Prizefight: HTC Titan II vs. Nokia Lumia 900
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Prizefight: HTC Titan II vs. Nokia Lumia 9005:13 /
Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is front and center in this throwdown showdown between two of the top AT&T 4G LTE smartphones. Which phone will stand tall for Microsoft?
What's up, Prizefight fans? I'm Brian Tong and in the smartphone world, Windows Phone 7 is making a hard charge so we're facing off two of the best. This is Prizefight punch out between the HTC Titan II and the Nokia Lumia 900. Our judges for this fight are senior editor Brian "Boom-Boom" Bennett, senior editor Jessica "Dole Pineapple" Court and myself, Brian "Got It Going On" Tong. Now, we'll take all three judges' blind scores and average them out to the nearest tenth each round. The final Prizefight score will be an average of all rounds using the same decimal system. It's five rounds of ground and pound. First one is design. The HTC Titan II has a classy design that takes cues from it's previous smartphone. It features a massive 4.7-inch screen and the phone's curved edges make it feel slightly more comfortable to hold. It's a great looking phone but really, it lacks originality. Now, the Nokia Lumia 900 takes a unique approach with it's minimalist polycarbonate uni-body design that comes in different colors and looks like a piece of modern pop art. It features a 4.3-inch AMOLED display and it's screen looks great. No big surprises here. The Nokia Lumia 900 takes this round with a 4.7 and the HTC Titan II gets a 4. Next round is controls and user interface. Both the Titan II and the Lumia 900 run Windows Phone 7.5 with a clean and intuitive UI that's fun to use. I'm a fan of the Live Tile interface that's super customizeable, modern and really doesn't play copycat to any of the phone OS on the market with Bing Search integrated as it's own bun to access any time. Now, the learning curb for Windows phone is somewhere between Android and iOS so it's a good place to be. Now, the HTC Titan II's power button is at the top and it can be a little awkward to get a hold of because of it's size where the Lumia 900's power button is placed on the side. Now, I know you'll have to get used to it but I like it's placement for this larger phones. So I don't have skip my hand and reach for the top. The Lumia takes this round with 4 and the Titan II gets a 3.7. So after two rounds, the Lumia 900 leads by half a point. Next round is features. Both of these phones are 4G LTE beast on AT&T with 16 gig of storage. The standard WiFi and Bluetooth support but no removable battery and no expandable memory slots which some of you probably aren't too happy about. Now, the biggest differentiator between these two phones is the Lumia 900's AMOLED display with clear black technology that has the lowest reflectant out of any glass screen n the market and it looks stellar when you compare it to the Titan II. The Lumia 900 takes round 3 with a 4.3 and the Titan II get a 4. Next round is web browsing and multimedia. Both phones use Internet Explorer with it's Hybrid address and search bar at the bottom. It supports tab browsing and you can pin favorite websites directly to your home screen. The HTC Titan II makes the statement with it's 16-megapixel camera with a dual LED flash that's loaded with features galore and options for burst mode shooting, my favorite panorama and it also shoots 720p video. Now, the Lumia brings an 8-megapixel camera with a dual LED flash as well and 720p video that does a solid job but just can't compete with the Titan II's features. Plus multimedia on both phones looks great but the slightly smaller Lumia 900 screen display more vibrant colors when compared side by side. HTC's Titan II still takes this round with a 4.3 and Nokia gets a 4. So after averaging four rounds, HTC has closed the gap but it's still behind. The final round that decides it all is performance and value. Both of these phones are snappy and the Windows Phone 7 UI doesn't feel laggy on either device. Call quality might vary depending on where you are but for the most part, both phones were solid performers. Now, the biggest difference here is the value and wanting one with a 2-year contract, the HTC Titan II falls in line with many of the top smart phones on the market. But the Nokia Lumia 900 said let's just screw it and brings one of the best values for any phone on the market today at $99 with a contract and that's a great value for the phone you're getting. The Lumia 900 takes the final round with a perfect 5 and the Titan II gets a 3.3. So let's average out all five rounds. If you are keeping the score, the HTC Titan II just couldn't connect with any punches while Nokia's Lumia 900 took the lead and held on to it with a knock out punch in round 5 taking this battle, 4.4 to 3.9 and is your Prizefight winner. The Nokia Lumia 900 is a flagship phone for Windows phone that does the platform proud but we all know, it still has a long road ahead to prove itself in the market. I'm Brian Tong. Thanks for watching. We'll catch you guys next time for another Prizefight.