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HTC Raider 4G review

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The HTC Raider 4G is an Android smartphone which sports a massive 4.5 inch qHD screen and even surpasses the iPhone 4S in sheer speed due to its 1.5GHz dual core processor and 1GB of RAM. The phone runs Android Gingerbread paired with HTC Sense 3.0, which is a very highly regarded user interface. This makes using the phone a breeze even for someone who has never picked up an Android phone before.

The 4G LTE speeds are in a class of their own. If the network allows, the HTC Raider can achieve downstream / upstream speeds of 100Mbps and 50Mbps, respectively. This is faster than most home broadband internet services and would allow even the largest files and programs to download nearly instantly. The phone also includes an eight megapixel camera that is very high quality, matching the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy S II in image quality, even in low light. The camera also focuses extremely quickly so you can be sure that you will never miss that important shot.

Some users will not like the size of the screen though. 4.5 inches is very large and many find it to be too big to fit in a pocket or purse. Also, the battery life on the HTC Raider is not that great either. You should plan on needing your charger if you are away from home most of the day. Battery life can be improved if needed by turning off the 4G LTE signal, though this will make downloading files much slower. A good rule of thumb is to leave the 4G LTE off until you need it.

Need to Know: HTC Raider 4G

1. Screen is very large and high quality. (The Good)

2. 1.5GHz processor rivals the iPhone 4S in speed. (The Good)

3. Large screen can make it hard to fit phone in a small pocket. (The Bad)

4. Battery life is average at best. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
4"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Complex

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- Alex Bracetti, Complex
Mobile Syrup

The Raider is likely the first of many LTE offerings by HTC. In this case, it is the first LTE device on the market, and good thing too, since Samsung and LG will be competing very soon. Besides LTE, the Raider is a capable beast, a monolithic artifact outdated before its time. Its tapered desig...

- Daniel Bader, Mobile Syrup


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HTC released the Raider 4G on October 28, 2011.


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HTC backs up the Raider 4G with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Raider 4G has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact HTC support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find HTC's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
4"

The HTC Raider 4G's screen size is 4 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a Dual-core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1620mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1620 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 12 days standby time, 460 minutes.

Raider 4G Specs

Overview
Release date October 28, 2011
Regions available Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
HSDPA 14.4, HSUPA, LTE
SIM card Mini-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor Dual-core 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1620 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 460 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 12 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.9 x 6.7 x 1.1 cm (5.1 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 164 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, OPP/FTP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
3x digital
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
1.3 megapixels
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Youtube)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): HTC Holiday, HTC Vivid

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Critic Reviews


Complex

Big on horsepower, plain on design

from Complex

As trite as it may sound, the Vivid is the Tim Tebow of AT&T’s smartphone roster. What it lacks in finesse and flair at first, it makes up for in performance and brute wireless speed in the end—serving a solid Android experience. HTC’s new mobile welcomes an impressive spec sheet, which is quarterbacked by a powerful dual-core chip that generates swift results and handles multitasking with ease. Ma Bell’s second LTE phone also garners fast data speeds and the huge display produces great picture quality....

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As trite as it may sound, the Vivid is the Tim Tebow of AT&T’s smartphone roster. What it lacks in finesse and flair at first, it makes up for in performance and brute wireless speed in the end—serving a solid Android experience. HTC’s new mobile welcomes an impressive spec sheet, which is quarterbacked by a powerful dual-core chip that generates swift results and handles multitasking with ease. Ma Bell’s second LTE phone also garners fast data speeds and the huge display produces great picture quality.

Even though it boasts enough firepower and visual aesthetics to get it passed the wild card round, the phone's still a long shot against the more attractive and powerful AT&T handsets such as both Atrix models and the Samsung Skyrocket. Still, if you’re all about mobile capability and execution, you’ll feel comfortable placing your chips on the Vivid.

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Mobile Syrup

Big, beautiful qHD display and decent performance in apps and games

from Mobile Syrup

The Raider is likely the first of many LTE offerings by HTC. In this case, it is the first LTE device on the market, and good thing too, since Samsung and LG will be competing very soon.

Besides LTE, the Raider is a capable beast, a monolithic artifact outdated before its time. Its tapered design coupled with glossy plastic and aluminum backing harkens back to the Windows Mobile-powered HD2. Some users will find it uncomfortable to hold; others too plain; more not different enough to justify an upgrade. The Raider does everything right, and yet we can’t help but yearn for the second-generation LTE devices that will inevtiably arrive in six months, with power-efficient designs and improved battery life. We can’t help but be disappointed that in light of the LG Optimus LTE and Galaxy Nexus the Raider does not have an HD screen....

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The Raider is likely the first of many LTE offerings by HTC. In this case, it is the first LTE device on the market, and good thing too, since Samsung and LG will be competing very soon.

Besides LTE, the Raider is a capable beast, a monolithic artifact outdated before its time. Its tapered design coupled with glossy plastic and aluminum backing harkens back to the Windows Mobile-powered HD2. Some users will find it uncomfortable to hold; others too plain; more not different enough to justify an upgrade. The Raider does everything right, and yet we can’t help but yearn for the second-generation LTE devices that will inevtiably arrive in six months, with power-efficient designs and improved battery life. We can’t help but be disappointed that in light of the LG Optimus LTE and Galaxy Nexus the Raider does not have an HD screen.

Its one virtue — and gosh is it ever — is the ability to blow all other smartphones out of the water when it comes to throughput. We like the Raider the way we love comfort food: it’s consistent, stable and comfortable. Fans of HTC on Rogers or Bell should have no problem justifying its purchase. For the rest, wait a few weeks while we sort out which LTE handset is king.

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User Reviews


I hate this phone

It is not a good phone. I had it repair as it kept crashing and it work fine for a few months now it is starting to crash once week the is a little over a yet old . Will never buy HTC phone again.

Works like a charm!

This phone is a very solid device. Plus HTC's user interface is a delight!

I dislike this phone because

The battery is not long-lived...if you are not careful it will dial numbers because you touched it incorrectly...sometimes slow to react....as soon as I can I will be getting an IPhone...it has many for advantages...it is much more dependable according to other family members who own them...we had to w...More
The battery is not long-lived...if you are not careful it will dial numbers because you touched it incorrectly...sometimes slow to react....as soon as I can I will be getting an IPhone...it has many for advantages...it is much more dependable according to other family members who own them...we had to work very hard to find a ring tone that could be heard...missed important emergency calls. Less
Sam Cassidy

Awful phone

This phone has no battery life to speak of. It also shuts itself off at will. Once it erased all my data. I sent it away for repairs, they reflashed the software. I upgraded to Android 4.0.3 and it still does its shut off routine. It is also a very quirky phone and does not always do what you want....More
This phone has no battery life to speak of. It also shuts itself off at will. Once it erased all my data. I sent it away for repairs, they reflashed the software. I upgraded to Android 4.0.3 and it still does its shut off routine. It is also a very quirky phone and does not always do what you want. The human interface and some of the options are poorly thought out - when I got it and listened to the sales guy, it seeemed like a prefect little smartphone. After using it for three months I think I'll put it up on eBay and get something decent like an iPhone or a Blackberry. It also has a very quiet ring. I downloaded some loud ringtones and that makes it a little better but in a loud place still not nearly good enough. The screen is too sensitive, even with a protector. Sometimes it willl react if your finger happens to be close but not touching. This phone's support is also poor. My suppliers support staff (Rogers) are semi-educated in the functions and HTC's support is arrogant and not much better. Stay away from it. Less

Battery Life Awful

Really like the screen, the camera and the LTE download speed, but the battery life is unacceptable. One day the battery went totally flat in 5 hours after I took 20 pictures and 4 mins of video. Even after installing a battery management app and turning off auto brightness on the screen, any signifi...More
Really like the screen, the camera and the LTE download speed, but the battery life is unacceptable. One day the battery went totally flat in 5 hours after I took 20 pictures and 4 mins of video. Even after installing a battery management app and turning off auto brightness on the screen, any significant use drains the battery rapidly. The specs claim extended standby time, but I calculate it to be 48 hrs even with zero use. Even when not illuminated, the screen takes significant battery power, using over half of the total draw according to the battery app. Less

Do not buy this porduct if

Unless you live in an area where LTE network is available do not but this product, i just went through 2 of these in 3 days and well because i dont live in an area where LTE is available im hooped

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