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REVIEW: HTC Radar 4G Windows Phone For T-Mobile

This past week, my boyfriend managed to get me an HTC Radar 4G Windows phone for T-Mobile.

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(Don’t worry, the tiled layout doesn’t come preset to pink. You can customize it to whatever color you like out of a bunch of different colors.)

This is my second Windows Mobile phone and I must say that I am once again a believer in Windows OS. The first time I tried it, it was laggy, overly complicated, messy, and slow. The new Windows experience is the exact opposite!

Pros:Screen size
Simplicity
Solid In-Hand Feel
Nice White Color
Good 5MP Camera w/Flash
Cons:A little hard to hold
Needs Refined Apps
One set volume for multiple things
Speakerphone sucks
The Bottom Line: I’d DEFINITELY recommend the HTC Radar. Good for those who want a phone of good quality, yet want something nice but still simple to use.

First off: The Phone Itself
The HTC Radar is a VERY nice phone. It has a very sturdy in-hand feel. It has an white and silver (partially aluminum body) so it’s a little on the heavier side, but once again, very sturdy, and not cheap and plastic-y. Without a case on, it is a little slippery to hold. I think because it has a smooth, rounded shape, I seem to have trouble getting a good grip on it sometimes. However, it is much easier to hold with a case on.

Volume
It also has one joint volume for the ringer as well as the phone notifications. So when you turn the ringer, it turns down the whole phone’s sound, so your notifications get soft too. It DOES have a separate volume for when you’re in a call and you need to adjust the in-call volume though.

Camera
The phone has a very good 5MP camera WITH a dedicated camera button on the side of the phone and flash. It does “okay” in low light (picture is less defined and a little more grainy than in full daylight) and doesn’t seem to have a night mode setting. Pictures with flash at night or in the dark won’t wash out colors or lose detail, but it does tend to illuminate just the object that you’re pointing at or are closest to and it makes the background totally dark. Other pictures taken in regular lighting or full daylight come out even better and are of good enough quality to have prints made. It also has a front facing camera which is nice to have, but it’s of lesser quality than the back camera so pictures only come out “okay”. Very good for video chatting though!

Screen
The screen is 4″ which is a pretty good size to view everything. Coloring is good, and it looks okay in full daylight. The screen doesn’t get hard to see in full sunlight. It has a capacitive touch screen so it’s highly responsive as well. The text headers and icons are sort of on the bigger side, so this makes everything very easy to read.

Windows OS
The Radar runs on Windows, which I actually really like for its simplicity. They have a simple tiled layout. The tiles will rotate to flash you different pieces of information as they are updated or as something new happens. They’ll rotate to display text and pictures. There’s a lot to be seen in the app Marketplace, but it seems like most apps need to be refined as of yet because they are not as fully-functional or as aggressively released, pursued, or updated (the way Apple’s app market or Android’s app market are). The whole OS is a simpler than Android (so even my boyfriend’s mom can use it, and she isn’t THAT tech savvy at all. There aren’t as many options to overwhelm her either.)

NOTE: You SHOULD download the Zune software from the web to your computer. You can get updates for the phone. This is VERY IMPORTANT! Upon the initial release of the Radar, there had been a keyboard issue, where the keyboard would disappear mid-typing, but Microsoft released a new update for the phone that fixes this problem. The only way to install this update as of today (2/16/12) is to plug your phone into your computer and update it via Zune.

Call Quality
In-call quality is very good. I have no problem hearing or with someone hearing me and call volume is adjustable to make it louder or softer. Reception seems to catch a little better than usual in comparison to several other phones I have. However, when you use the speakerphone, it’s very soft and hard to hear even on it’s loudest. Basically, speakerphone sucks.

Internet Browsing
Internet browsing is “okay”, but for me, it seems like the internet browser experience could be better. Internet is a little slow, and feels a little unfinished or like it needs an update to make browsing more streamlined and easy.

Overall
I’d DEFINITELY recommend the HTC Radar to people. It’s good for those who want a phone of good quality, yet want something simpler to use. It feels sturdy and it’s a good size–not too big, and not too small. Windows OS is a lot nicer, faster, and easier to use this time around too. Overall, a VERY good phone, aesthetically pleasing to the eye, and easy to use.

You can also see my review (and other reviews) on the HTC Radar 4G here at ePionions.com.

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