HTC Vivid Review

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.

The package contains:

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

HTC Vivid 360-degree View:



1. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

A least is super thin as at&t promised!

2. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 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: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 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: 467; Member since: May 25, 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: Nov 14, 2011

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

22. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

I know I just been sarcastic

4. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

What the d**k kindda phone is that

5. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

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

12. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

True dat!

14. Galaxys2...R

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 04, 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: Sep 06, 2011

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

27. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

lol thats a concept.

6. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

7. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 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: 27; Member since: Oct 31, 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: 703; Member since: Oct 23, 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: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 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: 27; Member since: Oct 31, 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: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 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.....

11. username

Posts: 25; Member since: Nov 05, 2011

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

13. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 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: 699; Member since: May 19, 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: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 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: 1254; Member since: Aug 13, 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: Oct 17, 2011

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

34. gragonHDfones unregistered

its prettier in person

23. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 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.
  • Display 4.5" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1620 mAh(4.60h talk time)

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