November 1st, 2011
Category: Cell Phones with Service
Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (33 votes)
HTC Radar 4G Windows Phone (T-Mobile) by HTC
Elegantly crafted with an aluminum unibody, HTC Radar for T-Mobile brings you closer to the important things in life. It's powered by the latest Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) operating system, which boasts hundreds of improvements including multitasking, photo and video capture, and threaded conversations that move with you from text to Facebook and back again. You'll be able to keep yourself entertained with Xbox LIVE gaming and Zune-powered music and videos. And the Sense-powered HTC Hub brings you beautiful weather animations and handy tools to check stocks, take notes, enhance your photos, and more.
This phone is specifically designed for T-Mobile's 4G HSPA+ mobile broadband network, which currently covers over 200 million people across the U.S. (read more about HSPA+ below). It also offers Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking as well as the ability to share its 3G/4G Internet connection with other laptops and other Wi-Fi enabled devices.
It delivers an incredible web and multimedia experience thanks to its extra-large, high-resolution 3.8-inch capacitive touchscreen. You'll be able to capture brilliant on-the-go photos and videos from its 5-megapixel camera/camcorder–which captures video in up to HD 720p resolution. You can also speak “face-to-face” with video calling via the front-facing camera.
The perfect portable office, the Radar enables efficient multitasking like viewing a presentation while you're on a conference call or listening to music while composing an e-mail. With its expansive screen and built-in Microsoft Office Mobile, you can create, edit and collaborate on documents quickly and easily. Advanced e-mail features like linked inboxes make it easy to manage multiple e-mail accounts and synchronize your to-do list and calendars in one place.
The pre-loaded T-Mobile TV app offers access to live and on-demand mobile HDTV on T-Mobile's 4G network, including free programming from select stations like ABC News NOW, FOX Sports, PBS Kids, and Azteca America. You can upgrade T-Mobile TV to a variety of premium packages, including Prime (with ESPN Mobile TV, Disney Channel, CNBC, and more), En Español, Life & Style, and Crackle Movies.
Powered by a single-core 1.0 GHz processor, the Radar also features an 8 GB internal memory, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, GPS for navigation and location services, a full HTML browser, and up to 7.7 hours of talk time.
Advanced Camera Capabilities
The HTC Radar includes a dedicated hardware camera button, enabling you to capture vivid images without unlocking the phone. An f/2.2 aperture lens and back-illuminated sensor provide improved low-light performance, making sure you never miss that perfect shot. With the 28mm wide-angle lens, you can capture more of the scene in front of you while the new panoramic feature lets you create dramatic pictures of skylines and landscapes. The Radar also shoots bright and vibrant HD (720p) videos. And with the HTC Photo Enhancer you can quickly touch up pictures and upload them to Facebook, tagging your friends as you go using automatic face detection built into Windows Phone 7.5.
The HTC Radar features HTC Watch–an application and service that puts an entire library of the latest, premium movies and TV shows right at your fingertips. HTC Watch uses progressive download technology that makes it possible to watch videos without waiting for a huge file to finish downloading. You can either rent or buy videos, and if purchased, you can watch them on up to five different HTC devices.
The HTC Radar weighs 4.83 ounces and measures 4.74 x 2.42 x 0.43 inches. Its 1520 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 7.7 hours of talk time, and up to 575 hours (24 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies, as well as T-Mobile's 3G/4G network (1700/2100 MHz; UMTS/HSDPA/HSPA+).
What's in the Box
HTC Radar handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, documentation kit
The Power of Windows Phone 7.5
The Windows Phone 7.5 operating system has been designed to help you do more in less steps, and keep you updated on the things that are most important to you.
You can customize the Live Tiles on your Start Screen with what you care about–from people to web sites–and they'll continuously scan the web to keep you updated about your world at a glance.
Windows Phone 7.5 also brings together the things you use most on your phone in six Hubs: People, Pictures, Office, Games, Music + Video, and Marketplace. Grouping them in Hubs like this lets you get to what you need, quicker, because you don't have to jump from apps to the web to contact lists.
The latest release of Windows Phone–version 7.5, codenamed “Mango”–has hundreds of improvements and new features. Here's just a sample:
T-Mobile's Super-Fast 4G Mobile Broadband Network
As of October, 2011, T-Mobile's 4G (HSPA+ 21) network is available in over 190 major metropolitan areas across the U.S.–covering 200 million people across the country. Network upgrades will continue rolling out through 2012.
With typical download speeds that are on par with or faster than competing 4G technologies, T-Mobile's HSPA+ network provides fast data speeds, while allowing simultaneous voice and data capabilities for the ultimate wireless voice and data experience. You'll enjoy faster Web browsing, uninterrupted video streaming, and quicker app downloads.
T-Mobile's 4G mobile broadband network (powered by HSPA+) provides a theoretical capability of up to 21 Mbps peak download speeds, with average download speeds typically in the 5 to 8 Mbps range.