HTC Radar review

Could the Titan's little brother bring Mango to the masses?

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HTC radar

So HTC has pipped Nokia to the post here with not one, but two Windows Phone 7.5 smartphones up for grabs first. And although Android may have been HTC's bread and butter for the last few years, it's clear that it wants to keep its fingers in both pies.

The HTC Radar certainly looks pretty, and right now it's a straight tie between the Titan and the Radar from HTC's offerings. Which sells best depends on how much you value the camera and/or screen size, because that's all that really separates them. That and the £100+ price difference

We liked

The HTC Radar is a good, solid business handset with media offerings on top. It's more budget than the Titan but the software is 99.9% identical. Great Exchange integration, a not-too-shabby camera and top-notch battery life give it a big thumbs up.

We disliked

But it's also a contradiction in itself. How can you create a phone with great media potential that has such paltry storage space? Why would you make it so that the battery can't be removed and replaced? It's like HTC is deliberately trying to cripple its own product here. And while Exchange and Live users are OK, we find it difficult to excuse the obvious disregard for Google Mail and Calendar users.

Final verdict

We would love it if we could divide this review into two parts: one for the HTC Radar's build and calls and one for the operating system. Unfortunately we can't, so this all has to be mixed in together, which is why we're only able to give the HTC Radar 3.5 stars out of 5.

The build is top notch, and it feels like a good, solid device. But HTC's rubbish memory allowance and lack of battery is just too much for us. And the operating system is full of issues that should have been ironed out yet still rear their heads (Facebook chat still not working properly, Watch not working and so on).

If it's a straight choice between the HTC Titan and the HTC Radar, we'd recommend the HTC Radar every time, because it's so much better in terms of value for money.

But it still feels like a work in progress and, despite the fact we know this will upset Windows fans, we can't help feeling that it'd be better to wait for the next crop of handsets or updates before committing. After all, two years is a long time to be tied into a contract and Windows Phone is not a new platform any more, by any stretch of the imagination.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
ColourMetal Gray
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time10 Hour
Product ModelRadar
Screen Size9.7 cm (3.8")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)13 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 7.5
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density246 ppi
Height120.5 mm
Width61.5 mm
Depth10.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time480 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameRadar Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeG-sensor, Gyro Sensor, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HPF002-00
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Real-time close

The HTC Radar is the intuitive phone that keeps it all on your radar and lets you get real-time close...with everything. Crafted from a single piece of metal, it offers a premium design. 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.

Limited Warranty1 Year