Its been a while sine anything non-Android got any love from Sprint. Honestly, who can blame them seeing as the Evo 4G and the Epic 4G have done wonders for the carrier. Now enters in the HTC Arrive, Microsoft’s first CDMA Windows Phone 7 device on the Sprint NOW Network. For those of you who have been patiently (i hope) waiting for this beauty to arrive since the Windows Phone launch in October your day is finally coming. Pre-orders start today with a $50 gift card and it goes for $200 on contract.
A few key highlights:
- Full landscape QWERTY keyboard. It should be in the same class as the outstanding Touch Pro 2.
- 1 GHz snapdragon processor
- 3.6” WVGA display
- 5 MP Camera
- 720P video capture
- 16GB of internal memory (European version only has 8GB)
- Launches with NoDo update including copy and paste!
As a proud owner of the HTC Touch Pro 2 on Sprint in addition to my HTC Surround I can say this is a solid upgrade from the Touch Pro 2 which launched with out of date specs. The responsiveness of the Windows Phone OS, ample 16GB internal memory and what is sure to be a candidate for best-in-class keyboarding (both physical and virtual) and a rapidly growing app marketplace I can see this device really making its mark on Sprint. Just point anyone not drooling over the Android section to this one and you might have yourself a winner.
Oh yeah and did I mention that unlike the costly AT&T Navigator ($9.99 monthly) chances are Sprint will be including the Sprint Navigation as part of its Hub offerings. When you add up all this plus the affordable Everything Plan Sprint has going on and you quite possibly can get the best Windows Phone 7 experience this side of (take your pick.)
Here is a great way to look at things. You can get the Zune Pass, Netflix and spam the heck out of them both using the Simply Everything plan from Sprint all for lower the cost of a decent 2GB data & messaging plan from AT&T. Windows Phone in its truest form right here!