78
Engadget
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Engadget Summary

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.
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Scores

Engadget

78
 

User Reviews

90
Todrick
I've now had this phone for 9 months... Very happy with it... sure I envy my...read more
80
jasona
The HTC Vivid to me is a great phone at a great price (currently at $99 on AT&T)....read more
100
infinimint
This phone is absolutely brilliant. Don't let other reviewers convince you of...read more
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7.8
Average Critic Score

Reception and call quality

8.0
 

Display

8.0
 

Battery life

6.8
 

Camera

8.0
 

Ease of use

8.0
 

Design and form factor

6.7
 

Portability (size / weight)

7.3
 

Media support

8.0
 

Durability

8.0
 

Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)

7.5
 

How It Stacks Up

88

Engadget

88
 

Critic

82
 

User

93
 
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84
 

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81
 

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80
 
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87
 

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83
 

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90
 
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