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March 4th, 2011

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The Windows Phone 7 operating system offers an elegant change of pace among cell phones, and Sprint now has its first device that uses Windows Phone 7: The HTC Arrive. Running a 1GHz processor and using a novel tilting display that slides to reveal a keyboard, the Arrive also sports the latest update to the Windows Phone 7 operating system. This means that it can do copy-and-paste, as well as all the close integration with Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel, XBox and Outlook.

Wirefly had a chance to take a good look at the HTC Arrive and you can view the review that resulted by clicking on the box to the right. In addition to showing the features of the Arrive, Wirefly’s Bob Kovacs demonstrates how to do copy-and-paste with this latest update to the Windows Phone 7 operating system.

The HTC Arrive is now available at a great price from Wirefly.

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19 Responses to “HTC Arrive Review”

  • Bob,
    I am looking at the HTC Arrive for Sprint and wanted to know if you can access google earth and google maps through the browser or is Bing maps the only mapping available. I’m interested in 3D maps and topo maps for climbing, hiking and trailrunning.
    If google earth isn’t available now for WP7, will it be with the Mango update?
    Also, what have you heard about the availability for flash player on WP7?

    Thanks,
    Al

    • Al, you should be able to use the browser in the HTC Arrive to view Google Maps and Google Earth. Other than that, I’m not really up-to-date on Windows Phone 7 devices and I don’t know about the Adobe Flash update. I will ask around and see if there’s some good information.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • Hey Bob,

    I was reading on the tombstoning. I am hearing that it is having issues where it responds slow to some applications. What is your take on tomb stoning and how many times would you have to hit the back button to get out of the application to resume the previous one? If that is the case it is similar to blackberry phones. I would like to upgrade from my blackberry tour which I love because it gets to the point and it’s reliable but there is nothing cool about it. What I am looking for is speed in and out of applications, short and simple, high resolution display, anything better than the Tour will have good pic and video quality, texting, cut and paste, easy emailing, web browsing, and you tube.com I know the HTC evo shift and Arrive are very similar but I am stuck between the two. I am sold about the arrives display quality, office, and netflix but alot of friends keep saying android but cannot give me an opinion asides customizing. Which would you pick and why?

    Linn

    • Linn, sorry for the slow response, but I was on vacation last week.

      I appreciate your confidence in Wirefly and me. Unfortunately, I really have little experience with BlackBerry phones and don’t feel confident advising you. I suggest you try an online BlackBerry forum such as Crackberry and ask your question there. There should be many experts to help you at a location like that.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • Chereese
    April 6, 2011

    I’m confused on which type of phone is a better fit for me. I can’t decided on if I should get the HTC Evo 4G/or Shift, or the HTC Arrive. I’d just like to know what the pros and cons are on these phones as far as the operating overall, special feautures, speed, apps, cameras, ect.

    • Chereese, have you watched our YouTube videos about these phones? We have LOTS of videos on the HTC EVO 4G, HTC EVO Shift and the HTC Arrive. In fact, we have a video that compares the EVO 4G head-to-head with the EVO Shift. Here’s the link to that video:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxI8vG6wT8g

      Take a look at that and see if it helps.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • I have an HTC Touch Diamond which is INCREDIBLY SLOW with Win Mobile 6.1 I can see the same issues with the phone, the delays, the jumping, the slow screen updates, which only get worse as you add apps and widgets. My phone is great, but the software is terrible, and I will never get a Windows-based phone again.

  • Bob,
    Great review. I am curious about the speakerphone feature. It may not be possible to test this since the phone isn’t out yet. I own the Sprint HTC TP2 and one of the features I love is the “conference room” quality of the speaker phone. In other words unlike a lot of mobile phones, one person wouldn’t need to be quiet in order to hear the other person. I am really hoping that the arrive has this feature carried over. Might you know anything about this?

    • I just checked the speakerphone operation of our HTC Arrive and it worked well. I was in a small room with the Arrive working as a speaker phone, and it easily would have worked well for five or six people sitting around the table. It was easy to activate speakerphone mode, as well. Using the Arrive as a speakerphone, the person at the other end said I sounded clear enough, but the audio had that echo-y speakerphone sound. There’s no way to get around that, however.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • Corrie Kinman
    March 11, 2011

    Bob,
    First let me say, thanks for your reviews and videos!

    I currently have an Sprint HTC TP2, and I have loved most things about it. But lately, it’s been glitchy, and I just found out I’m eligible for an upgrade. I’m excited about that, but the choice doesn’t come easy for me. I saw the EVO 4G in the store yesterday and immediately was excited about it. However, I’m a die-hard Outlook user for personal home use…just the geek in me, I guess. The sales rep said I might have a hard time syncing Android with Outlook. That scares me!

    The other thing I worry about is the camera. I haven’t been able to get a nice picture out of my current phone yet.

    I use my phone for personal home use, so I like the “fun” and screen size of the EVO.
    But I love Outlook, and my entire life is on there. I’m totally comfortable with it, so I like the ARRIVE.
    And then I’m up-in-the-air over the camera, but I do want that to be factored in. I suppose either are better than what I’ve got now on the TP2, right?

    Can you give me a little information on the EVO syncing with Outlook? That would probably make my decision for me.

    Thanks!
    Corrie

    • Corrie, you can definitely do Outlook on the EVO 4G and it works well in that regard. I’ve sync’ed the EVO with my Outlook data at work, and I put widgets on the screen for both e-mail and calendar functions. It’s not hard to set up and it’s quite easy to use.

      I do some professional photography, so I’m something of a snob when it comes to pictures. No cell phone is going to take pictures (or videos) as well as a dedicated camera. That said, the camera in the EVO 4G is much higher resolution than the camera in the Touch Pro 2. In addition, the EVO 4G can shoot HD video. Honestly, I haven’t used the Touch Pro 2, but I expect the camera in the EVO 4G to be significantly better.

      The Arrive is a good choice, too. Remember that it has a physical keyboard, which some people prefer to typing on-screen. On the other hand, there’s a real WOW factor in the big screen on the EVO 4G. One final thought: You can get 4G speeds on the EVO 4G, which is great for playing videos and movies. The Arrive doesn’t have 4G.

      Good luck!

      Bob at Wirefly

    • Corrie,

      If you are not using Exchange server, which most home users won’t be unless they have a personal domain hosted by an ISP that supports it, you will NOT be able to sync email, only calendar and contacts. However, I just exchanged my wife’s Blackberry Tour for htc EVO, and as a techie and Windows Mobile die hard, I will tell you it was much easier and more intuitive to use the HTC sync software than the Blackberry Descktop Manager. It will sync music, documents, etc., and comes with an 8GB microSD card (supports up to 32GB!) and more fun than you can imagine to play with.

      If you use Outlook as POP3, then you can set up the EVO to get mail directly from your server, but you will not be able to sync emails sent between them. If you have the need to do that but still want the EVO (which is really cool, btw–my wife can’t put it down), just bcc yourself on the emails when you send them if you need a copy of it in your Outlook. The next time you check mail in either location, you’ll have it. It’s a pain, but it’s about the best you can do. Unless you get a Windows device, you won’t get email sync capability.

      Kevin

  • Rainey Land
    March 8, 2011

    Bob,

    Great videos! I wonder if you could do a comparison, or give me your opinion, on The HTC Evo Shift 4g vs. this HTC Arrive WP7. I am leaning towards the Arrive, but would like your thoughts. Thanks!

    Rainey

    • Rainey, although there are some differences in the hardware, the HTC Arrive and the EVO Shift look and feel somewhat similar. They use an identical screen, and both have good physical keyboards. Of course, the big difference (and it’s a whopper) is the operating systems: Android 2.2 for the EVO Shift and Windows Phone 7 for the Arrive.

      Windows Phone 7 is smooth, elegant and classy. If you are not into experimenting with your phone, WP7 is an excellent choice. It never looks messy and it never seems to get ruffled or cranky. Android is fun, sprawling and involving. If you want to get into your phone and modify it, Android is a better choice than WP7. If you want the classiest operating system that does everything smoothly, WP7 is the way to go.

      Hope that helps!

      Bob at Wirefly

  • ann dunston
    March 7, 2011

    I would love to learn more about the htc evo 4g

    • Ann, the HTC EVO 4G has been one of the most significant Android phones made to date, and we have a great many things written about it here on Wirefly Learn. We also have a dozen or more videos about the EVO 4G on our YouTube channel – for example, you can see our review of the EVO 4G at:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz7ii1KFEoM

      Much of what we’ve written about the EVO 4G have been comparisons to other popular phones. One example is a comparison of the HTC EVO 4G to the Samsung Epic 4G, both phones on the Sprint network that can connect at 4G speeds. You can read a comparison of the two here on Wirefly Learn at:

      http://www.wirefly.com/learn/resources/cell-phone-comparison/samsung-epic-4g-vs-htc-evo-4g/

      We’re really familiar with the HTC EVO 4G, so feel free to ask questions about it here.

      Bob at Wirefly

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