|If you were waiting for new Windows Phone 7 device developed by the people at HTC, the HTC Arrive won’t disappoint you. This is a top of the line touch screen phone that also comes with a full QWERTY keyboard, so you can be sure that browsing the internet, writing emails and sending text messages has never been easier. There are a few areas in which this device is not the best on the market, but most of the time you will like what it has to offer. Here is what the HTC Arrive can do and more importantly, what it can’t do.
The 480 x 800 pixel resolution screen is perfect for watching movies and viewing pictures, but if you plan on recording or taking photos with the HTC Arrive, you might be disappointed. This phone comes with a 5MP camera, which is reasonable for most people, but unfortunately, the quality offered by it is not out of the ordinary. You can’t make any significant adjustments before taking a picture and in most cases, you won’t obtain a high quality result. Luckily, the HTC Arrive performs fairly well when it comes to night shots, so you can at least take some decent pictures in the dark, compared to what other phones can do in the same lighting situation. You can also record 720p videos, but the resulting video quality is not impressive. If you plan on recording many videos, keep in mind that this phone doesn’t have expandable memory, so you will have to deal with the 16GB offered internally. If you want to clear out some space, you can send some of your pictures to the Windows Live cloud – SkyDrive. The maximum amount of storage available for each user is 25 GB. This is a great way to enjoy your phone to its fullest without having to transfer your photos to your computer every time you need some extra space.
The 3.6-inch screen is not the biggest one you will see from HTC, but it is still large enough for most people. Luckily, the touch screen is very well calibrated and navigating through pages and different menu is very easy. The only difficult part is copy-pasting, but once you get the hang of it, you will be able to do this too.
The Marketplace is a great place to search for apps and there are plenty of interesting things you can find here. Once you’re done browsing, you should have a fully functional device that can help you reach your destination through turn by turn voice navigation, upload videos to YouTube, get instant access to Facebook and many others.
Gamers won’t be left out if they decide to purchase the HTC Arrive. Besides having fun with the multitude of games available for this phone, you can also connect it to your Xbox Live account and earn achievement points along the way. This is a nice little addition that should keep you busy for a while.
Pros and Cons
The downside is the 5MP camera. Many people will be happy with the picture quality offered by this device, but if you are picky and you want the best of the best, you will be better off with a better designed 8MP camera. Luckily, the HTC Arrive redeems itself with the great photos it takes in poor lighting conditions.