The first device sporting Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5 (aka mango) is finally here. Yes, HTC Radar has brought us the first taste of Microsoft’s latest version of Windows operating system for phones. Here is the closer look at this newbie.
The Radar’s beauty not only lies in its delicately crafted handset but also in the Windows Phone OS’ elegance. Its aluminum body is perfectly curved to fit in the hand and somehow, feels a little heavy. One disadvantage of this handset is that its battery is built-in and thus users accustomed to Nokia phones might consider this is as bit of problem. One of the most interesting things about this phone is Windows Phone’s iconic ‘Metro’ visual style; it is way different than lists or grids we are used to see. This view of grids and lists make even Android and iOS look outdated. Although this new look is much more interesting than traditional operating systems and animation has been used to the optimum levels for various menus, still it is not for all users and take a while to get used to it.
One new and probably most innovative thing that has been done in new mango OS is the traditional contact book is transformed completely. The traditional contact book has been changed into a feature called ‘People Hub’. It contains all the live updates of your contacts from Facebook or Twitter incorporated with them, which enables you to focus more on people rather than on applications. Another interesting application created especially for messaging, lets you start a conversation via SMS, Facebook chat, Windows Live messenger and so on. Another feature of Radar allows you to scan bar code or text using its camera for instant translation.
Microsoft has provided immense attention to every single detail in Windows Phone 7.5, even ringtones have been designed to suit certain sensibility. All the menus and animations are smoothly blended into each other. But another drawback of this phone is, it only provides up to 8GB of storage space which cannot be expanded. While battery backup is excellent, it leaves small areas of improvements such as call quality and sound quality. Overall we can say that the phone is an excellent pick in its segments and outshines almost all other Android devices.
OS: Windows Phone 7.5 OS
Processor: 1 GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon chipset
Display: 3.8 inch touchscreen display (480 × 800 pixels screen resolution)
Memory: 8GB Internal memory + 512MB RAM
Rear camera/Front camera: 5MP/0.3Mp
Internet Connectivity: 3G, Wireless LAN, Wi-Fi, HSDPA up to 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA up to 5.76 Mbps
Price: Rs. 23990/-