HTC has bought into Microsoft's Windows Phone smartphone operating system in a fairly big way, and now has several handsets in its portfolio. One that rather dropped under the radar (pardon the pun) at its initial launch was the HTC Radar. The mobile phone has now been out for a few weeks, and runs the latest Windows Phone version. Is it a good buy?
There's certainly nothing on the HTC Radar to blow you away, in terms of outstanding features. This is a fairly average sized phone, compared with what's around these days, with a 3.8-inch screen and a standard Windows Phone screen resolution of 480x800 pixels.
The handset does feel comfortable to hold in the hand, thanks to a quite solid metal chassis - while at the same time not being overly heavy, at just 137g and it is relatively pocket friendly, at 120.5 x 61.5 x 10.9mm. The chassis has a ‘unibody' design, with the backplate folding round into the long edges. This all means that the battery is inaccessible, and to get to the SIM card slot you have to remove a small section on the back bottom of the chassis.
The HTC Radar is a solidly made handset, and it's a good size for the hand and pocket. Although, without memory expansion and Flash support it feels hampered. There's no particular standout feature to lure us in, while the Windows Phone OS is something of an acquired taste.
Our rating: 3/5
Best point: Great chassis build; fast responsive processor.
Worst point: No memory expansion; can't access the battery; no Flash support.