HTC Radar 4G Review

Interface and Functionality:

Granted that it's the first new smartphone being released in the US with Mango preloaded, its hardware specs aren't all that different from first-generation Windows Phones. In fact, it sports a familiar single-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 512 MB of RAM, which isn't anything really new. Nevertheless, it's more than capable of delivering a solid and responsive platform experience – with very few instances of slowdown or lag evident in its operation.

Since we’ve gone through in detailing all of the intricacies and new features found with Windows Phone Mango, there isn’t anything especially new found with HTC Radar 4G. Still, it's worth mentioning that the experience is more refined than what we've previously seen initially out of the gate. From its incorporation of Twitter to its new multitasking aspects, the enhancements are especially gratifying to make the overall platform experience such a joy to use. On top of that, we absolutely love the dynamic approach that Microsoft takes with its Metro UI, which shows its evolution with Mango.


We've always been fond of the keyboard found with Windows Phone, mainly because it's wickedly fast and responsive – with auto-correct properly cleaning up after our mistakes. However, individuals with larger fingers will find its layout still somewhat very cramped, which is profoundly evident by the 3.8” real estate. Then again, the landscape option proves to be moderately better with its spacing.


With Mango preloaded, it holds a few enhancements with the email experience. Showing its deepening functionality, it features a universal inbox system and threaded conversations. Of course, setting up email is a breeze since it only requires your username and password for automatic set up.

Considering that this is a Windows Phone we’re talking about, it packs the usual staple of venerable Office functionality to give users plenty of control in the palm of their hands while editing Word and Excel files. Aside from that, there are very few third party apps preloaded with the smartphone, but we do happen to find Netflix, Slacker Radio, TeleNav GPS Navigator, and T-Mobile TV. Lastly, HTC’s presence is well established in the software front with apps like HTC Hub and HTC Watch on board for the ride.
 




Camera:

Touted highly for its picture taking capabilities, it features a reasonable 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with an f2 .2 lens on board for a larger aperture. Overall, images are more than passable with their sharp details while colors are a little bit on the dull side. In low lighting, it's able to combat digital noise, while retaining its slick visuals. However, its LED flash appears to be only potent up to 5 feet away.




Frankly, its 720p video capture isn't as desirable because details are rather faint and muddy looking – with audio recording a little bit on the scratchy side. Besides those gripes, everything appears to be in tiptop shape, as it features a smooth capture rate of 30 frames per second, realistic looking colors, continuous auto-focus, and clear audio recording.

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Multimedia:

Presenting us with the Zune experience, it's naturally equipped in providing us with a sensual music listening experience. Honestly, it's very hard to not like the whole thing, especially when transition effects and animations are in abundance. As for audio quality with its speaker, it's particularly robust with its output, with no evidence of any strain at the loudest volume setting.


In addition, the HTC Radar 4G handles well in playing a test video that's encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080 resolution. Not only does it play swimmingly fast, but its brilliant looking Super LCD display makes everything pop with great colors and details.


For its price, the 8GB of internal storage is more than warranted, but it may seem inadequate for anyone shooting a lot of multimedia content.

Internet and Connectivity:

We're gladly accepting of the fast data speeds we experience via T-Mobile's 4G HSPA network. Just like before, the overall web browsing experience is gratifying with its responsiveness – even if it lacks Adobe Flash support.


Able to place voice phone calls anywhere around the world, its “4G” speeds are only established through T-Mobile's specific AWS band. On the other hand, it features the typical set of connectivity features like aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality.

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14 Comments

1. santaclaus

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

i still prefer the photos on lumia 800 but at the price point lumia 710 still better than radar so i choose Nokia ! ^_^

15. Leonard-Davis

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

2. SpanishDeveloper

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 25, 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.

5. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

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

6. Nathan

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

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

9. Pdubb

Posts: 249; Member since: Aug 08, 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.

3. redmd

Posts: 1941; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

4. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

7. Nathan

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Its a baby HTC Flyer. xD

8. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

10. Coolaaron88

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 20, 2011

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

12. rayjones09

Posts: 149; Member since: Dec 16, 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.

13. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

14. rigo

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 13, 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
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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