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.
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.
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.
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.