HTC Radar review

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HTC radar review

The HTC Radar ships with a respectable 1520mAh battery. Remember this isn't a dual core smartphone, so for a 1GHz processor and average-sized screen, this should see you through a day of use comfortably.

HTC claims you'll get 485 minutes of talktime on WCDMA 3G or 600 minutes on GSM, and 535 hours of standby time on WCDMA or 480 hours on GSM, but this is always dependent on so many factors including where you are, signal strength and so on.

We took the HTC Radar off a charge at 7am and spent about 20 minutes fiddling with various settings and catching up on Twitter. Over the course of the next few hours, we sent more than 30 emails, a couple of texts and made a 21 minute phone call. Mid afternoon, we went running for 90 minutes with the RunKeeper app going, and listened to the FM radio for about half an hour in the early evening.

The HTC Radar kept going, and even by 10pm it still had about a third of its battery left. We didn't use it much the following day and it managed to last until lunchtime before conking out.

Our impression from this is that if you're a power user, you'll probably just make it through the day. But if you're a light user, you'll get so much longer out of it. However, remember that the battery isn't removable, so if you do get caught short, you could be in trouble.

HTC radar

All of the usual suspects are on board connectivity wise: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (which we seemed to be unable to use to send or receive files, bizarrely) and GPS. DLNA is catered for, as it is on most handsets these days, but there's no NFC chip. We won't rue that too much, since it's not really caught on yet. Only BlackBerry seems to be religiously pushing this at the moment.

3G works well, and internet pages loaded quickly with no fuss. Wi-Fi boosted those speeds even more. You can also use it to tether to your computer if you wish, but remember that your service provider may see dollar signs in its eyes if you do. GPS was fine, and got a lock reasonably quickly. It wasn't so quick that we were bowled over, nor was it so slow that we noticed.


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