HTC Radar review

  • £340

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

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HTC radar

The HTC Radar runs Internet Explorer. Not the yukky old desktop version that was full of rubbish sponsored links and annoying stuff, but a special soupped-up mobile version that is a key part of Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.

And it works really well. Pages load quickly and clearly. It took just a few seconds to bring up the TechRadar home page in full from scratch over Wi-Fi, and although 3G was obviously slower, there wasn't really that much in it.

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Text reflow works a treat, and pages look great either zoomed out or in. Obviously you can't read the text when zoomed out, but you do get a good overview of the page.

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When zoomed right in, you still get a really crisp representation of text, with no jagged lines.

The URL address bar now sits at the bottom of the screen, although we can't see the point to this other than that Microsoft wants to show it's being a bit different. It supports the ability to type in search terms as well as addresses, and uses Bing to search for what exactly you're looking for.

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Bing has been built into the phone from scratch, and it looks beautiful because the results aren't displayed as a Bing web page but as part of the HTC Radar's operating system, offering up web pages, images and local search results.

You can also search from anywhere in the HTC Radar's system by just tapping the search soft key below the screen. In operating systems gone by this would have searched within an application you were running at the time, but now it always defaults to Bing, which streamlines the Windows Phone 7.5 experience even more.

Flash is notable by its absence. Yet again. We're sick of moaning about this but it really is a big gripe considering it works flawlessly on Android smartphones. We didn't see it on the Titan, which we really were upset about, so we would have eaten our hats had we seen it on the HTC Radar. It's a shame really, because this is where Windows Phone could have taken the initiative and come up with a selling point to knock iOS. A wasted opportunity, if ever we saw one.

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Bookmarks are accessed through a menu within the browser, and work as you'd expect. HTC gives you several pre-loaded favourites. You're not able to change the search engine from Bing either, so don't get the HTC Radar if you don't like Microsoft's offering. Not that there's really much in it these days, since Bing is far superior to its predecessor, but it would've been nice to specify otherwise had we so wished.

There's also a voice search facility called Microsoft TellMe, which we tried with mixed results. We'd say it's 90% rubbish and 10% OK. It's obviously given it a go, but Microsoft and others really have their work cut out here. And the fact that Apple has shown what voice search can do with Siri has highlighted this. We like the fact that when you search, you don't just do it by text or voice, but there are also options present to scan QR tags/barcodes or listen to music a'la Shazam. Nice touch, folks.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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 Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
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