HTC Radar 4G (T-Mobile)
Manufacturer: HTC Part number: HTC 4G OMEGA
- Bottom Line:
- The combination of a beautiful design, Windows Phone, and an affordable price tag makes the HTC Radar 4G a great smartphone for first-time buyers and those who don't need all the bells and whistles.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $179.99
- Reviewed by: Bonnie Cha
- Reviewed on: 11/09/2011
- Released on: 11/02/2011
The good: The HTC Radar 4G boasts a beautiful, high-quality design. Windows Phone Mango offers a smooth user experience and some great feature enhancements. The smartphone's 5-megapixel camera is fast and delivers great photos; a front-facing camera also allows for video calls.
The bad: The Radar 4G doesn't offer expandable memory or a user-replaceable battery. Call quality could be better.
The bottom line: The combination of a beautiful design, Windows Phone, and an affordable price tag makes the HTC Radar 4G a great smartphone for first-time buyers and those who don't need all the bells and whistles.
Solid phone with a great OS
by CharlesNNC on April 18, 2012
Pros: 1). Mango is a very fluid, very smooth UI
2). Build quality is excellent, it feels nice and solid
3). Bing integration works well
4). Call quality is good
5). WiFi works very well and has really great DL and upload speeds
Cons: 1). App Market is still small
Summary: Been playing around with my new phone all day, and I have to say WP7 is pretty much all it's cracked up to be. Some of the specs on ...
Summary: Been playing around with my new phone all day, and I have to say WP7 is pretty much all it's cracked up to be. Some of the specs on the HTC Radar aren't all that impressive, but it delivers on everything it promised. Storage is where it lags the most, only 8GB, with 6 and change usable, but I've loaded a pile of music and apps today, and there's still plenty of room to spare, so I'm not going to ***** too hard about that. It holds enough music to keep me happy, enough movies to keep the kid entertained (and with the Netflix app, that's even less of an issue) and enough games and widgets to keep me entertained too.
Speaking of games, this is something the WP7 phones have a leg up on the iPhone and any of the Android units I've played around with (wife has a iPhone 4, friends have androids), Microsoft has really thrown some coolness into their platform in this department. So far, I've only played a few titles, but it's a much smoother experience than what I've seen on other phones. Add in the fact that that it hooks into my Xbox Live account and I'm a happy gamer. Score one for WP7.
Interface-wise, everything is very intuitive, the learning curve has been almost non-existent, which cuts both ways. On the one hand, it is very VERY nice to have a piece of technology that pretty much does everything it's supposed to right out of the box and doesn't need ten hours of configuring to make the email work. On the other, a tad more customization might be nice, but I would be hard pressed to point to anything but the background picture (that is, the lack of one, black or white are your two choices here) that I missed even a little bit. Mango is a very fluid, very smooth UI, the lack of horsepower (only a 1GHz single core Snapdragon) only shows up on the spec sheet, the experience is seamless.
One day in, I have to say this is the best phone I've ever owned, and I'd put it up against my wife's iPhone any day. The screen is bigger and on par with the Apple display, the interface is fresh and uncluttered, and the 7.5 OS really delivers on its promises. If the Metro layout and system works as well on tablets and laptops, it's going to be a huge development in technology in general. The fact that your apps will run on your phone, laptop, tablet and xbox seamlessly is something that is going to give users a massive boost in their bang-for-your-buck levels.
On the HTC end of things, the build quality is excellent, it feels nice and solid, striking a perfect balance between being light enough to hold comfortably while still hefty enough to feel like it's not a cheap piece of nothing. Lack of access to the battery is kind of part and parcel with the unibody construction, so there's a trade-off you have to decide whether you're ok with or not. Personally, it's not a big deal, but ymmv. My one complaint is that my provider only carries the white version, but there's something to be said for looking different from the rest; it's not another black featureless candy bar, so that might be a selling point for you.
Final marks: 95% would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a cool new alternative to their BlackBerry, Android or iPhone.
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5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Easiest Windows Phone to use so far..
by cygnus9th on November 19, 2011
Pros: - Mango
- Dual Camera
- Camera Features (Panoramic stitching)
- Internet Sharing
- Microsoft Office, Xbox Live
Cons: - Internal battery
- Feels slippery without a case
- Virtual Keyboard
Summary: I have had the Radar 4G for about 2 weeks now, and I really love this phone. It is fast, responsive, and feeds me information quickly so I don't ...
Summary: I have had the Radar 4G for about 2 weeks now, and I really love this phone. It is fast, responsive, and feeds me information quickly so I don't spend all my time playing with the phone.
Coming from an HD7, this phone feels right, as the HD7 was a little big for my tastes. Also the battery life is better as I can go a full day before charging the phone.
It has all the features of Mango (which you can read about in many articles), but the Radar allows internet sharing. Not too sure about the different 4G speeds, but here in Virginia Beach I was downloading files on my computer using the 4G connection about an average for 160 - 210 Kb/sec. Not too shabby in the least bit.
I was worried about coming from 16GB onboard storage to 8GB, but really haven't noticed that as an inconvenience. Also with 25GB free with your Skydrive, I don't think it will be an issue. I use MS Office (a lot!) and being able to access my office files with Skydrive is great.
The camera is great considering that this is a phone and not a camera (like my Nikkon D51 ). That being said, the panoramic stitching is probably the best implementation I have seen ever. Take your first shot, then follow the horizontal guidelines and center on the following circle. Repeat and done. SIMPLE.
I have never been a fan of the Virtual Keyboard on any phone. It's responsive, but I keep missing the letters. But I'll chalk that one up on me.
To sum up, the Radar has been a great phone so far. Feels durable and is just the right size. At the time I was writing this, Tmobile has an offer that you can get this phone for free (requires new 2 year contract and trade in of your old phone). I would recommend giving it a look.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
The best smartphone choice on T-Mobile
by Brian_M_SFO on November 16, 2011
Pros: Fast 4G connection
Outstanding battery life
Gorgeous, rugged aluminum design
Crisp, clear screen
Windows Phone 7.5 OS -- smooth and fun
Microsoft Exchange integration
Cons: No removable battery
8 GB storage built in
Summary: This is T-Mobile's best smartphone. While not having the hardware "bragging rights" of fancier, costlier Android phones, it hardly needs them -- it flies along with the elegant WP ...
Summary: This is T-Mobile's best smartphone. While not having the hardware "bragging rights" of fancier, costlier Android phones, it hardly needs them -- it flies along with the elegant WP Mango interface that's far smoother than on those expensive dual-core 'droids. It has great battery life and a thin, light, pocketable design that I think looks fantastic. And while the storage is a tad anemic at only 8 GB, Microsoft's Skydrive coupled with T-Mobile's fast 4G network delivers 25 GB of cloud-based storage without a hitch. Highly recommended.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Solid, sleek product but falls shorts in certain areas
by voraciousink on April 3, 2012
Pros: Windows Phone UI is beautiful: rich UI experience.
Slim, light, stylish and solid build
Relatively good battery life for something with WI-FI, BT & GPS always running
Plays visual voicemail through BT headset
Cons: Voice recognition not as well executed as Android or Siri
Voice guided navigation not completely hands-free
Apps start at high price point
Lack of apps (particularly free ones of quality)
Needs widget and Swype equivalent
Summary: I was excited to learn that Microsoft was holding a challenge whereby you could nab a Windows Mango phone for free. I've played with the phones in store but ...
Summary: I was excited to learn that Microsoft was holding a challenge whereby you could nab a Windows Mango phone for free. I've played with the phones in store but never had a chance to spend some real time with one until now. I was able to score the HTC Radar and spend some quality time with it.I wish there was one-touch functionality for basic tasks. Android has widgets that allow you turn your GPS, BT, & WI-FI on & off in one step. Microsoft should create "quicktiles" to do this. There is a dev app, but it's just a shortcut to the settings. Voice guided-navigation is not continuous and requires that you touch the screen to have directions fed to you: not hands-free or ideal if you're solo.
I should start by saying my first smartphone was a WinMo HTC Typhoon which I hacked all the way to WinMO 6.5. I've since been on Android and looking for a possible return to Windows Phones. First, I have to say, Windows Phone 7.5 offers what I consider the richest UI experience of any smartphone out there. The devs really spent some time getting the look and feel down and I am impressed. It needs to be pushed a bit further though. The winning combo that Android and Apple employ is one of simplicity. There is a bit of a learning curve what it comes to getting use to Window's symbols and settings layouts. What the interface could benefit from is a few extra screens for Live tiles akin to the 5-7 homescreen format found on Androids or iPhones. What I was hoping to see in 7.5 is the ability set any song as a ringtone. I use to make this a sticking point for friends trying to convince me to switch to iPhone. Why should I pay for ringtones of music I already own? Android allows for this so that gave me another argument in the Android pocket. In WinPho 7.5, you are limited to a 1MB file that can't exceed 40 seconds. That, to me is a blunder. Microsoft: make things easier to do. I don't want to spend time editing a song to make it a ringtone.
(to be continued)
Updated on Apr 3, 2012
Zune integration works well but appears to be the only way to update firmware; which is unfortunate because it's slow. You are limited to 8 GBs and that is taken up quickly.
What is normally $.99 for an Android or iPhone user starts at $2.99 on Windows. Android is the winner here as there are better apps for free across Google's Play Market, the Amazon App Store and GetJar gold.
The keyboard is cramped but works well: having something akin to Swype would make it that much better. Voice recognition also doesn't take expletives or the words "poop" and "fart". This made me kinda sad.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
...Love this phone!!
by leistritz4588 on December 6, 2011
Pros: Windows Mango is very user friendly. Fast speeds, great build quality, great UI.....good price. Outlook connectivity is awesome.
Cons: Marketplace lacks apps....but who cares since I don't download a bunch of games and such. Call quality could be better but not bad overall.
Summary: Overall, Microsoft has done a great job. I gave up my LG G2X for this and I'm glad. I've always been a PC person who likes Microsoft products. ...
Summary: Overall, Microsoft has done a great job. I gave up my LG G2X for this and I'm glad. I've always been a PC person who likes Microsoft products. I'm not a big fan of IOS. If Microsoft wants to be a player in the smartphone industry, they have certainly taken a step forward but will need to keep upgrading the OS to compete.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best Phone for the Price! Don't hesitate to grab one.
by bm1611 on July 6, 2012
Pros: Everything else
Cons: Memory, no sd slot
Great Phone Overall
by eddydrizzle on March 6, 2012
Pros: 1. Great build quality.
2. Good battery life.
3. Great operating system.
4. No lag.
5. Easy to use.
Cons: 1. Slipery.
2. Lack of apps.
Summary: This phone has been amazing since the day I got it. It's been fast and responsive with no lag whatsoever. People complain too much about the lack of apps ...
Summary: This phone has been amazing since the day I got it. It's been fast and responsive with no lag whatsoever. People complain too much about the lack of apps in the marketplace. It has less apps but the apps are all better than the ones on Android and cost as much as the apps on the iPhone.
This phone is built to exude elegance. It's unibody design makes it light and easy to carry around. Although it is a little slipery when you don't have a case. But that can be solved easily.
The OS on this phone is so buttery smooth and easy to use. It's clean and simple. Everything can be made accessible on the homescreen and the itegration of facebook and twitter makes it good for the person who is always on those social sites.
The camera has been good. It has panorama and burst shot mode to accomodate the users who love photography.
Battery life has been amazing. I can last a whole day with texting and internet use. And i can last up to two days if I use it only a little.
Overall this smartphone is amazing. I came from a HTC MyTouch 4g slide and I was impressed. Most people won't give Windows Phone Mango a try, but it is amazing. And in my opinion, better than Android. With time it'll pick up speed and maybe even pass Android and IOS up ;D.
by mikeheel on March 1, 2012
Pros: Windows Phone OS is great.
Tremendous battery life.
Extremely responsive touchscreen.
Native MS Office Functionality.
4G (but it's the slower 4G version).
Cons: Doesn't automatically switch to wi-fi for data when available.
Keyboard sometimes disappears when typing in certain apps.
No expandability (but 25GB SkyDrive included)
Summary: Having been an iPhone fan for the past 4 years or so, I was very skeptical about getting a Windows Phone. When it came time to look at upgrading, I ...
Summary: Having been an iPhone fan for the past 4 years or so, I was very skeptical about getting a Windows Phone. When it came time to look at upgrading, I planned to get a new iPhone, but decided I would look at all options. I had fun checking out Siri and playing with some of the new Android options. In the end, I was wowed by the Windows Phone OS and fell in love with the HTC Radar.
The Radar looks sharp with the white and metal design. It feels like a high-quality phone in your hand. The screen is really nice and extremely responsive. Battery life is impressive.
Mango (Windows Phone OS 7.5) does a beautiful job handling contacts. If someone sends me an email, the header shows their profile picture from any linked account I have for them (like Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn). I can then click their picture, and it takes me to their profile. On their profile, I can see a history of all contact with that person (phone, email, text, etc) as well as any social media status or updates. I can click to contact them with any of those. Quick, easy, seemless, and attractively done. If you really don't want that sort of accessibility (no matter how crazy that seems to me), you can avoid it in your phone setup.
Another easy thing is setting up groups among your contacts. Once you set a group (for example, family or your team at work), you can also initiate a group contact via text or email with a simple tap. The setup is amazingly easy. Additionally, you can merge your online chats (like Facebook) into your text stream. Again, just a neat feature to make communication easy.
If you want, Mango also ties into your Microsoft account. I get my xbox profile on the phone and can play xbox games on the phone, as well as chat or send messages to friends on xbox live. That's not a huge point to me, but it has been a neat feature.
It also has a really great interface that is consistent with all programs and apps. I don't know that I can really describe it except to say it's a lot more attractive than how IOS or Android does it, and it's very slick. Apps are more graphical than with IOS or Android, and email and documents have a very neat, clean look.
The Radar doesn't have the greatest specs in the world (1Gz processor, 8GB internal memory), but the way Mango works, you don't need the top specs to get great performance. You also get 25GB of free cloud storage, which has worked very well so far (I'm still a little skeptical). Even with those specs, the Radar is still faster opening programs and being useful than other phones I've used because of how Mango runs programs. Microsoft got this part right.
I've seen professional reviews pan the Radar for not having a removable battery (of course, neither does the iPhone) or expandable memory (again, neither does the iPhone. I think those criticisms are semi-valid, but don't really matter a whole lot. This isn't an Android phone that is going to burn through so much battery life that you have to swap out most days. And MS includes the 25GB SkyDrive service for free.
I can't say enough how well the HTC Radar works, how easy it is to use, and how seemlessly everything operates. It rocks. IMO, Mango is the best phone OS out there. And I love the native MS Office applications. The fact you get full "normal" views of Word and Excel documents is almost worth it alone if you use your phone for that sort of thing.
So, if you're considering a new smartphone, do yourself a favor and give the Windows phones a serious look. They've converted this iPhone fan, and I don't see why I'd ever go back.
Great phone!!! Exceeded my expectations.
by meteoricone on February 21, 2012
Pros: Fast, Smart, reliable.
Cons: Nothing comes to mind.
Summary: Impressive Windows phone. I'm sold.
Summary: Impressive Windows phone. I'm sold.
This phone is great, so great I had to write a review.
by aKooNz on January 13, 2012
Pros: Windows Phone OS runs perfectly. Battery life is great.
The available apps run smooth and are HIGH quality.
Zune Pass. Unlimited Music only $9.
Extremely simple and organized messaging.
The phone is light and just the right size. Display is superb!
Cons: Smaller app market, although they do have really everything you would need.
No phone dock or charging dock outside of universal accessories.
Summary: Microsoft, Thank you. They have clearly expressed ambitions to dominate in the SmartPhone market, and just like the XBox did with a full on entertainment console in just 2 years (...
Summary: Microsoft, Thank you. They have clearly expressed ambitions to dominate in the SmartPhone market, and just like the XBox did with a full on entertainment console in just 2 years (XBox). I look forward to great things from Microsoft in this market.
I originally wrote over 2,700 words for the pros section before I realized you could only post 250 words, thats how good the phone is. Thank you Microsoft.
- Manufacturer: HTC
- Part number: HTC 4G OMEGA
- Description: With the HTC Radar 4G, you can stay in touch with friends, work contacts, and social networks on the fly; easily capture life's moments with a 5-megapixel camera.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone (Windows OS)
- Form Factor Touch
- Integrated Components Wi-Fi hotspot,
- Width 2.4 in
- Depth 0.4 in
- Height 4.7 in
- Weight 4.8 oz
- Body Color White
- Body Material Aluminum
- Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
- Band WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- Mobile Broadband Generation 3G
- Service Provider T-Mobile
- Operating System Windows Phone OS 7.5 Mango
- User Interface HTC Hub
- Application Software Microsoft Office Mobile,
Internet Explorer 9.0,
Microsoft OneNote Mobile
- Input Device(s) Touch sensitive screen
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services MMS,
- Instant Messaging Services Facebook Chat
- Supported Email Protocols POP3,
- Supported Social Networks and Blogs Facebook
- Messaging & Data Features Microsoft PowerPoint support,
Microsoft Excel support,
Microsoft Word support,
- Mobile Services T-Mobile TV,
Yahoo! Mail plus,
Windows Live SkyDrive (7GB of free online cloud storage)
- Data Transmission GPRS,
- Wireless Interface IEEE 802.11,
- WLAN Security WPA2
- Bluetooth Profiles Hands Free Profile (HFP)
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Call timer,
- Sensors Proximity sensor,
Ambient light sensor
- Additional Features Multitasking
- Personal Information Management Synchronization with PC,
- Type QUALCOMM MSM8255
- Clock Speed 1 GHz
- RAM 512 MB
- ROM 8 GB
- Bult-in Memory 8 GB
- User Memory 8 GB
- Sensor Resolution 5 megapixels
- Lens Aperture F/2.2
- Camera Light Source LED light
- Video Recorder Resolutions 1280 x 720 (720p)
- Features Video recording,
- GPS Navigation GPS receiver
- Navigation Software & Services Bing Maps
- Type LCD display - Color
- Diagonal Size 3.8 in
- Display Resolution 800 x 480 pixels
- Connector Type USB,
Headset jack - Mini-phone 3.5 mm
- Capacity 1520 mAh
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 462 min,
Standby - up to 575 hour(s)
- Compliant Standards HAC(Hearing Aid Compatible)
- Included Accessories Power adapter