HTC Radar 4G...One classy phone
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HTC Radar 4G…One classy phone

Out of the box the HTC Radar is a really good looking device.  It is a stunning piece of hardware. Like most other high-end HTC phones, it has a solid yet attractive unibody aluminum build. What makes it stand out, though, is its all-white color scheme. The white hardware is quite striking against the bold color-block look of Microsoft Phone 7.5 Mango.

Up front, you get a 3.8-inch WVGA (480×800) touch screen. With more and more smartphones featuring displays that measure 4 inches or larger, the Radar’s screen might seem small to some…it didn’t provide the best video viewing experience. That said, I found it fine for everything else..reading email and surfing the web was quite comfortable with this screen..which by the way, is slightly larger than the current iPhone 4S. It is really comfortable in the hand..a solid feel but not heavy at 4.8 ounces.

The HTC Radar 4G ships running Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, which brings such improvements as Twitter integration in the People hub, threaded messaging, multitasking, and a more robust Bing search engine.

Though Microsoft restricts most customization by OEMs and carriers, they can still add some limited flair. For example, the Radar features the HTC hub, where HTC fans can find the company’s clock and weather widget, featured apps, and news and stock feeds. There is also HTC Watch..a video store with some pretty good selections.

Touch response is excellent..scrolling is at least as smooth as the iPhone and apps open quickly and run smoothly. This despite the 1G 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor single-core processor in keeping with Microsoft’s strict spec for Windows phone. However, as long as it performs well which it does, there is no call for CPU envy. The Radar’s hardware does includes two letdowns: Its non-removable battery and its limited storage capacity (there’s no microSD slot)–8GB of ROM and 512MB of RAM. Fortunately, there is 25GB of free cloud storage via Microsoft SkyDrive, so you can store some of your photos, videos and music there. And speaking of photos and videos..the Radar 4G’s camera shoots average videos at 720p but displays tearing and artifacts when panning. The still camera takes very good pictures under most lighting conditions.

My sample unit operates on Videotron’s 4G network and I found the call quality to be excellent both ways and data speeds ranged from average (3.5mbs) to spectacular (18.5mbs) depending on time of day and proximity to a Videotron tower.

Regulars know that Windows Phone is not my favourite phone OS but combined with this exceptional phone from HTC it makes for a perfect entry level smartphone for someone moving up from an old flip phone or feature phone

The HTC Radar 4g is available from Videotron at $89.95 with a $40 monthly plan, from Wind Mobile at $99 with a $40 plan and from SaskTel at a bargain 24.99 with a voice and date plan. In the US, T-Mobile sells the Radar 4G for $99.99 with a 2 year plan.

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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