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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Model

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
4.5 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
yes

Power

Talk time
3G (up to7.67 hour)
Standby time (max)
288 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (Removable) (1620 capacity mAh)

Camera

Camera
yes (8 megapixels) (Records video, Auto focus, Flash, Contact pictures) (yes)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, Cellular location, WiFi location, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
microSD (microSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (yes)
UMA support
no
Bluetooth
3.0 + HS (HSP [headset], HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control], OPP / FTP [file transfer])

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA) (AVI, h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV) (Streaming / internet)

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript, Flash)
Email
yes (POP3, IMAP, Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync) (Windows)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Document editor, IM, Maps, Stocks, Stopwatch, Weather

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
yes (Polyphonic, MP3 / audio, Contact ringtones)
Vibrate mode
yes
Sound profiles
no

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM, LTE (GSM, GPRS, EDGE) (UMTS / WCDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA) (yes)
Subscriber identity
SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.5 inches
Screen resolution
Other (960, 540)
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (yes) (no)
Voice dial
Speaker independent

Hardware

CPU
1.2 GHz
RAM
1 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer (motion), Ambient light, Proximity

Other features

Flight mode
yes
FM tuner
yes
FM transmitter
no
Infrared port
no
Kickstand
no
NFC or RFID payment
no
PictBridge
no
Ruggedized
no
TTY / TDD
yes
TV-out
yes
Model
Raider 4G

Key Specs

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