HTC Radar Review - Camera and Interface Review


The camera has the same f2.2

aperture lens with backside-illuminated sensor we saw on the Titan, and if

anything the low-light performance on the Radar was better than on the larger

device, giving bright, clear results in pretty dark conditions.

Backing up the hardware are a

couple of new shooting modes, Panorama and Burst Shooting. Both are very easy

to use with only one press of the shutter button needed for both and on-screen

guidelines telling you where to point the camera.

Looking at the interior of

the phone, it is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor backed-up by a

rather measly 512MB of RAM. Internal storage of 8GB is available but no possibility

of expansion via microSD card. The Radar has a 1520mAh battery promising up to

10 hours talk time – though we’ll have to wait for the full review to check that


As we said with the Titan,

the Mango software experience will be pretty uniform across all new WP7 devices,

thanks to Microsoft’s strict guidelines. They have allowed a couple more

pre-installed apps from manufacturers this time round though, and HTC is hoping its

offerings will help differentiate it.

The two most prominent apps

are the updated HTC Hub and the brand new HTC Watch. The Hub is where users can

go to get all their social networking updates in one place, plus news, stock

market prices and much more. It’s a slick app, though we did notice a delay in

the content loading, which could be down to the lack of RAM (though admittedly the Wi-Fi connection at the launch event was not lightening fast either).

HTC Watch, which we first

saw on the Sensation, will give users of the Radar access to thousands of TV

shows and films, but how many will want to pay for the films to watch on the 3.8in

screen is debatable.

The Radar, which will come in Active White or Metal Grey, is a phone which

has all the basics in place: decent screen, five megapixel camera, WP7 Mango

software and a nice aluminium unibody feel. The problem is that we’ve seen

this dozens of times before with Android and 1st gen Windows Phone handsets 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12-18 months out of date.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 that slips under many people’s Radar.