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HTC Arrive Review

HTC Arrive

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Windows Phone 7 is new and beautiful and minimalistic, but it isn’t all that customizable. The user can choose what tiles are displayed on the home screen and the order they are in, but in terms of manufacturer customization Microsoft has shut the door (for now.) HTC offers the HTC Hub app, which brings some feel of Sense to the device, but this has to be launched as an app and overall all WP7 devices feel the same.

The homescreen of the HTC Arrive - HTC Arrive Review
HTC Arrive Review
HTC Hub app - HTC Arrive Review
HTC Arrive Review

The homescreen of the HTC Arrive

 

HTC Hub app

 

For those unfamiliar with the Metro UI we’ll keep it basic; the WP7 homescreen is a collection of tiles that are capable of delivering information, such as unread texts, calendar events or the weather, or just play neat animations from time to time. Much like Android, your home screen can consist of Live Tiles (tiles that deliver info, like widgets) or app shortcuts (tiles that simply launch the app) but since they are all either 1x1 or 2x1, the look is pretty monotonous. The Zune-style menus feature overreaching graphics and text that runs off screen, which makes for a very cool and modern interface. It takes a few minutes to orientate oneself to this new OS, but to any experienced smartphone user the overall navigation shouldn’t be too perplexing.

The calendar - HTC Arrive Review
The calendar - HTC Arrive Review
The calendar - HTC Arrive Review

One major element of WP7 is integration, so there is a People app instead of your traditional phonebook. Yes, the People app has a phonebook element to it, but it also has a What’s New section, which gives you a Facebook feed for your contacts. The Music and Video app is a player for your downloaded music and videos, but also a home for any music or video related app you download from the Marketplace. Elements like this show us that Microsoft gets it this time around, and WP7 is in a very good position to succeed if given a chance.

People app - HTC Arrive Review
People app - HTC Arrive Review
People app - HTC Arrive Review

The HTC Arrive features the newest version of WP7, which includes an improved Marketplace search, faster load times for apps and most noticeably copy and paste. The copy and paste feature is probably one of the best implementations we’ve seen on a smartphone; simply tap the word you want and it is highlighted. You can then drag the slider bars on either side to select more words and finally tap the icon that sits above the highlighted area to copy. Since it is so easy we actually found ourselves selecting words when we didn’t mean to, but there is no downside to this so it was a minor issue.

For those wanting a more detailed look at the operating system, see our Windows Phone 7 walkthrough.

The Arrive runs the OS flawlessly. Microsoft learned an important lesion from Windows Mobile and is now requiring minimum hardware specs to ensure a smooth performance. Menu transitions are fluid, there is no lag and when you press something it reacts. Just how we like it!

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HTC Arrive

HTC Arrive

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display3.6 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (259 ppi)
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, 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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