HTC Radar Hands-On Review pt.1: Camera & Windows Phone Hubs [video]

Just last week we looked at the unboxing of the HTC Radar… so this time around, we shall check out the review of this Windows Phone device by HTC.

The HTC Radar has a 3.8″ screen with 480 x 800 resolution, it’s a standard resolution for all Windows Phone devices currently. Spotting a 1ghz processor, 8GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM and a 5 megapixel camera with f2.2 aperture that captures 720p HD videos, the Radar fits nicely at the mid range level of devices in the market and it only costs about RM1200.

According to HTC, the Radar has a 5 megapixel camera with an F2.2 lens, LED Flash and BSI Sensor that allows low light photo taking with high light sensitity.
From my usage of about 2 -3 weeks now, I realise that the photos taken are very sharp and works well under low lighting too… but they are often desaturated or should I say.. not as vibrant as the 5mpx photos taken by the iPhone 4.

Below are 2 samples:



As you can see above, they are sharp but mildly desaturated.


That’s the micro USB port for charging and file transfer. You may need to install the Zune software on your PC or the Windows Phone Mac Connector if you are on a Mac in order to communicate with the HTC Radar. File transfer between the computer and the phone is quite simple. Just drag and drop via the software.

Though the Radar may only have a 1ghb processor, it is truly sufficient for everyday tasks as Windows Phone OS itself is very lightweight and does not need much processing power like Android. There is no lag, no hang and no sluggishness at all with this devices. Totally impressed with the combination of the OS and the hardware itself.

I’ll be posting up another review soon but for new, check out the 4 main hubs on Windows Phone: ME, PEOPLE, MESSAGING and PICTURES.

This is a great video to watch if you are still unfamiliar with the Windows Phone platform.