April 21, 2012, 7:15 AM — Walking the line between "phablet" and phone, the HTC Titan 2 ($199 with a new two-year AT&T contract as of April 18, 2012) is a monster-sized Windows Phone handset. We first encountered the Titan 2 at this year's CES, and back then we liked its 16-megapixel camera and LTE connectivity. The Titan 2 is certainly an impressive phone, but it has a few quirks that you should take into consideration before you buy.
The Titan 2 lives up to its name: Sporting a 4.7-inch Super LCD screen, the Titan 2 dwarfs nearly every other smartphone on AT&T, with the exception of the 5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note. The Titan 2, like many other HTC phones, has a minimalist design that makes it comfortable to hold for long periods at a time.
Aside from the aforementioned display, the front of the Titan 2 has the standard Windows Phone navigation buttons (Back, Home, Search), and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera sits just above the top-right corner of the screen. Flipping the phone over reveals the 16-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash (more on that later), as well as a small removable cover that lets you access the Titan 2's SIM card. The cover takes some work to remove, but it comes off after a few tugs.
The Titan 2's dimensions can take some getting used to, especially if you are migrating from an iPhone or another device of a similar size. I recommend getting your hands on one in-store before you commit, so that you can see if you're comfortable using a phone of this size.
The Titan 2 runs smoothly thanks to its 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor. I was able to perform basic tasks, such as navigating the menus and sending email, smoothly and without incident. The only time I noticed performance issues was when I ran the game Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit--the frame rate dropped at times, and on one occasion the game froze entirely for a few seconds. Such glitches are disappointing, considering that one of the big selling points of Windows Phone 7 is its ability to play Xbox Live games and help you earn achievements while you're on the go, but they shouldn't affect you much if you're not a big gamer.