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Friday, 23 December 2011 20:09

HTC Windows Phone Radar tested

Written by Sanjin Rados

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Review: Mango-flavored, unibody social networker

HTC Radar is among the first smartphones with Windows Phone 7.5 operative system and is already available on the market. You can find Radar priced at about €300 or €1 on a two year contract for €20 monthly via a telco. Today we’ll see whether Radar and Windows Phone 7.5 a.ka. Mango are a good combination.

HTC launched two Mango based smartphones – the Radar, with 3.8'' screen, and the Titan, with a 4.7'' one. The Radar is more affordable whereas the Titan, as you could've guessed, is better equipped but pricier. The Titan runs on Qualcomm's MSM8255 CPU at 1.5GHz, while the Radar houses the same chip running at 1GHz.

The Radar is quite stylish but most users we've asked didn't know much about Windows Phone and thus tend to stay away from it. In fact, the biggest downside to Windows Phone devices is the lack of available apps, where Android and iPhone lead the way. 

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We’ve been using the Radar for a few weeks now and haven’t noticed any instability with Mango. We liked the fact that the phone is comfortable, compact yet it allows users to surf the internet and play some games from time to time.

More and more users tend to spend free time on social networks, which Mango emphasizes with serious integration thereof. If you like that kind of communication, Mango will come in really handy for quick access. However, Windows Phone and Radar have plenty of features catering to regular users.

You’ll soon learn what we liked the most as well as why we’re impatient to see the next version of Windows Phone. 

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+1 #1 dicobalt 2011-12-24 02:24
If I was willing to pay $130/month phone bill I would totally get a WP7 device.
 
 
+3 #2 Silentwalker 2011-12-24 14:39
Merry Christmas
 
 
+1 #3 godrilla 2011-12-24 16:24
Windows phone is gaining popularity lately, but if they want to succeed they have to have multiple nich markets, like android a phone for anyone and everyone (rich, poor, geek or average joe) windows 7 is marketing their phone on the technologically simplistic approach.
I feel that android 4.0 and ios 5.0 are far superior os than mango win 7.

As for apps, it took android almost 3 years and apple 4 years to where they are today, but developers prefer ios, and as of lately due to popularity adapting andorid, windows needs to do the same.
 
 
-3 #4 Jay 2011-12-25 10:39
Quoting Silentwalker:
Merry Christmass
You too have a Happy Christmas all :lol:

Talking about the phone - Firstly the Zune software is a complete joke. Blatant rip-off by MS of iPhone+iTunes eco-system. Why does a phone need to rely on a particular software? Closed eco-system = failure unless you manufacture ur own devices like apple. Other problem Zune software marketplace isn't as friendly either for non US folks not to mention marketplace is not available at all in certain regions. It doesn't take popular payment options like Paypal either unlike iTunes. They need to change the name of the software secondly what kind of name is Zune for a mobile phone software? When the Zune players itself are basically out of production.
 
 
-3 #5 Jay 2011-12-25 10:47
Quoting Silentwalker:
Merry Christmass
You too have a Happy Christmas all :lol:
Talking about the phone - Firstly the Zune software is a complete joke. Blatant rip-off by MS of iPhone+iTunes eco-system. Why does a phone need to rely on a particular software? Closed eco-system = failure unless you manufacture ur own devices like apple. Other problem Zune software marketplace isn't as friendly either for non US folks not to mention marketplace is not available at all in certain regions. It doesn't take popular payment options like Paypal either unlike iTunes. They need to change the name of the software secondly what kind of name is Zune for a mobile phone software? When the Zune players itself are basically out of production. No skype support yet when MS owns skype! wow!
 

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