The HTC Radar is their latest mobile featuring the newest Windows Phone 7.5 OS (Mango). The windows experience is improved with Mango featuring a simpler navigation and a new cut and paste feature. Operating off of a 1GHz core processor, the Radar is quick and responsive in virtually every application, window and screen. An excellent all around windows based mobile smart phone, it has a 3.8 inch Super LCD touch screen. Camera, camcorder and music features all run smooth on this device. Both mobile and data connectivity on the HTC Radar are spot on and responsive. A small front facing camera is included for video calling as well. The new Radar will appeal to Windows Phone users and fans.
The HTC Radar running Windows Phone 7.5 is a comfortable and easy mobile to navigate. Navigation through the mobile’s menus and screens via the colourful and vibrant 3.8 inch touch screen is fast and easy. The screen renders in vivid colour at 480 x 800 pixels. The Radar has a unibody construction that is solid and feels quite comfortable in the hand at 127 grams weight. The unibody only allows access to the SIM card through a compartment on the bottom rear of the mobile. This means the battery and memory storage are built-in and can’t be replaced or upgraded by the user. This may be an issue if 6 GB of accessible storage is not enough for your Zune audio collection or documents. The HTC Radar connects with quad-band GSM, dual-band UMTS (3G) as well as EDGE, HSUPA, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and microUSB to PC.
The HTC Radar screen navigation is familiar and quick from the HTC Hub; the experience is similar to HTC’s Sense interface. The Internet browser renders web pages realistically and quickly with pages quite legible. Touch and zoom gestures are standard and react quickly. The windows keyboard is good and quite useable in both portrait and landscape mode.
The auto-focusing 5 MP camera with LED flash on the back of the HTC Radar ships with a couple of new modes: Panorama and Burst. Panorama produces nice vivid panoramic landscape images. Burst mode will snap up to five pictures sequentially in less than two seconds total time! The camcorder records video in full 780p High Definition at 30 fps and playback features virtual surround sound. The camcorder produces realistic colours and smooth video with no lag. The continuous focus is quite good during recording. The Radar is video call capable with a second front facing VGA camera for use with your preferred video calling app.
Music in the HTC Radar is handled, of course, by Microsoft’s Zune audio application. Track and media access are easily accessible while performing other functions on the mobile. Rich tones and simulated stereo are produced by the speaker, but headset listening is fuller and more preferred.
- Band: Quad-band GSM support, 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
- Memory: 512 MB RAM, 8 GB Internal Storage (6 GB User Accessible) (not upgradeable)
- Connections: Bluetooth 2.1, microUSB port; Wi-Fi: Yes, EDGE, Dual band UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA
- Display: 3.8-inch 16.7M-colours, S-LCD
- Camera: 5.0 megapixel, LED Flash
- Dimensions: 120.5 x 61.5 x 10.9 mm
- Weight: 137 grams
- Battery: Li-ion battery (non removable)
- Battery Life in Stand-by Mode: Up to 535 hours (3G)
- Battery Life in Talk Time: Up to 8 hours (3G)
- Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS
- Network support
- Fast Simplified Windows and HTC UI
- Display colours and screen
- Full 720p HD Video Recording
- Battery is built in, non removable
- Storage memory is fixed, not expandable
The revisions made in the Windows Phone 7.5 OS have simplified the smart phone navigation and Windows feature use. The HTC user interface is similar in feel and presentation to their HTC Sense UI so there is no doubt this is an HTC product. HTC have a Windows OS winner in the HTC Radar.