HTC Vivid Review
Photo buffs, listen up! That’s because this photo-centric smartphone has a boatload of features in its arsenal to reel in anyone from afar. Peeking at its camera interface, it’s your standard fanfare with its column of settings icons on the right edge along with the on-screen shutter key. Boasting a variety of shooting modes, we find things that include auto, portrait, action, close up, beach, snow, and much more. Moreover, there are manual controls to adjust its ISO, exposure, contrast, saturation, white balance, and sharpness. All in all, you know that this is targeting individuals that want to surround themselves with a respectable point and shoot replacement.
Clearly, the HTC Vivid is geared to replace your typical point and shoot camera, thanks to its serious 8-megapixel auto-focus camera. As a whole, we're not disappointed by the results, although they are not as good as what we saw with the Amaze 4G for T-Mobile. In outdoor conditions, detail is good but not great. Colors are slightly oversaturated and unfortuantely there is a hint of purple cast over some of the photos. Strangely, noise is also easily seen in darker areas of the photos, although the good lightning conditions. On the other hand, it takes some killer looking macro shots!
Low lighting shots are decent and noise and detail are at good levels. Thankfully, the dual-LED flash is remarkably strong in casting sufficient light to balance low lighting shots perfectly. We're not disappointed to tell you the truth.
HTC Vivid Sample Video 1:
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HTC Vivid Slow Motion Sample Video:
Finding the usual Sense music player featured on other phones, its practical interface might not be filled with any noteworthy visual cues, but it’s nevertheless more than functional at heart. Enabling SRS Enhancement, its volume output is rather average, which enables it to be balanced without sounding distorted. Luckily, there are a variety of equalizer settings to choose from – albeit, they're only available if you plug in your own set of headphones.
Playing our test video that's encoded in MPEG-4 1920 x 1080 resolution, the Vivid doesn't have any issues in playing it to its entirety. Not only does the S-LCD panel make things pop with its vibrant color tones, but its dual-core processor allows it to play swimmingly with zero lag or slow down. Either way, our eyes are exposed to a wonderful video watching experience – and it helps that the screen size is large enough to enjoy them in full fidelity.
Don't be fooled by the Vivid simply because it lacks a dedicated microHDMI port. Well, that's because its microUSB port doubles as an MHL port to quickly get a mirrored experience onto your high-definition television set. Naturally, it's a quick and painless way to share various multimedia content on the go.
Outs of the box, the HTC Vivid packs 8.8GB of phone storage, which you can use for things like storing multimedia content. Meanwhile, there is another 3.71 GB of space reserved for apps. If you simply require more memory, you can always throw in a microSD card up to 32GB in size into the available slot.
Internet and Connectivity:
Alright, easily the biggest thing about HTC Vivid is the fact that's one of the very first smart phones for AT&T to offer 4G LTE connectivity. Needless to say, that can be one driving factor for some people, but it's probably more pronounced for those who happen to live in the areas that are fortunate enough to have coverage – like in Dallas or Boston. Nevertheless, we're astounded by the HSPA+ speeds we're able to achieve using the handset. Naturally, it doesn't have any issues in quickly loading complex web sites like ours, but equally as compelling, is the responsive web browsing experience that we have the pleasure of checking out. In fact, it's able to maintain its buttery smooth operation even in the wake of having Flash content being loaded.
Just like all other AT&T devices before it, you can use the HTC Vivid in almost any portion around the world – since it's at GSM enabled smart phone. In testing out its data speeds via HSPA, we're utterly blown away to find download speeds hitting up to as much as 12Mbits/s - with average upload speeds around 1.5Mbits/s. Without a doubt, our eyes manage to open up even with those speeds, but we can only imagine what it can do when it's connected to AT&T's 4G LTE network. Furthermore, it features all the usual set of connectivity items we tend to see with almost everything - like aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n, and mobile hotspot functionality.
If you happen to like having complete control with your device, you'll find that the HTC Vivid Will offer you just that seeing that it's enabled to work with HTCSense.com. Meaning, you can have some remote fun by doing things like locking the phone, making it ring, wipe it, and even find out where it is on a map – all through the HTCSense.com portal online. Besides that, AT&T's presence is well established in apps like AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T FamilyMap, Live TV, AT&T Navigator, and myAT&T. In addition, we find other third-party applications preloaded on the phone like Amazon Kindle, MOG Music, Need For Speed Shift, Polaris Office, Qik Lite, and YPmobile.
2. bigdawg23 (Posts: 268; 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.
3. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 458; 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.
9. bigdawg23 (Posts: 268; 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.
28. supplytheginger (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)
where can you get it for $99 dollars online(pls include link)
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
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.
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!?!?
6. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Haha...oh gash. 1080p in 3gp format?? Why HTC, why????
7. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 458; 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.
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.
8. deadinside (Posts: 25; 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
16. Carlitos (Posts: 211; 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.
18. Gemmol (Posts: 309; 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
19. deadinside (Posts: 25; 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
10. snowgator (Posts: 3018; 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.....
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.
30. JGuinan007 (Posts: 566; 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
15. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 458; 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.
20. Joshing4fun (Posts: 968; 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.
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
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
17. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Ugly and boring. I don\'t see any progress htc.
34. gragonHDfones (unregistered)
its prettier in person
23. Forsaken77 (Posts: 541; 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.
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.
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
25. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
They got too many assembly lines maybe?
26. lubba (Posts: 1309; 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.
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.
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
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
36. gragonHDfones (unregistered)
these pictures are terrible, i saw this phones and its a lot nicer in person
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?
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