Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Nokia Lumia 900 vs. HTC Titan II

AT&T and Microsoft has recently launched two 4G LTE Windows mobile phones: the HTC Titan II and the Nokia Lumia 900. Both phones carry the latest version of the Windows Phone OS, have screens that are over 4 inches, carry 16GB of internal storage, and 25GB of online storage.
These two phones are very good devices. And because Microsoft controls both of these devices, you should see small variances between them. Still, anyone who is looking to get a new Microsoft phone is bound to be itching to know which among them is better. Here is a comparison on these two solid devices through the four most basic characteristics that make up a phone.

The Nokia Lumia 900 has a rather splashy design. Its bright blue colors makes it all the more interesting when placed side by side in the sea of blacks and whites that make up today’s handsets. It also has attractive contouring, showing beauty in minimalism, making it a perfect statement piece.
The HTC Titan II, on the other hand, has a fascinating design in its own right. It is about of similar thickness to the Lumia, without that much difference in their height and width. It features nice contouring on its back with a rubberized and dimpled area, providing users with a good grip.

Both of the screens of the phone have a WVGA resolution of 800 by 480 pixels. On this aspect, however, it seems that Lumia stands out from the Titan on two things. For one, the Lumia’s smaller screen (4.3 inches against the Titan’s 4.7 inches) allows it to show sharper images. The Lumia also has AMOLED screen material paired with ClearBlack display technology, resulting in blacks that are darker so that other colors stand out.

The Lumia might have taken the throne in the aspect of screen resolution and quality but when camera and pictures is the aspect that is in question, the Titan wins hands down. The Titan has a 16MP camera, which is a very big advantage compared to Lumia’s 8MP.
The Titan take pictures with a slightly blue tinge while the Lumia shows off a yellowish cast. The pictures taken by the Titan is a little darker, with richer hues that are perfect for indoor photo taking. Aside from photo quality, the Titan also carry more photographic options, including smile detection, panorama mode, and red-eye reduction, among many others.
This might not be that big of a deal for those who rarely use their cameras but anyone who enjoys taking pictures would find that there is very little postproduction required with photos taken from the Titan.

The Titan sold at $199 is already a decent price tag, considering the features that it carries compared to much expensive smartphones. However, the Lumia at $99.99 makes for a very good buy. Note though that decisions in their prices are highly dependent on the negotiations on the manufacturer and that of the carrier.
Looking at both phones, it is very clear that the major selling point of the Lumia is its 16MP camera, also accounting for its heftier price. Still, such a cost might not stop camera buffs from actually shelling out such an amount.


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