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This is the last in a series I have been doing over the past week. In this closing post, I just want to hit on a few points that have come up through use, that I haven't covered previously.




Click through the break for the exciting conclusion!

 
 
I was able to update my Samsung Focus to Nodo, and below are the results. Excuse the poor quality. My video editing options went from poor to really poor. But we have a new machine up, and everything seems to be working now (after this video that is).


 
 
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Update: After updating the Samsung Focus to NoDo, loading times between the two devices is almost indistinguishable (whereas before the Arrive had a distinct edge, as expected). The Focus seems to be a hair fast almost consistently across the board, after loading 10 different games on the two devices. They both re-hydrate at an almost identical rate, but it seems that if the game has not been played for a while, the Focus is faster loading, by about a second on larger games. These results should not come as a shock, but rather confirm what we already knew - The NoDo update speeds up loading times.

While both the HTC Arrive and Samsung Focus have essentially the same internals, they externally sport very different form factors. These differing form factors do affect the gameplay more than you might think. How so?

Click through the break for video and other thoughts.


 
 
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One of my favorite features with owning a Windows Phone is the dedicated camera button that is standard on every handset. Both the Samsung Focus and the HTC Arrive offer a two-step button, allowing for a pre-focus before taking the picture. Both buttons are easy to use and act as you would expect, but I do prefer the Samsung Focus camera button, as it is a little larger, and easier to press. That having been said, the HTC Arrive has better button placement. I have found that when someone tries to take picture with my phone for the first time, they almost always accidentally hit the search or home button with their thumb; something that would be very hard and awkward to do on the Arrive. But once someone masters the controls, the most important question is whether or not the camera takes a good picture. Read on past the break for side by side comparisons.


 
 
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Despite not being a fan of Sprint’s impressive line of keyboard phones, I still ended up buying an HTC Arrive. I did this, not because I was a fan of the hardware, but because I’m a fan of Windows Phone, and needed badly to replace my aging HTC Diamond.

Today my HTC Arrive (wait for it . . . wait for it) arrived! Initial impression: Impressed. This is an extremely nice slider phone, and while it has a little more heft and bulk than I prefer in a phone, the keyboard is a pleasure to use, and the device screams quality.

Pictures and more after the break.

 

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