Moving from Android to Windows Phone 7 Part 2 : Unboxing and setting up the HTC Titan [Video]

Ok, it’s time to move onto part 2 of my journey.

Part 1 was prepping myself for using Windows Phone 7 after 9+ months. I updated my old Focus and started getting an idea what I would miss out on by using Windows Phone 7 instead of Android.

Thanks to HTC for providing the HTC Titan (X310e) that I will be using for this adventure. I received the HTC Titan today and you can check out the unboxing and short 1st look video below.

Over the next couple of weeks, I am going to share my adventures of transitioning from being an Android user to a Windows Phone user. To understand the OS path I’ve taken over the years, make sure to get caught up by reading Part 1 of this series.

 

You can see how big the Titan looks in large hands!

The Titan has a huge 4.7″ screen that is bordering on being able to mini-tablet rather than a phone. I love the extra real estate. The Titan sports dual cameras, a 1.3 megapixel front camera and an 8 megapixel rear camera. The front camera will make it possible to do video calls with Tango, which was recently made available for Window Phone. It has a 1.5ghz processor with 16 gb of storage (12.63 gb usable), and 512 mb of RAM. It’s big, bright, fast, and takes good photos, what else do you need?

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It only took about 5 minutes to set up Gmail, Windows Live, Zune, and all my social media logins. The 5 minutes also included downloading the “official” apps for Twitter, Facebook, and FourSquare and the time it took to sync all my contacts. The only issue with contacts I have noticed so far is a lot of duplicates. For instance, Jack Cook has 5 or 6 different records. I will have to take the time to clean all this up tomorrow. 20-30 minutes after all the accounts were set up, I am now set for action. I’ve downloaded all the apps I could to try to replicate the Android experience I have grown used to over the last 9 months. I synced some music from Zune, added some podcasts, and a video or two for testing.

The 1st 2 complaints I have are:

  • Notifications. I am used to getting an audible notification when someone hits me up on Twitter.
  • Keyboard. The keyboard is nice, but I am so used to Swype.
Yes, both are very minor issue, but that is the point of going through the process of  converting from Android to Windows Phone 7.

Have a look at this 13 minute video unboxing and 1st look for now. I will add some more videos over the next few days as well.

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Feel free to ask questions about the HTC Titan or Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango). I also welcome software suggestions for Windows Phone 7.5! Thanks. Follow my adventures!

I want to thank HTC once again for providing the review unit that I will be using for this adventure. This HTC Titan is an overseas model and not the version that will be available in the US on November 20th, 2011.

Comments

  1. John Barone says

    I don’t think that any of the new Mango phones have micro SD slots.  Would be pleasantly surprised if you succeed in finding one.

    Looking forward to finding out how things go for you.

  2. Justin Taylor says

    Im about to go through the same transition, but from the Incredible 1 that ive been running Launcher 7 off of for the past 3 months. My question is if i set up my windows live/Office360 will there be any additional charges or fees to the office 365 on the phone or on my PC because i just got done purchasing office for my laptop and another 99$ program would not be fun after paying 199$ for the Titan this upcoming sunday?

  3. Anonymous says

    Look into “Sliding Keyboard” as a possible replacement for swype.. for the time being.

  4. Dig The Noise says

    @Justin:twitter  … I have Office 365, my wife just uses Live’s cloud office suite, and we both use Skydrive and Office on our phones (quite a bit).  We don’t incur any office suite charges apart from my Office 365’s subscription cost ($6/mo for 365 … Live’s suite is free … I need 365 because I also collaborate with offline documents in two other locations located hours away).  I must say, too, OneNote is now a must for both of us.

    @Chris … You have multiple contacts because they came from different sources and there was some ambiguity in the contact information that made it too difficult to match them up.  Look into “linking” your contacts in WP7.  I uploaded my company’s Outlook, my personal Outlook, gmail, hotmail, and Facebook contacts when I first brought up my phone.  I then moved all of my gmail to hotmail, then used WP7’s link feature to get rid of duplicates without having to delete and re-enter contacts.  This is the cleanest my contact list has been in years (decades, really … LOL), and where I used to dread looking up a contact now it’s a breeze.

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