Excerpt: This cellphone was first known as HTC 7 Pro when I first saw it at the New York unveiling and this handset is the first foray of Sprint in to the world of Windows Phone 7. Apart from that, it is the first Windows Phone 7 on CDMA networks and also the first model of Windows Phone 7 to have the cut-and-pste update of Microsoft. Because of all this, there are plenty of expectations from this cell phone and for me, it does live up to all of them.
Conclusion: Despite a list of annoyances with obvious-but-not-mandatory features that were lacking, we enjoyed using this phone. Its quirks required the same kind of patience needed to master the Windows desktop. But we grew quickly adept and found the phone did everything we asked of it, and more. Click to enlarge. HTC's hardware met our high expectations. Its vibrant touchscreen was as much a pleasure to look at as it was to use. The phone's camera took nice pictures.
Pros: Angled slideout keyboard, 1 Ghz Snapdragon CPU, Responsive touchscreen, Battery Life, Games and Xbox Live
Cons: $199 price, Memory not upgradeable, Lack of features in included software
Summary: The Arrive is a good phone, but is somewhat hampered by the beta nature of Windows Phone 7. Similarly, not everything is perfect about the hardware, as it’s a bit thick and the buttons aren’t the most well designed of any phone we’ve ever seen. If you want to take a walk on the wild side, check out the HTC Arrive. It’s sure to surprise, intrigue, and take you a bit off the beaten path.
Pros: Solid feel to the device, Brilliant, vivid 3.6-inch screen, Slide out keyboard for heavy typing, Good social network integration
Cons: A bit thick at .61 inches, Buttons feel oddly sized and a bit strangely placed, Windows Phone 7 feels like it hasn’t been finely tuned yet, Single rear-facing mediocre camera
Excerpt: Over the past couple of years Sprint has had the opportunity to release some of the best smartphones available. With the launch of their WiMax network last year came the HTC EVO 4G, a monumental achievement in the US mobile industry. So it is no surprise that Sprint would release the first CDMA Windows Phone 7 device, the HTC Arrive , which is essentially a slight variant of the HTC 7 Pro , now hitting Europe.
Summary: The HTC Arrive is the best non-4G smartphone on Sprint. It offers a great feature set, battery life is decent, and the QWERTY keyboard is quite good. That said, I wish the display wasn’t so angled, and Sprint’s aging EVDO Rev. A network leaves a lot to be desired on the data front. Considering that the “premium data” charge now applies to all smartphones – one of the initial cons to the 4G devices - there’s no reason not to go with one of the 4G phones.
Pros: Physical QWERTY keyboard is fantastic; battery life is decent; Windows Phone 7 offers an easy-to-use interface for those new to smartphones.
Cons: Despite being a 3G device, Sprint still charges the $10 “Premium Data” surcharge; angled screen and 3.6-inch size may be a turnoff for some; Windows Phone 7 isn't optimized for a physical keyboard yet.