HTC Vivid Review

Camera:

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.



The 1080p high-definition video recording sounds great as specs, however, the real life performance is not so good. Due to the awful .3gp format, there are heavy image artifacts and great loss of detail. This is sad, as otherwise the video moves swimmingly with its frame rate of 30 frames per second and punchy color reproduction. Audio recording is also mediocre, with lots of noise picked up by the microphone. Interestingly enough, the HTC Vivid offers a slow-motion mode that gives us a neat effect with recording that we don't typically see – though, its capture resolution is set at 720p at the most. It captures at 60 frames per second, but the final video is 30fps, thus making it 2x slower.

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HTC Vivid Slow Motion Sample Video:



Multimedia:

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.

Software:

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.



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40 Comments

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: 673; 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: 3621; 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: 1246; 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.
Vivid
  • 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)

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