HTC Radar review

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

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HTC radar review

The HTC Radar camera is a 5MP jobby - not the most cutting edge of lenses, but pretty average and acceptable compared to much of what's around at the moment at this level. The HTC Titan, like the iPhone 4S, has an 8MP snapper, but that's obviously aiming for a higher market place.

As if to make up for the lack of megapixels, HTC spouts out specs such as f/2.2 lens and BSI sensor, which sound like a load of marketing guff but do help in the overall picture-taking process and make the end results worthy of a print. HTC has form when it comes to including decent cameras, and that hasn't been forgotten on the HTC Radar.

Firstly, having a camera button helps. You don't have to fiddle around with getting your grip on the phone a certain way or digging through menus that may be hard to see on a bright day. Wherever in the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system you may be, a long press on the camera button will take you into the camera screen.

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It's fairly basic on the surface, with buttons to just switch to front-facing mode or video. But when you get into the menu you're given a plethora of scene modes (providing Auto isn't to your taste, which - for the majority of people - it will be), plus a panoramic mode, options to control ISO levels, face detection and (our favourite), the option to switch to burst photography to take five photos in quick succession.

Ideally, this would be at hand on the main screen, because you may want to take a few bunches of pap-style pictures in one go without having to delve into the menu, but as it is, you can't do it that way.

The HTC Radar's LED can be set to on, off or auto, and thankfully HTC has fixed the bug we encountered on the Titan where the light didn't do as it was told, which we're glad to see. It's a really bright LED light (we're talking temporary blindness territory) and as such, shots taken in the dark come out very well.

Autofocus kicks in with a half press on the camera button, and performs as it should. We're suitably impressed with what we're given here, and, while 5MP may sound fairly pedestrian on paper, it's a good effort by HTC.

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Autofocus is spot on and excels in bright daylight

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Autofocus works just as well in an indoor setting

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Even text can be clearly picked out with the autofocus without pain

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Some close-up subjects can look ever so mildly out of focus when transferred to a computer

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Similarly, some foreground subjects can also look blurred in full-size

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Taking photos in darkness isn't ideal, unless you can keep your hand as still as a corpse

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But that flash is blinding and will illuminate even the darkest subject brilliantly

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The camera copes well in mixed light situations

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Daylight photos look great, albeit a little colder than they perhaps could have done.

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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