HTC Radar review

HTC's budget Windows Phone may not be as glamorous as other handsets, but it shouldn't be dismissed out of hand. Julian Prokaza gets to grips with the smartphone in our review.

Price
£264

the iPhone 4S

The HTC Radar

The Radar's non-removable battery ran for 31 hours and 15 minutes in our MP3 playback test with the screen and all radios off, and for six hours in the WP Bench battery test that keeps the screen on while pounding the processor. This latter time was twice as long as the Titan's, which is probably due to the lower power consumption of the smaller screen and slower processor.

At around 264 (ex VAT) online for an unlocked model, the Radar is a little more expensive than the cut-price iPhone 3GS (255 ex VAT), which befits its slightly better specification. It's very much a budget smartphone, but Windows Phone 7 needs more models like the Radar to broaden its appeal and it's a good choice for anyone looking for a more affordable alternative to iOS and Android.

So what's our verdict?

Verdict

Limited storage capacity may limit its appeal and the camera could be better, but those aren’t major complaints for a smartphone at this cheaper end of the market and the HTC Radar is otherwise a good-value Windows Phone 7 device.

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Connectivity: GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 900/2100

Display: 480 x 800 pixels, 3.8 inches

OS: Windows Phone 7.5

Camera: five megapixels rear facing, 0.3 megapixel forward facing

GPS: A-GPS

Processor: 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon

Bluetooth: 2.1+EDR

Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n

Storage: 8GB internal

RAM: 512MB

Dimensions: 121 x 62 x 11 mm

Weight: 137g

Battery: Lithium Ion 1520 mAh

Part code: C110e

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