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HTC Vivid Review

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HTC Vivid Review
Introduction:

Let's not forget to give credit where credit is due, but after a long year of seeing plenty of top-notch smartphones, we've probably forgotten about the HTC Inspire 4G for AT&T. Well, we really can't forget about it, because it brought HSPA+ connectivity to the masses for AT&T –  priced competitively at $99.99 on-contract. Seeing that AT&T is on the verge of kicking things up with their 4G LTE network, it's naturally fitting for them to bring a device that showcases their network's potential. Seriously making it affordable on any budget, the $199.99 on-contract HTC Vivid seems remarkably priced to offer plenty of value for the dollar – while introducing us to the capability of AT&T's next-generation data network.

HTC Vivid Review
The package contains:

  • HTC Vivid
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick Start Guide

Design:

Right off the bat, we're quickly reminded of the HTC EVO 4G because the Vivid sports some of the characteristic design traits found with the beloved smartphone. Specifically, it features a plastic exterior, beveled border that tapers towards the back, and a very similar overall size. Despite the plastic exterior, it still packs a noticeable amount of weight when it's held in hand – though, it's evenly distributed. Fortunately though, its body is reinforced with some strength thanks to the stainless steel back cover. Overall, it doesn't come off as something remarkably fresh in appearance, but instead, it takes the safe approach of improving an already established design.

Despite the plastic exterior, the HTC Vivid still packs a noticeable amount of weight when it's held in hand - HTC Vivid Review
Despite the plastic exterior, the HTC Vivid still packs a noticeable amount of weight when it's held in hand - HTC Vivid Review
Despite the plastic exterior, the HTC Vivid still packs a noticeable amount of weight when it's held in hand - HTC Vivid Review

Despite the plastic exterior, the HTC Vivid still packs a noticeable amount of weight when it's held in hand


HTC Vivid Review

You can compare the HTC Vivid with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

For something packing a 4.5 inch qHD S-LCD display, it's nice to see that it maintains a manageable size – that's because the bezels surrounding the display are kept to a minimum. Thanks to its qHD (540 x 960) resolution, resulting in 245 ppi, the detail is quite good, although not HD. Meanwhile, the S-LCD panel manages to produce some very deep and punchy color tones, which something we typically find with this type of display technology. However, we find its viewing angles to be less than desirable seeing that it washes out the display – plus, it doesn't help that its brightness output is rather weak. In fact, it's very prevalent when we're trying to see the display outdoors in the presence of the sun.

The HTC Vivid packs a 4.5 inch qHD S-LCD display - HTC Vivid Review
The HTC Vivid packs a 4.5 inch qHD S-LCD display - HTC Vivid Review
The HTC Vivid packs a 4.5 inch qHD S-LCD display - HTC Vivid Review
The HTC Vivid packs a 4.5 inch qHD S-LCD display - HTC Vivid Review
The HTC Vivid packs a 4.5 inch qHD S-LCD display - HTC Vivid Review
The HTC Vivid packs a 4.5 inch qHD S-LCD display - HTC Vivid Review

The HTC Vivid packs a 4.5 inch qHD S-LCD display


With some spacing between the bottom edge and the Android capacitive buttons, there are rarely moments when we find ourselves accidentally pressing them. On the opposite side, there's a narrow slit for the handset's earpiece – with the front facing 1.3-megapixel camera nearby.

Front - HTC Vivid Review
Android buttons below the screens - HTC Vivid Review
Front facing camera - HTC Vivid Review

Front

Android buttons below the screens

Front facing camera


Taking a peek on the left edge of the phone, the only thing we find there is the microUSB port, which also doubles as the MHL port to provide a mirrored experience on an HDMI screen. Furthering its close ties to the HTC EVO 4G, it sports the same exact volume rocker, 3.5mm headset jack, and dedicated power button. Even though the dedicated power button and volume rocker offer tactile responses when pressed, they're very difficult to make out with our finger because they're extremely flat and flush to the surface.

microUSB port (left) - HTC Vivid Review
Power button and 3.5mm jack - HTC Vivid Review
Volume rocker (right) - HTC Vivid Review

microUSB port (left)

Power button and 3.5mm jack

Volume rocker (right)


The Vivid packs a sizable 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with dual LED flash , which features backside illumination and a wide-angle F2.2 lens. Also, the speakerphone grill is barely seen and sticking out behind the stainless steel back cover. Sliding it off doesn't require that much force, but once it's off, we're given access to the SIM card slot, 1,620 mAh battery, and unoccupied microSD slot.

Back - HTC Vivid Review
Camera - HTC Vivid Review
SIM and microSD card slots - HTC Vivid Review

Back

Camera

SIM and microSD card slots



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posted on 10 Nov 2011, 10:15 3

1. Goldeneye (Posts: 351; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


A least is super thin as at&t promised!

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 10:20 7

2. bigdawg23 (Posts: 352; Member since: 25 May 2011)


I just swapped the SGS2 for the Vivid on Monday. I will disagree on call quality. My calls on the Vivid are much clearer and crisp than SGS2. Also I have more bars in more places. One spot I have always dropped calls no longer happens.

As for the Camera, so far it looks as good as the SGS2. I also like the better resolution.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 10:40 2

3. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 460; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)


Goldeneye the phone is huge. The skyrocket is thin. Btw, att has the vivid for $99 online and the skyrocket for $149.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 11:18 1

9. bigdawg23 (Posts: 352; Member since: 25 May 2011)


Not everywhere. Its that price in markets like NY and LA. However, other places its $199 and $249 for Skyrocket.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 16:54

28. supplytheginger (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


where can you get it for $99 dollars online(pls include link)

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 23:17

22. Goldeneye (Posts: 351; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


I know I just been sarcastic

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 10:50

4. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


What the d**k kindda phone is that

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 10:51 6

5. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


i mean HTC and samsung are making too many android devices...having very little differences bw them

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 11:50 1

12. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


True dat!

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 11:57 2

14. Galaxys2...R (Posts: 46; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)


yes i mean in the last two months we have the rhyme, sensation XE, XL, rezound, edge now ville for android and apart from the rhyme these phones all have practically the same specs with only minor differences.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 18:51

21. idgaf (Posts: 31; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


woah woah woah the edge had a hd display and a quad core processor. How is it not different!?!?

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 17:53

27. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


lol thats a concept.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 11:01 1

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


Haha...oh gash. 1080p in 3gp format?? Why HTC, why????

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 11:04 2

7. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 460; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)


I've been saying it for the longest. They don't allow their phones to mature and grow because its always a new coming out next week. I don't care either way. I have the iphone 4 and skyrocket so im set.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 20:36

39. gragonHDfones (unregistered)


att did not get any of those new android phones from htc in a while since the the inspire. People with att actually needed that.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 11:11 4

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


Im sorry but a 7.5..thats a BS score..u guys gave the atrix a 9.0 and that phone is horrible..the 1st and the 2nd one

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 14:34

16. Carlitos (Posts: 305; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


The Atrix is not a horrible phone, well i guess it was close to that when it had froyo, but ever since GB, its an entire new phone. But i do have to say the Atrix 2 wasnt much of an improvement from the original.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 15:47

18. Gemmol (Posts: 492; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


I have the Atrix it is far from horrible, maybe the ones you play with it are defective, but mine is smooth and responsive, the best part I did not remove anything the carrier put and like the other guy say Gingerbread made everything better

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 17:16 2

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


im on my 4th atix since it came out, and im sorry but this is the worst phone i have ever had...and its definitely not a 9 like PA rated it

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 11:39

10. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Sooooo... the camera is really good, the screen is really nice, it is fairly heavy, we have no idea how it will work on LTE, and everything else is fair-to-middlin?

That about some it up on the Vivid? Okay, bring on the Skyrocket review.....

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 11:42 2

11. username (Posts: 25; Member since: 05 Nov 2011)


i got this phone, and i give it a 10.10!

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 11:53 4

13. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


I expected nothing less from HTC. This is exactly why I will not buy any phones from them, aside from PA's poor and sometimes biased rating system. But this time, I have to agree.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 22:44 1

30. JGuinan007 (Posts: 626; Member since: 19 May 2011)


You really like that Skyrocket don't you yeah yeah you do you know its better than the Iphone but why so harsh with HTC

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 12:22 2

15. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 460; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)


Nothing about this phone says "buy me". Its boring, bulky, and ugly. The sgs2 skyrocket is better. HTC needs to revamp their designs because its pretty played out now.

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 17:52 1

20. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Actually I think this is what happens when HTC does try to revamp their designs. It looks like something LG would make. Just cheap and awkward looking. Not up to HTC standards in the design department.

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 20:45

33. gragonHDfones (unregistered)


and no lg has these cheap ass plastic annoying ugly phone, htc has it medal on most spots and makes look a little more elegant, look at the phone in person and you find a big difference, i agree with every week nonsense, lg is wayy off form htc, even samsung makes there plastic non cheap and nicely made

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 20:43

32. gragonHDfones (unregistered)


wrong, i saw it at best buy its alot different then you think, its not all that bulky really, go look at it yourself instead of these pictures. Htc is annoying but all together they dont have bad phones

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 15:28

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


Ugly and boring. I don\'t see any progress htc.

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 20:47 1

34. gragonHDfones (unregistered)


its prettier in person

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 01:12 2

23. Forsaken77 (Posts: 547; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


It may not be pretty but from what i've heard, it's much more reliable... getting better signal compared to GS2 and rock solid performance. I'm waiting to see the Skyrocket review and I want this compared to that phone in the review. Is there any other high-end AT&T LTE dual-cores coming out recently? I got 2 upgrades... one now and one in April. But a 7.5 for this phone is complete horse shit! This phone is more like an 8.5.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 02:24 1

24. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Instead of releasing a new phone every week with a slightly different feature, why not release them altogether in one package?
I mean in the last like 5 weeks there have been the;

1. HTC Amaze 4G - Great camera
2. HTC Sensation XE - Nice design and colours
3. HTC Sensation XL - Nice big screen and good looks
4. HTC Rhyme - Thunderbolt for the ladies
5. HTC Design 4G - Ok midranger which no one cares about
6. HTC Vivid - Nice video recording!
7. HTC Rezound- Great screen but played out design

If you guys pay attention you will notice that HTC is releasing their phones in only 2 form factors, like a Sensation 4G (Amaze, Sensation XE/XL) or like an EVO 3D (Rhyme, Design 4G, Vivid and Rezound.

I really don't see the need to release either the Rhyme, Design 4G, Vivid, or Sensation XE.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 10:10

37. gragonHDfones (unregistered)


well if you think about at&t and htc together last android phone was the inspire and that was feb,. there was a reason for the vivid because it is just another version of the others that came out for different carriers. some people that have att and only like htc dont only want the old aria and the inspire it was a bout time for the vivid to come

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 04:12

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


They got too many assembly lines maybe?

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 09:33 1

26. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Volume, quantity verses quality. That's what HTC's game is and that's how Android works. Samsung, a little less.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 23:07

29. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


I actually favor this phone very much so. The White version is beautiful. I would most certainly choose this if looking for an Android on AT&T.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 01:19

31. wookieslayer (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


beware me my bro and a couple people had this phone for less than a month and returned it for the same issue. it heats up really fast even at low settings. the battery life sucks even if your not doing anything it wont last long. It will get hot when you are charging it. i gave it a 7.5 because of these issues. I constantly had to have it connected to a wall so that my phone would not shut off. I have switched to the skyrocket and have not had any issues. Also I had the settings on low just to see if it was my phone or my settings and it still did the same. So beware hopefully anyone who by this phone dont come up with the same issues as me,my bro and a couple of people i know did

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 20:50

35. gragonHDfones (unregistered)


htc has a bad issue wit phones heating up, but it works good though, as in speed and other features. but your pretty much right in alot of areas

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 20:53

36. gragonHDfones (unregistered)


these pictures are terrible, i saw this phones and its a lot nicer in person

posted on 21 Dec 2011, 04:43

38. jeffkoe (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


Can the sound quality in In video recording be fixed through software updates? What makes HTC put such rubbish sound in their camcorder?

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 00:50

40. awestm11 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


how come the vivid has a lower rating than the inspire? Im trying to decide whether or not to spend the extra money for the vivid and it seems like an even better phone than the inspire

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HTC Vivid

HTC Vivid

OS: Android 4.0.3 2.3.4
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Display4.5 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (245 ppi) S-LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 APQ8060, Dual core, 1200 MHz, Scorpion processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.07 x 2.64 x 0.44 inches
(129 x 67 x 11 mm)
6.24 oz  (177 g)
Battery1620 mAh, 4.6 hours talk time

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