I recently bought a HTC Radar with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango and would like to bring to you my own little review of the device. I recently wrote a post about Windows Mango where I mentioned that I would buy a HTC Titan. Well I ended up with the HTC Radar instead because I think the Titan is too big for a phone and because the HTC radar also is cheaper. After about a week with the HTC Radar I have no regrets about that decision.
My first impression of the HTC Radar
My first impression of the phone was very good. It good a really great LCD screen with great contrast. The touch screen reacts very fast and precise and it seems that the 1 GHz processor has no problems to deliver the power needed to make it a great experience to use the phone. The Mango start screen is really working great. You got all what you need in one screen: E-mail, SMS, pictures, contacts, Browser (IE9), calendar, marketplace and more. If you are missing an app on your start page you can easily add it to the start screen and rearrange if you like.
My HTC Radar
I am not sure that it will be the same all over the world, but here is what was in the package of my HTC Radar:
- The Phone itself
- 1 Power adapter
- 1 USB cable (Used both for data and when charging the phone)
- Headphones with built-in FM radio antenna
- A stack of a warranty papers for the trash can (I guess the need to be there)
No driver CD’s or manuals included you will have to download that yourself.
But wait, how about Apps for Windows Mango?
With the release of Windows phone 7.5 Mango Microsoft have launched a new Marketplace where you can get Apps just like you know it from Apples App Store. The Windows marketplace does of cause not yet have 500.000 apps as Apple does, but according to Winrumors the marketplace already have reach the 35.000 mark. My guess is that this number will increase fast as more people gets Windows Mango phones in their hands and because Microsoft is doing a lot to get developers around the world to start making apps for their new phone OS. Here is a couple of approaches Microsoft has made to increase the number of apps in the Marketplace:
- Microsoft and Nokia are giving out 25,000 Windows Phones to developers
- Microsoft teams up with Klout to give away 500 Windows Phones
- Microsoft India To Give Away Windows Phone Devices To Student Developers
What has impressed me most about the HTC Radar
- Great look and feel
- Great screen, great colors and very good touch functions
- Quick response
- For a brand new Phone OS more than 35.000 apps is pretty well I think and I have been able to find most of the one I was looking for.
- Great multitasking capabilities make it possible to jump between active programs. That is working a lot better than their earlier versions of Windows Phone.
- Very well integrated with the Windows Live, SkyDrive, Twitter and other online services.
The downside about HTC Radar
- It is a bit hard to hit the right letters on the Keyboard (Maybe I just need to get used to it)
- No application for Contact management/sync. It can’t even Sync with your desktop Outlook. I needed to import all my contacts to my online Google Account to import them!!
- No file Explorer to manage files – I really miss this feature that I have had on all my phones in the past.
- Non-removable battery (When the battery is death the phone is death)
- The Local Scout service only works in the U.S
HTC Radar Specifications:
2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network: HSDPA900 / 2100
Dimensions: 120.5 x 61.5 x 10.9 mm
Weight: 137 g
Type: S-LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size: 480 x 800 pixels, 3.8 inches
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Gyroscope sensor
- Multi-touch input method
Alert types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack: Yes
Phonebook: Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records: Practically unlimited
Internal: 8GB storage, 512 MB RAM
Card slot: No
3G: HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA
Bluetooth: Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
Infrared port: No
USB: Yes, microUSB v2.0
Primary: 5 MP, 2560х1920 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Video: Yes, 720p@30fps
Secondary: Yes, VGA
OS: Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
CPU: 1 GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon chipset
Messaging: SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Radio: Stereo FM radio with RDS
Colors: Active White, Metal Silver
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS support; Bing Maps
Standard battery, Li-Ion 1520 mAh
Stand-by: Up to 360 h (2G) / Up to 330 h (3G)
Talk time: Up to 5 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 7 h (3G)
Now this was all from me for now. I will properly make a couple of follow-up post about the Windows Phone Mango OS in the next couple of weeks as I get more experience with it. Until then I would like to hear what you think about the HTC Radar? Please drop me a comment below.