HTC Touch Viva Review
The Touch Viva is equipped with the outdated 200MHz Texas Instruments processor, TI OMAP 850. That’s why we thought that it’d be a clumsy device, in spite of the 128 MB RAM. Fortunately, these thoughts of ours turned out to be unacquainted, and it’s clearly faster than the other TouchFLO phones, thanks to the lightened interface. For those of you who had either a CDMA or updated GSM Touch, with the faster processer, you’ll quite simply be amazed at how smooth TF2D runs on this gimped processor.
It’s time now to look at the Viva as a phone. The sound is loud on both ends of the line, but it’s also very sharp. This can be fixed by turning the volume down, but in that case you’ll have to be in a really quiet environment in order to make out what’s being said to you. If you feel like using the loudspeaker, you’ll be disappointed. The quality is low and there is a lot of crackling, which makes it almost unusable.
Hopefully you’ve formulated your opinion of the Viva as you were reading this review, but still we’ll give you ours. As a whole we like the device and, despite its outdated hardware, it worked really fast without any lagging or crashing. But let’s also not forget that in this class it has a competition in the face of the Eten X610, which has GPS, but at the cost of a slightly slower performance. So, it seems that your choice depends only on what appearance and interface type you like the most.
- Enjoyable and handy to use
- Pocket size
- TouchFLO interface
- Fast performance, in spite of the slow processor
- Very sharp sound during a call
- Low-quality loudspeaker
- Mediocre camera
- No 3G
1. Marius Mihai (unregistered)
Indeed, the camera is (sub)mediocre, the loudspeaker's quality is low, the shell is not a resistant one, you can connect headphones only via mini-usb, the screen scratches very easy (the plastic point of the stylus is not ok), the design of the phone is very basic, the power consumption is huge, the phone itself is basic...