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.
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.
Excerpt: Sprint users, you're about to get some CDMA lovin'! Aaron reviews the HTC Arrive , the first Windows Phone 7 on Sprint and on a CDMA carrier in the United States. Sporting a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 3.6-inch display, 5-megapixel camera with 720p video recording capabilities, and a physical QWERTY...
Conclusion: The HTC Arrive is a solid smartphone and one of the few QWERTY Windows 7 phones. If you’re a Sprint customer who’s been hankering to try out Windows Phone 7, or you’re just loyal to Microsoft’s platform after years of being a Windows Mobile user, the Arrive is for you.
Pros: Lovely design and quality, solid hinge., Top notch design and good build quality. Solid voice phone, Windows Phone 7 is easy and pleasant to use.
Cons: Windows Phone 7 still lacking some key features., Smallish screen of the old-fashioned LCD variety. Windows Phone 7 still waiting for important feature updates like multi-tasking and landscape support in all apps.
Excerpt: Android has swallowed a major chunk of the mobile market giving other mobile operating systems a stiff contest. While Nokia’s Symbian has lost its charm just like the company’s smartphones, Blackberry and iPhone…
Summary: While the days leading up to the launch of HTC’s Arrive are noticeably devoid of any relevant advertising, Sprint and HTC could have easily kept the “first” theme alive had they chosen to raise awareness. The Arrive is Sprint’s first device to run Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system.
Conclusion: It’s odd, really…the reaction I have to this Arrive is exactly the opposite that I had to the Palm Pre when it first came out. On the Pre, I felt like the OS was genius and the hardware was rubbish.
Pros: Gorgeous screen, Great sound, Terrific QWERTY keyboard, Very good battery life
Cons: Windows Phone 7 doesn't seem ready, Thick and heavy, No 4G cellular data