PhoneArena reviews the HTC Arrive, likes it

PhoneArena have published their review of the HTC Arrive, and it is clear they are pretty impressed with both the device in terms of design and build quality, and with the smoothness of the operating system itself, saying it is a mid-range device that performs like a high-end one.

They write:

The Arrive runs the OS flawlessly. Microsoft learned an important lesion from Windows Mobile and is now requiring minimum hardware specs to ensure a smooth performance. Menu transitions are fluid, there is no lag and when you press something it reacts. Just how we like it!

Of course like with most HTC devices they were not impressed with the 5 megapixel camera, saying pictures were blurry and the video camera images flat with low recording volume.

Call quality also did not fare very well.

Callers were not impressed with the HTC Arrive, calling it “one of the lesser quality phones we’ve tested.” They complained of a lot of hollowness and a buzzing sound throughout the call, and gave it an overall rating of 7.5/10. On our end the earpiece could be harsh at times, but we had no problems hearing them. The speakerphone was particularly good and loud.

They conclude:

The HTC Arrive is one of the better built phones we’ve used, and we love the size, physical keyboard and trick hinge. The camera left some to be desired, but overall it’s a win. Right now HTC has a captive audience in the CDMA works, but when other WP7 devices are released they have a pretty high hardware bar to achieve.

The handset scored a solid 8/10.  Read their full review here.

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