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HTC Arrive Review

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HTC Arrive Review
Callers were not impressed with the HTC Arrive, calling it “one of the lesser quality phones we’ve tested.” They complained of a lot of hollowness and a buzzing sound throughout the cal, and gave it an overall rating of 7.5/10. On our end the earpiece could be harsh at times, but we had no problems hearing them. The speakerphone was particularly good and loud. We wouldn’t be quite as critical as they were, but there are definitely better phones in Sprint’s lineup. Battery life is rated for 6 hours of talk time, which is pretty typical for a CDMA smartphone these days.

In the end Windows Phone 7 is a work in progress, but off to a good start. As noted we had issues with multimedia sync which shows that there are still kinks that need to be worked out. Since all Windows Phones are basically identical on the software end, it’s the hardware that differentiates them. The HTC Arrive is one of the better built phones we’ve used, and we love the size, physical keyboard and trick hinge. The camera left some to be desired, but overall it’s a win. Right now HTC has a captive audience in the CDMA works, but when other WP7 devices are released they have a pretty high hardware bar to achieve.

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Pros

  • Great keyboard
  • Good display with a neat hinge mechanism
  • Contemporary, modern styling
  • Well-built

Cons

  • Camera could be better
  • Multimedia sync didn’t work for us with no option to manually manage the device
  • WP7 has a lot of catching up to do with Android and iOS
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posted on 22 Mar 2011, 17:56 1

1. derp (unregistered)


Im sure the OS is far better than Android, but really it just looks like a slightly reworked KIN OS. Too ugly for me.

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 22:28

2. snowgator (Posts: 3293; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


They were not impressed with the Email, integration, lack of ability to customize it, thought the camera was only fair, didn't like the Zune, and people said it was one of the worst devices they tested on calls for some time. It got an "8". Hey, I am a HTC fan myself, and am starting to warm up to WP7, but if this phone is an "8" after that review, what would it take for Phone Arena to pan a HTC smart phone? For it to implode upon touch?

posted on 31 Mar 2011, 22:49 1

3. eatlotacheese (unregistered)


I have had this device for a week now and I can say I love it. The phone's feel is sturdy and a little heavy. The layout is smooth the only problem is with the touch buttons sometimes getting tapped during games. The keyboard is very responsive and easy to type on. The screen is gorgeous, movies and pictures are crisp and clear. Its touch response is precise. Windows phone 7 OS is still new and lacking in some features but this update goes beyond copy an paste. The app switching and loading is smoother and less buggy. I have read a review saying the copy and paste was hard, its not. The phone's drawbacks are in the software's lack of landscape mode. It draws back from the phone's keyboard. My other issue is the flimsy feel of the slide mechanism. It feels like it could break if it got caught. Other than these an WP7 lack of some features its a great phone.

posted on 06 Apr 2011, 13:34

4. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


Arrive vs Evo Shift!!

posted on 04 May 2011, 15:07 2

5. eric12341 (Posts: 6; Member since: 04 May 2011)


shows how inexperienced some of these tech bloggers are. I had no problems whatsoever getting all my music on to the arrive.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 19:09

7. trumpet116 (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


And he showed off the copy-paste incorrectly at first...at least he fixed his mistake when he went to messaging...

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 23:35

6. KidZoom (unregistered)


It is the best mobile device I have ever seen.

My first venture in mobile communications was a mobile phone bolted in my trunk that you could fry bacon on (unless CB radio counts as mobile communication). Win7 is a step in the right direction and with live.com, outlook connector, or Windows Office 365, the user will find an email/ calendar/ business contact system.

The fast transition between screens and apps is amazing. Apps do not start randomly or devour battery life. No need for app killer or midday charging. Apps are limited to the realm of useful even though there are a bunch of games (no interest to me). This is a positive, I want a device to increase productivity, not waste time.

The interface is customizable enough, think Windows OS since 3.5, you could change the entire appearance, but most PC's I see are very similar in configuration. Why create "stuff" people will not use?

Has limited version apps of MS office. Handy for tweaking work product when you are caught in down time without your laptop. Yes you can access all the files you care to store on live.com or your Office 365 exchange through OneNote or Lync. Your entire office is literally at your fingertips.

Internet, search, and navigation functions are clean and easy to use. Links, phone numbers, and address are recognized by the device and can be accessed immediately. For example, you can tap search button, Bing search for desired location, the device brings up local info on the subject, with options to view the Web or news related to subject. Tap the address and navigation will get you there.

Much, much more!

HTC and Win 7, this is a 9.9 just because there is no such ting as a 10.

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HTC Arrive

HTC Arrive

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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Display3.6 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (259 ppi)
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8650, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
Size4.63 x 2.32 x 0.61 inches
(118 x 59 x 15 mm)
6.49 oz  (184 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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