HTC Radar Hands-on

HTC Radar Hands-on
With little more than a whisper, Windows Phone 7.5 (aka Mango) hit the market, and on a Fujitsu handset no less. Going back in time further, since the Mango unveiling by Microsoft all those months ago, things have been very low key over at Redmond in terms of publicity. Things however are about to change as it's the turn of the hardware manufacturers to let their new releases out of the bag and get some Mango back on the radar, literally. HTC is at the front of the pack with two contrasting handsets – the HTC Radar and HTC Titan. The more mainstream one of both, the Radar, is being a reliable, tried and tested combination of specs and screen size.

Lets start by talking you through the blips on HTC's Radar, the manufacturer's mid-range contender whose styling borrows heavily from the HTC Flyer while its spec sheet borrows from, well, the HTC Trophy unfortunately, with a few welcome improvements to the camera and industrial design. For starters, the handset couples a 3.8" LCD display with WVGA resolution. There's a 1GHz Qualcomm processor along with 512 MB RAM and 8GB of internal memory on-board. All sounding pretty uninspiring thus far? Well don't write off the HTC Radar just yet, above and beyond having Mango out of the box, HTC has included an f/2.2 lens as found on the myTouch 4G slide to the Radar's 5MP camera, improving results specifically when shooting in low-light (check our first samples with the Radar). The styling of the HTC Radar will divide critics in much the same way most white phones tend to, however the handset's unibody construction is undeniably solid and rich to the touch. So while HTC's Radar isn't going to blow anyone over with its specs, if the price is right, it could end up being a popular mid-range device for HTC.

The HTC Radar (in white) and the HTC Titan (in black)
The HTC Radar (in white) and the HTC Titan (in black)
The HTC Radar (in white) and the HTC Titan (in black)

The HTC Radar (in white) and the HTC Titan (in black)


We'll wrap up by highlighting a few software features HTC has hard-wired into the Mango-running Radar. For starters, HTC Hubs has a more 'HTC Sense' like feel, giving you access to weather, RSS feeds and stocks all through a horizontal swiping mechanism across a series of widget-like screens. Connected media has also been added offering DLNA functionality, as has HTC Watch, enabling movies purchased through the service to be shared across multiple HTC devices using the same account. All of these, when coupled with the knowledge that HTC is making somewhat extreme hardware, clearly demonstrate the Taiwanese manufacturer's determination to stand out in the ensuing Windows Phone 7 wars, especially in the wake of Nokia's next move. Have they done enough? Only time will tell. As of now, sadly, information about the eventual release date and pricing for the Radar is unavailable, but we hope that the manufacturer will soon announce such.

With the HTC Sensation (left)

With the HTC Sensation (left)

HTC Radar Hands-on
Next to HTC Flyer (left)

Next to HTC Flyer (left)



HTC Titan and Radar Hands-on:



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Radar
  • Display 3.8" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 1520 mAh(8.08h 3G talk time)

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19 Comments

1. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Looks just like the rest of the WP7's nothing exiting here.

2. cj100570

Posts: 204; Member since: May 12, 2009

Exactly!

10. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

Way more exiting than the crap bada os

11. HeyBadaBadaSwingBadaBada

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Mango is looking sleek :)

17. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

: P Don't you have anything better to do in life ? Shall i get a WP7 logo with a sign like that on top, how nice is that man ?

19. ReturningToNokia

Posts: 130; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

@Peterlfromsweden...Don't YOU have anything better to do in life? Again, you are first to post on a WP article, and continuing with disparging comments about the OS. Why don't you challenge yourself - No more posting on WP articles!

20. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I can post on WP7 articles as much as i like. I'm interested to see what happens to WP7.

3. lubbalots unregistered

At least they don't look like Apple wannabes.

4. lubbalots unregistered

First sued for its design, next will probably be the OS itself, bada. Oh Samsung, how you love to copy. Fame and fortune without talent.

5. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Waaaaaay of topic man. bada doesn't look anything like IOS at all. Where are the widgets on IOS ? pull down notification bar ? yeah apple copied that one from Samsung / Android.

6. lubbalots unregistered

At the end of the day, still trying to be what your not. And for copying, we know who's winning the battle so far.

7. g unregistered

And the ugliest UI in the world just ruined a couple of upcoming phones - meh Windows Phone.

8. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

AGREE !!!

12. HeyBadaBadaSwingBadaBada

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

DISAGREE!!!!

14. purple unregistered

disagree too! someday you will admit wp7 victory over bada.

18. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

You will see in 1 year that bada still will have more market share than WP7.

9. lubbalots unregistered

Ugly to fanboys but beautifully sexy to others yet not sloppy nor complicated.

13. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Why is the white one so ugly? come on people

16. Pae unregistered

I'm very worry about battery performance.

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