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Some small tweeks would make it a great phone.
Uzzelien has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I've had this phone going on six months now and I have to admit I love it. Some small things would make it nicer but as a young OS it's comming along much faster then others. The phone itself very nice. I love the metro ui but this is a love it or hate it thing. The camera isn't bad for a phone but better optics would make it great. I've had very few problems with the recpetion and mostly in common places where my friend's evo has the same problems so I really can't complain to much about it. I think it's more of a Sprint problem. I like that I have a real keyboard and not just an on screen one. The screen tilt is very nice when sending emails. The screen isn't bad but it's not as nice as Samsung screens are.
Windows OS is Amazing -
kadvopatel has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
I been using HTC Arrive for over a year now and found it to be much superior OS than Iphone and Android. I believe microsoft got it right this time with its Metro UI. it doesn't feel cluttery and simple to use.
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HTC Arrive is an amazing phone on the Sprint line up.
alexandermatthews has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
This phone is highly underrated. The HTC Arrive is a great device and packs a punch all into one. You get a physical keyboard and probably one of the best ones out on the market. You get a decently sized screen at 3.6" (Hey it's .1 bigger than an iPhone.) You get a pretty good camera, and not to mention crazy battery life. I was very shocked at how well this phone performed and how sweet the UI is. I have an iPhone, but also still have my Arrive. I play with both daily and each day I find myself loving the Arrive more. I'm sold on WP7 and look forward to seeing more from the platform in the future.
dkw164 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I upgraded to this phone from a Palm Pre that I had had since its release in June 2009. I decided to jump onto another promising new operating system in Windows Phone 7 after I had had a good experience being an early adopter of the Pre. After getting used to the phone I am still very pleased that I switched, however I recognize that WP7 is still very raw and will need to be hugely improved with the upcoming Mango update. As has been stated in every WP review I have read, the foundation for a great mobile OS has been laid by the initial innovation of WP but will need lots of perfecting to compete with the other, more mature platforms. I am enjoying my Arrive and it still does not have a scratch on it after a month of fairly heavy, at times, less than careful use.
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As Good as I had Hoped
Grant has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I waited a long time for this phone and it met my expectaions. Great operating system obviously if you need to root your phone or make major customizations to your phone it is probably not for you. If you are looking for a polished Smartphone consider The Arrive. If you are looking for a Windows Phone with a physical keyboard this is the best of the batch. Music experience is great, Zune PC software is excellent for organizing your collections and syncing your phone. The OS is still young and will have significant improvements and add even more functionality.
One more thing, dont let service reps talk you out of this phone, if what you see in the store intrigues you I say go for it. I have had quite a few try to shoo me over to the Android section when I have played with them at the store. If they say it is slow and buggy, they are talking about WM6.5 and should lose all credibility.
Much to be desired
pinata has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Cannot add ring tones, system is fairly well locked down. Manipulating title screen for clock display and battery life is difficult(looking for app). Would prefer phone with wm6.5. Tethering for business is not offered and the phone does not have a hotspot capability.
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Leaps and Bounds better than previous Windows Mobile...
JeremyC has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Overall this is a great device.
Build quality is top notch, even with the goofy hinge for the slide out and tilt.
Reception is on par (good) as other HTC devices.
Internet is not bad, but it's not as good as Android (browser is based on a mix of IE 7 and 8, not webkit).
Multimedia is fairly good experience overall. You must sync to Zune to load music and videos or buy them from Market (and no customer ringtones only the ones on phone and in market)... I would like the ability to side load music...
Camera is NOT on par with my two previous HTC phones (EVO and Hero). Both the Arrive and Hero have a 5 mp camera but I guess the default camera app for Windows Phone is not as good as the custom camera app HTC does for Android. The pictures aren't bad per se, just not the quality that I'm used to.
I can honestly say I think it's the most beautiful UI I've seen on a phone. It's clean, it's fast and really handles everything well.
Both on screen and hardware keyboard are phenomenal.
The SLCD is super sexy. Crisp and clear! One of the best screens!
Battery.... Good so far. I haven't really gotten into "regular" usage. Still with the heavy usage I've done, it's better than the EVO and Hero.
Sky Drive is awesome....... 25 gb for storage, heck yes!
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MUCH BETTER THEN I EXPECTED..
Vanny has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I'm a Heavy User when it comes to wireless gadgets, specially Smartphones, and now that I have this HTC Arrive Smartphone, am getting more and more surprised.. In many ways, it much better then expected and after having a couple of iPhones and a couple of Android Phones, I still gave it a shot and so far, it has been VERY Worth it..