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    Hi All,
    I recently purchased a Titan from AT&T's 1 cent sale (...as recent as about 13 hours ago). I'm already anxious to get the phone in hand, and I'm planning on making mine stand out a little bit.

    I was wondering if the phone's body is aluminum or plastic? I've heard different accounts from multiple sources (cnet says plastic, wpcentral says aluminum, etc etc). If it is aluminum, polishing it to a mirror finish shouldn't be too difficult! Can anyone tell me unequivocally if the phone is body is plastic or alum?!

    Thanks!
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    its plastic
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    Most European Titan reviews do mention its Metal unibody, whether the US one is plastic i can't say, but the one i was noseying at in phones4u was indeed metal. (Assistant opened it and dropped the back on the table)

    It certainly didn't make the noise of plastic LOL.

    Perhaps the black is metal and grey plastic, i have no idea, but the one i saw in phones4u was the black one.

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    Its metal. I have one.
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    The UK version is most definitely aluminium. I would imagine the AT&T version is as well. I wouldn't trust anything cnet says anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by littlesteelo16 View Post
    The UK version is most definitely aluminium. I would imagine the AT&T version is as well. I wouldn't trust anything cnet says anyway.
    Yes i would imagine they are all aluminium too littlesteelo16. :)

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    I thought it was metal too... When I take off the cover and give it a closer look/feel I think it really is plastic. The weight is all in the phone half after you take off the back.

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    I played with one at an at&t store on Wednesday and took the back off and it was certainly metal (cold but light - gotta love aluminum) the bottom section that looks different is indeed plastic so the antenna can function. I was impressed how much the bulk of the phone is contained in the screen and battery. I agree that the back seemed to weigh almost nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gekkoace View Post
    I thought it was metal too... When I take off the cover and give it a closer look/feel I think it really is plastic. The weight is all in the phone half after you take off the back.

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    Well aluminum would be pretty light anyways. That's why they use it. What sort of sound does it make if you tap it? You might take a knife and score the inside of the cover slightly too. If it's plastic it should scratch easily, if it's aluminum it will be a lot harder to scratch and you won't have the white or whatever color plastic visible inside the scratch.

    Edit: Also what soundguise said about the temperature. Aluminum will feel much cooler than plastic, especially if you put something cold on one part of it or stick in in the freezer for a moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soundguise View Post
    I played with one at an at&t store on Wednesday and took the back off and it was certainly metal (cold but light - gotta love aluminum) the bottom section that looks different is indeed plastic so the antenna can function. I was impressed how much the bulk of the phone is contained in the screen and battery. I agree that the back seemed to weigh almost nothing.
    Same here. The one I played with seemed nice and hard. If that was plastic then that was some pretty sweet plastic. :D
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    I'm pretty sure it's plastic, but it is "pretty sweet plastic" lol. Very hard and durable feeling. I think that's why there is confusion. On the phone it feels very much like metal.

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    At&t Titan back = Aluminum

    There is some plastic at the very bottom of the back plate and on the top around the power button and headphone jack
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    Its not aluminum its plastic take the back of and inspect it. They did a great job of making it feel metal.
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    Falconeight is correct. Take it off and inspect it. It does a very good job impersonating aluminum, but it's plastic. But.. Its not a cheap plastic, its very sturdy.

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    Seems, feels, and sounds like metal to me. I've never had plastic get that cold before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5tephen View Post
    Seems, feels, and sounds like metal to me. I've never had plastic get that cold before.
    Put a lighter flame to it. If you look at where the bottom and top pieces fit together you can see that its plastic. They did do an excellent job of making it feel like metal.
    Its treated to feel like metal. I think its amazing!

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    That is the Euro version not the AT&T version. Check out George's review:

    http://m.wpcentral.com/att-htc-titan-review
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    I quote from HTC's press release from the September launch of both the Titan and Radar.

    "The HTC TITAN brings your favorite content and multimedia experiences closer than ever with a large 4.7 inch display, HTC’s largest phone screen ever wrapped in an ultra-thin 9.9mm aluminum case."

    http://www.wpcentral.com/its-officia...itan-and-radar

    If along the way they substituted the aluminum with plastic they've chosen a plastic that looks and feels just like aluminum.
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    I lightly scrapped a bit inside the cover and its plastic.
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    I'm wondering if it's aluminum coated plastic... Could be.

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    Maybe it's anodized aluminum, My Nokia N8 has an anodized aluminum case and it has a funky feel to it.
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    My Titan has an aluminum back
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    If the back cover were plastic, the following thread would not be possible:

    Finished Croming Titan's Cover with pics!! - xda-developers
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    Quote Originally Posted by billfraley View Post
    If the back cover were plastic, the following thread would not be possible:

    Finished Croming Titan's Cover with pics!! - xda-developers
    Yup! That's aluminum.
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    Imagine doing that to your lovely Titan, it looks hideous LOL :)

    Oh well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder I guess.

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