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Motorola Titanium review

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The iDEN-compatible Motorola Titanium is like a needle in a haystack as the only real smartphone of its kind that’s available from Sprint. Motorola knows how to make good products, for sure, but for some reason the Titanium simply fails to meet expectations on almost every single relevant point of concern. Things actually start out fine on paper, with specs like a 5MP camera, QVGA screen, and full QWERTY keyboard. However, it starts to fall apart for the Titanium upon closer inspection, where one won’t be able to help but wonder, what exactly were Sprint and Motorola thinking?

This phone is an Android-powered smartphone for Sprint Nextel iDEN subscribers. Don’t let that fool you, though. Its default operating system is Android 2.1 Eclair, a version of Android that’s so old that it was released during the previous decade. To make matters worse, it runs on a 504 MHz ARM Freescale processor with only 256MB RAM. So even with outdated software, it's terribly slow. Even feature phones (good ol' cell phones) are better in terms of processor and the amount of user-available memory. Interesting hardware features are present, but are few and far between.

The combination of the 3.1-inch touchscreen display and full QWERTY keyboard makes it easy to navigate the menus and input characters whenever necessary. And there’s a well-rounded set of wireless features with Bluetooth, GPS, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. The sad thing is that even for those who would not consider themselves to be power users, this model is likely just too slow and too underpowered.

If you need a smartphone that's iDEN-compatible for direct connect messaging (walkie-talkie), this might be your only option. And you'll only have Sprint and Motorola to blame.

Need to Know: Motorola Titanium

1. Well-rounded set of wireless features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS with A-GPS. (The Good)

2. Works well with the Sprint Nextel iDEN network. (The Good)

3. Default software is seriously outdated. (The Bad)

4. Onboard processor and RAM combo offers sluggish performance. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
504 MHz
Screen Size
3.1"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Phone Scoop

With few Android options on the Sprint Nextel iDEN network, the Titanium offers a well-rounded set of features and solid performance for most tasks.The hardware is well designed and works as it should, though perhaps it isn't as rugged as some may like. The keyboard is a welcome addition, and even m...

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop
PhoneArena

The lack of selection in the Nextel lineup makes the Motorola TITANIUM your default choice if you want a smartphone, but it is not without its shortcomings.  The 504MHz processor and 512MB of memory simply aren’t enough to run Android smoothly.  The keyboard is soft and inaccurate an...

- Brian K., PhoneArena
PC Magazine

With the Titanium, Sprint and Motorola insult Nextel users by throwing them an obsolete bone of an Android smartphone.

- Sascha Segan , PC Magazine
Cnet

The Titanium is not intended as a smartphone for the everyday consumer. The target audiences for this phone are industry workers who need to use the push-to-talk iDEN network, but also want an Android handset. The other iDEN smartphones out there on the market--the Motorola i1, a few BlackBerry mode...

- Nicole Lee , Cnet


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Common Questions


Motorola released the Titanium on June 24, 2011.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Motorola Titanium user manual here.


Motorola backs up the Titanium with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
3.1"

The Motorola Titanium's screen size is 3.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
504 MHz

There is a ARM Freescale Zeus 2.0 504 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
200 MB

Internal memory is 200 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1800mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1800 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 10 days standby time.

Motorola Titanium Specs

Overview
Release date June 24, 2011
Regions available USA
Networks
iDEN
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor ARM Freescale Zeus 2.0 504 MHz
Internal Storage 200 MB
RAM 256 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.68 W/kg
Body: 1.48 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1800 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.0 x 6.2 x 1.3 cm (4.7 x 2.4 x 0.5 in)
Weight 147 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design Yes
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.1 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY, Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) Yes
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging
Video Recording Formats
3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
CIF (352 x 288 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB+, WMA, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Yes ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments 2Gb microSD included
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Critic Reviews


Phone Scoop

The Titanium offers a well-rounded set of features and solid performance for most tasks

from Phone Scoop

With few Android options on the Sprint Nextel iDEN network, the Titanium offers a well-rounded set of features and solid performance for most tasks.

The hardware is well designed and works as it should, though perhaps it isn't as rugged as some may like. The keyboard is a welcome addition, and even more so since Motorola did such a good job with it...

More

With few Android options on the Sprint Nextel iDEN network, the Titanium offers a well-rounded set of features and solid performance for most tasks.

The hardware is well designed and works as it should, though perhaps it isn't as rugged as some may like. The keyboard is a welcome addition, and even more so since Motorola did such a good job with it.

The Android 2.1 system software is a bit limiting, and system performance was a bit slow, but the Titanium shines when it comes to calling, signal, and battery performance. Even the extras, such as the camera, perform well.

As with all iDEN-based phones, data performance is abysmal. A significant number of smartphone buyers do so for the mobile data capabilities. The Titanium doesn't deliver speedy mobile data. You'll have to seek out Wi-Fi for that. If you don't mind waiting a bit, though, the stock Android browser and Opera Mini browser are capable tools.

In the end, the combination of PTT powers, Android software, and the full QWERTY keyboard may be all that you need to convince you that the Titanium is worth the upgrade. As long as you don't mind slow data performance, it is a solid phone from Motorola.

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PhoneArena

It Titanium has an underpowered processor with not enough memory

from PhoneArena

The lack of selection in the Nextel lineup makes the Motorola TITANIUM your default choice if you want a smartphone, but it is not without its shortcomings.  The 504MHz processor and 512MB of memory simply aren’t enough to run Android smoothly.  The keyboard is soft and inaccurate...More

The lack of selection in the Nextel lineup makes the Motorola TITANIUM your default choice if you want a smartphone, but it is not without its shortcomings.  The 504MHz processor and 512MB of memory simply aren’t enough to run Android smoothly.  The keyboard is soft and inaccurate and the navigation keys are tiny.  While the Motorola TITANIUM may resemble the XPRT on the outside, is it very different on the inside and with the user experience.  Unless you really need a smartphone and Nextel Direct Connect we’d recommend the XPRT if you’re looking for some portrait QWERTY Android action.

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PC Magazine

An obsolete bone of an Android smartphone

from PC Magazine

Motorola and Sprint need to cut it out. Stop giving the remaining Nextel users, who do real work, inadequate, crippled, embarrassing phones. The Motorola Titanium may become required for the truck drivers, first responders, and other workers who make up Sprint's remaining iDen subscribers. But wh...More

Motorola and Sprint need to cut it out. Stop giving the remaining Nextel users, who do real work, inadequate, crippled, embarrassing phones. The Motorola Titanium may become required for the truck drivers, first responders, and other workers who make up Sprint's remaining iDen subscribers. But while it combines Nextel's push-to-talk (PTT) service with the Android smartphone OS, it uses an obsolete version of the OS, and it's one of the slowest Android phones I've ever seen.

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Cnet

It's far from the most advanced Android handset

from Cnet

The Titanium is not intended as a smartphone for the everyday consumer. The target audiences for this phone are industry workers who need to use the push-to-talk iDEN network, but also want an Android handset. The other iDEN smartphones out there on the market--the Motorola i1, a few BlackBerry m...More

The Titanium is not intended as a smartphone for the everyday consumer. The target audiences for this phone are industry workers who need to use the push-to-talk iDEN network, but also want an Android handset. The other iDEN smartphones out there on the market--the Motorola i1, a few BlackBerry models--are quite out-of-date. Even though the Titanium has the older Android 2.1 OS on it, it's actually the most advanced iDEN smartphone available from Nextel. That, combined with its military-certified durability, its corporate e-mail support, and the great keyboard, and the Titanium is a pretty robust handset for those who need a push-to-talk Android phone. If you don't need push-to-talk iDEN services however, then the Titanium is definitely not the phone for you.

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