HTC Radar, White 8GB (T-Mobile)
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- 4G-enabled Windows Phone
- 3.8-inch display
- 5-MP camera
- Up to 7.7 hours of talk time
- What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, documentation kit
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- Size (LWH): 4.74 inches, 2.42 inches, 0.43 inches
- Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Network Compatibility: GSM
- Minimum Rated Talk Time: 462 minutes
- Minimum Rated Standby Time: 575 hours
The HTC Radar 4G is a state-of-the-art Windows Phone 7.5 Mango device featuring a 5 megapixel camera with HD video capture, multi-touch 3.8inch screen, Wi-Fi, and a 1 GHz processor. It also comes with internet browsing, GPS, video streaming and Bluetooth capability. The HTC Radar is a feature-packed smartphone with quad-band GSM modes supporting international use.
This device may require a data plan for activation. Please, contact your phone carrier for details. A 3G SIM card is required to activate this phone (not included).
Elegantly crafted with an aluminum unibody, HTC Radar for T-Mobile brings you closer to the important things in life. It's powered by the latest Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) operating system, which boasts hundreds of improvements including multitasking, photo and video capture, and threaded conversations that move with you from text to Facebook and back again. You'll be able to keep yourself entertained with Xbox LIVE gaming and Zune-powered music and videos. And the Sense-powered HTC Hub brings you beautiful weather animations and handy tools to check stocks, take notes, enhance your photos, and more.
On-the-go power from the Windows Phone 7.5 OS (view larger).
Quickly capture photos and HD 720p videos via the dedicated camera key (see larger schematic view with all controls).
This phone is specifically designed for T-Mobile's 4G HSPA+ mobile broadband network, which currently covers over 200 million people across the U.S. (read more about HSPA+ below). It also offers Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking as well as the ability to share its 3G/4G Internet connection with other laptops and other Wi-Fi enabled devices.
It delivers an incredible web and multimedia experience thanks to its extra-large, high-resolution 3.8-inch capacitive touchscreen. You'll be able to capture brilliant on-the-go photos and videos from its 5-megapixel camera/camcorder--which captures video in up to HD 720p resolution. You can also speak "face-to-face" with video calling via the front-facing camera.
The perfect portable office, the Radar enables efficient multitasking like viewing a presentation while you're on a conference call or listening to music while composing an e-mail. With its expansive screen and built-in Microsoft Office Mobile, you can create, edit and collaborate on documents quickly and easily. Advanced e-mail features like linked inboxes make it easy to manage multiple e-mail accounts and synchronize your to-do list and calendars in one place.
The pre-loaded T-Mobile TV app offers access to live and on-demand mobile HDTV on T-Mobile's 4G network, including free programming from select stations like ABC News NOW, FOX Sports, PBS Kids, and Azteca America. You can upgrade T-Mobile TV to a variety of premium packages, including Prime (with ESPN Mobile TV, Disney Channel, CNBC, and more), En Español, Life & Style, and Crackle Movies.
Powered by a single-core 1.0 GHz processor, the Radar also features an 8 GB internal memory, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, GPS for navigation and location services, a full HTML browser, and up to 7.7 hours of talk time.
Advanced Camera Capabilities
The HTC Radar includes a dedicated hardware camera button, enabling you to capture vivid images without unlocking the phone. An f/2.2 aperture lens and back-illuminated sensor provide improved low-light performance, making sure you never miss that perfect shot. With the 28mm wide-angle lens, you can capture more of the scene in front of you while the new panoramic feature lets you create dramatic pictures of skylines and landscapes. The Radar also shoots bright and vibrant HD (720p) videos. And with the HTC Photo Enhancer you can quickly touch up pictures and upload them to Facebook, tagging your friends as you go using automatic face detection built into Windows Phone 7.5.
The HTC Radar features HTC Watch--an application and service that puts an entire library of the latest, premium movies and TV shows right at your fingertips. HTC Watch uses progressive download technology that makes it possible to watch videos without waiting for a huge file to finish downloading. You can either rent or buy videos, and if purchased, you can watch them on up to five different HTC devices.
The HTC Radar weighs 4.83 ounces and measures 4.74 x 2.42 x 0.43 inches. Its 1520 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 7.7 hours of talk time, and up to 575 hours (24 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies, as well as T-Mobile's 3G/4G network (1700/2100 MHz; UMTS/HSDPA/HSPA+).What's in the Box
HTC Radar handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, documentation kit
The Power of Windows Phone 7.5
The Windows Phone 7.5 operating system has been designed to help you do more in less steps, and keep you updated on the things that are most important to you.
You can customize the Live Tiles on your Start Screen with what you care about--from people to web sites--and they'll continuously scan the web to keep you updated about your world at a glance.
Improved Live Tiles.
Windows Phone 7.5 also brings together the things you use most on your phone in six Hubs: People, Pictures, Office, Games, Music + Video, and Marketplace. Grouping them in Hubs like this lets you get to what you need, quicker, because you don't have to jump from apps to the web to contact lists.
The latest release of Windows Phone--version 7.5, codenamed "Mango"--has hundreds of improvements and new features. Here's just a sample:
Multitasking. Now you can keep your place in a game while reading e-mail or listen to music apps while texting. Many apps can run in the background, so you don't need to shut one down to use another--plus you can switch between open apps in a flash.
Find nearby restaurants, shops, and things to do with Local Scout.
Local Scout. Powered by Bing, Local Scout teams up search and mapping to show you nearby restaurants, shopping, and activities in a single tap.
Sync with SkyDrive. You can sync your Office docs between SkyDrive and your phone, so you can edit them on your phone now, then edit some more on your computer later.
T-Mobile's Super-Fast 4G Mobile Broadband Network
As of October, 2011, T-Mobile's 4G (HSPA+ 21) network is available in over 190 major metropolitan areas across the U.S.--covering 200 million people across the country. Network upgrades will continue rolling out through 2012.
With typical download speeds that are on par with or faster than competing 4G technologies, T-Mobile's HSPA+ network provides fast data speeds, while allowing simultaneous voice and data capabilities for the ultimate wireless voice and data experience. You'll enjoy faster Web browsing, uninterrupted video streaming, and quicker app downloads.
T-Mobile's 4G mobile broadband network (powered by HSPA+) provides a theoretical capability of up to 21 Mbps peak download speeds, with average download speeds typically in the 5 to 8 Mbps range.
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Top Customer Reviews
:: First things first ::
:: Pros ::
- Timely updates + Good looks + Reliability
All without the ugliness of Blackberry OS. My wife had a Blackberry before and new Blackberry phones are just not on par with others. So, she wanted to get an Android but it was quite impossible to find a good looking one that is smaller than 4" and even when you find some, they were almost always slow as hell thanks to the crapware (I'm looking at you Nascar!) and skins HTC/Motorola/Samsung loves to put on them. Where as this phone provides a fluid vanilla OS experience with a couple of HTC and T-Mobile specific apps that, by design, cannot get in your way.
- The OS is directly supported by Microsoft, not manufacturer.
This means, like iPhone, she doesn't have to wait for update to be released by HTC like I do with my EVO.
- It already has most of the popular apps
And they are considerably high quality. This is mostly due to the Microsoft's involvement with major apps and also because there are no fragmentation issues since WP7 imposes certain hardware specs and the OS is the same regardless of the manufacturer.
- Solid construction and good looks.
With its unibody design, device feels solid in hand and seems like it can take daily physical abuses (dropping, scratching, bending etc.) without a hitch.
- Elegantly beautiful and smooth UI
Whoever designed WP7 interface clearly put a lot of thought into it since it is both modern, simple and easy-to-use. It takes 5 minutes to get a hang of it and my wife hasn't looked at any manuals or anything to use it. The butter smooth animations, quality on-screen keyboard, responsiveness... you get the same feeling of "smoothness" throughout the whole device. Although, keep in mind that the interface is not as customizable as an Android.
- 2-level dedicated camera button!
I don't understand how this is not common practice but having a dedicated button is great. It also has the screen-tap option, if you like it the other way, but it's just disabled by default.
- Bing integration works well
Built-in Bing services allow you to make live translations and product searches from camera snapshots, search local places around you, make voice activated searches, song recognition and possibly more. You want to see reviews of a book? Show it to Bing and it will tell you. You saw a Franch movie poster but don't know French? Take a picture of it and Bing will recognize the words and translate it for you. You can do the same things on other phones as well but it's just too easy and simple on this one. No extra apps needed either.
- (Update 12/13) Battery performance is very good.
This phone can make it through 2 full days with low to moderate usage with default settings, and my wife doesn't even bother to turning Wifi and GPS off. For a long time EVO user like me, this performance is a lot more than good. WP7 also provides some advanced battery saving options but we haven't tried that yet.
:: Cons ::
- App Market is still small
If you can't live without hundreds of different apps with tons of alternatives for each of them, look somewhere else because Market is still in its infancy. There are not a lot of options for everything and apps that already exist are still getting used to concepts of the Metro UI. However, the apps that currently exist would satisfy users for most if not all use cases (twitter, facebook, games, whatsapp etc.)
- Camera is good but not as good as an F2.2 should be
Even though it's better than most and lens being F2.2 (like iPhone 4s or Galaxy Nexus) provides a good low light performance, the quality is not on par with latest Samsung or Apple devices, especially under low light.
- (Update 12/13) Non-expandable memory
Although the 8gb built-in memory should be more than enough for most users, if you want to keep your whole music or movie archive with you, look somewhere else.
:: Wrap up ::
All in all, if you are looking for a solid, beautiful phone that provides a reliable and consistent experience with the most modern interface on the market, you can go with this phone and believe me, you will not regret it.
(Update(12/13): Cleared some things up and added some extra information)
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