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HTC Vivid Review

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Continuing the trend of offering a dual-core processor, the brains behind the scene is none other than a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 processor, which is supplemented by 1GB of RAM. Using the third-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, it's readily equipped to handle pretty much all tasks with relative ease – and it's blatantly obvious while navigating across its home screen with a live wallpaper activated. Still, there are few times when we notice just a little bit of delay with its operation, but it's not something that's widespread. Nonetheless, its overall performance is efficient enough to provide a responsive platform experience that's been so characteristic of most HTC smart phones we've checked out.

Certainly it's not something new to anyone who has checked out a very recent HTC smartphone, but AT&T customers will surely appreciate all of the depth of offerings available with the HTC Sense 3.0 experience running on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. Sure it's not the most up-to-date Sense experience, especially when the HTC Rhyme currently has version 3.5, but it's nevertheless a satisfying customized interface that's packed to the roof with plenty of personalization. From its vast array of useful widgets to the deeper set of available lock screens, the Sense experience continues to show us why it sets the bar in terms of customized experiences. Rather than just making a skin to modify the look and feel of the platform, sense is deemed as an organic experience on its own simply for the fact that it's engaging and interactive.

The interface of the HTC Vivid - HTC Vivid Review
The interface of the HTC Vivid - HTC Vivid Review
The interface of the HTC Vivid - HTC Vivid Review
The interface of the HTC Vivid - HTC Vivid Review
The interface of the HTC Vivid - HTC Vivid Review
The interface of the HTC Vivid - HTC Vivid Review
The interface of the HTC Vivid - HTC Vivid Review
The interface of the HTC Vivid - HTC Vivid Review
The interface of the HTC Vivid - HTC Vivid Review
The interface of the HTC Vivid - HTC Vivid Review
The interface of the HTC Vivid - HTC Vivid Review
The interface of the HTC Vivid - HTC Vivid Review

The interface of the HTC Vivid



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There isn't anything really new found with the HTC Sense experience that we haven't seen before, and in fact, it's the same thing that we find on the HTC Amaze 4G and EVO 3D right now. Core organizer apps are very functional and deep with their offerings, thus, giving us nearly complete control in all aspects with the calendar, calculator, clock, weather, and voice recorder. Unlike some other customized experiences, Sense goes beyond the normal spectrum by providing us an unprecedented amount of selection with core organizer functionality.

Calculator - Core organizer apps - HTC Vivid Review
Calendar - Core organizer apps - HTC Vivid Review
Core organizer apps - HTC Vivid Review
Core organizer apps - HTC Vivid Review

Calculator

Calendar

  

Core organizer apps


With even more room for our fingers to move around with, the messaging experience is undoubtedly satisfying since the Sense keyboard is very spacious. Not surprisingly again, we find it to be one of the more convenient options for inputting text – thanks to the usefulness of having most things available to us with the main keyboard layout. Add in the fact that it's wickedly responsive, it essentially provides for an exceptional experience in inputting text with minimal accidents along the way.

The Sense keyboard - HTC Vivid Review
The Sense keyboard - HTC Vivid Review

The Sense keyboard


Whether you end up using either the HTC mail or Gmail apps, both are resoundingly useful since the large display is able to show a lot of content – thus, minimizing the need for us to scroll to read its contents in its entirety. On top of that, the HTC mail widgets provide the task of allowing us to preview our emails without having the need to run the dedicated application. And finally, the setup process couldn't be any simpler, which isn't anything particularly new seeing that we've been accustomed to seeing that for a while now.

Gmail - HTC Vivid Review
Gmail - HTC Vivid Review

Gmail



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posted on 10 Nov 2011, 10:15 3

1. Goldeneye (Posts: 354; 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: 382; 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: 382; 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: 354; 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: 333; 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: 538; 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: 3233; 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: 634; 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: 548; 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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