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HTC Radar 4G Review

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HTC Radar 4G Review
Just like what we enjoyed with the European model, calling quality is particularly robust thanks to its spot-on clarity and noise free audio quality. Again, we find its speakerphone quality to be similar, but its audio output is moderate at best.

In our time testing out the HTC Radar 4G, signal strength appears to be solid in high coverage areas – and it didn't drop any phone calls.

If you happen to be a chatterbox, you'll find the 9.8 hours of talk time we're able to get more than sufficient – though, it's shy of the 10 hours of talk rated by the manufacturer. Otherwise, its real-world battery performance is average, as we're able to get a solid one day of normal usage.


Conclusion:

For a good while there now, there wasn't anything particularly interesting out of the Windows Phone camp, but thankfully enough, the HTC Radar 4G comes off as being a good starting point for the new crop of Mango devices. Rather than coming to the table with something extravagant, it's blissfully one enticing handset for the price. In addition, its $99.99 on-contract price is remarkably warranted, but then again, you can still save up the money for something else bigger and better down the road.

OS Version: 7.10.7720.68

HTC Radar 4G Review:



Pros

  • Premium build and construction
  • Smooth performance

Cons

  • Specs are last generation
  • Videos are rather dull looking
PhoneArena rating:
7.5
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posted on 31 Oct 2011, 03:17 3

1. santaclaus (Posts: 52; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


i still prefer the photos on lumia 800 but at the price point lumia 710 still better than radar

so i choose Nokia ! ^_^

posted on 18 Apr 2012, 05:07 1

15. Leonard-Davis (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


I was an early Android adopter. I bought the very first Android phone that hit the market, and the HTC Radar was my replacement.

The user interface is silky-smooth. No lag, no stuttering. Instant feedback. My android device was always jerky, laggy, and stuttering. I recently stopped in an ATT store to check out the latest top-end Android phones. Same problem.

With gentle use, I can get THREE DAYS of battery life! I don't know anyone with a smart phone that can match the battery life of my Radar. When I go on weekend road trips, I don't plug the phone in. Ever. Not in the car, not in the hotel. It works until I get home. Everyone else is scrambling for their chargers on the first day! My old HTC Dream was lucky to make it through 12 hours on one battery!

The body is solid. I've dropped this thing on concrete and pavement multiple times while holding it, and no damage. It has a few scratches in the plastic. The solid metal body is still flawless.

I am not wild about the camera. I've taken identical shots with other smart phones, and compared the results. My Radar shows more noise than the other phones. This is using all default settings - I haven't played with the ISO of the camera or anything.

The Radar might have "last year's hardware" in it. That's fine by me - it's fast enough for everything I've done, and the battery life makes it worthwhile. Lastly, it's a PHONE. It's not a high end computer. I don't want or need a multi-core processor running at a blistering clock speed. I'm not using this thing for number crunching. It's a phone not a super computer! A phone shouldn't NEED that kind of hardware just to provide a great user experience.

How about Windows itself? I like it. Live Tiles area great. It's incredibly simple and easy to use. There are few apps missing, that I'd like to see (Words with Friends).

I've had the phone since it launched, several months ago. Overall, I am extremely happy with the purchase.

*Note, if you're will buy this HTC Radar 4G, I suggest you have to check for best deal before you decide at: Amz4deals.info/HTC-Radar-4G

Hope this helps.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 03:29 3

2. SpanishDeveloper (Posts: 43; Member since: 25 Aug 2011)


Yeah, I agree with you Dear Santa Claus (lol)

I'm almost sure that I will buy the brand new Nokia Lumia 800 instead of another Windows Phone Smartphone.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 10:38 2

5. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


The Nokia Lumia 800 is a WP7 smartphone...?

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 15:07 2

6. Nathan (Posts: 84; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


You can either get it in Windows Phone 7.5 OS or Meego OS.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 09:53 1

9. Pdubb (Posts: 239; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)


That's not the same phone. The Meego flavored phone is called the N9 and it has different specs than the WP7 model. It even has a ffc and a bigger screen. Definitely not the same phone even though they look similar.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 04:59 2

3. redmd (Posts: 857; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


" you can still save
up the money for something else bigger and better down
the road."

i miss those times when PA reviews actually name the alternatives.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 05:14

4. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Bigger and better? What? IPhone?
It's a quite good mid range phone. For most users...what else could they possibly want from phone?
Good phone. Period.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 15:08 3

7. Nathan (Posts: 84; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


Its a baby HTC Flyer. xD

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 22:12 1

8. snowgator (Posts: 3187; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


You know, there are a ton of mid-range Androids still coming out with single core processors and lower specs. Can not recall those being referred to as "specs are last generation" in the cons section. This is a mid-range phone. I agree it is a strange offering to try and kick off the Mango Generation. I am okay with the review, but as in the European model it seems like a very positive review to get a rating below 8.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 22:36 1

10. Coolaaron88 (Posts: 6; Member since: 20 Jun 2011)


The difference is that all of the Windows Phones that come out that are mid or high end dont lag

posted on 28 Nov 2011, 23:47

12. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


I actually love this phone. It's small but so enticing I must say. I can't put it down when I use it. However I must ask, where is the HTC Titan review? There is no review of it all here and I'm waiting on Phonearena. I favor their reviews the most.

posted on 30 Nov 2011, 06:44 1

13. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Don't get it.
Silky smooth performance but in cons I can see: outdated specs.
If it works silky smooth and is great in daily basis who cares about specs?????
Get a t-shirt "I got dual core and 1 gig of ram".
That's the way you're looking at phones.
And it's sad. And stupid.

posted on 11 Dec 2011, 23:36

14. rigo (Posts: 8; Member since: 13 Jan 2010)


really like this phone more than I had thought, this is really the perfect size, and works great with Mango already install this is already up there with the Iphone,......would have been nice if MS or even HTC would have come out with an app for the front camera just like Apple's face time...also a dual core would have been nice, even feel guilty for negecting my Nexus One,.... bad boy" hope the next update gets some more animations.......
thank you

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HTC Radar

HTC Radar

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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Display3.8 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (246 ppi) S-LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.74 x 2.42 x 0.43 inches
(120.5 x 61.5 x 10.9 mm)
4.83 oz  (137 g)
Battery1520 mAh, 10 hours talk time

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