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  • Reception and call quality Remarkably clear & loud. Especially compared to the Galaxy S II I had before it. great!
  • Display Main reason I bought the vivid... Large hi res display.... Great for Web Browsing, Netflix and other media. great!
  • Battery life Almost 2 weeks of ownership... so far It's living up to expectations for a 4.5" screen with a 1620 mAh battery... Which means, not great... but expected. so-so
  • Camera Just a step behind the iPhone 4s at the time of it's release, i'm updating this months later, but need to keep release date in mind. good
  • Ease of use It's android. It's what you make it. That's worth a 4. +1 for sense 3.0. Its brilliant out of the box. Though like any other phone I'll give it a new ROM later. great!
  • Design and form factor -1 cause it's maybe a little thick... Otherwise they crammed a ton of power into a very small package... It's only slightly larger than my SGSII it replaced. good
  • Portability (size / weight) It's big and has decent heft... But it is by no means too large for a pocket! good
  • Media support It's android... If it doesn't play something just download a new media player. Plus between Netflix&Google Music... I'm pretty well set for media consumption. great!
  • Durability 2 weeks of ownership. Not a single ding or scratch... great!
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) Android market... 4 Ability to sideload Apps... +1 Fact that AT&T store had cases and chargers on launch day... Bonus! great!
Detailed review
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 Bean up and running... but it's currently thought to be impossible due to AT&T's meddling
review history
2012-08-15
Updated detailed review
2012-08-14
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Rated Camera a 4
2011-11-18
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Updated detailed review
2011-11-07
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Durability rating changed from 4 to 5
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