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HTC Vivid review

HTC (mostly) makes good on Android 4.0 with the slim, AT&T 4G LTE-equipped Vivid.

Our Verdict

Fast 4G LTE data speeds and Ice Cream Sandwich make this phone a winner

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 16 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 7.60 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 540 x 960

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For

  • slim build
  • Ice Cream Sandwich
  • ATT's 4G LTE
  • Big, bright display

Against

  • HTC Sense 3.6
  • Camera quality
  • Weak video recording
  • Still too much bloatware

ATT's 4G LTE-equipped HTC Vivid does away with a plenty of HTC's past sins.

On the hardware front, the HTC Vivid gives us little to complain about. Gone is the Cyclopsian camera lens and complicated access that plagued many prior models, replaced with a metal plate that slides up and off for easy access to battery, SIM and SD card.

The result is a handset whose rear angles make it seem thinner than the specs would have you believe. Only 5.07 inches tall, 2.64 inches across and 0.44 inches thick, the HTC Vivid weighs a substantial 6.24 ounces, but considering what's under the hood, we don't consider the few extra ounces much of a liability.

HTC Vivid

The front features a big, bright 4.5-inch qHD Super LCD screen with 540x960 pixels. Colors were vibrant but not as oversaturated as the AMOLED displays found in competing handsets.

HTC Vivid

A small notification light rests at the top left edge next to AT&T branding at center, with a thin, almost invisible earpiece above; a front-facing 1.3MP camera lens resides at right. Capacitive buttons for Home, Menu, Back and Search are on the opposite end.

HTC Vivid

On the back is a small, unobtrusive 8MP camera lens with dual LED flash. The HTC logo is stamped onto a mocha brown aluminum cover, which easily slides up to reveal those aforementioned components inside.

HTC Vivid

Our only complaint with this design is that once or twice, we reached into our pocket to grab the handset and found this cover slid up as a result. Thankfully, the Vivid continues to function with the lid off, but a case might be recommended just in case.

The left edge features a flush micro-USB port, while a 3.5mm Beats Audio-enabled headphone jack and power/lock button is up top. A volume rocker rests at the right edge, with a small hole for the microphone at bottom.

AT&T offers the HTC Vivid for $99.99 with a two-year agreement, but existing customers can also nab one commitment-free for $449.99.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Service ProviderAT&T
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, UMTS, HSPA+
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyVivid
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 850, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, LTE 700
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time7.60 Hour
Screen Size11.4 cm (4.5")
Screen Resolution540 x 960
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)176.9 g
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3.5 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density245 ppi
Height128.8 mm
Width67.1 mm
Depth11.2 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time288 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameVivid Smartphone
Processor Speed1.40 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineVivid
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeProximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberATTHTCVIVIDBLK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing InformationA powerhouse in your pocket

With 4G LTE network download speeds and a turbocharged 1.2 GHz dual core processor, you'll get things done - and fast.

Entertaining by design

The HTC Vivid is built to entertain, with movies and shows through HTC Watch, all on a beautiful, 4.5-inch qHD super LCD screen. Or you can watch videos on your big-screen TV - with HDMI out, or wirelessly with DLNA.

Capture every last detail

An 8 MP camera with 1080p video recording means you'll never miss a thing - even at night, thanks to its f/2.2 aperture and back-illuminated sensor. And you can squeeze more friends into your group shots, thanks to a wide 28mm lens.