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HTC Arrive / 7 Pro (CDMA)

 

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I'm in love.

BillyHoyle

Mar 8, 2011, 1:47 PM
Picked up an Arrive today. Initial impressions: quality hardware, beautiful screen, nice detail finishes (mixed materials on the back look industrial, but really cool). I've integrated with my Exchange account, Facebook, and downloaded the Twitter app, and I've begun using it as a business tool.

Downsides? I'm not an XBOX user, and the level of Zune/XBOX integration seems primed for folks who are. More to come on that, but so far it's unnecessary.

I'm really liking the onscreen keyboard, but not too pleased with the limited ringer/notification selection (reminiscent of the initial release of webOS on the Palm Pre).

The interface is slick, the sound quality is great so far, and setting it up might have even been easier than my HTC Sh...
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BillyHoyle

Mar 8, 2011, 2:16 PM
One minor complaint: why can't any manufacturer outside of RIM figure out where to put the damn Delete key on a physical keyboard? Haven't found a single one I like, save for the Blackberry.
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onemadrssn

Mar 8, 2011, 6:50 PM
How did you get one before March 20th? Do some stores have them in stock now?
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BillyHoyle

Mar 9, 2011, 9:09 AM
I work for Sprint (but not in sales or in a store), and I'm evaluating the unit. I don't know about availability in the stores.

I've had it for a full 24 hours now, and I'll say this: don't listen to the haters on Bing Maps. It's no Google Maps, but it's slick and it works well for my needs. Anything tightly integrated into the Exchange server is a thing of beauty for mobile employees like me.

The interface with the Pin To Start is very similar to Android, as well, and if anything, I like having everything stacked vertically even a little better than the multi-screen approach of HTC and Samsung.

The Marketplace is a mess, tho, and I haven't found a lot to love in there yet.
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onemadrssn

Mar 9, 2011, 11:14 AM
Ah bummer. I was hoping you would point me to some store that already had it or something :-)
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BillyHoyle

Mar 12, 2011, 11:16 AM
Turns out there is a feature missing from every WP7 on the market: copy and paste. Or, I should say, it's missing from every phone save one- the HTC Arrive. I was copying and pasting for days before I realized that this feature wasn't supposed to exist.

For the record, grabbing text is very intuitive and easy. Click on a word and it's highlighted in green. Drag the arrows left or right and you've copied more. An icon appears, looking like two pieces of stacked paper, which you click to copy. That's it.

Since the phone has no "menu" button to speak of, your ability to paste the copied text is reliant on the next app you open, like a note, message, or email. But sure enough, as soon as you're in a text field, that same icon appears, allo...
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