- 11-30-2011, 08:02 PM #1
I just wanted to say that I am pretty happy with the phone so far. The screen is great, the size is great, the build is great, the performance is great.
Specifically, tonight I went to look at a car with a friend in an unknown town/neighborhood. When we left, I realized I didn't know how to get back to the highway. I had music playing, but hit Maps, then the search icon, then the microphone. The phone was plugged into my aux input and my car isn't quiet but I said my address and zip hoping it would hear me. It heard me perfectly and I pressed enter to navigate. This is my first real experience with Bing maps while driving and it actually works pretty nicely, aside from the tap to hear next direction thing. I could have sworn it supported landscape mode but I can't seem to get it to work anymore. Maybe I need to restart. It also won't update the mileage to next turn unless you tap it. It also seems like maps should be better integrated with bing search, especially for automotive use (fewer taps).
Later in the drive, my wife called me. My music faded quickly but smoothly, and the ring tone came through the car audio. I pressed answer half expecting her not to be able to hear me, based on a thread I read here. Well, I heard her through my stereo and she was even able to hear me! When I hung up, the music unpaused and faded back up smoothly. Very nice. Oh, and I hear no pops at all when changing tracks. Though I guess it was in shuffle so I never initiated a track change. Not sure if that matters. I have a sub and heard absolutely no pop or thump whatsoever.
I haven't attempted to make a comprehensive "things that frustrate me" list, but here are a few:
1) I seem to have an inconsistent proximity sensor. Taking the phone away from my face, sometimes the screen comes on, sometimes not. This seems to play into the face down speakerphone mode also being inconsistent. Hopefully a simple patch.
2) I've had an issue with a game opening, then immediately acting like I pressed the back button (closing it). A reboot fixed it. I also had a similar problem going into a specific part of another app (or two), but this is fairly rare.
3) I do have the WiFi reconnection issue. It is inconsistent. Sometimes it will reconnect, other times it won't and I'll have to go into Settings, WiFi and tap my SSID. Honestly not a deal breaker, just a minor annoyance that is probably fixable.
I was hoping the signal strength would be better, but this is my first time with AT&T so I really have no means of comparison. My wife's Pantech Link II seems to get the same number of bars in my house, FWIW....
Battery life seems decent, though I'm not sure about people who claim to get over 24 hours with moderate to heavy use. Seems impossible to me. It DOES appear to have good standby time, so if I use it very infrequently during the day, I'll have like 80% at the end of the work day. I have no car charger or extra charger at work, yet.
There may be more but that's it for now...
- 11-30-2011, 08:11 PM #2
Another cool thing, the other night I was driving and had my Titan connected via Bluetooth to my car stereo. A text message came in and the phone alerted me "new message" through the stereo, and asked if I would like it read to me? So I said "read message" or something like that and it was read to me! It then asked whether I'd like to reply or not (I said no).
I had no idea this phone could do that, it was an awesome surprise! :)
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- 11-30-2011, 10:41 PM #4
- 11-30-2011, 11:22 PM #5
You can turn that on to where it does it all the time and not just through bluetooth. I used it on my HD7 all the time and it worked pretty reliably as long as I was pretty close to the phone (a couple feet at most). It's definitely a very nifty feature. It's also funny hearing it try to pronounce certain people's names, especially since I'm in the Army and a lot of people are in there by their last name.
- 12-01-2011, 11:12 AM #8
The turn by turn has been pretty amazing for me as well. I find the tapping to be fine because I can basically make it repeat as needed in case I missed it. If this is changes at least keep the tapping as an option. That would be helpful.
The TellMe functionality is great too. Texting someone without touching the phone is great when driving now that it's illegal to do so while driving and for good reason I might add.
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- 12-01-2011, 06:20 PM #10
Just long hold your home button and say 'Text' Name of Contact dulciusEXasperis
Options to get messages read without bluetooth are Settings / Speech / (Read incoming text messages aloud) is at the bottom. :)
Set it to always on if you want to play. :D
- 12-02-2011, 09:02 AM #15
Little update: Decided to listen to music on the way into work this morning. I still have no car charger or work charger, and I had no idea how much it would effect the battery. My drive to work is maybe 30-35 minutes and when I got to work, I had 98%, which I thought was pretty good.
Other things: I confirmed that even if I force a track skip, there is NO pop, click, thump or anything like that when changing tracks. This is great. I do not use the audio enhancements. There is no input clipping when I set the phone to 30/30, though the level may be higher than my HTC Touch Pro. Inferior audio systems may have trouble with a strong line out, but mine is fine with it.
Also, I noticed that if I unplug the aux cable with music playing, it will pause it for me, instead of blaring the music out of the speakerphone. My Touch Pro did this with Sense in WM6.5 and I thought it was a nice touch there. Glad to see it in the Titan (though it's probably all WP7 devices).
I did have some trouble with data service yesterday. Even with 1 or 2 bars the phone refused to do any data transfers, even after a restart. When I got home, I noticed the e-mail client said it hadn't connected in X many hours. It's a little disappointing that it refused to retry even after getting into a better service area. But when I clicked ok, I think it retried and was fine after that. But, this behavior MAY have a positive side effect of not totally draining the battery when in a very poor service area. I just wish it would figure itself out when the service is corrected.
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