Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

Of the two hand­sets avail­able in the mar­ket on the new Win­dows Phone Mango up­date, the HTC Radar is a more per­fect blend of looks and func­tions. Made from a sin­gle piece of sil­ver metal, the white plas­tic at the back gives it a rich feel. As the bat­tery is non-re­mov­able, the SIM card slot is hid­ing be­hind the small re­mov­able panel at the bot­tom.

The home­screen is di­vided into two, the first com­pris­ing big, colour­ful tiles. Hit­ting the ar­row key point­ing to­wards the right un­veils the main menu.while Android de­vices prompt for Google ac­count IDS, here a Win­dows Live ID is a must, spe­cially for down­load­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from the Win­dows Mar­ket­place. Typ­ing on the on­screen key­pad was among the best we have ex­pe­ri­enced. Of­fice Suite for docu-

men­ta­tion is pain­less and brows­ing web over the phone is a pleas­ant ac­tiv­ity.

HTC Radar scores full marks on the mul­ti­me­dia front as well. The sound out­put is nice and videos looked crisp. It also has a 5 MP cam­era that cap­tures good im­ages. The auto-fix fea­ture in the al­bum works well as does the on­board Photo En­hancer app. Pow­ered by 1GHZ pro­ces­sor along with 512MB RAM, the de­vice per­formed smoothly, with­out hang­ing even once dur­ing the week-long test­ing. Some users who store a lot of data on the phone might be dis­ap­pointed as it has 8 GB in­built mem­ory, of which only 6.54 is avail­able for use, and it doesn’t sup­port ex­pand­able mem­ory. All this is ac­com­pa­nied with a good bat­tery backup that lasted a day on con­stant con­nec­tiv­ity.

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