Considering that Microsoft has already expressed its intention to spend a billion US dollars to promoting Windows Phone this year and that the number of apps in WP Marketplace is growing steadily by the day, I believe the platform will finally start to gain more popularity and fly off this 2012.
If you want to own a Windows Phone ahead of the others but aren't quite keen on spending a fortune on the handset, this could very well be the smartphone for you:
HTC Radar, in the flesh!
Elegantly crafted from a singular block of aluminum, HTC Radar brings you closer to the important things in life with Windows Phone 7.5's People Hub. People Hub keeps you up to date with your friends and love ones' latest social networking site updates and photos, and shows all of your communication history with them. The hub also lets you stay in touch via SMS, Facebook Chat and Windows Live Messenger all in one conversation, without the need to switch apps that disrupt the flow of conversation.
A true multimedia device, HTC Radar comes with a 5 MegaPixel autofocus camera with flash and an HD video recorder. For gaming, there's XBox Live and for music, movies and TV shows, you can always use Microsoft's very own Zune and even HTC Watch.
HTC Radar was officially announced in the Philippines last December 2011. Yesterday, I walked around the mall and asked a few cellphone shops regarding the current price of the handset. The sales peeps told me HTC Radar sells for around Php 18,000, which is not bad at all. So check it out.
To wrap this up in true TP fashion, here are the complete technical specs of HTC Radar:
|Type||Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)|
|Dimensions||120.5 x 61.5 x 10.9 mm|
|Available Colors||Metal Silver, Active White|
|Operating System||Windows Phone 7.5 Mango|
|Display||3.8 inches (~246 ppi pixel density), 480 x 800 pixels, S-LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Processor||1 GHz Scorpion Adreno 205 GPU Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon|
|RAM/ROM||512 MB RAM|
|Camera||5 MegaPixels, 2560х1920 pixels, autofocus, LED flash back camera, VGA front camera|
|Video Capture||HD 720p 30 frames per second|
|Audio and Video Playback||MP3/eAAC+/WAV/WMA/MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player|
|Ports||microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps|
|Network||2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100|
|Internal Storage||8 GB, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB|
|Battery||Li-Ion 1520 mAh|
|Uptime||Standby of up to 535 hours, Talk time of up to 10 hours|
|Value-Added Features||HTC Watch, HTC Locations, XBox Live, Zune, People social hub|
|Announcement||In the Philippines: December 2011|
|Price||Price in malls: Php 18,000|