Good low lighting camera performance
On the surface, there's nothing cool or hip looking with the Nokia Lumia 810, which is a shame considering it's a Lumia device, but yet, it's lacking any of the distinct design cues to make it a part of the family. However, once you're able to overlook its boring design and discover its inner beauty, the Lumia 810 really shines as an entry-level smartphone. Interestingly enough, the Windows Phone 8 experience here is identical to what you'll find in Nokia's flagship in the Lumia 920.
Keyboard is a wonderful addition
If you're looking for the perfect couch or bedside companion that boots instantly and won't attract virii like Windows, but has a desktop-like web browser, email, PDF viewer, music player and more, then the N810 is attractive. It sells for significantly less than list price (often under $400) and for that price it has a lot to offer then Internet-addicted set. The keyboard is a wonderful addition, though the GPS excites us less thanks to the subscription fee for navigation and slow fix times.
The Nokia Lumia 810 is an undoubtedly solid smartphone, but its ultimate undoing is the Lumia 920, a better device that costs less money. If you're unwilling to jump ship from T-Mobile, Nokia's custom software also throws a wrench in the equation, because you'll need to choose between superior hardware that does less (HTC 8X), or a relatively inferior smartphone that does more (Lumia 810). Alternatively, you could also wait for the Lumia 920 to break free of its six-month AT&T exclusivity.
A new breathe of fresh air. After using using various phones of Blackberry, iPhone and Android for the last 5 or 6 years I never imagined that I will go for another OS. Not too long ago whenever I travelled overseas I met and heard people praising their Nokias. I used to be an Apple fan but lately was somewhat becoming disappointed. So I was ready to try something new. As Nokia for Windows Phone 8 was announced I started waiting for Nokia eagerly.
ClearBlack coated AMOLED display
If you're looking for Windows Phone - or maybe just an excuse to try Windows Phone - the Lumia 810 is free on T-Mobile with a new contract. Despite the fluid transitions and animations, I have a hard time believing this phone is going to last the full two years of a carrier agreement though.
4.7 inch display
The HTC Titan is possibly one of the most exciting Windows Phone 7 handsets yet, and raises the bar for the platform once more. With its 1.5GHz processor, 4.7 inch display, and fancy new camera, the Titan shows off HTC's prowess as one of the worlds leading smartphone manufacturers.
Solid industrial design
Collectively, second-generation Windows Phones are in limited supply as of right now, but thankfully the HTC Titan is here to get things rolling for the fledging mobile platform. Showcasing its larger than life presence, thanks to its unbelievably large display, the Titan is definitely a captivating handset on its own, but more importantly, it stands above most Windows Phones we've been checking out of late.
Battery goes a long way
The HTC Titan puts us in mind of a young posh boy who arrives at school on the new day of term wearing a suit and brogues. You know his parents have dressed him well, but there's a reason why he's no longer at his fancy school and is mixing with the rest of the kids. And that's because he's just not as bright as he wanted to be. That sounds harsh but we feel there's so much more that the HTC Titan could have been.
I'd been waiting for a smaller format 3G connected Pocket PC for a long time, and the TyTN lived up to my expectations. It's neat, tidy, well designed and pocketable. The keyboard works well and it is nice to see the scroll wheel return.I would have liked a hold button as it is easy to accidentally hit some of the side mounted buttons. A bit more memory either built in or on a supplied card would have been nice too. And the stylus is poor too.
Huge and lovely display
The HTC Titan and the Nokia Lumia 800 (not yet available in the US), are our two top picks for second generation high end Windows Phones. While the Lumia is extremely ergonomic and attractive in that Euro-chic way, the HTC speaks to those who want the biggest display along with a high quality metal casing. The Lumia 800 is the Alfa Romeo sports car to the HTC Titan's Escalade sensibility. It's big, it's posh and has all the creature comforts.
One of the top WP7 smartphones
As for whether or not this impresses as a Windows Phone 7 device, it is one of the top WP7 smartphones on the market and goes as far making Android and iOS dull by comparison. We love the social aspects, we love the interactive feel of the device, and how everything is brought to life by the OS, oh and that screen. Big really can be beautiful.
Updated HTC Sense UI 3.5
If you like the plum color, then you should take a look at the HTC Rhyme, as it offers a lot, including the new HTC Sense 3.5 interface, 5MP camera, good call quality and battery life. But we can't help but think that some people will be turned-off by the plum color, and would not consider the Rhyme because of it, despite it being a good phone otherwise. Because of this, it would be nice if the Rhyme were available in a few other color choices to appeal to a broader audience.
Speaker dock is a nice addition
At its most basic level the HTC Rhyme is a nice handset. It's simple design is lovely, it has enough performance to get by, and the included speaker dock is a nice addition. However, the Charm accessory and headphones don't really add much to the package, and given you do pay a small premium for them it becomes hard to recommend this phone. It's a perfectly decent mid-range handset, but no bargain.
Sleek and stylish Android phone
The HTC Rhyme Android phone might have intended to target females, but this sleek and stylish Android phone is good enough to appeal to a broader gender base. Excellent build quality, slick software and a generous amount of included accessories -- the best being the docking station make the Rhyme an excellent smartphone for anyone, though we do wish it was a tad faster.
Hardware is beautiful
When the HTC Rhyme first arrived on the scene, Verizon's major focus seemed to be on the marketing angle rather than the meat of the phone. Widely understood to be a lady phone, the Rhyme's promise as a piece of hardware got lost amid stereotypes painting women as ditzes who need a sparkling light to find their phone underneath tubes of lipstick. Surprisingly, HTC has adamantly denied that this is a phone geared towards women.
Very good battery life
I really wanted to love the HTC Rhyme -- even though the techie in me wanted to be insulted by the idea of a phone specifically aimed at women, my heart did melt a little when I first opened up the box and saw that sleek purple exterior. The charging cradle, headphones, and call indicator dangle are great additions to the overall package, but unfortunately the phone itself failed to deliver in key areas.
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