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Friday, 23 December 2011 20:09

HTC Windows Phone Radar tested - Video conversation, Gaming and Battery

Written by Sanjin Rados

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Review: Mango-flavored, unibody social networker

Skype

You may recall that Microsoft acquired Skype back in May. Once the vendor and hardware limitations for Skype are gone, the app could be ready to be part of the system rather than an app for WP. When we say ‘could be ready’, we mean it since Skype cannot be installed on WP 7.5.

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Tango

Note that HTC installed a few apps you may recognize from Android phones. We definitely wanted to try out Tango, which we found in HTC’s hub. Tango allows for free phone and video calls via the web. During the conversation, HTC’s Radar allowed for recording on both cameras.

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Of course, a stutter free video conversation will require a fast internet connection.

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The picture below shows the Titan phone displaying a picture shot on Radar, and vice versa. As you can see, Titan’s front camera shoots much better pictures that the Radar’s one.

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Interactive gaming

The phone has the usual input, via the screen, but even moving the phone is an input in its own right. We were pleased with Radar’ responsiveness and performance in games.  

The picture below shows level one from Need for Speed Undercover – it’s where you learn how to steer by tilting the phone right or left.

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Battery         

The Radar’s battery is hidden beneath the unibody shell, which means that you can’t replace it without voiding the warranty. So, we can only hope that the battery will retain its capacity after the warranty. Standard usage, which includes a few hours of surfing the net, can last a day or day and a half on a single charge. Internet sharing will eat the battery up in only few hours but having a laptop nearby means that you can charge it at the same time.
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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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