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.
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
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...
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,...
Summary: For Americans, this is the year of LTE. Granted, MetroPCS and Verizon actually launched their first LTE markets and devices last year, but next-gen data has really hit the mainstream in 2011. Virtually all members of Verizon's high-end smartphone line (the iPhone notably excluded) are now LTE-capable, and the network is now in the process of lighting up smaller, secondary markets. If you're a fan of high-speed data — and who isn't? — it's a good time to be alive.
Pros: Supports AT&T LTE — and it's fast (where you can find it), Great display, Relatively fast, smooth UI
Cons: Not a beautiful phone, Launches with an old version of Sense, No Android 4.0 until next year