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HTC Radar 4G Video Review

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Carrier: T-Mobile
Manufacturer: HTC
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What's hot: Attractive, well-made and affordable Windows Phone.

What's not: Limited storage for serious music folks, battery not user replaceable.


Reviewed December 5, 2011 by , Editor in Chief (twitter: @lisagade)

The HTC Radar 4G is T-Mobile's first Windows Phone 7.5 Mango smartphone. This is a second generation Windows Phone with middle of the road specs and a price to match. It's $99 with contract and it has a 1GHz second gen Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU with 8 gigs of storage and HSPA+ 4G. The phone has a front video chat camera that works with Tango and a rear 5 megapixel camera with a fast f2.2 lens with an illuminated backlit sensor.

HTC Radar 4G

Though the Radar isn't expensive by smartphone standards, it gets HTC's high end unibody aluminum treatment, and the phone looks like a miniature HTC Flyer. The color scheme (white and silver) looks good and sets the Flyer apart from the hoard of uniform black rectangular slabs on the market. The drawback of the unibody design is that the 1520 mAh Lithium Ion battery isn't removable. You get access to the SIM card slot and nothing more when removing the small plastic endcap that also houses antennas.

HTC Radar 4G

Despite the not class leading 1GHz clock speed. The second gen Samsung Focus Flash, Focus S and HTC Titan get 1.4 to 1.5GHz Snapdragon CPUs. The real gotcha is the 8 gigs of internal storage with 6.5 gigs free. If you're a music fanatic ready to go to town with your fresh new Zune pass, or a Mac user looking to sync lots of iTunes music via Windows Phone 7 Connector, keep this in mind. With the exception of the last generation Samsung Focus, there's no microSD expansion card slot in Windows Phones (due to file system and media DRM management complexities). That means you can't expand the Radar 4G's storage.

HTC Radar 4G


HTC Radar 4G


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The HTC Radar 4G looked pretty good for the $99 with contract price tag when it first came out. But the new Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone on T-Mobile gives it a serious run for the money, so be sure to look at the Lumia 710 as well. We like the Radar 4G's sturdy build, bright display and elegant unibody design. We wish the battery were user replaceable though.


Price: $99 with a 2 year contract, $399 without contract.



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Display: 3.8" capacitive multi-touch display. Resolution: 800 x 480, supports both portrait and landscape modes. Has an accelerometer and an ambient light sensor.

Battery: Lithium Ion rechargeable. Battery is not user replaceable. 1520 mAh.

Performance: 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 CPU with Adreno 205 graphics. 512 megs of RAM and 8 gigs internal storage with 6.5 gigs available.

Size: 4.74 x 2.42 x 0.43 inches. Weight: 4.83 ounces.

Phone: GSM quad band with quad band 3G and 4G HSPA+ (850/1700/1900/2100MHz bands).

Camera: VGA front camera and 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and F2.2 lens.

Audio: Built in speaker, mic and 3.5mm standard stereo headphone jack.

Networking: Integrated WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo.

Software: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. Standard apps include IE 9 Mobile, MS Office Mobile, PIM apps, Messaging, Email, Calculator, Photo viewer, Marketplace (apps), Zune Music and Video, XBOX Live and Bing Search/Maps. Other software: T-Mobile TV, Slacker Radio and Netflix.

Expansion: None.


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