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HTC Vivid Review

HTC Vivid

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HTC Vivid Review
Evidently, calling quality isn't necessarily one of the strong aspects of the HTC Vivid, but at least it's not downright terrible. Unfortunately, the earpiece is rather weak with its overall volume, which makes it difficult to hear out conversations – and things are compounded by the hollowness we hear with voices. However, the speakerphone is extremely boisterous with its volume output, but when it's set to the highest volume level, its tone begins to sound a little bit squeaky.

During our time testing out the handset,  it exhibits a really solid connection to network - while not dropping a single call. Strangely, we did notice some inconsistent data connections when we first started using the handset, but it soon quickly disappeared after a couple of days. Since then, we haven't experienced any anomalies with that.

If previous 4G LTE smartphones have any bearing on what to expect with battery life, our legs are nationally going to quiver in fear. So yeah, we're curious to see how it handles when surfing the waves on AT&T's 4G LTE network. In the meantime, we tested out the handset in areas that have HSPA coverage. Honestly, it still seems inept in delivering a reasonable amount of juice, as we're able to get 12 hours of normal usage. Frankly, the 5.75 hours of talk time we're able to get on a single charge is rather low, but it's still better than the 4.6 hours of talk time rated by the manufacturer. As we're pumped to see how it'll perform under 4G LTE, it's rather unnerving knowing that there is no option to disable 4G LTE connectivity in the settings menu, which would lead most people to believe that it'll be automatically handled. Still, it would've been handy to offer a choice on which network it should connect.


Knowing that there are plenty of killer Android smartphones on the horizon, one would suspect the HTC Vivid to be lost among the juggernauts that are expected to come very shortly. To tell you the truth, it might be written off as an underappreciated handset since there are no glamorous advertising campaigns behind it – though, it's rather hard to do that when AT&T's 4G LTE footprint is still severely limited. Nonetheless, the HTC Vivid packs a punch with its hardware specs and support for AT&T's 4G LTE network, while offering plenty of value for the dollar. At $199.99 on-contract, it's undoubtedly a tempting price point for a capable device like this, but it goes to show that AT&T is doing whatever it can to make it affordable to experience the goodness of its next-generation data network. Therefore, don't be afraid to even add the HTC Vivid to your list of potential prospects.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android Version: 2.3.4
HTC Sense Version: 3.0
Software Number: 1.63.502.4
Build Number: 1.63.502.4 CL172546
Kernel Version:

HTC Vivid Video Review:


  • 4G LTE support
  • Fast HSPA speeds
  • Shoots some good photos


  • Sub-par calling quality
  • Weak battery life
  • No stand out feature, except LTE
  • Poor video recording quality
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posted on 10 Nov 2011, 10:15 3

1. Goldeneye (Posts: 419; 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: 462; 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: 470; 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: 462; 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: 419; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)

I know I just been sarcastic

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 10:50

4. drahmad (Posts: 480; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)

What the d**k kindda phone is that

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 10:51 6

5. drahmad (Posts: 480; 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: 467; 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: 470; 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: 27; 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: 557; 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: 792; 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: 27; 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: 3604; 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: 692; 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: 470; 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: 1237; 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: 553; 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.

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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
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, Scorpion processor
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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