Reviewed by Shadow 024 (Currently owns)
As a brief note, this is the only modern smartphone I've ever owned. My first phone was an old samsung flip phone, and after that, I owned a Motorola Q9c, a Windows Mobile 6.1 phone which I still have, and then upgraded to my HTC Arrive after 5 years.
This phone was almost built for me or so it would seem when I first laid eyes on it. It had everything I wanted. Windows Phone for my service of choice integration, a good slide out keyboard to replace the blackberry style keyboard on my Q9c, and a decent camera according to reviews. Windows Phone gets better depending on how much of Microsoft's services you are tied into. Xbox, skydrive, office, hotmail, and windows live all come together. Not only that, it needed to be on Sprint.
The keyboard is great but Windows Phone has issues with landscape (doesn't always support it) so you end up flipping your phone around with the keyboard out now and then. The hinge itself can be a bit creaky when you press down on that side of the screen, otherwise it's an amazing slider. WP7 has an amazing on screen keyboard but sufferes occassionally due to the small size. Auto-correct usually fixes the mistakes, but I feel a bigger screen would be better than the physical keyboard after using the phone for a year.
That's another thing, the screen is small but a smaller screen feels more personal and closer to me. Lately I've been craving a larger size and do get some phone envy. The colors tend to fade at medium angles. The brightness is good and the pixil density works. As with most phones, the camera doesn't fair very well in dark or low light indoor settings. Out doors however, the photos from the Arrive are great. Site reviews say it's one of the better first generation Windows Phone devices.
Battery life lasts me all day (12-18 hours) on single day moderate usage with default settings. I've since changed my brightness to max full time but I still get good life. Games however drain it relatively quick but the device show no signs of studdering. As Sprints only Windows Phone, it was a winner for the generation 1 devices. However, those looking into a new phone while sticking with Sprint may want to hold off till a new device shows up.
- Design 7
- Display 7
- Camera(s) 8
- Reception / call quality 7
- Performance 9
- Software 7
- Battery life 7
- Ecosystem 9