Is 2012 the year of the Windows phone? There is no telling. But this week’s release of the Nokia Lumia 900 and the HTC Titan II may have you seriously reconsidering your next smartphone. The Windows Mango OS stacks up perfectly against iPhone and Android, where each platform has its pros and cons. We got to play with the Nokia Lumia 900 and the HTC Titan II head-to-head, and must admit we were wooed by the attractiveness, usability, and features of each.
The HTC Titan II follows in the footsteps of the HTC Titan, which was not released too long ago. The Titan II is a 4G LTE (and HSPA+) powerhouse of a phone with a whopping 4.7″ WVGA super LCD display. The major feature of the HTC Titan II is it’s 16MP camera, which is practically unheard of for a smartphone. The camera comes complete with dual LED flash, dedicated shutter button, and a low-light BSI sensor. There is also a 1.3MP front-facing camera.
The Nokia Lumia 900 (which we just reviewed) has a gorgeous design unlike any other phone out there…. aside from its little brother, the Lumia 800. The 800 was also released somewhat recently. The big difference between the two phones is that the 900 is 4G LTE and features a 4.3″ display. The AMOLED “ClearBack” glass display is by far one of the nicest we’ve seen on a mobile device. The blacks are inky black with perfect viewing angles. The Windows tiles appear to just float on Lumia’s screen, which is a very neat effect. The Lumia 900 also sports a 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens optics.
Both the Nokia Lumia 900 and the HTC Titan II were just released on April 8th. Both phones are running Windows Mango OS, which is a fantastic platform. Its pretty, usable, and snappy. The Titan II retails for $149 on contract with AT&T and the Lumia 900 retails for a very affordable $49 with contract from AT&T. Although we have not yet reviewed the HTC Titan II, we have played with each phone hands-on and personally found the Nokia Lumia 900 to be the ultimate in Windows phones. The unique styling, great display, and extreme usability are a killer combination. However, if having a superior smartphone camera is more important to you, than the Titan II could be a better pick for you.