Review Unihertz Titan Pocket Smartphone An Android Blackberry Throwback!

hey everybody it’s lon seidman we’re taking a look today at the unihertz titan pocket this phone fills a very narrow gap in the smartphone marketplace for people that want physical keyboards but it’s surprisingly well constructed given how small this company is compared to some of the other smartphone makers out there and phone after phone they pump out really quality stuff so i’ve always enjoyed looking at their phones and today we’re going to take a deep dive into their latest one here that is essentially an android phone that feels like a blackberry and before we get into this i do want to let you know in the interest of full disclosure that i paid for this with my own funds all the opinions you’re about to hear are my own no one is paying for this review nor has anyone reviewed or approve what you’re about to see before it was uploaded so let’s get into it now and see what this phone is all about now the price point on this comes in at around 300 or so this phone is a sequel if you will to one that they made a few years ago called the titan which was much larger so this one is smaller and fits in the hand better but it also has a smaller keyboard which might impact your ability to type quickly on it we’ll take a look at how it types a little bit later in the review here like their other phones it is very heavy duty and well constructed it’s designed to be rugged it’s got a nice metal casing here along with some heavy duty plastic it feels super solid and it’s pretty heavy it weighs 216g grams that’s over seven and a half ounces but it really feels nice and sturdy as a result so even though it’s heavy i like that rugged feel to it and this is something they’ve done with some of their other phones too just super strong devices that are designed to get knocked around a bit it is not waterproof though so you can’t get it wet but i do believe it will survive a number of falls without a case and the phone kind of feels like its own

case now the phone is unlocked and it will work with most of the major u.s carriers along with international carriers and it supports two sim cards which is common overseas but not always so common here in the united states and what you have here on the sim tray is a choice of two sim cards or one sim card and a micro sd card if you want to go beyond its internal storage now inside this has a mediatek helio p70 processor it has six gigabytes of ram and a generous 128 gigabytes of storage so it’s pretty well equipped the processor as you’ll see in a little bit is nothing crazy from a performance standpoint but i think adequate for what people might typically do with a phone like this and it has a pretty big battery inside 4 000 milliamp hours which is close to what you might get on a larger flagship phone and because this phone doesn’t have as much capabilities as a flagship phone i think you’ll have really good battery life on this easily a full day of usage if not well beyond that especially if you’ve got the phone sitting in standby most of the time now the display on this one is an ips display 3.1 inches running at a resolution of 716 by 720 it looks nice and sharp it’s adequately bright the colors look good on it but because it is almost a perfect square it gets a little weird when apps want to go full

screen and i’ll show you what i mean by that in a few minutes now you can of course interact with the touch display here but you can also use the keyboard as a scrolling surface just by running your finger across there although sometimes you accidentally hit a key and things go a bit sideways but you can get a feel for how you can interact with the phone here there aren’t many ports on this one but there are a good number of buttons you’ve got your volume rocker here on the left hand side you have your sim tray an sd card tray there that we looked at a few minutes ago on the bottom you have a usb type-c port this is for charging but you can also use on-the-go data devices it does not though do any display output on the right-hand side you have the power button and then this button you can program to do whatever you want so right now i’ve got mine turning on the light here but you can program it to do other things through an app that comes with the phone so this is like a multi-purpose button that you can repurpose for your own needs and then on the top here you have a headphone jack and when you have headphones plugged in you can use the built-in fm radio to listen to over-the-air broadcasts and then next to it is an ir blaster because this can basically function like a universal remote

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control there’s an app here called remote and you can program this app to control all of your tvs and air conditioners and anything else that can work with an infrared remote control now like most smartphones you’ve got two cameras one on the back and one on the front the rear camera is 16 megapixels it can shoot 1080p video at 30 frames per second it’s not very good at video as you can see here and it’s also not very good at taking pictures but it does the job here is what the front camera looks like again nothing spectacular but good enough to get your calls done but don’t expect flagship level photography out of this phone so let’s take a look at the keyboard now i’m going to pull up their note-taking application i have to say the keyboard reminds me a lot of the blackberry keyboards we all remembered and many of us were fond of it’s got a nice firm feel to the keys they click when you push them down just like the blackberry did they are those small and i think if you’ve been used to using a touchscreen phone i think we’ve all gotten a little spoiled with some of that autocorrect so i’m making a lot of mistakes as i’m typing and i’m expecting the phone to fix it for me and it isn’t um so those are things to just keep in mind here but it does uh feel very much like an authentic blackberry even though this is a reinterpretation of what a blackberry is in the center here is a home button that doubles as a fingerprint reader so if i just turn the phone on and off

here and put my thumb down on there it will let me in you also have some of the other android functions as physical keys here so this is my application switcher and then this key here is the back button which is really helpful one thing you’ll notice though is that when i pull up a text input field it does take up a little bit of the screen for some additional items one of them is the microphone button for dictation i also have this button here if i want to pull up an easier to access number pad the numbers here are kind of baked into the keys i’ve got to hit the alt key to tap on those keys i can of course double tap all and make those keys lock in as numbers but it might be easier sometimes just to go to the touch screen for the keys i’m not hitting frequently so there is no number row on this at least not a physical one it does though have a great backlight as you can see here so it very much feels like what a modern blackberry phone would feel like if they were still making them unfortunately though it’s just hard to type for me just because i’m so conditioned now to these touch screens and i do wish the space bar was a little bit bigger i’m finding myself having difficulties hitting that when i’m trying to type quickly but if you’re looking for a physical keyboard and you want the most up-to-date android phone this one is probably the one to get at this point because i don’t think anyone’s really making a phone as close to the original blackberry feel as this one running modern android speaking of modern android this is running android 11.

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I’ve gotten a number of updates on this phone since i got it a couple of months ago so it looks as though like their other phones unihertz will support it for a while the latest security update on this one was current to december of 2021 and i am recording this video in february of 2022. now with this being a modern android phone most of the android apps out there will run on it we’ll take a look at google chrome here and see how the nasa.

gov homepage springs to life and you can see one of the constraints you run into when you’ve got this square display most mobile formatted sites are anticipating a longer display and you really don’t get a lot of room to read anything here as you can see so it’s a little tough there and i can of course rotate the display but because it’s square no matter which orientation it’s in i’ve got the same problem here so you will struggle a bit if you’re used to a longer display now you’ll also encounter challenges when you’re watching video on the phone due to that square display here’s an example my youtube channel and we’ll pull up a video here from it and this is a 1080p video and 1080p video is running at a 16×9 aspect ratio but we’ve got a square screen here so it only takes up the top portion of the display in portrait mode and then if i want to go full screen uh you’ll see that it doesn’t do much better here either because it’s got to fit that wide video into a square so you’re going to have big letter boxes there top and bottom and there’s just no way to avoid this because the keyboard is in the way on this phone but you do get all the features you get on other phones including the ability to run video picture and picture like that and it will perform just fine and play back the video just fine it’s just going to be a bit constrained on this square display now games will suffer on this a bit because of the square display some games don’t know what to make of it so for example if i load up pac-man 256 here uh you’ll see it kind of goes

bunkers trying to figure out which way to go to get to full screen so i found with this one if i go out and turn off the automatic screen rotation i will orient itself properly and there it goes testing it out a little bit more but it is able to get working and it will work in this instance in uh portrait mode now another game here is jetpack joyride this one doesn’t have the same problems as pac-man did but this game always wants to run in landscape mode and again that’s because these games really don’t know how to orient themselves to this square display because most displays are not square but the game’s run okay but just not an ideal gaming experience just because you never know which direction the screen is going to be pointed in and on the 3dmark wildlife benchmark test i got a score of 731 that’s at the bottom of the barrel compared to most of the other smartphones we’ve looked at here on the channel so don’t expect great gaming performance out of this and certainly the screen orientation issues will limit some of the fun you’ll have playing games on this phone but this is really not a game playing phone it is a utilitarian device for communicating and i think it does the communication tasks quite well if you are looking for a tactile keyboard phone calls work fine on it it’s got a nice clear handset speaker here along with a nice and loud speakerphone speaker too so i think it’s really

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designed for people that miss that blackberry feel and want some of the modern accoutrements that we get with modern smartphones this is not trying to become a market-leading phone they are looking for a specific buyer that wants a phone specifically like this and if you are that buyer and you know who you are i think you’ll be quite pleased with this phone because it is a lot smaller than the last one they put together it is incredibly well constructed it lives up to what a blackberry might look like if they were able to survive into the modern era here so i think for people looking for a phone like this you’ll be very pleased with it provided you understand that the android operating system doesn’t find itself on a lot of square displays so it’ll be fine for email and some basic web browsing or whatever but some of the more advanced multimedia tasks will likely be something you’ll want to have a more traditional smartphone for that’s going to do it for this look at the unihertz titan pocket and until next time this is lon sivan thanks for watching this channel is brought to you by the london tv supporters including gold level supporters jim tannis and tom albrecht hot sauce and video games and eric’s variety channel brian parker and frank goldman amda brown and matt zagaya and chris allegretta if you want to help the channel you can by contributing as little as a dollar a month head over to lawn dot tv support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe

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