WIND Mobile HTC Radar review (Video)

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  • jellmoo

    A nice little phone, but the price difference between this and the 710 is a little too steep. The 710 is probably the best bang for your buck smartphone around, and this guy feels like a poor replacement to that.

  • briggs

    you mean windows 7 phone. They had the HTC maple at launch time. WHich was windows…6.5 I think? Either way, first good windows phone.

    • Daniel Bader

      @briggs,

      Microsoft’s previous Windows-based smartphone OS was called Windows Mobile, not Windows Phone.

    • briggs

      @Daniel. Good point. I tend to group the two together, but I do stand corrected.

  • Anthony

    Some parts of the review seems harsh… especially on “phone” features:

    – slow network speed (not really the phone’s fault, I’d blame this on Wind/reception)
    – excellent sound quality from headpiece
    – WIFI, BT, GPS all connect quickly and accurately

    6.5/10

    really??

    The HSPA+ speeds are close to what I get on Rogers on my Samsung Focus, but mine is a 7.2Mbps modem..

    • Daniel Bader

      @Anthony,

      The carrier and the handset go hand in hand. The experience of a Galaxy Nexus, for example, is very different on Bell than it is on WIND by virtue of the former’s HSPA+ network speeds and the latter’s relatively slow 3G speeds. As a result, I felt a 2-point deduction was fair for such a fundamental downside as slow network speeds.

      Thanks for the comment, though, I see where you’re coming from.

    • Alex Perrier

      Daniel and Ryan, the network quality also depends on where you are using it. For example, i would assume the London network has much less stress than the Greater Toronto Area network because there are much less users in London.

  • gwydionjhr

    Another fair and balanced review. Kudos!

  • Vish

    Been using one for the last 4 months (T-Mobile’s HTC Radar) on Wind. Absolutely fantastic experience. Prior to that I had a Dell Venue Pro which was also good but the Radar is amazingly fast, nifty and looks and acts very premium-like.

    The camera quality is fantastic due to its f2.2 sensor.

    Looking forward to a Lumia 900 on Wind….will that happen? 😉

    • Alex Holmes

      If it does I am going to squeel. That phone is amazing and will bring plenty of customers over.

  • Mr. Bill

    Not too shabby.
    Though it will take more of an effort to get me to try WP.

    Was long time WM user, and I’d have a hard time going back to less then I had with WM itself.

    It’s just not all that yet.

    • Ahmed Eltawil

      Windows Phone and Windows Mobile are completely different. Windows Phone is a complete rewrite and isn’t related in any way to Windows Mobile. I would give it a try, it’s been running great on my Samsung Focus for over 1 year now and still not a single hickup.

  • ryan

    it’s a true shame that you didn’t mention the social networking and instant messaging integration found in windows phone mango….. It truly sets the platform apart from ios and android. I am a surround 7 user myself, and look forward to the fall lineup of windows phones.

    • Daniel Bader

      @Ryan, I have talked extensively about the benefits of Windows Phone Mango, including social networking and messaging integration, in my previous device reviews, as well as my Windows Mango review. Check them out on the site!

  • Deli

    Nice! Why can’t they make something like this having an Android equivalent? It has a good size and color for the mainstream folks.

  • crunch204

    @Daniel Bader

    HTC watch, if im not mistaken, is a cloud-based storage service. The movies and shows dont get saved to your phone, but to HTC’s cloud allowing you to access them on multiple devices. This means your device, no matter the built in stoarge size, does not suffer.

    • Daniel Bader

      True, but you can download a movie for offline access. While you can certainly delete the film and re-download it, the small amount of storage space is still an issue here.

  • Ed

    I have this phone on Wind.
    So far I am loving it. Very smooth, easy to use. Does 95% of what iOS or Android does and does it better.

  • ile2010

    The Lumia 710 is a superior phone to this (except for design), because of its price advantage, Nokia Drive offline navigation, and its pentaband UMTS radio (some of us do travel outside of Canada). It was a truly idiotic move for a budget carrier to get the $400 Radar instead of the Lumia.

    There’s nothing wrong with the Radar, as it gives you the same fluid WP7 experience, but the Lumia is a way better buy.

  • Chuck

    Nice Review. It would be nice if you indicated that even though it has 8GB of storage it is suplimented with the free 25GB of skydrive for Documents, Photos and Media

  • Alex Holmes

    Hey there, I am a Wind employee and I would like to make a quick correction here. The united states roaming and CDN roaming charges are exactly the same, therefore it does not matter whether you are in the states or in Canada. So the fact that the phone does not distinguish between Wind away and T-Mobile roaming is not a concern.

    Also, writing that it has slow speeds especially for a “4g” phone is a bit silly, considering Wind has made no claims to having a 4g network. We run on 3g, and hence we have 3g speeds.

    Other than that, good solid review of the phone.

    • T1MB0T

      so no 4g? only 3g and no LTE. Some future that is! thanks for clearing that up Alex. Any news on the international roaming? you know the one that does not work for most? Also any news on the call center that was a go and now that is a no go? Why did they scrap it? well speak up! Also is it true that tony still has the rogers BB? well it was posted that he still does, and the video.. classic!

      thanks alex true to form wind offers little in answers but much in excuses.

    • Alex Holmes

      Hey T1MB0T,

      I do understand where you are coming from with Wind’s service issues. And I definetly understand how Wind seems to have excuses for a lot of issues people have with them. However, We are a service designed to save people money while still giving them good phones. Wind is not for everyone. If you can afford to spend 80-120 dollars a month on a plan with one of the Big three, go right ahead. I personally have a Bell phone aswell as Wind. I use Bell for the better connection in areas like White rock and abbotsford and Wind for the unlimited Data.

      International roaming works on all GSM enabled phones, but only in areas slated on a list which is available at Windmobile.ca. Our roaming rates are generally lower than competators.

      We do not have a 4g Network as of yet, but the Upgrade is planned. Being a two year old company with innexpensive plans does not leave us with an excess of funding like the big three. We constantly expand and correct our service and strive to eventually have a network rivaling the big three (Who have been around for 20+ years and charge almost double for their service)

      We have a call centre, so I dont really understand what you mean by that statement.

      “Also is it true that tony still has the rogers BB? well it was posted that he still does, and the video.. classic!”

      I confess I have no idea what this means.

      Well, I hope I have helped to answer some of your concerns T1MB0T.

    • Daniel Bader

      @Alex, it is relevant because the Radar displays 4G on the display.

    • Keegan Goerz

      Hey Alex,
      Id just like to say, I am a long time WIND customer, and do completely love the company and brand – very much am behind the success.
      However I have to correct you – WIND branded the device as “4G” and has said that their HSPA+ network is “4G”.
      Im in Edmonton/St. Albert and get great data speeds considering the relative infancy of the network, mind you I understand it won’t be the same as the big guys. Regardless, from a GENERAL consumers point of view, they will see 4G and think its the same as everyone else. I don’t think the comment was made to attack the carrier, however meant to clear things up.
      Again I am a huge reporter – but WIND certainly DOES advertise as 4G, at 14.4, across all of its network. We have covered that on Mobile Syrup before.
      ~ Keegan

      “Hey there, I am a Wind employee and I would like to make a quick correction here. The united states roaming and CDN roaming charges are exactly the same, therefore it does not matter whether you are in the states or in Canada. So the fact that the phone does not distinguish between Wind away and T-Mobile roaming is not a concern.

      Also, writing that it has slow speeds especially for a “4g” phone is a bit silly, considering Wind has made no claims to having a 4g network. We run on 3g, and hence we have 3g speeds.

      Other than that, good solid review of the phone.”

  • T1MB0T

    Too bad its on wind! Sad to say now that they are not going to bid this is pretty much what you are stuck with. With all the new phones coming with LTE and less and less on wins frequency it is a phone you will have for a long long time. Oh well.. I am sure who ever buys wind this time will have more success than the owners in egypt.

  • rick

    does the windows phone need 10 updates every 2 weeks like my windows pc?

  • Bukhovian Smorzhee

    I don’t like the HTC Radar because:

    1. The white cover over the SIM card port at the bottom sticks out and looks lame. It make it look like a keyboard is supposed to slide out from the bottom.

    2. When you turn on the wifi hotspot it says that it will automatically turn off after a few minutes if not used. There’s no way to keep it on indefinitely (unlike Android).

    3. The screen isn’t as vibrant as the Galaxy Nexus.

    4. The battery is too small. The standard for batteries is 3300mah like the razr maxx. The Radar’s battery is less than 2000mah. Kudos to WP for getting the most out of this small battery, but it is still too small.

    If I got a WIND phone I recommend the Galaxy Nexus.

    • Alex Holmes

      I agree with you here, for an extra 150 dollars you can’t go wrong with the Nexus.

    • ile2010

      3300 mAh is a standard now? That’s like saying that a 41mp PureView camera is a standard.

      One (or two) phones having a feature hardly makes that feature a “standard”.

  • arkeetek

    HTC just updated it’s Location app to include offline map download. It does the same as Nokia Drive now.

    • ile2010

      So it gives you free turn-by-turn navigation? I don’t care if it’s just a map.