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Sprint HTC Arrive: Windows Phone 7 is not ready for landscape keyboards

Sprint and HTC are getting ready to release the first CDMA Windows Phone 7 device. The hardware is quite nice and the slide-out QWERTY keyboard is one of the best ever on a phone, unfortunately the operating system does not really support these types of keyboards.
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The Sprint HTC Arrive comes in a solid compact box.

Check out my ZDNet Smartphone & Cell Phones blog for detailed thoughts and a video of the device in action.

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When you open the lid of the box, you will find the Arrive sitting in a formed compartment.

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The included accessories consist of the charging cable and USB A/C adapter, wired stereo headset, and pamphlets.

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The HTC Arrive is a rather compact Windows Phone 7 device with 3.6 inch display.

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The back of the HTC Arrive consists of a metal battery cover, speaker, 5 megapixel camera, and LED flash.

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The upper part of the HTC Arrive is very attractive and well built.

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The screw on the back is not used to remove the cover like might thing and is more of a decoration than something you should mess with.

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There is a large volume button on the upper left side.

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The lower left side is where you will find the microUSB port.

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The 3.5mm headset jack and power button are found on the top. You can see part of the rear hinge on the left side of the top.

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The HTC Arrive has the same three touch sensitive buttons required on Windows Phone 7.

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The landscape QWERTY keyboard on the HTC Arrive is nearly the same as the HTC Touch Pro 2 and is the BEST QWERTY keyboard on any smartphone.

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The HTC Arrive landscape QWERTY keyboard is wonderful.

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The left side of the HTC Arrive shows you the available keys on the device, including the FN, emoticon, comma, shift, and other keys.

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The right side of the HTC Arrive shows the directional arrows, enter key, Sym button, and other keys of the QWERTY keyboard.

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The HTC Touch Pro 2 keyboard closely matches the HTC Arrive as the best ever on a phone.

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Here you can see the keyboards head-to-head and note how good they are.

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The Touch Pro 2 and Arrive both have five rows of button goodness.

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The hinge is a bit unique with a couple large springs used to pop it up after it is extended.

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The keyboard first comes out flat before it pops up in place.

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The HTC HD7, HTC Arrive, and Dell Venue Pro match up as the best in Windows Phone 7.

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The HTC Arrive is stacked in between the Dell Venue Pro and HD7.

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HTC Arrive gallery 1

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HTC Arrive gallery 2

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