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HTC Radar hands-on and first impressions

The phrase "don't knock it 'til you've tried it" comes to mind when looking at the Radar. Compared to the Titan, the Radar looks like a weakling, but looks can be deceiving. For a start, it still has the same killer camera the Titan touts, but that's not all: the Radar actually has the same screen resolution as the Titan.

With a 3.8 inch screen, on paper the Radar seems like a far more sensible choice. In reality, it's not overstated, yet still looks flashy to passers-by. A smaller screen size but identical pixel count to the Titan means the Radar's screen just inches past the Titan in the sharpness department. Now don't get me wrong, the Titan's screen is gorgeous. But saving yourself a bit of money and having a slightly sharper screen might sway buyers away from the Titan powerhouse.

Sure, the Radar lacks the dual LED flash and the faster processor, and it's clear HTC is trying to appeal to those who want a Titan on a budget. At the same time, you have to question how necessary the Titan is. It's a bit on the large side, will probably cost a bit more, and let's be honest, will you really notice a 0.5GHz change in speed? HTC have managed to make a smaller alternative to the Titan that still retains the essentials that make the Titan great. It's snappy, sleek, and comes pre-loaded with Windows Phone 7.

Next to the Titan, the Radar does look inferior. But after playing with it for a while, you're left feeling like HTC is heading in the right direction. It does what it's meant to and well, definitely thanks to the marrying of Windows Phone 7 with the high specs. Although 8 GB of storage might restrict some buyers (which might give reason to opt for the Titan), less storage-dependent users will be sure to find a decent phone in the Radar.

Officials are still tight-lipped on pricing specifics, although an October release is for certain. 

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For some reason it looks very bulky. Not a fan of the white/silver/white band at the bottom either. It looks like a fat double chin.

So, help me recap here: It has a slower processor, a smaller screen, lesser storage, the camera's inferior and so is the flash. These are the 5 big areas where it lags behind the Titan, does it not? I'll wait for the device to hit and reviews to come out so it's clear whether the processor, screen and camera & flash are really that big hindrances. I'm pretty sure that the price tag of this, obviously lesser than that of the Titan, won't be a wallet-destroyer.

I hope the other manufacturers come out with some cool devices now. The more choice, the better.

jimmyfal said,
Camera looks interesting, wonder if they solved the purple problem with ALL HTC windows phones...

What purple problem?

jimmyfal said,
Camera looks interesting, wonder if they solved the purple problem with ALL HTC windows phones...

I am also curious about your purple problem. My HD7 doesn't seem to have any issues.

You get me this phone with an AMOLED screen and minimum 16GB (or an expansion slot a la Focus) and I'd be all over this beaut

Yeah the screen is disappointing, not as vivid as it should be. I'm sure one of the other manufacturers will come up with something.

warwagon said,
Is it just me or dos it seem like htc is releasing a new phone every week?

lolwut, this is one of the first two WP7.5 powered HTC phones announced? (not even released)

Fred 69 said,

lolwut, this is one of the first two WP7.5 powered HTC phones announced? (not even released)

I think you missed the point of what he was saying. HTC makes more than Windows phones.

warwagon said,
Is it just me or dos it seem like htc is releasing a new phone every week?

Yup, and as a direct result you can forget about getting updates over a reasonable timespan unless you get the most high-end phones.