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HTC Vivid hands-on

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HTC Vivid hands-on
Since the beginning of the year, AT&T has sat on the sidelines as Verizon aggressively rolled out its 4G LTE network – and along with that, a slew of smartphones were introduced at CES to show off their expansive endeavor. Thankfully, AT&T has realized the infinite possibilities with LTE, now that they’ve recently started to roll out their own 4G LTE network in very small pockets around the country. With that in mind, they’ve also recently introduced the HTC Vivid – one of their first smartphones to feature 4G LTE connectivity.

Right off the bat, we’re reminded about the original HTC EVO 4G when holding and playing around with the HTC Vivid – since it utilizes some of those characteristic traits from the EVO 4G. However, what’s especially nice about the Vivid, is that its overall size and footprint doesn’t increase – even though it’s packing a larger display. Rather than finding a unibody design of some sort, the HTC Vivid opts to mostly use a plastic shell that’s strengthened by a stainless steel back cover. Fortunately, it doesn’t look or feel as intimidating, seeing that we’re able to grasp it with relative ease – albeit, there’s some weight to it.

HTC Vivid hands-on
HTC Vivid hands-on
HTC Vivid hands-on
HTC Vivid hands-on

HTC Vivid hands-on
HTC Vivid hands-on
HTC Vivid hands-on
HTC Vivid hands-on


Staring straight in front of us, the handset’s 4.5” qHD S-LCD display is profoundly distinguished by its deep color reproduction – however, it’s rather weak with its brightness output. Nevertheless, it exudes plenty of sharp details, but more importantly, the bezel around its display is reduced enough to keep its size relatively close to past HTC smartphones with 4.3” displays.

Internally, the handset is powered by 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 processor with 1GB of RAM. Honestly, its speed doesn’t seem to be any better or faster than other recent smartphones of late. Moreover, it’s AT&T’s first smartphone to feature HTC’s Sense 3.0 UI running on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread – so yeah, there’s plenty of personalization with this one.

HTC Vivid hands-on
HTC Vivid hands-on
HTC Vivid hands-on
HTC Vivid hands-on

HTC Vivid hands-on
HTC Vivid hands-on
HTC Vivid hands-on
HTC Vivid hands-on


Finally, the most alluring thing with the HTC Vivid besides its 4G LTE connectivity, is the 8-megapixel auto-focus camera in the rear.  Frankly, it’s going to appeal to a lot of photo buffs since it features an f/2.2 28mm wide-angle lens, dual-LED flash, and ability to shoot full 1080p videos at 60 frames per second! And of course, there’s pricing, which is uber competitive at $199.99 with a 2-year contract. Amazingly, with this 4G LTE capable smartphone, we see a different trend in pricing from what’s going on with Verizon’s offerings.

Expect our in-depth review soon!

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posted on 03 Nov 2011, 13:44 3

1. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Amazing phone, only if it had a 720p screen resolution like the Rezound obviously because of bigger the display the pixel density becomes lower.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 21:44 2

11. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


ya.. personally i find this more attractive than the samsung phone, and I think with the 50 dollar less price htc will sell a lot more since they are nearly identical phones

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 13:51 4

2. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5482; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


VERY good looking phone. i like that HTC went with more Angular looks with this bad boy. it's very sleek.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 14:06 1

3. Netolic (Posts: 139; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


This or samsung galaxy skyrocket?

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 14:10 4

4. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


I would choose that, Samsung's phones have crappy build quality and an ugly design plus this shoots 1080p at 60 frames per second! Also, HTC Sense looks much better than TouchWiz even though you might end up rooting it and installing some custom ROM.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 14:13 3

5. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5482; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i think i'd get the Skyrocket. i actually prefer the more simplistic TW4 and i like the larger SA+ display of the Skyrocket and it shouldn't take as long as an HTC to get ICS.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 15:41 2

6. snowgator (Posts: 3158; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Boy, fun choice. Not sure, but my thoughts always lean to HTC. But it is so hard to argue with the roll Sammy is on. The reviews of the two will be very important.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 20:13

10. Ivan6479 (Posts: 243; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Hmm.. I would definitely go with the HTC if the price is right and if you enjoy taking pics and videos other wise I would just go with the Galaxy S 2, because who knows how long it's going to take for AT&T to dish out their LTE anyways.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 16:00

7. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Good specs...and maybe camera module...but looks awful...huge, ugly brick.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 17:35 1

8. deadinside (Posts: 26; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Yeah I really don't know which one to go with...I never had a samsung phone..and I always loved my htc phones...but sun I will have a new phone!!!

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 20:05 1

9. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


evo 4g this is not....

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 21:37

12. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 932; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


I like this phone. Its like the LTE version of my phone, the Inspire. It has a better battery which I hope is an improvement than a crutch for the Inspire (if you buy the PowerSkin for the Inspire, it is a great investment).

Im looking forward to having LTE in the St. Louis area (GO CARDS!!) so that I can look forward to upgrading to this phone if there arent any better phones than this one for AT&T

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 19:08

13. katylady123 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Nov 2011)


is it on display in the att store?? and also is it avalible in the fresno bakersfield area in california??

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