First Impressions: HTC Radar

The HTC Radar is HTC’s first handset that comes with Windows Phone 7’s latest Mango OS (7.5). It is also the only Mango phone we saw this year in the market as other companies opted to just upgrade the firmware of their old WP7 phones and Nokia won’t be releasing their Lumia 800 till next year.

htc radar

The Radar seems like an upgrade from the Mozart but if you look closely enough, there’s not much difference in terms of specs. It has a millimeter larger display size at 3.8″, same 1GHz processor, same 8GB internal storage (no microSD), and even the same feel when handling.

htc radar

Perhaps the major upgrade of the HTC Radar over the Mozart is the better camera which has a wide-angle 28mm, f2.2 lens with back-illuminated sensor for improved low-light performance. There’s also now a front-facing VGA camera which is missing from all Windows phones before. Then there’s the slightly larger battery capacity of 1520mAh as opposed to the Mozart’s 1300 mAh.

htc radar

As for the WP 7.5 OS? Well my first impression is that it’s more streamlined and feels more snappy with less emphasis on transitions and animations that would annoy you over time.

If you’re looking for a Windows Phone-based smartphone, the HTC Radar is really a nice start. It’s not too overpriced at Php21,500 and you’ll get the full experience of a WP7.5 phone without having to deal with a big high-end device.

HTC Radar Specs:
1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255, Adreno 205
Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5
3.8″ SLCD, 480 x 800
8GB internal storage, 512MB RAM
5 megapixel camera with F2.2 lens, LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures)
VGA front camera
720p HD video recording
HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, EDR
Li-Ion 1520 mAh battery
120.5 x 61.5 x 10.9 mm
137 g
SRP: Php21,500
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  • JmBalicano

    Most of the Mango handsets kinda look like generic candy-bar phones (here’s looking at you, Sammy). This one is rather refreshing. Really liking the Lumia 800 too.

  • 21

    Php21,500 ?? CMk selling it for only 18,200. 18,600 on Widget City.

    • You have to understand… the price here of P21,500 is the suggested retail price… authorized resellers have room to make the price lower to make their price competitive.

  • mary

    The OS looks different, ergo interesting. 😀

    I’m glad Mango deviated from the most common phone UIs that’s been saturating the market.

    • Griswold

      it’s really a refreshing take in UI when you’re used to those icon based ala-iOS na screens.

  • Ceal89

    Using this phone right now and I have to say that upgrading from the Mozart was totally worth it. Better looks, better internals,better camera. The jump is bigger than what people make it out to be IMO 🙂

    • wow! thanks for the insight about the phone. glad it’s a respective upgrade over the mozart.

  • Carl

    Looks like a really good upgrade from the Mozart. Although, I dig the unibody design from the Mozart more than this one hehe..

    • hehehe benta mo na mozart mo 😛

      • Carl

        yan ka nanaman!!! hahaha

  • Edsar

    I’m looking for a windows phone this might be the one. Medyo namamahalan lang ako. Xperia Mini Pro kasi 10k lang sa widget kaya lang android. Kasawa na kasi mga icon based na UI. Gusto ko namang e try ang TILE.

    • yup… magmumura yung mozart because of this. if you don’t mind an old phone mas mura yung mozart.

  • How much is the price of this windows phone?

  • Chuck

    Ang tagal talaga nung Windows Phone na Nokia. March na, wala pa rin..

    • hintayin mo na lang yung Lumia 610 🙂