Three years in the past I attempted out the large Unihertz Titan smartphone with a really giant bodily QWERTY keyboard. I beloved the BlackBerry Passport, however the Titan was simply too giant for me to hold day by day and use it to get work achieved commonly.
For the previous couple of weeks, I’ve been carrying an early prototype of the Unihertz Titan Pocket, a considerably smaller model of the Titan that also has a bodily QWERTY keyboard and rugged design. It is accessible on Kickstarter for an additional couple of weeks for $221 or $399 for 2 of them, with plans to ship the cellphone in September 2021.
The Titan Pocket is the sixth cellphone launched on Kickstarter by Unihertz and I’ve had the chance to check out the final 5. The telephones are affordably priced, even exterior of the Kickstarter particular affords, and goal area of interest segments of the smartphone market. Every one has far exceeded the modest Kickstarter objectives and with the Titan Pocket we see there’s already greater than 3,000 backers with pledges virtually reaching $700,000 (on the time of publishing this text).
- Processor: MediaTek Helio P70
- Show: 3.1-inches 716×720 pixels decision TFT LCD, Gorilla Glass
- Working system: Android 11
- RAM: 6GB
- Storage: 128GB inner storage with microSD assist
- Cameras: 16-megapixel rear digital camera and 8-megapixel front-facing digital camera
- Wi-fi know-how: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS/BEIDOU/GLONASS, FM radio, infrared
- Sensors: Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, ambient mild, barometer, and compass
- Battery: 4,000mAh non-removable
- Dimensions: 132.5 x 73.2 x 16.8mm and 216 grams
The Unihertz Titan Pocket jogs my memory of a thick BlackBerry Daring with its small bodily QWERTY keyboard and sq. show. The QWERTY keyboard is clearly a spotlight of this new cellphone and it has a number of good options, but additionally a number of annoyances. There are 4 rows current on the keyboard with the highest row for shift, image, and different Android management keys.
The central fingerprint sensor is nice, there’s good tactile really feel to the keyboard, you’ll be able to swipe up and down on the keyboard to scroll by means of lengthy pages of textual content and information, and you may create customized shortcuts throughout all of the keys for apps and different capabilities. I am not a fan of the far higher left shift key or the tiny area bar, however total the keyboard is kind of succesful.
Beginning on the entrance, we’ve got the three.1-inch LCD display, which is kind of small in right this moment’s world of huge telephones. My ageing eyes wrestle to see a number of the fonts on the show and it is simply too small for this 52-year outdated. The colours look nice on the show and it is vibrant sufficient for any lighting situation. The sq. format supplies a restricted quantity of knowledge, comparable to 3.5 emails in Gmail on one display.
The headset speaker and front-facing 8MP digital camera are above the show. A typical 3.5mm headset jack is discovered on the highest subsequent to an IR port. There’s software program included on the cellphone so you’ll be able to manipulate distant controls for varied digital merchandise. The USB-C port is on the underside of the cellphone.
The quantity buttons are is positioned on the higher left aspect with the microSD/SIM card tray under these two buttons. An influence button and customizable pink key are positioned on the higher proper aspect. There’s a utility to customized a press and a press and maintain of this button.
The mono speaker fires out of the decrease again, adjoining to the aluminum again panel. The 16-megapixel digital camera is discovered centered on the prime of the again with a flash to the correct of the digital camera.
The cameras carried out high-quality with timelapse, video, picture, and guide modes accessible. There isn’t a portrait mode assist and the pictures haven’t got superior artistic components. The cellphone is just not designed for gorgeous pictures, however when you find yourself out and about it’s going to assist you seize your environment.
The Unihertz Titan Pocket launches with Android 11 out of the field and the prototype I examined has an April 5, 2021, Android safety replace put in. Purchase the cellphone with the software program it launches with since I have never seen in depth updates supplied by Unihertz and it is best to not rely on updates which can be unlikely to come back at a later date.
The cellphone runs a reasonably inventory model of Android. The Google Uncover web page is obtainable once you swipe all the best way from left to proper to the primary panel, very similar to a Pixel cellphone.
Along with the Google fundamentals comparable to calculator, calendar, digital camera, Chrome, Gmail, Maps, Messages, and extra, you get a number of apps from Unihertz. These embrace a file supervisor, FM radio, IR distant management app, music participant, NoteBook, sound recorder, and Toolbox.
The Toolbox is filled with helpful utilities that improve the performance of the cellphone. The instruments within the Toolbox embrace a sound meter, compass, flashlight, bubble stage, image hanger instrument, coronary heart fee monitor, peak measuring utility, magnifier, pedometer, speedometer, alarm, plumb bob, and protractor. It is cool to see the digital camera used with a few of these instruments to offer an augmented actuality expertise that gives you with a tool for correct measurements.
The house display helps frequent app widgets too so you’ll be able to customise your Android expertise. The Fast Controls part from the notification shade will also be personalized to your private preferences.
Preliminary utilization experiences
The Unihertz Titan Pocket could attraction to severe BlackBerry Curve or Daring followers who need a related type issue with trendy Android. It is a very effectively constructed cellphone with some stage of drop safety, not specified, however no stage of mud or water resistance. Though it appears like a tank, do not take it out in heavy rain or drop it in a puddle. The bigger Titan did have an IP67 score and I virtually took the Titan Pocket into the river fly fishing with me final week earlier than I checked on the specs.
Total, the keyboard is effectively achieved with good spacing and tactile efficiency. The power to swipe up and down the keyboard, like a mouse pad, and in addition create an enormous variety of shortcuts with the keys might be nice for effectivity and productiveness.
The Titan Pocket is constructed to get work achieved and isn’t a gaming or multimedia machine. Movies play effectively and music sounds good from the rear speaker, however work comes first on this cellphone. Talking of labor, the small show is the first cause I can’t use this cellphone as my day by day driver. Possibly 20 years in the past when my eyes have been significantly better, however not right this moment.
I must spend extra time with it to check the battery, however 4000 mAh on a cellphone of this measurement has thus far proven to final not less than a few days with out charging. The cameras on the cellphone are usually not that nice so do not rely on capturing any award profitable photographs with the Titan Pocket.
In the event you get pleasure from QWERTY keyboards and spend loads of time messaging folks then you might benefit from the Titan Pocket. Though it’s a smaller cellphone, the thickness and weight nonetheless make two-handed use the very best method to utilizing the cellphone.