Radar is an addition to the HTC Smartphone category. It is nice to see its design & white build slim body, having a decent 3.8 inch display. Let’s come to its features, which are offered with this pretty handset.
HTC is well known for making stylish and feature rich Smartphone. This time with Radar the same theory is applied. The major advantage is its OS, Windows phone 7.5 OS a.k.a. I think it is HTC’s new endeavour to challenge Apple iPhone 4. Yes seriously, I am not joking. If we look on some features of the both, a lot of similarities can be seen. Well we’ll talk about them later.
Let’s first consider about HTC Radar. The Radar uses Windows Phone 7’s default metro UI. The touch screen is finger friendly. If we swipe finger on the right of the home screen, it will show the apps arranged alphabetically. There is also a people tab, where swiping results revealing recently accessed contacts. We can also see the activities by the contacts here. This people tab comes with Facebook, Twitter and LinkesIn integrated together. So all the social activities can be viewed on one tab.
As far as mailing is concerned, the Radar is no behind. Settings for Windows Live, Outlook, Yahoo! Mail & Gmail are preloaded. POP & IMAP accounts are supported, so we can import all emails from different service providers into one linked inbox.
The Radar has a 5.0-megapixel auto focus camera. It has LED flash support. So decent pictures can be easily taken in both dark & light conditions. On the bottom of the right hand size, there is a physical camera key present for easily accessing camera. The 5.0-megapixel camera not only take good still pictures, but also can record videos in 720p.
The sound quality of this set is very good & so of its headset. Interestingly FM Radio is present in this, which is not found in a number of smart phones.
But its battery is not up to the mark. It has Li-Po 4400 mAh battery, which is claimed to last up to 10 hours of talk time. It has 3G connectivity & supports HSDPA & HSUPA.
Verdict: After viewing this phone from many angles it seems that, this phone is worth buying though there are some drawbacks.
- No flash support for browser
- You have to unlock the screen to receive calls
- Cut-Paste option is absent
- Running tasks can be viewed but can’t be stopped
- Wi-Fi hotspots can only be shared with 5 persons
- File transfer through Bluetooth is not supported
- Its internal 5Gb Memory can’t be extended by micro-SD
Besides all these, there are a lot of “+” points:
- Windows Phone 7.5 OS
- 5.0-megapixel auto focus camera
- Capable of capturing videos at 720p
- E-mail client is user friendly
- Supports multi touch
- Can play YouTube videos without flash support
- 1 GHz processor
- HTC Radar, SIM free, £290 @ Carphone Warehouse (mobot.net)
- HTC Radar lands at Canada’s Videotron; Could be yours for $399.95 sans any contract (intomobile.com)
- HTC Radar 4G to Be Launched Via Canadian Videotron on March 7 (htcphones.net)
- HTC Radar set to arrive at Wind Mobile Canada on February 21 (unwiredview.com)
- HTC Radar 4G Now on “Coming Soon” at Videotron (news.softpedia.com)
- HTC Titan Cradle and HTC Radar Cradle Available at Expansys US (htcphones.net)
- HTC Radar Available at Wind Mobile (htcphones.net)
- HTC Radar Windows Phone now available at SaskTel in Canada, prices start at $49.99 (unwiredview.com)
- The HTC Radar 4G is now available for order on SaskTel Canada (smartphoneweave.blogspot.com)
- Wednesday Deals: Apple iPhone 4S, Nokia Lumia 710, HTC Radar and more (recombu.com)
- SaskTel Offering HTC Radar 4G (htcphones.net)