CNET Asia already got their hands on the HTC Radar and just published their full review of the phone, giving it about 3.7 out of 5 stars, praising the design but not enjoying the 1.0 GHz single core processor or the non-upgradable 8 GBÂ storage.
Design-wise, CNET appreciated the clean white look of the handset, and found the 3.8″ WVGAÂ (480 x 800) LCDÂ display to be an adequate size for their needs. They note that the capacitive buttons weren’t as annoying as the HTC Evo 3D, which is great. However, they point out that you can’t upgrade the existing 8 GB of NAND storage, and that the 1,520 mAh battery is non-removable.
In terms of features, CNET liked the included HTC apps, like Photo Enhancer and HTC Watch. They also note the handset has WiFi Internet Sharing enabled! They concluded that the camera is average, and has a nice quick shutter, and performed somewhat better in low-lighting shots thanks to the BSI sensor. Sounds like HTC still hasn’t perfected their cameras, but at least they are making improvements.
And finally, they talked about the performance of the device. They said that despite the old 1.0 GHz processor, the phone didn’t feel slow at all (which we all know, since current Windows Phones are snappy as ever!). They also noted that you’ll be charging this phone every night, but it should be able to last you through the day with about 15% left at night (typical for most smartphones).
Overall, CNET sounded pleased with the device, but nothing truly impressed them. The HTC Radar is HTC’s low-end WP7 device, so a review like this was to be expected. HTC also is releasing the Titan, which is their high-end 1.5 GHz, 4.7″ Windows Phone that aims to impress!
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The HTC Radar is coming to T-Mobile USA and will support T-Mobile’s 4G network with speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps. It is expected to be available in time for the holidays. No further release date info is known yet for the USA.