HTC Radar Review
The HTC Radar comes equipped with a 5MP autofocus camera with a single LED flash. Despite this sounding lackluster, we’re pleased to see an f2.2 aperture on the HTC Radar’s lens and the inclusion of touch to focus capture as well as a range of modes such as panorama, burst shot, face detection and effects.
Photos taken on the handset offer a good level of detail for the most part, and while with the HTC Trophy and the HTC HD7 autofocus was hit and miss, HTC have managed to iron out any kinks. Color reproduction is accurate for the most part, if slightly dull. Contrast levels are again a touch too dull for our liking. With no flash, the camera handles noise pretty well, probably thanks to the aperture, easily better than the Trophy or Mozart but nowhere near as good as the Nokia N8 for example. Fire up the single LED flash and the phone gets a little boost in the night time and indoor snapping department, however nothing powerful enough to light up a room or a subject more than a couple of meters away. Macro shots take full advantage of the new touch to focus feature delivering decent results and speedy focus, while panorama delivers a great interface and the burst mode offers 5 full resolution shots at between 3 and 5 fps.
720p HD video performs well overall. Videos captured on the HTC Radar also play back pretty smoothly and should suffice for most day to day needs. While it can take a bit of time to correct for exposure changes, one thing we were pleased with was the continuous focusing as you'll see from the sample video, especially the detail in the macro portion.
HTC Radar Sample Video:
With Zune on board, the music experience is tightly integrated by a slick, simple to get to grips with system. Audio quality is above average and the Dolby Mobile and SRS offer a great range of output options.
When it comes to videos, the Zune software integration lends to compensate for the lack of codec support on the HTC Radar. The phone will play MPEG-4 and WMV files, and the Zune software will convert other video formats automatically which is handy. That said, it will leave you waiting a while for your video files to sync. Watching these on the HTC Radar is generally comfortable. While not as visually immersive as on on a larger screen, with a decent picture and Dolby Mobile and SRS, the overall experience gets a thumbs up.
Thanks to HTC, you can also rent films on the go through their Watch service which allows you to download movies straight to your phone while taking full advantage of the audio enhancements.