The HTC Radar is a Windows Phone 7.5 Mango smartphone with 1GHz processor, 3.8-inch S-LCD display and a 5MP HD camera
Editor's Review of the Radar
The HTC Radar is the firm's latest smartphone to run Windows Phone 7.5, following in the footsteps of the impressive HTC Titan. Can the Radar's more affordable price-tag tempt manage to tempt Windows Phone newbies, or will downgraded specs ultimately disappoint?
Design & Build
The Radar is designed to replace last year's HTC 7 Mozart, sporting a slightly larger 3.8-inch touchscreen. Although the screen lacks the pizzazz of the Titan's 4.7-incher, its WVGA (480 x 800) resolution makes it just a clear and full of detail.
Of course, this downsized screen also makes the phone much-more comfortable to hold in the hand, and its dimensions of 120 x 61.5 x 10.8mm mean that although it's not the skinniest of smartphones, it's perfectly small enough for stuffing in your pocket.
When it comes to design, it's fair to say that the HTC Radar won't go winning any fashion awards. Compared to the newly-launched Nokia Lumia 800 its aluminum chassis seems fairly uninspiring, ad its slight chin reminds us of not-so-sexy Google Nexus One.
Under the hood, it's the same disappointing story. The Radar packs Qualcomm's MSM 8255 1GHz single-core processor - the same as last year's HTC 7 Mozart. Still, we noticed little lag when scrolling through the interface, although it's noticeably slower than the HTC Titan.
OS & Interface
In terms of software, however, the HTC Radar does get a boost over the Mozart. It arrives running Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) software, which offers over 500 new features over the previous version of WP7.
Amongst these new features is Twitter and LinkedIn integration, a better browsing experience, multitasking, and a revamped People Hub. It's still not perfect, but it's a vast improvement compared to the original version of Windows Phone 7.
As we explained in our HTC Titan Review, we're big fans of the Microsoft's Live Tile interface. However, hose switching from an Android smartphone might find the software's lack of customisation options difficult to get to grips with. With Windows Phone 7, and there is no way for the phone manufacturer to change the design, add, or customise the user interface, and you're limited to changing the colour of your Live Tile interface. Boring.
Multimedia & Storage
The HTC Radar sports a 5 megapixel camera on its rear, complete with 28mm lens, F/2,2 aperture and LED flash. Although it sounds disappointing compared to the Titan's 8 megapixel shooter, the Radar's lesser-specced snapper is pretty impressive.
The camera both easy to use thanks to the dedicated camera key, and given your in a decently lit setting, snaps produced are full of colour. Saying that, we found the camera struggled in low-light conditions, and images were often unclear and noisy.
We were pleasantly surprised with the video camera offering on the HTC Radar though, which shoots in 720p HD. Although lacking the option to fire off a video straight to Vimeo or Youtube, footage comes out full of detail, and there's plenty of options to play with in the menu.
When it comes to storage we were pretty disappointed, as the Radar comes with 8GB of built-in storage and no room for microSD memory expansion. Still, the lack of expandable storage isn't HTC's fault, as, like Apple's iOS, Windows Phone doesnt support external storage,
Thanks to the upgraded IE9 browser and its HSDPA and WiFi connectivity, the HTC Radar is great for browsing the web. Like with the Titan, however, the phone arrives lacking Adobe Flash support, and is yet to receive an iPlayer app.
Although it's not great for Eastenders fanatics, the Radar would be a good choice if you enjoy a long battery life. Surprisingly, this is one of the handset's strong points, and we managed to stretch to almost two days on a single charge. Being a removable battery, however, we'd recommend charging overnight.
The HTC Radar may be a phone designed for those who want to try Mango on a 'risk-free' handset, but it failed to get us excited at all. Although it touts a fantastic screen and a decent camera, the phone's lackluster processor is noticeably slow, and compared to the Nokia Lumia 800, it's certainly not the prettiest of handsets.
HTC Radar News
Finally, Nokia has announced that the Skype Beta is now available in the Windows Phone marketplace The Beta app, available on the Nokia Lumia 710, Lumia 800, HTC Titan and HTC Radar, enables users – as you’d expect – to make free video calls over 3G or WiFi. You’ll also be able to send messages, [...]
A security flaw has been uncovered in devices running Microsoft’s Mango software, whichÂ lets an attacker disable the messaging functions of a handset powered by the company’s latest OS. According to WinRumors, which was made aware of the flaw by reader Khaled Salameh, a malicious text can be sent which stops the messaging facilities on a [...]
Tango – a dedicated video-calling app for Windows Phone devices – Â has finally landed in the Windows Marketplace. Tango delivers free calls over 3G and WiFi between Windows Phone, Android and iOS devices, and is available onÂ Microsoft’s all-new Mango line-up – including the HTC Radar and Samsung Omnia W. Tango has also confirmed that it’ll [...]
Today’s already a good day for Windows Phone fans on the Orange network, as operator has finally started selling theÂ HTC Radar. The HTC Radar, along with the Titan, is one of the first Windows Phone 7.5 handsets to hit the UK, set soon to be joined by the Samsung Omnia W. Â With Mango onboard, the [...]
The HTC Radar and HTC Titan will go on sale in the UK tomorrow, Phones 4u has confirmed to Pocket-lint. The duo of Windows Phones are already available to pre-order online, although you’ll have to go in-store if you want to get bag a phone tomorrow. Expect to cough-up £23.50 per month for the lesser-specced [...]
HTC‘s duo of Windows Phone Mango handsets, the RadarÂ (right) and Titan, have been priced-up on contract, courtesy of UK retailer BuyMobilePhones.net. The phone-shop has prematurely kicked off its pre-orders for the duo of smartphones, ahead of their supposed early-October release date. As you’d expect, the HTC Radar is the cheaper of the pair. Available to [...]
HTC Radar Specifications
120.5mm x 61.5mm x 10.9mm
Full capacitive touch screen
Type: Super LCD
Size: 3.8 inches
Resolution: 480 x 800
Windows Phone 7.5
A-GPS with maps
Up to 14.4 Mbps download speed
Up to 5.76 Mbps upload speed
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Audio: 3.5mm stereo jack
Data: Standard microUSB
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
5.0 megapixel camera
Auto Focus and LED Flash
720p Video Recording
At 30 fps
Front facing camera with video calling
Battery Capacity: 1520 mAh
Talk Time: 420 minutes
Standby Time: 360 hours
Radio: FM with RDS
Audio supported formats
Playback: MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+
Video supported formats
Playback: MP4, WMV, H.264, H.263