HTC Vivid: A Valid Contender or a Last-Ditch Effort?
30 September 2012
Summary: Overall opinion: Based on the specifications and our user-friend’s feedback, it might be a decent phone, but it just gives us the impression of a last-ditch effort by HTC for a 4G, LTE entry into the US market before the two big events early next year. It might be okay for some, but others would prefer the Samsung line if Android was a must.
Conclusion: If I didn’t mind the look of the Vivid, it would be a phone I could carry regularly. As it stands, unfortunately, HTC designed this phone right out of the running for me. The HTC Vivid is a remarkable, modern smartphone with performance that matches or bests any Android phone I’ve used. It’s fast, it’s smooth, it’s capable and HTC’s Sense UI wraps it all in a gorgeous package.
Pros: People seem to be less enthusiastic these days when it comes to HTC’s Sense UI, but I am still a big fan. It is my clear favorite among Android skins, though it is becoming increasingly complex. I carry an Android phone with me most days, and I switch phones on a near-weekly basis. Every time I get a new Sense-equipped phone to test and I begin configuring it to my liking, I find new settings, widgets or other features that I didn’t know about before. While this makes...
Cons: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This is fortunate in the case of the HTC Vivid, because I am not a fan of the handset’s look at all. The face is fine; it looks just like every other full touch smartphone on the planet. Issues arise when the phone is turned around, however, and I personally couldn’t get past the design. HTC used a thick glossy plastic for much of this smartphone’s case and I don’t care for it at all. First, it somehow collects oil and dust even m...
Summary: Originally codenamed Holiday, the HTC Vivid is one of the newest 4G (LTE) devices from ATT, but not the first LTE phone from HTC. Based on specs alone, this device seems to have a lot going for it, but as we’ve discovered in the past, sometimes specs aren’t enough. And these days, it takes a lot more than blazing download speeds to impress anyone.
Pros: Crisp, easy to read qHD screen, Decent battery life (when 4G isn’t running), 4G, 8MP f/2.2 camera
Cons: Heat generated from back of device, Uncomfortable and heavy form factor, Poor speaker volume, Light leakage from top and bottom of screen
Summary: Telstra have been marketing their new 4G network like it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, and to some of us it really is. 4G brings a whole new level of wireless data speeds — we’ve seen up to and beyond 35Mbps down and 15Mbps up. While Telstra have been selling 4G modems for a few months now, they’ve only recently announced this, the HTC Velocity 4G , as their first 4G smartphone available to consumers.
Pros: 4G — I mean, really., Suprisingly clear and crisp display with great colour production, Great voice call quality (thanks to Telstra’s HD Voice)
Cons: Battery life is sucked away when using 4G, Quite a heavy device to hold, & still running Gingerbread
Excerpt: Officially announced yesterday by Vodafone , the HTC Velocity 4G is HTC's first LTE device supporting Europe's 4G bands. Running on Android 2.3.7 / Gingerbread and enhanced by HTC Sense 3.5, the Velocity 4G is powered by a Qualcomm APQ 8060 dual-core CPU at 1.5 GHz. As previously confirmed by the GCF , the Velocity 4G supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA+ up to 14.4 Mbps/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz, dualband LTE at 800 MHz/2.6 GHz up to 100 Mbps,...
Conclusion: If you’re on AT&T and really want to get a LTE phone, you only have three choices – The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket , the LG Nitro HD , or the HTC Vivid. Unless you’re a big Sense fan, I would go with the Skyrocket. I have not reviewed the Nitro HD, but I would stick to Samsung over LG. I also think Samsung will be quicker in upgrading to Ice Cream Sandwich since TouchWiz is a minor UI as compared to Sense.
Conclusion: Back in April when we caught the first look of the HTC Sensation 4G, we were thrilled by its design and complete feature set. It was obvious that HTC had put a massive effort into developing it. It is December 2011 now and we’re talking HTC Vivid. The phone has practically the same specs and functionality, save for the bumps in the memory and screen departments, along with its LTE radio.
Pros: Quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G support, 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, LTE network compatibility, 4.5" capacitive LCD touchscreen with qHD resolution (540 x 960 pixels); Gorilla glass, Android OS v2.3.4 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0, 1.2 GHz dual Scorpion CPUs, Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 chipset, 1GB RAM and 16 GB built-in storage; microSD slot up to 32GB, 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash; 1.3MP front-facing unit, 1080p and 720p video recording, Wi-Fi b/g/n and DL...