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79 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

This phone is not for the faint-hearted, but its build quality, screen size and camera make it the best Windows Phone on the market -- at least for now.

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79 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

79
 

User Reviews

70
BillG11785
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
90
Suncana
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
80
EthanWilde
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
85
Average user Score
 
70
BillG11785
02.16.14
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
 
90
Suncana
12.29.12
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
EthanWilde
08.26.12
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
yianni
07.01.12
The Windows 7 OS on a larger phone is a great combination. The live tiles keep you informed without being intrusive.
 
90
EndOfDreams
06.30.12
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
joelrthomas
06.22.12
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
SebastiaandBoer
05.05.12
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
RimeOne
04.09.12
I think if more people tried Windows Phone 7 out it would become a much more popular platform. It is the most stable mobile OS I've used to date, its very fluid and is efficient in that it doesn't need a 454 big block to make it move at a fast pace. Heh hem Android. Anyway, that's the software side of the device. The hardware is just as great. It's got a nice unibody aluminum back. When you take off the backing the only thing left is the screen. The unibody frame/battery door encompasses the phone entirely. Which is awesome cause if you scratch it at all you can go online and buy a new battery door for like 40 bucks and your phone looks like new again. I know cause I did this, and I bought the black back that comes on the unlocked version. (which looks better IMO) The large display that makes texting more pleasurable than even the best physical qwerty's and it also allows for a great web browsing experience. And because the phone is only 9. 9 mm it's actually quite pocketable. The camera is great and always a breeze to get to in hurry by holding down the dedicated camera button from the lock screen or just pressing it when the phone is unlocked. Even if this phone isn't for you cause you have small hands or are not on AT&T, I urge you to try out Windows Phone 7. You might just find yourself being as shocked as I was that Microsoft came out with such a fluid mobile platform considering that Windows Mobile was such a calamity.
 
70
reuterrat
04.09.12
Well, after 4 months with this phone I am thinking about dumping it for a Lumia 900. Let me start with the positives though.The phone is gorgeous. That big screen makes a big difference for a variety of reasons, but for me, its the ease of use when using the keyboard that is the biggest draw. Those big keys are helpful for a guy like me who already has a serious issue with dexterity and prefers physical keyboards. The phone just feels nice in your hand too. Solid construction. WP7 is as snappy and responsive as usual on this phone as well.However, I have had several struggles with it. Holding the phone in my right hand and trying to reach my thumb all the way across it to the "back" button is a pretty good stretch every time and not always successful. It feels like HTC put this button a bit further to the left than necessary. On top of that, the phone has virtually no bezel. So when I do try to stretch my thumb across, there is a really good chance that my palm is going to touch the edge of the screen and activate something. This also makes it almost impossible to hand the phone to someone else without some button being pressed by either party during the transition. Same goes for when I try to remove it from my pocket.Those are mainly just minor inconveniences though. The real issue, unfortunately, isn't even HTC's fault. I have had major issues with the HSPA+ data strength and connectivity. After some research on the subject, it appears that AT&T chooses to limit this for the Titan. My wife has an iPhone 4 and her phone just gets better signal strength all the time. This is extremely disappointing since I actually really like this phone, but will probably end up having to trade it out for a new one sooner than expected because I live in an area where signal strength is already low to begin with, so any additional handicaps in this department make the phone essentially unusable at times.
 
80
nanabite
03.22.12
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget