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HTC Radar

David Gilbert



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Review Price to be confirmed

Key Features: 3.8in 480x800 LCD display; 1GHz Snapdragon processor; 5 megapixel camera w/ f2.2 lens; Windows Phone 7 Mango OS

Manufacturer: HTC

As we have seen with the HTC Titan, the Taiwanese manufacturer is certainly betting on the fact that WP7 has a bright future. While the Titan is the flagship model in the new Mango line-up from HTC, the Radar is very much the underling.

On first viewing the HTC Radar looks a lot like a run-of-the-mill Android phone which HTC has been producing in the last couple of years. Part Desire, part Wildfire, the design of the Radar is completely underwhelming.

HTC Radar 2

The Radar has a 3.8in LCD touchscreen with a WVGA resolution of 480x800 pixels. This makes for a nice bright display though viewing angles were only average, and certainly not as good as those on the Titan. Moreover, the 480x800 resolution is the minimum require by Microsoft for its phones, so why HTC didn't go for a better screen on either the Radar or Titan is perplexing.

The phone measures 120.5 x 61.5 x 10.9mm, though in the hand it certainly felt a lot chunkier. It weighs 137g and felt solid and comfortable while we were handling it – which owes much to the aluminium unibody design.

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Below the screen sit the ubiquitous WP7 buttons, which in this case are capacitive touch sensitive, and a rather large 'triple-chin' bezel which does nothing for the look of the phone. Above the screen sits a VGA-quality front-facing camera for soon-to-be supported Skype video calls.

Looking around the sides, the left-hand-side is home to a microUSB port for charging while on top there is a 3.5mm headphone jack and the power button. Meanwhile the right is home to the volume rocker and the physical shutter button for the camera.

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The rear of the phone is a three-tone effort we’re used to seeing on HTC's Android devices with a five megapixel camera sitting between an LED flash and a speaker grille.

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September 2, 2011, 5:56 pm

"The problem is that we've seen this dozens of times before with Android phones and the Radar looks as if it's 12-18 months out of date. Add to that the slowish processor and low RAM, and it could be a phone which isn't on anybody's Radar."

It's quite obvious that this is not a top-of-the-range device, so it will either find a market based upon how competitively it is priced, or it will not sell. As pricing will not be known until later, the instant dismissal of this device having any merit is disappointing.

David Gilbert

September 2, 2011, 6:46 pm

I don't feel as if I've completely dismissed the Radar, but rather pointed out the good and bad points of the handset on first viewing. Obviously pricing is going to be a key aspect of how successful this phone is, but my point was that even if it's at the price of a phone like the San Francisco (which it won't be), there is very little reason on the face of it to choose it over a comparable Android device. I may completely change my mind when we review the phone, but on initial impression, it failed to impress.


September 2, 2011, 8:28 pm

Definitely agree that there was an overly-dismissive tone regarding the specs of this phone.

As long as it's priced well, there's no reason that it shouldn't be competitive.

Denis iii

September 5, 2011, 2:51 am

+1 to both previous comments.
Looks good, nice camera and features, cool design and the single core is more then enough for a sprightly enjoyable WinPho7 experience.
This is the last straw for me, byebye non-TR, I don't know what happened but I'm breaking up with you.

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