HTC Vivid hands-on

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.

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.

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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  • Display 4.5" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1620 mAh(4.60h talk time)



1. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 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.

11. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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

2. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

3. Netolic

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

This or samsung galaxy skyrocket?

4. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 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.

5. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

6. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

10. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

7. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

8. deadinside

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 31, 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!!!

9. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

evo 4g this is not....

12. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 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

13. katylady123

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 07, 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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