- Size (LWH): 5.07 inches, 2.64 inches, 0.44 inches
- Weight: 6.24 ounces
- Network Compatibility: LTE
- Network Compatibility: AMPS
- Phone Book Capacity: 100 Entries
- Minimum Rated Talk Time: 456 minutes
- Minimum Rated Standby Time: 292 hours
- Battery Type: Lithium Ion
HTC Vivid, Black 16GB (AT&T)
- Android 2.3-powered smartphone with 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 4.5-inch qHD Super LCD multi-touch display
- Runs on AT&T's expanding, ultra-fast 4G LTE connectivity (compatible with nationwide 4G HSPA+ network)
- 8-MP camera with Full HD 1080p video capture; 16 GB internal memory; microSD memroy expansion; Wirelss-N Wi-Fi networking (with optional Mobile Hotspot capabilities)
- Up to 5.1 hours of talk time, up to 250 hours (10.4 days) of standby time; released in November, 2011
- What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, quick start guide
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Realize the full power of 4G with the Android-powered HTC Vivid smartphone, which runs on AT&T's new ultra-fast 4G LTE network (learn more below). You'll enjoy fast web browsing, powered by a dual core 1.2 GHz processor and a brilliant 4.5-inch qHD display. It also includes the acclaimed HTC Sense user experience, which includes a customizable active lockscreen that transforms the display into a real-time window to your most important information and content--such as social updates, photos, weather or stock updates.
Dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, brilliant 4.5-inch qHD display, and AT&T 4G LTE speeds.
You also get the AT&T Mobile Hotspot service built right into the smartphone--enabling you to connect additional Wi-Fi-enabled devices to the phone's mobile broadband signal (requires appropriate data plan). This GPS-enabled phone can also access the AT&T Navigator service for turn-by-turn directions.
Other features include an 8-megapixel camera with Full HD 1080p video capture, 16 GB internal memory, microSD memory expansion to 32 GB, Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, DLNA wireless streaming capabilities, GPS for navigation and location-based services, access to over 200,000 apps in the Android Market, and up to 5.1 hours of talk time (see full specifications below).
HTC Sense Mobile Experience
With the next generation of the popular HTC Sense mobile experience, the HTC Vivid automatically delivers your most-wanted information to your screen. It offers even more ways to stay connected--including FriendStream, which delivers Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr updates in a consolidated view. And you'll be able to pinpoint the location of a lost phone on a map, send a command to make the phone sound an alert--even while on "silent" mode--through the htcsense.com web site. If needed, you can also remotely wipe all of the phone's data with a single command in addition to forwarding calls and text messages to a different number.
Capture the Moment
Easily capture memories and share them while on the go with the advanced camera capabilities of the HTC Vivid, which offers 8-megapixel camera and Full HD 1080p video recorder. You'll get excellent low-light performance with a backside illuminated sensor and wide aperture lens (f/2.2). Sharing photos to Facebook, Picasa or Flickr is a breeze--and lightning quick at 4G speeds. You'll enjoy video chats over Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity thanks to the front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera.
The HTC Vivid features HTC Watch--an application and service that puts an entire library of the latest, premium movies and TV shows right at your fingertips. HTC Watch uses progressive download technology that makes it possible to watch videos without waiting for a huge file to finish downloading. You can either rent or buy videos, and if purchased, you can watch them on up to five different HTC devices.
The HTC Vivid weighs 6.24 ounces and measures 5.07 x 2.64 x 0.44 inches. Its 1650 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5.1 hours of talk time, and up to 250 hours (10.4 days) of standby time. It runs on AT&T's 4G LTE and HSPA+ networks (850/1900 MHz; HSPA+/HSDPA/UMTS) plus international 2100 MHz 3G networks. It's also a quad-band GSM phone (850/900/1800/1900 MHz GPRS/EDGE).
What's in the Box
HTC Vivid handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, quick start guide
AT&T's 4G LTE network allows for quicker access, smoother media streaming, and faster web experiences. LTE technology is capable of delivering mobile broadband speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. Additionally, LTE technology offers a faster response time due to lower latency--the processing time it takes to move data through a network--vastly speeding download times for web pages as well as improving services such as mobile gaming and two-way video calling.
By the end of 2011, AT&T plans to launch its 4G LTE network in 15 major metropolitan areas, covering at least 70 million Americans. Coverage will continue to expand in the next few years and is planned to be largely complete by the end of 2013.
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And when combined with 4G HSPA+ technology, AT&T is capable of delivering a quicker, more consistent mobile broadband experience than ever before. AT&T has deployed HSPA+ to virtually 100 percent of its mobile broadband network, which enables 4G speeds when combined with enhanced backhaul (via Ethernet or fiber). Backhaul is one of the major pieces of a telecommunications network. Think of it as the limbs connecting AT&T's cell towers with AT&T's backbone network that provides access to the Internet.
|LTE = Long Term Evolution |
Advanced wireless technology capable of increasing AT&T's already-fast network speeds. Now in select markets with deployment ongoing.
|HSPA+ = High Speed Packet Access |
Paired with enhanced backhaul--the accelerated pipeline between our network backbone and cell towers across the country--this technology boosts network performance.
Optional AT&T Services
AT&T Navigator: This premium GPS navigation application includes audible turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic updates and re-routing options, and 3D moving maps (additional charges applicable). AT&T Navigator offers several other features to make your commute more enjoyable and reliable, including mobile access to Yellowpages.com. You'll be able to find the closes ATM, restaurant, gas station, Wi-Fi hotspot and more with over 10 million business listings.
AT&T FamilyMap: Locate any phone indoors or outdoors on the AT&T Network. FamilyMap provides peace of mind by being able to conveniently locate a family member from your wireless phone or PC and know that your family's information is secure and private. Want to verify that your child arrives home from school each day? Set up a Schedule Check to automatically get location information sent to you via text message or e-mail.
Communications & Internet
Android Gingerbread Operating System
The HTC Vivid runs the Android 2.3 operating system (dubbed Gingerbread) which features a cleaner, more refined interface with new icons, improved top notification bar, and more intuitive navigation.
Multitasking in Gingerbread allows you the ability to run more than one app at a time. If you're playing a game, you can easily switch to an incoming e-mail and then switch back to the game without losing your place. And like the previous version of Android ("Froyo"), Gingerbread provides support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web.
The onscreen keyboard makes it easier to type thanks to additional spacing between the keys and larger font sizes. And the more you use the keyboard, the easier typing will be as the enhanced suggest feature records previous input history to make better suggestions.
The Vivid also brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services you use every day. It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is an excellent phone. I read reviews comparing this to the Samsung Skyrocket so I checked out both. The build quality on the SS is way more plasticky, and to me that does justify the $50 difference. Plus touchwhiz is too much like iPhone, so why would I go to a fake version.
HTC V has a great display, is super responsive, and the LTE is nice. To be honest, I only went Android bcuz I wanted a bigger screen and the 4.5" beast here is great. It does not stick out as much in my pocket as I thought it would, iPhone is better handheld but this isn't bad either. Plus it feels sturdier than the SS.
To each his own though!!
If you need to travel outside of USA, AT&T's compatible GSM/WCDMA/UMTS/LTE network will be your choice. Though the 4G/LTE part may not be compatible due to frequency fragmentation.
This phone has a qHD display, the highest resolution of them all, of the two AT&T 4G/LTE phones. It's 960x540 pixels, slightly slightly less than the iphone4S's 960x640, bigger than Skyrocket's 800x480. But in smartphone terms, the display of the Vivid is much larger than the iPhone4S. For me it means arguably more comfortable to read books for example. Certainly you can touch type more comfortably.
There are now 1280x720 displays, but arguably not all pixels are truly there. Though it makes it easier for software to just display the HD image, instead of rescaling that uses more processing power. And if 960 is good enough for apple fans, it's good enough for me. I'm more creative with less pixels.
Many people go for bench marks of the processor, but I will go for the resolution for more future proof. As long as the phone is running smoothly, the processor is OK. Any one more multitasking will kill the extra MHz that your processor has.
Yes, it's big, thick and heavy, and that's why it gets 4 stars. It's a good price to pay for the awesome display and LTE. Actually the length and width is typically of Android phones. Skyrocket has almost the same dimensions and thickness. Because of the wedge like edges, it never look that thick unless you view squarely at the bottom, as some of the review photo shows. So it's arguably thinner than the Skyrocket.
It feels heavy, but I doubt if the extra oz will ever cause you fatigue in holding it. No smartphones are light enough to put in dress shirt pockets. And my wife never carry any phone in any pocket - always in her handbag.
A reviewer can't stand the look! What a review. Actually I suspect that HTC use indestructible plastic as in the Dyson, a vacuum cleaner. It's been 10 years and my wife still couldn't manage to break it or even scratch it. Oh yes, I write vacuum cleaner reviews too. The metal armor black plate reinforce my suspicion. One day, when my phone smash into yours, we shall know.
[Udate] I couldn't believe it. The phone slipped from my wife's hand while standing. It landed on the fake marble floor, as hard as concrete. So hard that the metal plate flew off the phone on impact. I can't even find a scratch on the phone. That's the best plastic you can get.
The front look like any other smartphone with a rectangle display almost to the edge of the phone. It got round corners. That's what you see. If it's on the table, it looks very thin because of the wedge. If you often turn it around and look at the back, you got problems.
The basic icons on the default home page are simple and intuitive. There is an on phone tutorial to guide you through touch typing if you are new to it. Anybody can call and text and email without the phone being too smart for you.
Typing is sensitive and with feedback in the from of vibration and sound, all optional. When you turn the phone in landscape mode, the keyboard is pretty large and accurate for your fingers. With all that, swype and fancy corrections aren't that important. There is the usual intelligent correction though.
The phone is capable of tethering, using it as a wireless router for your portables or tablets.
By default, all the apps are in one page. There's too much and I won't be using most of them. It takes me a bit to find the browser. On closer examination, you can rearrange them as in any computer desktop, and you have 7 home screen for that.
On cleaning, actually my opinion is that any coating, protective screen, jacket, are stupid. Even if you ever manage to make a visible scratch on the tough glass surface, it's way better than covering it up 24/7/365. It's that hard to produce a high resolution and bright and high fidelity screen and you cover it up and dumb it down. For this tough phone, you can trust it to the cleaners. At the end of the day, I wipe it with a microfiber cloth and it is shiny new again. You can put the cloth into the washing machine once a week or less. Just don't add fabric conditioner to it and don't tumble dry it. If you are fuzzy, add one drop of rubbing alcohol, degrease or dish washing liquid when you wipe it. Any grease and dust on it have to go somewhere. For this phone you can just wipe it off and becomes new again.
After the exposure of the Carrier IQ incident, I think most non-apple users are going to benefit from a massive class action. In further reports, it's there even on new iPhones, but it's easy to disable via settings. On this Android phone, the root kit appears as HTC AgentIQ on the running services list, which restarts as soon as you stop it. You can see the list in the settings app.
Don't blame the manufacturers and Android and iOS. It is supposed to be the carriers that have contract with Carrier IQ and request to put in in the phone. So Verizon can claim that they don't do that. HTC is investigating a patch to remove it.
Wherever the finger pointing is, key stroke logging is a no no, the signs of malware. If your phone have wifi chips but do not have wireless network software, any malware have to bring with it the software stack to connect to the internet and transmit. That's the same reason the Carrier IQ software becomes a security risk of it's own, no matter how obscure the API is.
In other words, it's like installing a close circuit TV in your bathroom without your knowledge. Imaging and sound processing techniques are used to determine how happy you are with the flush of the toilet, but no images actually leave your house. Still ridiculous.
The interesting thing is that Carriers are immune from having wiretapping capabilities. The scandal is bigger above carriers. Did big brother testing our resolve? Bezos is a good whistle blowing guy, but why my modified review didn't go through?
This is my first time on an Android phone and I have beein very please using this vivid. it ihas super fast download with the dual core and LTE. It has been tricky getting use to the touchscreen coming from blackberries but getting the hang of it. My wife has a 4S and I prefer the larger screen on the vivid.
One lacking I miss is the push email of my blackberry. I now have to open my email inbox to see if I have new emails. If this is important to you then go iPhone or BlackBerry.
Overall very satisfied with this vivid.
One comment was there is not the usable 16 gigs of storage but only 8 gigs. Not a big issue as can buy a 16 gig chip for $20 and now have plenty of space.
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