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Friday, 23 December 2011 20:09

HTC Windows Phone Radar tested - Camera and Sound

Written by Sanjin Rados

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Review: Mango-flavored, unibody social networker

HTC Radar has two cameras – a nicer one for photos and a VGA one for video calls. The one on the back has an F/2.2 lens and 5 megapixel resolution with backside-illuminated sensor for better photos in poor lighting conditions. The camera is an average one and will do well during daytime, but not at night (unless you have a static scene and a stable hand). Naturally, that’s where the strong flash comes in.

The camera on/off key is always active, even when the phone is locked. The Radar has a few additional options, such as panorama and burst photos (up to 5 in a row).

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The colors seem a bit washed out and the autofocus needs uqite some time. Contrast could be better as well.

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So are the speakers loud and sound good? Well, the speaker is loud enough to hear a movie when holding a phone on a knee or table. The speaker can be utilized well in a car but, naturally, it can’t beat headphones.

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The 3.5inch headphones jack can be found on top of the phone.

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Hands free headsets can be used thanks to A2DP support via Bluetooth 2.1. Volume control is on the right and is easily accessible. Naturally, you can control volume via headphone controls as well.

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Turning volume up or down shows a small bell icon top right. Pressing this icon can put the phone into silent mode.

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You can mute incoming calls in three ways – via sound control keys, pressing the off button or simply quickly turning the phone face down.

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Although the speakers provide a decent enough sound, headphones are always a better option. You can improve the listening experience with the Sound Enhancer, which only runs when external headphones or speakers are plugged in. The Radar also offers HTC 5.1 surround for HD video.

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The equalizer offers predefined settings  - bass, mid boost (vocal), treble boost, loudness, live, dance (beat), warmth i sweetener (air).

HTC ships decent enough headphones with the Radar, and user’s will probably find them to be fine. However, if you’re an audiophile and want super quality sound, then you’d better find another pair. The shipped headphones have a 120cm long cable with volume and call control.

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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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