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HTC Vivid Video Review - 4G LTE Android Phone on AT&T
      #41622 - 11/13/11 06:54 PM

The HTC Vivid joined the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket on November 6 as ATT's first true 4G LTE phones. We're lucky enough to be in an LTE coverage area, and download speeds have been rocking 25Mbps on average, with 12Mbps upload speeds. Our top download speed was 33.4Mbps according to the app! Of course, once the network is peppered with LTE devices, speeds will come down, but it bodes well for AT&T's new high speed network.

The HTC Vivid has much in common with the Skyrocket: both have 4.5" displays, Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread with promised upgrades to Ice Cream Sandwich, 8 megpapixel cameras and dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPUs. The Vivid has a higher resolution Super LCD that's qHD 960 x 540 pixels, and it lives up to its name with rich and accurate colors that pop.

The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, HTC Vivid and iPhone 4S

It's not the fastest kid on the block, though the 1.2GHz dual core CPU is solid enough. It scored 2159 in Quadrant and a middle of the old-school pack 4526 in the Sunspider Javascript test (the Skyrocket scored 2878, the Motorola Atrix 2 scored 4090 and the iPhone 4S 2241, where lower numbers are better). On paper, the Skyrocket is faster.

HTC is usually the paragon of elegant design, with complex curves, sculpted surfaces and classy soft touch finishes. The Vivid is the Pontiac Aztek of phones: a confused mix of textures, shiny plastics and an odd angular design that's neither comfortable nor attractive. The truncated pyramid that is the back is gloss black plastic that adores finger oils, isn't particularly comfortable to hold and is hard to grip. The flat finish metal back is a little jarring next to shiny plastic, but it redeems the phone from a quality materials perspective.

The HTC Vivid has HSPA+ 14.4 for those of you (er, most of you right now) who aren't in an AT&T LTE coverage area. The carrier will have 15 markets covered by year's end, and right now Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Chicago, Washington DC and Boston are live. New York City will come by year's end.

The phone has a 1.3MP front video chat camera, a not very high capacity 1620 mAh battery, a gig of RAM and it runs HTC Sense 3.0 software (no, not 3.5). It sells for $199 with contract; $50 less than the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket.

Here's our HTC Vivid video review. Our full review will follow.


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