If you're on Sprint or Verizon and have been hankering to try a new Windows Phone 7 smartphone, you've had to wait several months after GSM users scored theirs. The wait will soon be over if you're a Sprint customer: the HTC Arrive will be available for sale on March 20 for $199 with contract.
The Arrive is a good looking phone with that understated HTC design that makes liberal use of monochrome tones and some metal. It has a 3.6" capacitive multi-touch display at the MS-mandated 800 x 480 resolution. The rest of the specs are standard Windows Phone 7: 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, WiFi, Bluetooth with A2DP stereo, GPS and a 5 megapixel shooter. It has 16 gigs of storage and like most Windows 7 phones, no storage card slot. This is a 3G EV-DO phone, and 3G is what Windows Phone 7 supports (no 4G yet).
The phone runs the latest OS, and that means it has the "no-dough" update that adds copy-and-paste (demoed in our video) and obviously CDMA support. Marketplace search is improved: you no longer get songs and videos in your app search results. Landscape support still isn't ubiquitous, and that means you'll be looking at your Arrive sideways at times even when the keyboard is deployed.
Here's our video review, and our full written review will be out in a few days.
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview