October 31st 2011 10:16 am

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It's AT&T's cheapest LTE phone, but it comes with tradeoffs

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LTE is well-trodden territory for HTC, thanks to its previous dalliance with Verizon and the Thunderbolt. Sadly, the Vivid falls short of clearing a few performance hurdles, but if you absolutely must have an LTE device on AT&T, it's not an altogether terrible choice. Does it benefit from the company's early experience with Verizon's LTE? Somewhat: there are noticeable some noticeable improvements in battery life, and HTC's Sense 3.0 UI is more refined this time around. Where the Vivid falls short, though, is in the looks department. It doesn't fall completely into the trap of being a juice-deprived paperweight, but that's going to take a lot of attention to settings adjustment on your part. When you compare it side by side with AT&T's only other LTE phone, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket, the winner is clear: Samsung's offering puts the Vivid to shame. It's lighter, faster, sleeker and packs enough battery power to really let you surf those blistering 700MHz waves. Really, though, the decision boils down to your budget. With an on-contract price of $199, the Vivid is the cheaper option of the two, but only by $50. Seen from this angle, all that separates you from a lasting and stylish LTE experience versus a chunky, underpowered weapon of Sense 3.0 destruction is a mere fifty bucks.

Critic reviews

7.8
6 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.0
  • Display
    8.0
  • Battery life
    6.5
  • Camera
    8.0
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    6.8
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.7
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    7.8

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User reviews

8.4
8 reviews
8.0
PC World Dec 23, 2011

With its large high resolution display, beefy processor, and LTE data speeds, the HTC Vivid is an excellent multimedia machine. But keep an eye on that battery; you might not finish a whole movie over 4G before you have to plug it in again.

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8.0
SlashGear Nov 5, 2011

This device is made to push AT&T’s new LTE network and is HTC’s first stab at AT&T’s new network, ... and they've created a smartphone that’s certainly up to the task of downloading media quick, ... and working nicely with a dual-core processor.

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8.0
Android Central Jan 6, 2012

You now have a choice of LTE Android phones on AT&T, and all of them are a good choice. Specs are similar, performance is similar, hell they even look similar. If you're a fan of HTC Sense, it's a no brainer -- get the Vivid. If you're not, look at one of the others.

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8.0
IGN Dec 16, 2011

As the first LTE phone, HTC’s Vivid is as solid a start as they come. It feels good, has excellent build quality, and is a great camera and camcorder. Even without LTE the users can’t go wrong with the Vivid, though it’s not as powerful as some competing models that have access to AT&T’s 4G.

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7.0
BGR Nov 16, 2011

The HTC Vivid is a remarkable, modern smartphone with performance that matches or bests any Android phone I’ve used. It’s fast, smooth, capable and HTC’s Sense UI wraps it all in a gorgeous package. ... If I didn’t mind the look of the Vivid, it would be a phone I could carry regularly.

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7.0
PocketNow Jan 16, 2012

The qHD screen is nice and easy to read, and when the 4G service works (while the battery will suffer), the speeds are blazing. Alas, it still feels like a slightly above average device, and for that, we give a slightly above average score.

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9.0
Todrick Todrick

I've now had this phone for 9 months... Very happy with it... sure I envy my daughter who is rocking a OneX but this phone is still plenty powerful. the one thing I AM unhappy about is the lack of dev community due to AT&T putting some crippling code in... International versions have Jelly...

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8.0
jasona jasona

The HTC Vivid to me is a great phone at a great price (currently at $99 on AT&T). HTC brand I trust, because they do very good devices, Dual-Core, 4G LTE, and Gingerbread. The HTC Vivid has also been list as getting the Ice Cream Sandwich OS. All I call this phone future proof, one because...

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8.0
rowilo rowilo

Let me say, I purchased the Vivid because I broke my Inspire. As I don't live in an LTE area I cannot comment on the speed difference. I liked the phone but the capacity of the battery it came with was far too small. I was able to purchase a larger 3rd party battery which improved things. The...

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10
infinimint infinimint

This phone is absolutely brilliant. Don't let other reviewers convince you of the SGSII or Skyrocket because benchmarks mean absolutely nothing compared to real world performance. I've owned this device for quite a while now and came from the HTC Inspire 4G. This is the phone I have been waiting...

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8.0
technik84 technik84

Overall I like this phone. Has a solid feel to it and seems to be well designed. Feels fast when using it and the android operating system has plenty of apps to pick from. Currently on android 4.0.3 4.5 inch screen with 960x540 resolution. Perhaps a little on the low end these days compared to...

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