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Cherry Mobile Titan TV S320 Review

Updated on December 29, 2013

How big is too big?

Part of the Android trend to differentiate itself from the iPhone has been to increase screen size. Flagship phones have been growing in size since, with the 4.3" HTC Evo in 2010 considered to be gigantic at the time. Fast forward to 2013 and 4.0" is considered tiny, 4.7" somewhat medium sized, and 5.5" large. Anything lower than 4.0" these days is reserved for the lowest-end smartphones, foot soldiers of the Android realm slowly pushing and creeping to wipe feature phones/dumbphones off the face of the Earth.

Unfortunately, while screen sizes are increasing, our human hands remain the same. Given this, there's a threshold. Apparently, Cherry Mobile's efforts in continuing the onslaught against their competitors isn't over. In a race to the biggest, Cherry Mobile has decided to pull out all stops and release the 5.9" Titan TV (they officially state it as 6.0", most likely for marketing purposes). The Titan TV's dimensions are 166 x 91 x 10.5 mm. In comparison, the largest most widely available phone as of this writing, the Samsung Galaxy Note II, measures only 151 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm. It's 15 mm taller and 10.5 mm wider than the Note II.

Again, the Titan TV has been another surprise release, most likely to avoid the incident with the Omega. Cherry Mobile may not have promised anything with the Titan TV, but it turns out the Titan TV has plenty up its sleeve. The only question is: can your hands handle it?

Note that the Vsun i1 is the OEM of the Titan TV.

Design and Build Quality

If anything, the Titan TV looks like a giant Cherry Mobile Flare with a wider bezel. The look of the Titan TV is more toy-like compared to the Titan and Cruize due to the lack of accents. Unlike the Flare and Titan though, the Titan TV's side isn't flat and is curved like the Cruize for a more comfortable grip. Like the Flare and Cruize, the Titan TV's removable back plate also contains the volume and power buttons. The Titan TV technically comes in two colors, black and white. However, only the color of the back plate will actually differ. For this review, I bought the white variant. Also note that the color of the leather cover in the box will be the same as your back plate.

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White and BlackBack plate removed
White and Black
White and Black
Back plate removed
Back plate removed

The front of the Titan TV is spartan. The top left portion of the front contains the proximity and light sensors while the top right contains the front facing camera. The bottom contains backlit softkeys corresponding to, from left to right: options/menu, home, back, search. The back of the phone contains the main camera, single LED flash, secondary mic for noise cancellation and two speakers. The upper left side of the phone contains the volume up and down button while the upper right side contains the power button. The top side of the phone contains the 3.5 mm jack while the bottom side contains the micro USB port and main mic.

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Front of the Titan TVBack of the Titan TVMain camera, LED flash, secondary mic for noise cancellationVolume buttons and 3.5 mm jackBacklit softkeys, micro USB port, main micPower button(from left to right): Titan, Titan TV, DVD case
Front of the Titan TV
Front of the Titan TV
Back of the Titan TV
Back of the Titan TV
Main camera, LED flash, secondary mic for noise cancellation
Main camera, LED flash, secondary mic for noise cancellation
Volume buttons and 3.5 mm jack
Volume buttons and 3.5 mm jack
Backlit softkeys, micro USB port, main mic
Backlit softkeys, micro USB port, main mic
Power button
Power button
(from left to right): Titan, Titan TV, DVD case
(from left to right): Titan, Titan TV, DVD case

The Titan TV may look toy-like from the onset, but make no mistake, the build quality is very good. The construction of the Titan TV is all glossy plastic, but the plastic doesn't feel thin or soft. The Titan TV is also pretty heavy at 280 grams. Good thing is, the weight is very evenly distributed and it feels as if there are no hollow portions of the device. Holding it for the first time gives that feel of sturdiness and heft that is not common these days. The volume and power buttons also have a tactile but soft feel that doesn't feel flimsy or cheap.

It also comes with a leather cover with a magnetic latch. The cover only attaches itself to the phone via a reusable sticky pad, making removing and attaching the phone to match the slots a bit bothersome. The leather cover can also be used as a makeshift stand.

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Leather cover
Leather cover
Leather cover
Leather cover
Makeshift stand
Makeshift stand
Makeshift stand
Makeshift stand

As usual, don't abuse it and it'll last you a while. The phone also comes attached with a matte screen protector out of the box.

Here is the checklist of what comes inside the box:

  • 1x Cherry Mobile Titan TV S320
  • 1x Leather cover
  • 1x Stylus/antenna
  • 1x Earphones
  • 1x USB cable
  • 1x CM-1000 Wall charger
  • 1x User's manual
  • 1x Warranty card
  • 1x 2500 mAh battery

Size comparison

First thing you'd most likely ask is: Will it fit my hand? Will it fit inside my pocket? Is it difficult to handle? That depends. It depends on the size of your hands, how you handle your phone, the size of your pockets, etc. To keep it simple, I here are several pictures to put things into perspective.

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Does it fit my hand? Yes.Inserting it into jeansFits jeans? Yes.Inserting it into shorts.Fits shorts? Yes.
Does it fit my hand? Yes.
Does it fit my hand? Yes.
Inserting it into jeans
Inserting it into jeans
Fits jeans? Yes.
Fits jeans? Yes.
Inserting it into shorts.
Inserting it into shorts.
Fits shorts? Yes.
Fits shorts? Yes.
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Screen size comparison4.0", 4.3", 5.0", 5.9"4.0", 4.3", 5.0", 5.9"
Screen size comparison
Screen size comparison
4.0", 4.3", 5.0", 5.9"
4.0", 4.3", 5.0", 5.9"
4.0", 4.3", 5.0", 5.9"
4.0", 4.3", 5.0", 5.9"
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(from left to right): Driver's license, Titan TV, Blu-ray case, DVD case(From bottom to top): DVD case, Blu-ray case, Titan TV, Driver's license
(from left to right): Driver's license, Titan TV, Blu-ray case, DVD case
(from left to right): Driver's license, Titan TV, Blu-ray case, DVD case
(From bottom to top): DVD case, Blu-ray case, Titan TV, Driver's license
(From bottom to top): DVD case, Blu-ray case, Titan TV, Driver's license

Screen

The Titan TV is equipped with a higher quality TN panel, similar to the Flare. The 5.9" WVGA (800x480) screen has 3 good viewing angles, with only the top angle suffering from the posturization effect. The left and right side angles maintain contrast levels while the bottom side angle loses a bit of contrast, which is expected as the bad viewing angles from a TN panel are usually vertical, not horizontal. As usual, TN panels have very fast response times, so fast paced action scenes and scrolling animations are easy on the eyes.

Here are some shots of the Titan TV's screen demonstrating the aforementioned viewing angles:

Upfront
Upfront
Right side viewing angle
Right side viewing angle
Left side viewing angle
Left side viewing angle
Bottom side viewing angle
Bottom side viewing angle
Top side viewing angle
Top side viewing angle

Despite being a TN panel, the panel itself is of good quality. Contrast, while not as good as VA panels, is very good. Saturation is also good while color reproduction is fairly accurate. The tone of the display is also fairly neutral, being neither cold or warm. The brightness of the screen is relatively good, and without sacrificing any contrast with an increase in brightness levels. My only caveat is the lack of auto-brightness despite being equipped with a light sensor. All in all, the calibrations they've done for the screen is very good, especially when you take into account that it's actually a TN panel. It is a much better TN panel than the one found on the Flare, sharpness notwithstanding due to the obvious differences in pixel density.

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The Titan TV actually has the cheapest panel amongst its competitors in its price range, with competitors in the 7K to 8K range using better panel technology. However, the Titan TV doesn't really leave much ground in terms of picture quality. It's safe to say that the image quality of the screen on the Titan TV is above average. And what it loses ground to the competitor in terms of image quality, it makes up for in sheer amount of screen estate.

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Again, we have a same debacle with the Titan. Pixel density. At 5.9" and 800x480 resolution, the pixel density of the Titan TV is 158 PPI. The Titan's 187 PPI was already considered low by the majority. That's as much objectivity as you get. But how does it actually look? Is it as bad as the numbers say? In my opinion, a resounding no. Mind you, I am very picky about picture quality, and if anything, contrast, color reproduction, saturation are all above pixel density in my book. This is exactly why I prefer watching movies on a 720p plasma compared to a 1080p LCD/LED. It simply looks better on a plasma. The point is this, the screen looks great and is sharp enough. Not to mention the default DPI is pretty high, so icons and UI elements take up more pixels and thus look sharper.

Another thing to consider is viewing distance. Given the size of the Titan TV, I actually found myself viewing it much farther than my other phones. I usually view my 4.0" iPhone 5 and 4.3" Cloudfone Thrill 430x with a 10 to 12 inch distance from my eyes, I view my 5.0" Titan anywhere from 10 to 16 inches away from my eyes, depending on what I'm doing. With the 5.9" Titan TV, I realized I was viewing it mostly at an arm's length, or around 14-20 inches away from my eyes.

It is extremely difficult to demonstrate how much our eyes resolve the details without looking at the actual device, but to give you an idea, the three pictures below will attempt demonstrate the viewing distance of the Titan TV at 4, 10 and 15 inches. They were shot at 4, 10 and 15 inches from the camera.

Lastly, the Titan TV's screen is also 5 point multitouch.

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4 inches away10 inches away15 inches away
4 inches away
4 inches away
10 inches away
10 inches away
15 inches away
15 inches away

Processor and General Performance

The Titan TV is equipped with the MediaTek MTK6577 SOC found on most of the Android phones by local brands. The MTK6577 contains a dual-core Cortex A9 at 1 Ghz and a PowerVR SGX 531 Ultra. If you've been following the Android phones of local brands lately, the Titan TV more or less performs about the same as other phones equipped with the MTK6577. Performance is more than adequate for all applications and game compatibility is very good due to the widespread release of MTK6577-equipped devices in 2012.

As usual, since the PowerVR SGX 531 Ultra is relatively old, the newest games such as Modern Combat 4 and NOVA 3 from Gameloft may run a bit slow. Performance for all other games though is more than adequate to deliver a smooth gaming experience.

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AnTuTu BenchmarkAnTuTu BenchmarkAnTuTu BenchmarkNenamark 2
AnTuTu Benchmark
AnTuTu Benchmark
AnTuTu Benchmark
AnTuTu Benchmark
AnTuTu Benchmark
AnTuTu Benchmark
Nenamark 2
Nenamark 2

If there's anything worth noting about the Titan TV in the performance criteria, it's 1) the 1 GB of RAM; and 2) the software optimizations.

For starters, the Cherry Mobile Titan TV is currently the only Android phone from local brands (aside from the Kata i1) with 1 GB of RAM. Free RAM after a task manager "kill all" action is around 550 to 600 MB. The ridiculous amounts of RAM ensures that you can multitask as much as you want without slowing the UI to a crawl and without forcing Android to kill tasks eating up a lot of RAM. i.e. games. Like to have more than 5 tabs open on your browser just like on the PC without hiccups? No problem. Like to play keep GameFaqs and other game sites open on your browser while you play Order and Chaos Online just in case you need help on a quest? No problem.

Another good thing is the optimization they made. The Titan TV is by far and without a doubt, the smoothest Android device I've used from any of the local brands. Even out of the box, it is very smooth and requires no more tweaks from the user to feel any faster, because it already is fast.

With good hardware and good software implementation, simply put, the performance of the Titan TV overall is very satisfying.

Camera

The Cherry Mobile Titan TV is equipped with an 8.0 megapixel camera with a BSI (backside illuminated sensor; more on this later) that is also capable of shooting 720p video. There is also a strong single LED flash for pitch black scenes. First impression upon shooting with the camera is: the shutter is very fast! The shutter only takes about half a second to take a shot, meaning you don't need to hold your hand still for more than half a second to take a blur-free picture. The autofocus is also quite fast and focuses immediately when you either hold the shutter button or tap on the screen to focus on the selected area. The same is also used to set up macro shots. The viewfinder is also quick except in low light, which is expected.

The camera has plenty of manual controls and options. Everything from ISO, metering, exposure (3 steps -/+), brightness, contrast, hue, etc. are adjustable. For shooting options, there are 4 to 16 burst shot modes, face/smile recognition mode, best shot and beauty mode, etc. For special shooting modes, there is panorama and multi-angle shot mode. The panorama mode on the Titan TV is particularly good due to its intuitive implementation. When you hit the shutter in panorama mode, the phone automatically displays a square where you have to point the camera and when you overlap the squares, it automatically takes a photo and the next square is shown. The photo stitching process is fast and seamless. You can shoot panorama in either landscape or portrait and from left to right, right to left, up to down, or down to up.

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Choosing which direction to stitch your panoramaPortrait shooting from left to rightPortrait shooting from down to up
Choosing which direction to stitch your panorama
Choosing which direction to stitch your panorama
Portrait shooting from left to right
Portrait shooting from left to right
Portrait shooting from down to up
Portrait shooting from down to up
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Still shot camera controls and optionsStill shot camera controls and optionsStill shot camera controls and optionsStill shot camera controls and optionsStill shot camera controls and optionsStill shot camera controls and optionsStill shot camera controls and optionsVideo recording controls and optionsVideo recording controls and optionsVideo recording controls and optionsVideo recording controls and optionsVideo recording controls and options
Still shot camera controls and options
Still shot camera controls and options
Still shot camera controls and options
Still shot camera controls and options
Still shot camera controls and options
Still shot camera controls and options
Still shot camera controls and options
Still shot camera controls and options
Still shot camera controls and options
Still shot camera controls and options
Still shot camera controls and options
Still shot camera controls and options
Still shot camera controls and options
Still shot camera controls and options
Video recording controls and options
Video recording controls and options
Video recording controls and options
Video recording controls and options
Video recording controls and options
Video recording controls and options
Video recording controls and options
Video recording controls and options
Video recording controls and options
Video recording controls and options

To go with the myriad of manual controls and options, the image quality of the still shots taken by the Titan TV's camera are excellent. Overall, the amount of resolved detail is above average. Sharpness is a bit on the soft side, but saturation is spot on and contrast very good. Noise levels are also low. Properly focused shots in good lighting conditions can churn out very good looking pictures fit for printing in 4R or even 5R sizes. The shots are also more than enough for web use. Macro shots are also doable even at just 5 inches away from the subject.

The low light still shots are decent. Noise levels in low light are reduced thanks to the BSI sensor. Captured color detail in low light remains good though overall resolved detail is low. However, taking pictures where there is little light shows excessive black clipping. Non-BSI sensors would normally crank up the exposure until something is seen at the expense of excessive noise. Black clipping with no noise gives the picture a nice, clean look, but what if you just wanted to see something? It is also pretty difficult to get a clean focus at night, which means about 4 out of 5 of your shots will look soft or blurry.

The Titan TV can also shoot in HDR (high dynamic range) mode which generates two pictures, one with HDR and one without HDR. The BSI sensor helps the further in resolving shadow detail in HDR shots, thereby demonstrating greater range.

Below are sample shots taken by the Titan TV:
Please note that all pictures taken in good lighting have white balance set to 'daylight'.
All pictures taken in low light were taken in 'Night mode'.

Titan TV Sample Shots (Good lighting)

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Titan TV Sample Shots (Low light)

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Titan TV Sample Shots (Macro shots)

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Titan TV Sample Shots (Panorama shots)

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Titan TV Sample Shots (HDR Comparison)

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With HDR
With HDR
Without HDR
Without HDR
With HDR
With HDR
Without HDR
Without HDR
With HDR
With HDR
Without HDR
Without HDR
With HDR
With HDR
Without HDR
Without HDR
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With HDR
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With HDR
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Without HDR

The camera can also record in 720p resolution with stereo audio. The video is encoded in H.263, audio in AAC with bitrates of 12.5 Mbps and 128 kbps respectively. The quality of the video recording is good, with smooth framerates and no macroblocking. Level of resolved detail is a bit low though, but that's expected of phones that shoot video at a maximum of 720p resolution. Also, autofocus is a bit aggressive during video recording when focus mode is set to continuous autofocus, so I suggest that focus mode be set to infinity. File size ratio is about 100 MB to 1 minute of footage in 720p. You can also take lower resolution still shots while recording a video, which is a nifty feature.


Below are video recording samples taken by the Titan TV.
Please watch the videos in 720p quality to see what the recordings actually look like.

Sample 1 (indoor, focus mode set to continuous autofocus):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xlv_PwsBXQ

Sample 2 (indoor, focus mode set to infinity):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJuAOAoikeU

Sample 3 (low light, focus mode set to infinity):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7sWTPqt08k

Sample 4: (outdoor, focus mode set to infinity):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CCJT0NRESw

Here's the lowdown on the Titan TV's camera:
- Excellent shots in decent to good lighting
- Decent low light shots, with relatively low noise levels and good color detail
- Excellent macro shots, with sharp focus and closer shooting distance
- Excellent panorama shooting mode
- Plenty of manual controls and options
- Video recording is decent for 720p
- Getting a sharp focus in low light mode is very difficult

For a change, the front facing camera of the Titan TV is actually 2.0 megapixels. Despite being able to capture in higher resolution, the quality of the image isn't really a big step up from the usual front facing VGA cameras. It's perfectly usable for whatever video calling app you use like Skype.

Below are sample shots from the Titan TV's front facing camera:

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Battery

The Titan TV is equipped with a 2500 mAh battery. This is 300 mAh short of the OEM specification (the Vsun i1's battery is 2800 mAh). Despite the relatively large battery, the increase in screen size affects the Titan TV's battery life somewhat as a larger screen has more backlighting compared to a smaller screen. Battery life remains above average and should last users at least a day on moderate to heavy use. My only caveat with the battery is that it seems to lose voltage relatively fast even on standby. Whereas the battery on my other phones would barely lose any after 3 hours of standby, the Titan TV seems to lose about 50% more. i.e. Titan loses 2% in the course of 5 hours, the Titan TV loses 3%. Minuscule, but still worth noting. Apparently, seems to have not been calibrated properly out of the box, with voltage readings sometimes jumping in between standby periods. Over the course of a few charge cycles, you will notice an inaccurate battery percentage reading. Running a battery calibrator app (which requires root access) once in a while should fix this. It is rather inconvenient for casual users.

For the battery test via looping playback, the application used to play the video is MX Player. The following were the conditions during the test:

  • Screen brightness: 4/15 of MX Player brightness setting or about 30% of Android brightness bar
  • Volume: 13/13 of MX Player volume setting or 100% of Android volume bar, with earphones attached to Titan TV
  • MX Player-specific settings: H/W+ decoder used for video. S/W decoder used for audio

The following are the details of the video file used for playback:

Video playback began at 12:45 am with battery registering 98% and 4.205V and was looped until 6:45 am where the battery registered 53% and 3.78V. The phone rested for exactly 3 hours and playback again began at 9:45 am where the battery registered 50% and 3.75V. When battery reached 18% at 12:57 pm, I ended playback. Voltage was 3.68V.

The total playback time was 9 hours 12 minutes. The Titan TV provided slightly over 9 hours of video playback time. In comparison, this is nearly two hours short of the test result of the Cherry Mobile Cruize which also uses a 2500 mAh battery. The shortened playback time can be attributed to the larger screen and the additional processing muscle by the MTK6577.

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Battery usage during the entire video playback testBattery usage during the entire video playback testBattery usage just before the 3 hour break of the video playback testBattery usage just before the 3 hour break of the video playback test
Battery usage during the entire video playback test
Battery usage during the entire video playback test
Battery usage during the entire video playback test
Battery usage during the entire video playback test
Battery usage just before the 3 hour break of the video playback test
Battery usage just before the 3 hour break of the video playback test
Battery usage just before the 3 hour break of the video playback test
Battery usage just before the 3 hour break of the video playback test

Other Stuff

For a phone bordering on a tablet, it does the phone part well. Call quality is very good and the secondary mic on the rear of the phone does its noise cancelling properly to quell ambient noise. The earpiece volume isn't the loudest, but it's more than enough even in loud environments.

The sound output of the Titan TV is clean and powerful enough out of the box. It can drive all my IEMs. Higher impedance headsets such as the Superlux HD 668B (56 ohms) will require an amp though. The power for the 3.5 mm port is sufficient to be a source for an amp like a FiiO for driving higher impedance headsets. No hissing when there's nothing playing. Goes very well with Poweramp and its myriad of options to improve your listening experience. However, the quality of the DAC used on the Titan TV is of questionable quality. While it is more than good enough to satisfy people who just use iPods, more discerning people who take their audio seriously will find the Titan TV a bit lacking. For those serious about audio, the 5.0" Titan is a better choice, particular due to its higher signal to noise ratio and better dynamic range which is comparable to an iPhone 4 and 5. If you still feel that the output power is lacking, rooting the phone and downloading Mobile Uncle (only for MTK6577 devices) will allow you to increase the output power of the 3.5 mm port which decreases its gap with the 5.0" Titan by a fair margin in terms of sound quality.

The Titan TV also has stereo speakers on the rear, and it is very loud. It's not exactly ideal for music, but it makes sure your ringtones are heard loud and clear. Using the loudspeaker on this phone is a treat too thanks to two of them.

Wifi receiption is decent, but not as good as the Titan or Cruize. Signal is still being picked up at 10 m away from the router with two (2), 1 foot thick walls in between, but the signal to noise ratio is pretty high which may cause interference or low bandwidth. With little obstructions though, the signal strength is pretty good and signal to noise ratio low.

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4 meters away from the router, no obstructions6.5 meters away from the router, 1 wall about 1 foot thick9.5 meters away from the router, 2 walls about 1 foot thick each
4 meters away from the router, no obstructions
4 meters away from the router, no obstructions
6.5 meters away from the router, 1 wall about 1 foot thick
6.5 meters away from the router, 1 wall about 1 foot thick
9.5 meters away from the router, 2 walls about 1 foot thick each
9.5 meters away from the router, 2 walls about 1 foot thick each

There is also a feature on the Titan TV called "Gesture mode", when enabled, allows you to use the proximity sensor on the left of the earpiece to recognize your swipes so you can switch between songs, pictures, etc. by waving your hand left and right about 3 to 4 inches above the sensor. This is more of a gimmick than a usable feature though as the recognition is hit or miss. It's a fun trick to impress your friends though.

The Titan TV also has GPS with A-GPS support. The Titan TV's GPS performance is good, performing its very first lock in just 1 minute 48 seconds under a clear sky and without A-GPS enabled. Subsequent locks within the time frame of the initial lock takes as little as 3 seconds. This ensures that when entering tunnels and places where you lose GPS signal, you can quickly regain a lock once you're beneath the sky again. I redid the GPS test again 6 hours after my first lock to check how fast it locks once the satellites have changed positions. The Titan TV acquired a lock in 1 minute 3 seconds. It should also be noted that despite the presence of a magnetic sensor, the compass feature doesn't work offline.

As usual, for users wishing to use Google's own Navigation software, their turn-by-turn navigation with voice is not available in the Philippines. However, you can still use Google Navigation to get directions and plot points for you whether you are driving or just walking/commuting. Also, you can use other navigation software on Android with turn-by-turn navigation with voice. Aside from navigation software, there are also maps like MapsWithMe from the Play Store that work well with the GPS to identify your location. MapsWithMe is particularly good as the map data for the entire Philippines is only around 75 MB and can be stored on your phone for offline use.

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GPS settingsFirst GPS lockFirst GPS lockFirst GPS lockGPS lock 6 hours after first GPS lockGPS lock 6 hours after first GPS lock
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GPS settings
First GPS lock
First GPS lock
First GPS lock
First GPS lock
First GPS lock
First GPS lock
GPS lock 6 hours after first GPS lock
GPS lock 6 hours after first GPS lock
GPS lock 6 hours after first GPS lock
GPS lock 6 hours after first GPS lock

Last but not least is the analog TV function of the Titan TV. It is one of the very few Android phones on the market with a built-in analog tuner. The Titan TV though doesn't come with a built-in antenna, but it does come with a stylus that turns into a telescoping antenna. It should be noted though that the phone itself has no actual compartment with which to store the stylus. If you fancy watching some TV, you'd best have the stylus with you. Since the Titan TV doesn't have a built-in antenna nor compartment for the stylus, the antenna actually plugs into the 3.5 mm, which means you won't be able to use your headset with the antenna attached.

The signal of the analog TV is standard fare for phones with analog TV tuners. It mostly depends on how close you are to the TV stations. Here in Paranaque, reception for some channels is fuzzy even with the antenna attached. Move north, however, say Quezon City or San Juan, the signal is much better and you even get to pick up reception without the antenna.

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The antenna plugs into the 3.5 mm jackThe stylus/antennaTelescopic antenna
The antenna plugs into the 3.5 mm jack
The antenna plugs into the 3.5 mm jack
The stylus/antenna
The stylus/antenna
Telescopic antenna
Telescopic antenna

Conclusion

What do you say about a product with few weaknesses and a good price? Fantastic. The only main weakness of the Titan TV is its strength, size. While many of us oogle at a giant screen for viewing pleasure, it isn't exactly the same for people whose use patterns have more call and text in them, because answering calls on this behemoth may turn some heads. This isn't exactly a tablet nor is it a phone. It is strictly an in-between. And it is absolutely stretching it. Chances are if you regularly lug around your iPad or tablet, you wouldn't need something like the Titan TV. You'd compliment it with a smaller phone, preferably under 5". If you think about it, as a tablet, the Titan TV can't compete with even 7" tablets in terms of screen estate -- and 7 inchers are already considered small in the tablet world. As a phone, the Titan TV can't compete with most smartphones in terms of portability, ergonomics and one-handed usability simply because it's an "oversized phone". At best, the Titan TV is a compromise between having a phone AND a tablet. Despite that, the Titan TV has little to no compromises in other areas. It has a great camera, a good screen, great performance, well optimized software and decent battery. The Titan TV is simply a complete package and an absolutely great deal for the price. The only question remaining is: can your hands handle it?

Pros:
+ Gigantic 5.9" screen
+ Excellent camera with tons of features and good image quality
+ High quality TN panel offers above average picture quality
+ MediaTek MTK6577 processor
+ 1 GB of RAM
+ Well optimized software; blisteringly fast out of the box
+ Dual SIM
+ 2500 mAh battery delivers above average battery life
+ Great build quality
+ Analog TV is a bonus
+ 6,999 Php only

Cons:
- Other Android phones from local brands at this price point have better panels
- 800x480 @ 5.9" results in very low PPI
- The size is definitely not for everyone
- Bezel is a bit thick and adds unnecessary width to the phone
- Automatic brightness doesn't work despite the presence of a light/ambient sensor
- Battery readings become inaccurate over a few charge cycles

Official Cherry Mobile Titan TV S320 Specs

MediaTek MT6577 1GHz dual-core processor
PowerVR SGX531 GPU
6.0" capacitive touch panel (800 x 480, 155 ppi)
1 GB RAM
4GB internal storage
Up to 32GB via microSD
Up to 3G/HSPA+ 21Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi hotspot
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
GPS w/ A-GPS support
Dual-SIM, Dual-Standby
FM Radio, Analog TV
GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G WCDMA 850/2100MHz
8 megapixel rear camera with flash
VGA front-facing camera
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
2500 mAh battery
280g with battery
SRP: Php 6,999.00

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      keter elphas 2 years ago from Nairobi

      nice review keep moving

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      bheng bayona 3 years ago

      Everything on this review are true..i am with my titan since it is launch..not even once i encountered malfunction or others issues unlike with other branded smartphones. Not until today, i am having a problem on microphone setting over skype can anybody help me.. it cannot capture my voice ending no body can hear me..but in wechat i don't have a problem.. thanks in advance

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      celso ladera 3 years ago

      Where to buy CM-8H battery for S320Titan tv

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      cm 3 years ago

      good phone, gesture mode lang ang problem

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      Bem 3 years ago

      Hi. bakit sa ibang CM titan tv review ang pangit ng mga sinasabi nila sa camera? tapos low quality pa ng mga image samples? bakit dito ibang-iba?

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      iANDROID08 3 years ago

      I'm planning to buy this on its on sale at Lazada for only 4,999 I think it's a very good deal already rather than buying Flare S and Flare HD which a great features but has a crappy and inadequate battery :D

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      frost 3 years ago

      the best review. excellent work

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      titan tv 4 years ago

      totoo po ba na may problem yung titan tv in terms of auto rotation of screen? if oo paano po mafi-fix yun?

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      Armagn 4 years ago

      bakit parang di ako nakakakita ng H+ (HSDPA connection) sa Titan TV ko. laging E (EDGE) lang...

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      jammy 4 years ago

      Hello po gud pm!! gud review love it

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      mtimbol 4 years ago

      Its terrible as a phone. Napaka hina ng audio. Have trouble when I'm joined in to conference calls whether using the headphones or the speaker phones.

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      rodtitantv 4 years ago

      My alam b kayo ngsaan pwede makabili ng touchscreen glass ng titan tv?my crack kc ung salamin ng titan tv q...tnx

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      kaye 4 years ago

      I just want to ask if you can also download nba 2k13 to this phone? and does it support flash player? thanks ;-)

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      John A. 4 years ago

      Hi, can it playback 720p videos like youtube HD videos? I know it can record 720p but for movies from the internet, can they be watched without lags or stutters? Thanks.

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      chin-chin 4 years ago

      hi.. in what CM store is titan tv avaiLabLe? is it avaiLabLe at any SM maLL here in Cavite? if not, where in maniLa? nearest in makati? pLease answer me, because i'm pLanning to buy tomorrow..

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      Nadine 4 years ago

      Bookmarked! Awesome review and writer :D

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      jimeliz 4 years ago

      Hello @symphonyx! Thank you for being responsive to your readers! hehe..That's appreciated.

      But is it true? Titan TV's usable ROM out of the box is just 500MB? But CherryMobile advertise it as 4GB Internal Memory! With the Titan's 4GB, about 2GB is usable (that's fine),but 500MB? So we really need to root the phone?

      BTW: I'll take your advise to visit the Titan TV Group in Facebook to learn more on how to do the rooting process.

      More success for you!

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      Kyle Lopez-Vito 4 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines

      @ jimeliz

      It takes only 1 minute to root the Titan TV. You basically plug your phone to your PC, run the file, press a button on your keyboard, tap on the "restore" button on your phone's screen when it prompts, and voila. You've got a rooted phone. Just use Link2SD and keep transferring your apps to the SD card so the internal memory remains vacant. The rooting process for MTK6577 phones on Android 4.0.3 and 4.0.4 are all the same. You should visit the Titan TV group on Facebook for more info about the rooting process.

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      jimeliz 4 years ago

      Wonderful review. Clear, and easy to understand. I read reviews of the Titan TV and this is so far the best. Keep it up, and you're doing us-ordinary people-a big favor with your reviews. This really guides on on how to choose the devices that we want to get.

      But with the phone itself, nakakalungkot dahil ang liit lang ng internal memory. Kailangan pang i-root para madagdagan and ROM. Pano na lang kami na mga hindi techie? Yung mga hindi marunong magroot?

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      doreamon 4 years ago

      pwede po ba malaman kung madali daw po tlga masira ang auto rotation ng titan tv and other cherry mobile phones thanks po

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      Daev 4 years ago

      I've read hundred of pages of pinoy phone reviews but nothing has come close to this.

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      mondie 4 years ago

      thumbs up for nice, precisely review, well, you didn't mentionof its battery life while using wifi or data management, like that, well after all, job well done! xD

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      Belle 4 years ago

      I'm in love with this review!

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      mat 4 years ago

      Great review.

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      Vincent Lee 4 years ago

      Great Article, this is how review should be made unlike others that are incomplete, and made for the sake of posting first.

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      marvin 4 years ago

      can you have sample pics of comic books?

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      Eidon 4 years ago

      today is technically my second day of using the phone. I’m having an alarming issue with the battery life.

      Iwas told that the initial charging should be 4hrs. But yesterday, as soon as the the low battery prompted for the first time, I charged it immediately. To my surprise, it took me more than 7HRS to have it completely charged. Then, it consumes battery life so fast. 14% were being consumed every hour. I’m just connected to the internet viaWIFI coz I was trying to download some stuff from google play.

      I’m getting disappointed now. I will be trying to have the battery be replaced tomorrow.

      If ever this is just normal, where is the 52hr testimonial comment that this fon should last at least 2 and a half days?

      Ican’t wait for tomorrow.

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      Jerny 4 years ago

      So how do you use Gesture mode, it's enabled on mine but it doesn't seems to move from left to right or otherwise. :/

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      Melvin 4 years ago

      Kudos sir for a very nice DETAILED review of this phone. I must say this is the most comprehensive and most probably entertaining´╗┐ to review I read. Stress test is definitely one that every reviewer must do. Again good job sir!

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      Clark 4 years ago

      Solid review. I am looking for an all-in-one phone (phone +tablet+tv). This hits the sweet spot with its pros and price.

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      Ruben 4 years ago

      nice review, pero hindi yata nasama ang web browsing using wifi and hsdpa. maganda sana kung masama sa review at malaman din natin kng ilang oras mag last ang battery using wifi and hsdpa (kung meron man to hsdpa).

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      mhackee 4 years ago

      Is it free? or do i need smart or globe services pa po? bka kc nabibigla nlng aq wala nkong load=)

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      Joseph 4 years ago

      How can more TV channels be added?

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      Kyle Lopez-Vito 4 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines

      @ mhackee

      They're talking about the feature of the phone that allows it to turn into a wifi router per se. When you turn on the data connection/internet of your phone and enable wifi hotspot at the same time, other devices with wifi can connect to your phone and access the internet.

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      mhackee 4 years ago

      hello po.. what does it necessarily mean when a fone is/has a wifi hotspot? clueless here=) thanks

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      Joseph 4 years ago

      Thank you! Didn't realize the Stylus was the antennae too.. and it bends (sort of)...

      I would have bought two if only it ran 4.1... :-(

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      Kyle Lopez-Vito 4 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines

      @carl

      Bluetooth headsets work fine. There's a free app on the Play Store called Kingsoft Office that can read and edit MS Office files. It's fully featured and should be more than enough for anyone who needs to edit docs on their phone.

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      carl 4 years ago

      Hi! Great info! Just want to ask if you can use a Bluetooth head set to this phone? I use Bluetooth especially when driving. Also if it can read microsoft office programs such as word or excel?

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      Kyle Lopez-Vito 4 years ago from Metro Manila, Philippines

      @ Robin

      Root the phone then use Link2SD (available free from the Play Store) to move everything to the microSD card. Guaranteed to work. A small internal storage is no problem at all.

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      Robin 4 years ago

      sir ask ko lang kung pwede i-move mga downloaded apps sa sd card? may nabasa kasi ako sa ibang blog na downside daw ng titan tv is maliit ang memory kaya di pwede magdownload ng marami apps. thanks.

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      ChnGuy 4 years ago

      the review was good, and powerful. hope you could also post how to make the icons smaller on Titan Tv. Thanks a lot.

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      xnplx 4 years ago

      Again, nice review: technical but understandable, comprehensive but not overdone. I just would like to add that the Titan TV has no OTG functionality out of the box. I tested my friend's unit by using a generic microusb to USB port cable/adapter and a generic flash drive. Unlike the MyPhone A919, which has a confirmed OTG functionality out of the box, the Titan TV failed to use and mount the flash drive. However, I did not check if it at least detected the flash drive. The unit is not mine and was still in prestine condition --both hardware and OS -- so I did not dare mess around with it that much. I wonder which of your device/s has/have OTG out of the box? OTG is important for me since I use an external keyboard with my phone and use it as a psuedo-word processor . Thanks.

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      Pogz 4 years ago

      Nice one. Well written and covered all the points needed for a review.

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      grimmm 4 years ago

      salamat sa review! ill be getting this soon! :D good thing i checked lazada today and saw the ad, i almost got an omega :D

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      Justin Philip 4 years ago

      Nice and solid review hopefully a lot of people/ prospect buyers of the phone would find this useful.

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      Anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice review , keep it up..