Now, the Arrive has a very limited range of frequencies, only the two CDMA frequencies of 800 and 1900. For high speed connectivity we are saddled with 1xEVDO rev.A, to be honest it was a bit of a surprise to find the Arrive was not 4G capable. The Arrive has Xbox LIVE, which does not work very smoothly on an EVDO network, the Arrive would have been absolutely perfect on 4G WIMAX. Local connectivity is provided for through Bluetooth v2.1 with AD2P, EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n, and microUSB v2.0 with PC charging plus MAC OS X sync. So nothing missing here.
The HTC Arrive is sporting a chip from last year's set of processors, a 1GHZ Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor, 576 MB of RAM and 512 MB ROM, internal memory is a non-removable 16 GB. Although slightly behind the current trend of internal power processors, there is zero lag in the interface or any other facet of the Arrive, everything is a smooth as butter.
Now for the camera, unfortunately this is one area where the Arrive performs poorly. The 5 MP camera has auto focus and LED flash with customizable scenes, but nothing stops pictures from coming out blurry and with extremely sharpened images, most pictures look like they were taken in the middle of fog. At least the interface is simple and friendly. This is the worst 5 MP camera I have ever reviewed. Unfortunately the Arrive's 720p HD capabilities fare about the same, it looks more like very good QVGA video rather than true 720P. Overall it is a very lackluster performance in the camera department.
Multimedia on the other hand is well handled, 720p HD is played without an issue and the Zune functionality is pleasing, unfortunately using the microUSB to sync a PC with Zune is rather problematic, there is no manual configuration available and Zune syncing sometimes freezes or malfunctions, it is advisable to use Bluetooth for best results when PC transferring. The music player has Dolby Mobile and SRS sound enhancement, both of which are absolutely fantastic when heard via headphones.
Microsoft office users will be pleased, the Arrive comes with the Pocket Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, PDF viewer) and finally the much awaited paste and copy capability, it works relatively well, but it is not the best paste and copy feature out there.
Other miscellaneous but important features are: A-GPS support, Bing Maps, JAVA MIPD 2.1, Digital compass, Accelerometer, Facebook/Twitter integration, YouTube client, Calculator, Notes, Converter, Alarm, Calender, Hearing Aid Compatibility and Microsoft Outlook.