HTC Vivid


A new phone ready for Christmas

HTC Vivid is the first of two smartphones which will work on the T-Mobile network; the other one is Samsung’s Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Between these two devices we’d say the latter one is the best according to our tests, but the Vivid model also has some very good qualities which we’ll discuss in our review.

4.5″ display diagonal

When it comes to design, the HTC Vivid is quite a heavy smartphone with its 177g; this might deter people who love light devices. But the product makes up for that with these measurements: 5.07″ x 2.64″ x 0.44″. Unlike other HTC versions, the one we tested had flat edges and a single flat stainless-steel slide-out panel on its rear which added a solid factor to the device. The front is made of plastic. We didn’t have any problem when setting this product up.

The Vivid is the company’s first smartphone to have a 4.5″ display and one of the few to sport a 480 x 800-pixel resolution. Details and colors especially looked great, but the team behind HTC should definitely work on improving brightness.Viewing angles were also disappointing, as was looking at the screen in full sunlight. The buttons located on each side of the smartphone are the same ones found on previous versions. The camera is an 8-megapixel one and it boasts dual LED flash, a wide-angle F2.2 lens, auto-focus and backside illumination.HTC-Vivid

Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread OS

The Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread OS with Sense 3.0 allows for a lot of personalization options. The user interface on the HTC Vivid was by far the most appealing one in terms of design and one of the most deeply integrated ones we’ve come across so far for this review. When we tested the smartphone and its interface we found many varied widgets, apps and other such things which kept us well entertained for a couple of hours. The virtual very responsive keyboard offered by the Sense 3.0 was more than spacious, making typing an utterly pleasant experience, especially considering the fact that we found everything we needed (including symbols, language and so on) on the layout.

Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 processor

In the processor department, the HTC Vivid ran on a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 with 1GB of RAM. Navigating through home screens, opening apps and performing other such actions was done with good speeds; only twice or three times did we experience lags.

As on other HTC smartphones, core organizer applications on the Vivid model were functional and offered us control over features such as the clock, voice recorder, calendar and many others. Whenever we used Gmail apps or HTC mail we didn’t need to scroll as much as we used to on other devices to be able to read content. What was more, we very much appreciated the possibility to preview the e-mails we received without having to open a dedicated app to do so.

8-megapixel camera

The HTC Vivid also comes with an 8-megapixel camera that sports a wealth of settings for both snapping pictures and shooting videos. Outdoor conditions produced overall good results, although some of the pictures had a purple tint about them and exhibited noise in darker areas. Macro shots were the camera’s best asset. The dual LED flash managed to turn photos taken in low light into decent-looking ones. Videos lost a lot of detail when we played them back.

HSPA+ speeds delivered by the Vivid smartphone were simply amazing: download speeds reached 12Mbits/s; upload speeds were around 1.5Mbits/s.

As far as call quality goes, the earpiece didn’t have good volume levels and voices sounded hollow; the speakerphone fared much better,despite some squeakiness when we set the volume up. The battery life took almost 6 hours talk time with a single battery charge.

Review conclusion

At the final of the phone review and at a conclusion, the HTC Vivid will make a good present for Christmas if you wish an Android powered smartphone.

Technical specifications

Device statusAvailable. Release date: November 2011.
Official anouncedOct-11
DimensionsExternal dimensions128.8 x 67.1 x 11.2 mm
ScreenTypeS-LCD capacitive touch screen, 256K Available Colours
Dimensions540 x 960 pixels, 4.5 inches (~245 ppi pixel density)
Multi-touch input method
Total weight176.9 g
General specifications2G NetworkGSM 850 MHZ / 900 MHZ / 1800 MHZ / 1900 MHZ
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 MHz / 1900 MHz / 2100 MHz
LTE 700
SoundAlert characteristicsVibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jackIncluded
Call recordsPractically unlimited
MemoryPhone bookPractically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Memory card slotmicroSD card, up to 32GB,
Internal16 GB Data storage
BluetoothIncluded, v3.0 with A2DP
Accelerometer Light sensor for UI auto-rotate
Proximity Light sensor for auto shut down
HTC Sense UI
touch-sensitive controls
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
USBIncluded, microUSB v2.0
Infrared portNot included
Camera specificationsPrimary camera8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash
VideoIncluded, 1980×1080 pixel, [email protected]
FeaturesGeo-tagging, face detection
Secondary cameraIncluded, 1.3 MP
PROCESSOR1.2 GHz dual-core CPU
FeaturesOSAndroid OS, v2.3.5 (Gingerbread)
Internet BrowserWAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
RadioStereo FM radio with RDS
MessagingSMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Google Search, Maps, Gmail
YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa included
MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
Time management organizer
Voice memo/dial/commands
Predictive text input
Document viewer
MP3/AAC+/WAV/WMA player
Digital compass
GamesIncluded + downloadable
GPSIncluded, with A-GPS support
JavaIncluded, via Java MIDP emulator
Available ColoursBlack, White
Battery typeStandard battery, Li-Ion 1650 mAh
Estimated talk timeUp to 7 h 40 min
Stand-by timeUp to 288 h battery life