- Unique design
- Dual-SIM and compatible with all carriers
- Good performance for the price
- A small 1:1 screen isn’t great for all apps
- Lacks some speed and coverage bands
- Terrible cameras
UNIHERTZ TITAN POCKET SPECS
|Operating System||Android 11|
|CPU||Mediatek Helio P70|
|Dimensions||5.22 x 2.88 x .66″|
|Screen Size||3.1 inches|
|Screen Resolution||716 by 720 pixels|
|Camera Resolution (Rear; Front-Facing)||16MP; 8MP|
|Battery Life||11 hours, 10 minutes|
With its curved new phone, Unihertz takes a risk, reinventing a classic shape that devotees of vintage smartphones still hold dear. The Titan Pocket may make you wonder why the firm is still using such an outdated playbook, but for a select number of keyboard enthusiasts, this is a true gem of a device.
B(l)ack(Berry) to the Future
Phones with QWERTY keyboards once held a significant market share and popular appeal. Physical keyboards were the greatest way to input data before touchscreens became (literally) popular, and they continue to have supporters. One reason is that, unlike using a virtual keyboard, you can type by feel and muscle memory when using actual keys.
Unihertz is known for its unique phone designs, such as the little Jelly 2. It released the Titan, a QWERTY phone last year that many people thought was too big to use: It is 10.8 ounces in weight and 3.66 inches broad. The Titan Pocket, on the other hand, is still bigger than the venerable BlackBerry Bold despite being very near to the size of 2014’s BlackBerry Classic.
This is not a crowdsourced phone, however, the company does use Kickstarter(Opens in a new window) as a presale platform. Unihertz doesn’t have a big marketing budget, thus Kickstarter is the company’s main method of generating interest. After the presale time, the phone will cost $299, but you may currently purchase it for an (often-changing) discount.
Rocking an Industrial Look
A substantial piece of technology is the Titan Pocket. An “H” of metal encircles soft-touch plastic on the rear. Rubber is used for the top and bottom. Additionally, there is a tiny, flawless keyboard on the front, which is topped with a 3.1-inch, 716 by 720-pixel screen. That is bigger than the Bold 9900 but smaller than the BlackBerry Classic (3.5 inches) (2.8 inches). The body is “drop resistant,” according to Unihertz, but not water resistant.
With a width of 2.88 inches, you should be able to type one-handedly even though it weighs 7.61 ounces more than your old BlackBerry Classic. Although Android phones with square screens are extremely uncommon, I’m delighted to report that none of the third-party apps I tried crashed as a result of having one.
Unihertz got the design really right here. The phone is an homage without being a copy. The rivets and gray metal-and-plastic back don’t look like any previous device, but the whole package takes you straight back to 2008. Speaking of which, the phone has a notification LED, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and even an IR blaster.
The keyboard is probably as close to a BlackBerry Bold as you can get without being sued. (With good reason: BlackBerry has sued other parties.) With frets separating each of the three QWERTY rows from the top function row, the keys are carved to make it easy to distinguish between them by touch. Unlike the traditional BlackBerry keyboard, they have shapes that tilt up and out. There is no separate number row; instead, you must press Alt to acquire a number and Symbol to access a menu of punctuation.
The Titan Pocket is truly unparalleled. The rumored BlackBerry reboot from OnwardMobility has slipped into obscurity, the original Titan is excessively huge, and the aging BlackBerry Key2 series has reached the end of its useful life.
I believe that the majority of people no longer use QWERTY phones. Even though I wrote an essay about why I detest touch screens 12 years ago, I have undoubtedly done so. Touch screens are an artificial form of engagement, but tactile feedback is excellent. However, the majority of smartphone apps are now created for a big-screen experience, so the Titan Pocket form factor is only useful for a small number of apps (mostly, messaging and web browsing).
All things considered, it is apparent that Unihertz put love and thought into their revived QWERTY device. It’ll delight a very particular type of person because it has a gorgeously designed keypad and dual-SIM compatibility at a great price.
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