The HTC Radar is the latest smartphone to run Windows Phone 7.5, following on from the HTC Titan. With a smooth unibody design, HD video recording and 5MP camera.
The HTC Radar is a stunning piece of hardware. Like most other high-end HTC phones, it has a solid yet attractive unibody aluminium build. What makes it stand out, though, is its all-white color scheme. The white hardware is quite striking against the bold color-block look of Mango.
Measuring 4.74 by 2.42 by 0.43 inches and weighing 4.83 ounces, the Radar won't take up a lot of space in your pocket or bag, nor will it weigh you down. Despite the low price tag, the Radar feels sturdily made and durable.
Windows Phone Mango Is Delicious: For the most part, Mango looks and behaves similarly to the first version of Windows Phone 7, but it offers some very significant additions.
With Mango, you finally get true multitasking with third-party apps, as well as Internet Explorer 9. You can quickly switch among recently used applications by pressing and holding the back button. All of your open apps are elegantly displayed in chronological order based on when you last used them.
In the messaging app, you can easily switch between SMS, Facebook chat, and Windows Live Messenger within the same thread. This concept sounds helpful. But, AIM or Google GTalk integration would be much more useful.
All of your Hubs have been enhanced with sweet new features. For example, the People Hub connects Facebook, Twitter, Outlook, LinkedIn, and Windows Live Messenger in one place, so you don't have to jump from app to app to communicate with your friends and colleagues. You can also group and categorize your contacts based on how you think of them--friends, coworkers, enemies, or whatever.
The Picture Hub now has a tagging system, which simplifies the task of organizing your photos. When you share your photos on Facebook or SkyDrive, the Photo Hub automatically detects any photo of a person and asks whether you want to tag it. It doesn't handle face recognition, however, so it can't perform automatic tagging.
The Bing search engine gets a complete makeover. A new feature called Local Scout uses GPS to recognize where you are and then provides you with hyperlocal search results based on your preferences.
For Example: If you want to find a restaurant, Local Scout will list restaurants in the Eat+Drink guide that lie within a 25-mile radius of your current location.
Music search Using Bing:
Another cool and useful feature in Bing is Music search. Hold your phone up to a speaker, and Bing will identify the track that's playing and give you information about the artist, the song, and where to buy it. Sort of like Shazam on iOS and Android.
Visual search resembles Google Goggles to some extent, except that it's built into the Windows Phone platform. Suppose that you're in a bookstore, you see a book, and you want to know more about it. If you point your phone's camera at the book's cover, Bing will search for reviews, prices, and more information about the book.
And of course, you get all of the great features of Windows Phone 7 such as Microsoft Office (you can create, edit, and view Excel spreadsheets, Word docs, and PowerPoint presentations), XBox Live, and the Zune media player.
The HTC Radar also has a few added apps, including Netflix, Slacker Radio, HTC Watch (for renting videos, a lesser Netflix), and the HTC Hub.
Windows Phone 7 in general is very fresh, interesting and very capable. Windows Phone 7 on HTC Radar is much more smoother and faster at tasks or opening apps.
In best Windows Phone/ Mobile tradition, you get a mobile version of MS Office too — letting you edit and create documents on the move. And praise be, Windows Marketplace is now officially accessible, letting you access and download apps. Oh, and if you are missing HTC's Sense interface, just hit the HTC Hub tile to get the typical HTC Clock and weather, with news and stock updates.
A design that makes you look good:
With People Hub, pull together your contacts and social networks into one place, so you can easily follow them and stay connected. The lively 5 megapixel camera with an F2.2 lens, LED Flash and BSI Sensor lets you capture life’s memorable moments to share instantly with your friends.
Perfect photos in any condition:
The HTC Radar offers a 5 megapixel camera with an F2.2 lens and BSI sensor and gives you an experience beyond what you’d expect from a phone. You’re always active so no matter the circumstance, you’ll always get a high-quality photo to share real-time with your social network.
The HTC Radar fits seamlessly with your life and keeps you in touch with your social network. With Windows Phone “Threads” you can easily switch between Facebook chat, text, and Windows Live Messenger and never miss a beat with your world. And the “Me” tile keeps you one-step close to Facebook check-ins and your friends’ updates on your wall. Also, People Hub pulls together your contacts and social networks into one place, so you can easily follow them and stay connected.
The intuitive HTC Radar knows you will be bored at times, too. The phone has amazing entertainment features that ensure your journeys will fly by. With HTC Watch you can enjoy Hollywood blockbusters at your fingertips. The HTC Radar gives you instant access to millions of tunes at your fingertips with Zune. And you’ll always be in the game with Xbox LIVE built in right on your phone!
HTC Radar Supports the following audio formats: m4a, .m4b, .mp3, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
HTC Radar Supports the following Video formats: Playback:.3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .m4v, .mbr, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9 and VC-1)
HTC Radar Supports the following Recording Format: mp4
(You can only playback a .3gp or .3g2 video if the video is an email attachment or is part of an MMS message.)
Power & Battery Options:
Battery type: Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Capacity: 1520 mAh
- WCDMA: Up to 485 minutes
- GSM: Up to 600 minutes
- Standby time3:
- WCDMA: Up to 535 hours
- GSM: Up to 480 hours
- Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
- 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
The Radar's hardware includes two let downs: Its non removable battery and its limited storage capacity (there's no Micro SD slot)--8GB of ROM and 512MB of RAM.
Fortunately, you get 25GB of free cloud storage via Microsoft SkyDrive, so you can upload some of your photos, videos and music there.
The sound quality of the device was well above average and watching video on it was fun as well. The camera is an exceptional performer in the stills department and the Photo Enhancer app lets you add Instagram-like effects.
There are a few flaws — Bluetooth file transfer still does not work in most cases (please check this option in case if you are buying this mobile), not all tasks resume from where you left them off in multi-tasking mode, not all contacts show up in the messaging application, and apps remain relatively few when compared to iOS and Android — but honestly, we think that Windows Phone 7.5 has arrived as a contender in the smartphone business. And the HTC Radar is a good ambassador for it.