That said, the HTC Arrive offers a combination of Microsoft's latest and easily most impressive handset OS to date, along with a slide-out backlit keyboard and HTC's unmistakable design quality. So there's at least a bit of differentiation to the product to pique the interest of thumb-texters looking at a WP7-equipped device.
With a Snapdragon 1GHz processor and high-quality capacitive touch screen, we found the phone to be quick and responsive. We didn't find it to be as simple to use as Microsoft's advertising would have us believe (and we'll document that more in the upcoming pages), but it certainly wasn't bad. Tasks such as connecting it to e-mail accounts, including Gmail, were extremely easy to setup, for instance. But finding features in various applications (particularly some of Microsoft's included applications) had us scratching our heads. That aside, the overall experience of the new HTC Windows Phone operating on 3G or WiFi was ... fun. One of our teenagers, after playing with the device for a few hours, likened it to a cross between an iPhone and an Android.