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Review: HTC Arrive

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Browser

The WP7 browser supports the must-have features, such as pinch-to-zoom, and full HTML as well as mobile web sites. Double-tapping zooms in and out quickly. Web pages for the most part loaded quickly over Sprint's 3G network.

It's easy to add open tabs, add favorites, search for items on the page and so on. The browser is one area of the Arrive that was enhanced by the physical QWERTY keyboard. Having access to the keys really sped up browsing, as you never have to wait for the QWERTY keyboard to load. You also don't lose any screen real estate.

 

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Customize

Windows Phone 7 offers a typical set of features that can be customized. The tiles can be recolored, rearranged, deleted, and otherwise organized how the user might prefer. The main menu is stuck in the list view, however. Being able to pin apps, shortcuts, web pages, etc., to the home screen as tiles is a nice touch and makes up for the lack of true widgets (a little bit).

Each of the applications has its own little list of settings that can be adjusted to control behavior.

Users can also adjust the background color (white or black) as well as the color of the majority of the tiles.

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