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Review: HTC Arrive

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The Arrive is the first WP7 handset to ship with the "NoDo" update installed. That means it has copy and paste. The feature works pretty similar to how it does on iOS and Android devices. It took a little bit of getting used to, but after five minutes, it's no trouble to use. It works in the browser, the SMS app, email app, Facebook app, Twitter app, and productivity (Microsoft Office) apps.

The HTC Arrive offers a handful of the communications tools that people have come to rely on in the modern era. It supports Microsoft Exchange natively (duh!), as well as POP3/IMAP4 email, SMS/MMS, though sadly IM is (still!) nowhere to be found.

The email program is good. As with many email systems, all a user needs do is enter their log-in credentials and Windows Phone 7 takes care of the rest. Users can adjust the sync settings, and after the initial sync, email flows in.

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The SMS/MMS application, which is one of the core tiles on the device, offers threaded conversations. Text appears in colored bubbles in a way that will be familiar to most people. Images appear in-line with the conversation. It is a cinch to sort through entire conversations, delete whole threads, and keep your conversations organized.

I am puzzled as to the lack of an instant messaging client. Not even Windows Live is supported. This has been true since day 1. What's up, Microsoft?

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