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While we consider the AT&T HTC Titan an excellent Windows Phone (here's our review) it has a quirky graphics lag or stutter at times. The stutter occurs more often with apps that have heavy graphics (Fruit Ninja is a good example) but it doesn't happen constantly throughout the game. Just enough to be noticeable.

WPCentral reader ElecktroDragon has discovered a temporary work around that eliminates the lag time and may identify the problem as being related to the Sound Enhancer Setting.  If you go into the Titan's Settings and turn off the SRS Enhancement in the Sound Enchancer setting, the lag goes away.  Based on the forums discussion, sound quality is just fine for the games without the SRS turned on.

While this seems to do the trick, it also means that for the time being you'll need to go back into settings to turn back on the SRS Enhancements when watching videos or listening to music to enjoy the sound enhancement.  We're still hoping that HTC can resolve this issue with a software update but in the meantime, at least we have a temporary fix.

Edit: This fix/workaround also applies to the HTC Radar/Radar 4G

Thanks goes out to ioannisgk for pointing this out.

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We've received word that HTC are kicking off a marketing campaign in India. An HTC Radar advertisement was spotted (see above) in a recent edition of the Gujarat Samachar, a popular Gujarati newspaper. The country recently launched Windows Phone 7.5 with a storm, unveiling the HTC Radar, Samsung Omnia W and Acer Allegro. It's good to see advertising reaching out to all regions.

Thanks Urvansh for sending in the photo!

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So T-Mobile is having a one-day sale, called Magenta Day, where they will be offering pretty much all of their smartphones for $49.99. And since the new HTC Radar 4G falls into that category, it too is getting a temporary reduction from its usual $99 asking price.

Of course you still have their lame $50 rebate to get through first, meaning you'll be paying $100 upfront. But if you're into buying from T-Mobile direct, then this is your chance. Personally, we much prefer the Wirefly offer where you just pay $50 now and anytime with no rebates, but that's us. Either way, the $59.99 a month Unlimited Plus Value plan (unlimited minutes & text, plus 2 GB of data, 4G) is a pretty killer offer--just sayin'.

The sale is occurring this Saturday, November 19th.  So head on down to your local store if you're interested.

Source: T-Mobile; via Windows Phone Daily, TMoNews

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The HTC Radar and Samsung Focus Flash can both be considered entry level or budget Windows Phones. They both have low pricing points when compared to their big brothers the HTC Titan and Samsung Focus S. And they both have scaled back features (smaller screen, less memory) but meet minimum specs.

While both may be considered an entry level Windows Phone, both are solid performers within their own right.  We've reviewed both and find them both be be quality Windows Phones in their own right.

Now we'll see how both measure up against one another.  And for that, you'll need to slide on past the break.

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Microsoft has launched a new website "I love you guys", which highlights the social functionality and integration of Windows Phone. This marketing effort is a follow up on their recent launch in India last month. Visitors are able to connect to their Facebook account to pull down friends and organise parties among other events.

The above intro video provides a humorous look on how friends can be terrible liars, via a HTC Radar. Anyone else notice a slight confusion in terms of UI?

via: WinRumors

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T-Mobile HTC Radar 4G Review

While the curtain has been lifted for some time on the HTC Radar, it is still a fresh face on the Windows Phone market. The white/silver color scheme and unibody design makes the phone stand out amongst other Windows Phones. The lighter color pattern may extend the Windows Phone appeal to new users but how does the Radar hold up to other Windows Phones?

The Radar isn't just another pretty face amongst smartphones. With respect to design and feel, the HTC Radar can easily hold its own against other Windows Phones on available today. The aluminum unibody is curved to fit your hand comfortably while giving the Radar a quality build. The screen is vibrant, responsive and has a bit of a pop to it. While the color choice for the Radar may not appeal to everyone, there's no denying this is a well built Windows Phone.

We've put the Radar to use over the past few days and to see how this second generation Windows Phone has held up, bounce on past the break.

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T-Mobile released the HTC Radar just a few days ago and we've gotten our grubby little hands on a review unit. First impressions? This Windows Phone is nice.

The HTC Radar is deceptively large with its rounded edges and feels really good in the hand. If I had to compare the Radar's feel to another Windows Phone it would be closest to the Focus but with a smoother and lighter feel to it. The 3.8" WVGA screen is nice in both appearance and responsiveness.

Not sure if many will like the small storage capacity (with preloaded stuff only 6.12GB free) and the white/silver color pattern does take some getting used to. Personally and at no fault of the Radar, I don't like the color pattern. I would much rather have seen this phone in gun metal, black or even light gray.

Color preference asides, the HTC Radar makes a very nice impression. The new Windows Phone feels good in the hand, is solidly built, and zips along rather nicely.  We've got the review unit for a few days, will take it out for a test drive and get a full review up shortly. If there's anything in particular you would like us to take note of, feel free to let us know in the comments. If it's possible, we'll add it to the review.

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Tonight, Microsoft and T-Mobile held another Inner Circle event and kicked off the launch of the HTC Radar 4G (review coming up soon, we have a few in the house now). And as if by actual planning, T-Mobile actually has a real live TV commercial to show off the slick little device.

That's the good news. The bad news is it is just the same Radar commercial that is airing in the UK but re-dubbed. It's not really a bad thing though, after all outside of you and us who's gonna notice? Plus the commercial, while not focusing on the brand Windows Phone, does do a decent job of showing off the phone.

Yeah yeah, we know T-Mobile still needs an HD7 replacement. But lets allow the Radar 4G to have its moment in the sun, it deserves it. And our OS needs the attention too.

via: Windows Phone Daily

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If you wanted the new HTC Radar 4G on T-Mobile (and it is a pretty sweet phone, we have one in our hands as we speak), you'll want to take a look at getting it through Wirefly. They have it for the low-low price of $49.99 for either new service, new line or your upgrade, should you have one waiting.

To put that price in perspective, T-Mobile-direct advertises the device as $99 with a new contract, but alas, it's actually $150 with a $50 mail-in-rebate. We say "boo" to those and would rather just pay $50 direct to Wirefly and call it a day.

We'll have a review up of the Radar 4G in a few days, but so far we're impressed with the device--solid build, beautiful screen and fast. Shame about that 8GB of storage though.

Source: Wirefly

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The HTC Radar, recently launched in India along with the Samsung Omnia W and Acer Allegro, is now available to order online at both Flipkart and LetsBuy. The second generation Mango handset will set the buyer back by Rs. 23,990 ($500). The handset sports a 3.8 screen with a 1Ghz processor.

See earlier coverage of the Radar for more information.

Source: Flipkart, LetsBuy, thanks Rohit for the heads up!

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HTC has a series of demo videos over at their YouTube Channel focusing on the Titan and Radar Windows Phones. HTC has teamed up with comedian Jim Gaffigan to add a light-hearted approach to showing off the various features of the new phones and the Windows Phone operating system.

The short videos cover a wide range of topics such as the Games Hub, Office Hub, linked Inbox, Bing Vision and yes, Pie pie charts. There's about sixteen in all and if you're curious about what Windows Phone has to offer, they're worth checking out.

You can find all of the HTC Windows Phone videos here at HTC's YouTube Channel.

Thanks goes out to Robb for the tip!

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TMobile has announced plans to release their 4G HTC Radar for $99 on contract on November 2nd. The handset comes with free shipping and packs some impressive specifications. If that isn't enough, it will pack HTC Watch and T-Mobile TV for TV and movies on the go. For a quick reminder of the insides:

  • 1Ghz processor
  • 8GB storage
  • 5MP camera with F2.2 lens (FF camera)
  • Windows Phone Mango

Source: TMobile Shop, via: @TMobile

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In case you wanted to take a closer look at their basic specs, all of the new Windows Phone announced so far, including the Samsung Focus S, Focus Flash and HTC's Titan and Radar 4G are listed on WindowsPhone.com.

The only thing "new" that we found was the mention of the Focus S's "wide-band AMR advanced sound quality", which we have no idea what it means, but we guess we should be impressed and it's down as having a 9-hour battery life (a regular Focus clocks in at 7-hours, for comparison).

Of interest is how T-Mobile Radar 4G is listed under "Other" for some odd reason and the Quantum is still listed, even though it's gone from AT&T's site.

Source: Windows Phone; Thanks, Justin S., for the heads up

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We understand some folks on T-Mobile are a little miffed about not getting the Titan and instead have to "settle" for the Radar 4G. We disagree a little bit, having handled the Radar and knowing what a svelte device it is.  We also know that these second generation devices have better internal hardware, a faster CPU, newer more powerful GPU and better screens to name a few differences.

In this case, WP7.com.pl has put the HD7 next to the Radar for a side-by-side speed test. While it should be of no surprise that the Radar wins easily, it's still certainly interesting to see the margin of difference. Needless to say, a lot of us will enjoy that extra speed boost that the Radar gives, even if it still only has a 1GHz CPU (but newer build).

Source: WP7.com.pl

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Radar - Mango App Spotlight

Ever forget where you parked your car? How about where your hotel is? Radar is a Windows Phone app that is designed to help you find your way back to locations such as where you parked your car. The app taps into your Windows Phone compass and GPS to tag these locations and track you back to them. No data connection is required.

Radar's layout is simple with a page for the radar display and a page to tag your return locations or targets. The Radar Page is basically a compass that will display the return direction to get back to your location.  There are three preset tags available on the Targets Page and all three can be in use at the same time. You have tags for your car, hotel and custom location (can be anything) that will place a corresponding icon on the radar screen.

To set a location, simply tap on the location title on the Target Page. To cancel or reset the location, tap again to stop the tracking service.  As you move away from the tagged location, the distance from that point is displayed on the Radar and Target pages.

Radar is a Mango App that has the fast resume feature and will remember your tagged locations when not running. There is live tile support that will show how many targets are active from the live tile.

In taking Radar out for a brief test drive I found it to be accurate with regards to the distance from and direction to my tagged location. Radar is a very basic track back app and some may prefer having a map overlay to help guide them in the right direction. The advantage of not having a map overlay means you don't need a data connection or a heavy download to store the maps on board.

All in all, Radar isn't a bad choice if you need a simple track back application for your Windows Phone. I can see it coming in handy over the Holiday Season when you go shopping and need to remember where you parked your car at the local mall. Or when traveling and need to remember where you parked your car at the airport.

Radar is running $.99 over at the Windows Phone Marketplace (no trial version available) and you can download it here.

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And now, HTC Radar's turn...

Earlier today we mentioned that the HTC Titan was getting a little ad time in London newspapers. Well now, it the HTC Radar's turn.

@alexb8 spotted this print ad on the back cover of Nuts Magazine in the UK. The ad highlights the Windows Phone's live tiles.

Not sure if the doodled-up hands helps the cause but it's nice to see the new Windows Phones getting some exposure.

Thanks goes out to Alex for the tip!

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HTC Radar available at MobiCity

Good news for those who reside in Australia and are eagerly awaiting the HTC Radar handset, MobiCity is now stocking HTC's Mango-powered white gem and it's available for purchase at $549.99. It's not tied to any network (unlocked), is available in white or silver and is ready to ship on order. Unfortunately when choosing a free accessory, the HTC dock isn't listed (due to delay?) and it's not Telstra NextG compatible showing that this could well be an imported model.

If you're a power house fan, then the HTC Titan will be more up your street, but is still tied to pre-ordering for now.

Source: MobiCity, thanks Gibbo for the tip!

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When T-Mobile finally announced the Radar 4G, one thing that was missing was a firm release date. We knew it cleared the FCC and we've seen it videoed already, but all we had for a time-frame was "Holiday season".

Well, consider this your clarification. The HTC Radar 4G is set to launch on T-Mobile on Wednesday, November 2nd--just under 30 days from now. Price is a sane and expected $199 on contract.

Of course, we have a feeling that a lot of you will be griping about the lack of a proper HD7 successor--notably the Titan missing from the lineup. Sadly, this launch lineup adds nothing to that disappointment, although we have to admit, the Radar 4G is a very nice phone. In fact, we're going to advise a lot of you to at least play with it in the store/get a hands on before you outright dismiss it, because its screen and build quality are some of the best we've ever seen--no joke.

Source: TmoNews

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Earlier we mentioned the HTC Titan and Radar have become available for pre-order in Poland. We are now seeing pre-order ads for these two new Windows Phones in the U.S. market.

Take it for what it's worth but CellHut.com is advertising the HTC Radar (unlocked) for $599.99 (on sale from $739.98) and the HTC Titan (again, unlocked) for $799.99 (on sale from $899.98). Both phones are listed as compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile, Cellular One and a number of other carriers.

Compared to the Average Retail Value Microsoft has placed on the Titan in their Big Box of Awesome 2 contest ($499.99) the prices are a little on the steep side.  Hopefully the discounted prices will continue to lower.

Oh... one caveat in dealing with online retailers is to always check out their scores on resellerratings.com. It might save you some headaches.

Thanks goes out to John for the tip!

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