly known as the HTC Omega) definitely doesn’t feel that exiting after laying eyes and hands on the the HTC Titan. Fortunately for HTC everybody isn’t a fan of huge screens and this is where the HTC Radar fits in. Let’s start with the specs:

HTC Radar Hardware specifications:

- 3.8? WVGA SLCD screen
- Weight: 137 grams (4.83 ounces) with battery
- Size: 120.5mm x 61.5mm x 10.9mm (4.74″ x 2.42″ x 0.43″)
- Qualcomm MSM8255 clocked at 1Ghz
- 8GB of internal Storage (up to 6.54 GB GB or available storage)
- 512 MB of Ram
- 5 megapixel camera with F2.2 lens, dual LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures)
- VGA Front facing camera
- 9.9mm thick
- Aluminum body
- Sensors: Gyro Sensor, G-Sensor, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
- DLNA support
- SRS Enhancement & 5.1 surround sound
- HSPA/WCDMA: Europe/Asia: 850/900/2100 MHz
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
- Battery: 1520 mAh (talk time: WCDMA: Up to 485 minutes GSM: Up to 600 minutes)

This doesn’t look too bad right? I see it as a nice update to the HTC Trophy (and even HTC Mozart) thanks to the new SoC and it’s GPU and the addition of a Gyroscope, DLNA support, what looks like a better SLCD panel, better camera sensor and finally front facing camera.

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HTC TITAN Hands on: 4.7 inches of awesomeness

Gigantic! That’s the only word that can describe HTC’s newly announced flagship Windows Phone handset the HTC Titan. Let’s start with device’s hardware specification:

HTC Titan Hardware Specifications:

- 4.7″ WVGA SLCD screen
- Weight:160 grams (5.6 ounces) with battery
- 131.5mm x 70.7mm x 9.9mm (5.18″ x 2.78″ x 0.39″)
- Qualcomm MSM8255 clocked at 1.5Ghz
- 16GB of internal Storage (up to 12.63 GB or available storage)
- 512 MB of Ram
- 8 megapixel camera with F2.2 lens, dual LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures)
- 1.3Mpix Front facing camera
- 9.9mm thick
- Aluminum body
- Sensors: Gyro Sensor, G-Sensor, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
- DLNA support
- SRS Enhancement & 5.1 surround sound
- HSPA/WCDMA: Europe/Asia: 850/900/2100 MHz
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
- Battery: 1600 mAh (talk time: WCDMA: Up to 410 minutes GSM: Up to 710 minutes)

Sounds tasty right? Well if only this had a Super AMOLED Plus panned it would be the perfect Windows Phone (still have to test the camera quality though..). The first thing I noted was that the screens viewing angles on the HTC Titan and HTC Radar where definitely an improved compared to HTC’s previous Android and windows Phones as iff the screen was finally merged with the glass (no be air gap between the two). The Titans build quality is simply the best I have ever seen on any HTC device. The aluminum body is really solid and the whole thing is perfectly crafted. 4.7″ is definitely on the huge size but if you love this kind of stuff that the Titan is for you. Only downside is that there’s no more kickstand which is a shame given that the handset’s huge screen would be perfect for long video viewing sessions.

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First HTC Radar video

Looks like T-Mobile Germany had a little Mango event earlier today (edit: it’s actually TMO’s booth at the IFA event..) where the HTC Omega Mango handset was on display. As you will see in the video below the device looks identical to the renders we saw last week (besides the old Windows Phone logo). The device apparently features a 3.8″ SLCD screen and only 8GB of internal storage. The handset shown in the video is running a pre-production firmware but you will notice that HTC has apparently ported its HTC Watch video streaming service to Windows Phone 7. The German T-Mobile version will also ship with the Navigon GPS navigation application pre-installed :

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HTC Eternity / HTC Titan / PI39110 hits the FCC

The rumored HTC Eternity aka HTC PI39110 just passed the FCC certification one day ahead of it’s supposed official unveiling in Europe. There isn’t much else to say here other than wait for the official announcement and hopefully my hands on impressions if I manage to get close to one tomorrow (if the event turns out to be HTC’s Mango devices unveiling). If everything goes as planned the HTC Omega should also make an official appearance.

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HTC Omega spotted in the wild

Similar to last year Samsung Omnia 7 leak somebody in North Africa (Algeria) seems to have gotten his hands on an HTC Omega just a few weeks before its official launch. Besides the pictures there’s no word on the device’s specifications so take what you read on other sites with a heavy pinch of salt and remember not to believe anything unless it’s on the device manufacturer’s website. More picture after the break:

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First Render of the HTC Omega Windows Phone 7 Mango handset

Here’s what is supposedly the first render of the HTC Omega Windows Phone 7 handsets that will most probably be unveiled on September 1st. I personally don’t really like the design (looks like a small HTC Flyer) and from the looks of it the screen seems to be rather small (3.7 or 3.8″ and SLCD). The device also seem to feature a front facing camera just like the Samsung SGH-i937and probably several other Mango devices. On the hardware specification front there’s no info yet so we can only speculated that it will feature a Qualcomm MSM8255 inside (or MSM7230) and a camera sensor of either 5Mpix or 8Mpix.

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HTC to announce its new Windows Phone 7 Mango handsets on September 1st ?

HTC has recently announced a public event taking place in London September 1st title “Join Us To See What’s Next”. At first glance this may look like one more Android related gathering but Microsoft UK’s Facebook page has just recently been updated today with a mention of this same exact event. This obviously makes us all believe that Instead of and Android focus night party this one may very well be one of the first official unveiling of HTC’s new batch of Windows Phones running Mango which are still rumored to be the MSM7230 powered HTC Ignite, HTC Prime and MSM8255 powered HTC Eternity.

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