HTC used the so called unibody design, meaning the phone’s mask is made from one piece. In fact, the only removable thing is the SIM card lid. Even the battery is integrated and cannot be removed. Curved, smooth edges are typical of HTC and make the phone comfortable. We like the color, but dirt and/or scratches can’t be hidden.
The phone measures 120.5mmx 61.5mmx 10.9mm (4.74’’x2.42’’x0.43’’) and weighs in at about 137g. The text is clear, colors are live and angled viewing is good. There is some reflection on the screen but it does just fine outside.
Hardware buttons are on the sides and, much like those on HTC’s other devices, they feel good and are almost invisible.
Top part of the phone holds the On/Off key and 3.5mm connector. On the right is the camera key, which can run the camera even when the phone is locked – quite handy for quick photos.
You can find a mini USB connector on the left and you’ll use it for charging, updates, syncing or backup via Zune.
On the bottom of the screen are three software keys, which can be found on every Windows Phone Mango phone since they’re Microsoft’s standard.
A VGA camera sits top right and it’s 0.3MP resolution will be sufficient for video conversation. The rear camera however has a 5MP resolution. Next to the camera are LED flash and speaker holes. The mic is on the bottom of the phone.
The phone has a lighting and distance sensor on the front, hidden in the black strip left of the HTC sign.
The lighting sensor constantly runs and once there’s not enough light to see the software keys on the bottom, the system will turn on background lighting underneath them (picture below). As long as you’re holding the phone to your ear and talking, the screen will remain off saving the battery in the process.
You won’t feel the lines between the lid and body. We must admit that HTC’s design is really great and the finish is top class.
SIM cards are the only thing you can remove from the Radar, as the battery is fixed and there are no memory cards.
The Radar comes with 8GB of memry, but user’s will be allowed to use a bit more than 6GB. The Radar comes with 512MB of system memory.