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.
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.
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.
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.
|Device status||Available. Release date: November 2011.|
|Dimensions||External dimensions||128.8 x 67.1 x 11.2 mm|
|Screen||Type||S-LCD capacitive touch screen, 256K Available Colours|
|Dimensions||540 x 960 pixels, 4.5 inches (~245 ppi pixel density)|
|Multi-touch input method|
|Total weight||176.9 g|
|General specifications||2G Network||GSM 850 MHZ / 900 MHZ / 1800 MHZ / 1900 MHZ|
|3G Network||HSDPA 850 MHz / 1900 MHz / 2100 MHz|
|Sound||Alert characteristics||Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones|
|Call records||Practically unlimited|
|Memory||Phone book||Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall|
|Memory card slot||microSD card, up to 32GB,|
|Internal||16 GB Data storage|
|3G||HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE|
|Bluetooth||Included, v3.0 with A2DP|
|Accelerometer Light sensor for UI auto-rotate|
|Proximity Light sensor for auto shut down|
|HTC Sense UI|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|USB||Included, microUSB v2.0|
|Infrared port||Not included|
|Camera specifications||Primary camera||8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash|
|Video||Included, 1980×1080 pixel, [email protected]|
|Features||Geo-tagging, face detection|
|Secondary camera||Included, 1.3 MP|
|PROCESSOR||1.2 GHz dual-core CPU|
|Features||OS||Android OS, v2.3.5 (Gingerbread)|
|Internet Browser||WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|Messaging||SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email|
|Google Search, Maps, Gmail|
|YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa included|
|Time management organizer|
|Predictive text input|
|Games||Included + downloadable|
|GPS||Included, with A-GPS support|
|Java||Included, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Available Colours||Black, White|
|Battery type||Standard battery, Li-Ion 1650 mAh|
|Estimated talk time||Up to 7 h 40 min|
|Stand-by time||Up to 288 h battery life|