HTC Vivid - black (AT&T)
Manufacturer: HTC Part number: 5390320
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CNET editors' review
price range: $155.99
- Reviewed by: Jessica Dolcourt
- Reviewed on: 11/11/2011
- Released on: 11/06/2011
The good: The HTC Vivid has a nice, large screen, an excellent camera, and great specs all around. It supports 4G LTE as well.
The bad: Mediocre call quality on the Vivid and a cheap plastic chassis dampen the experience. The battery obstructs access to the microSD card.
The bottom line: If you can overlook the cheap plastic design, the HTC Vivid delivers an all-around excellent user experience at a palatable price.
A powerful, well-built phone
by urr_quasdim on November 11, 2011
Pros: (1) Excellent build quality: Made of high grade material which isn't at all like cheap plastic! The metal back plate on my phone doesn't move and makes no noises when pushed
(2) Fantastic, large and sharp display with natural colors
(3) Fast downloads, in
Cons: (1) Battery life is average
(2) Volume rocker is easy to activate inadvertently
(3) A bit on the heavy side after a long while of holding it
Summary: Unlike Jessica's complaint regarding build quality, I find the phone very well built from high quality materials, no cheap plastic to be found. With a great, large display, fast ...
Summary: Unlike Jessica's complaint regarding build quality, I find the phone very well built from high quality materials, no cheap plastic to be found. With a great, large display, fast dual-core processor, great cameras, Sense 3.0 + Android 2.3, this phone is a winner. In addition, HTC already announced that the Vivid will be among the first batch of phones to get the 4.0 ICS OS upgrade.I had seven entries in the "Pros" section but the last 4.5 were cut off...
Updated on Nov 11, 2011
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
A solid, all-around excellent phone.
by poloESH on November 13, 2011
Pros: 1) Build Quality is great. I get no squeaking on mine and it's built like a tank. (Not at all cheap-feeling)
2) SLCD screen is great-reliable color reproduction, nice and sharp.
3) Downloads are fast, and so is the phone. Benchmarks don't prove everything
Cons: 1) Battery life is "meh"
2) Somewhat heavy- It's got a fair amount of heft to it.
3) Some apps are uninstallable.
Summary: An all-around spectacular phone. Mine didn't have the squeak, but the glossy back does scratch somewhat easily. However, it's built like a tank- very solid, with heft to ...
Summary: An all-around spectacular phone. Mine didn't have the squeak, but the glossy back does scratch somewhat easily. However, it's built like a tank- very solid, with heft to boot. It's fast (Sense 3.0 is a fairly demanding UX), IMO a nice looking phone, and it comes with LTE.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
High-end smartphone with many top-of-the-line features!
by HTCAllan on November 15, 2011
Pros: 1) Solidly built phone that doesn't feel cheap/plastic.
2) Better 8mp camera than the iPhone 4S (f/2.2 vs f/2.4).
3) 16gb of built in memory (no need for microSD cards, although it still allows you insert a microSD if you need to).
Cons: 1) A bit on the heavy side, although that is the cost of having a phone that feels solid.
2) Video/audio quality is not great when shooting movies.
3) No Super AMOLED display.
Summary: I have to disagree with the CNET reviewer, this phone does not feel/look like cheap plastic. Plastic-feeling phones are made by Samsung (don't get me wrong, I love ...
Summary: I have to disagree with the CNET reviewer, this phone does not feel/look like cheap plastic. Plastic-feeling phones are made by Samsung (don't get me wrong, I love the look of Samsung smartphones). I actually feel that the HTC Vivid looks better than previous HTC phones (that had weird rubber pieces and protrusions).
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Bad warranty and after-sales service. Bad manufacture
by htcbroken on July 27, 2012
Pros: Good resolution
Cons: Cheap charging port. Good product idea but manufacture uses very cheap components. Not worth the money.
Summary: I really like my cellphone until the charging port is broken after 8 months very gentle usage. Then I compared the microUSB port on my vivid with my kindle and ...
Summary: I really like my cellphone until the charging port is broken after 8 months very gentle usage. Then I compared the microUSB port on my vivid with my kindle and my friend's Motorola Antrix, even from the appearance the other two seems much more durable than my charging port. There is a very small black plastic piece hanging in the center of the smaller charging port on my vivid. When I first bought it and plug in the usb charging cable, I feel some resistance but it still went in so I did not pay a lot attention. As time goes by the charging port is twisted continuously as I need to charge it every day. Eventally one day the plastic piece is not in the center anymore, which makes it impossible to charge or transport data. I called HTC and say it is within the warranty and this is your design flaw. They say the warranty is limited and most likely they would charge me more than $100 to repair it! There are many people experiencing problems with HTC's charging port and a good device is just destroied by a less than one dollar cheap component! Unbelievable!! Don't know what HTC people are thinking... Are they intentionally doing a favor to their competitors?? I used to love my HTC now I have to think about other brands...
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
EASILY THE WORST PHONE I HAVE EVER OWNED
by Cziervein on June 19, 2013
Pros: It takes nice photos, user friendly, although videos are not the best, they are better than some other phone shot videos.
Cons: Hearing on he phone is an issue. Software is a total NIGHTMARE! Where to start, the shade refuses to raise when you are attempting to answer a call, text messages will not make a sound, while volume is on maximum.
Summary: Phone calls won't be delivered, the phone will not ring, when volume is on maximum and no one is using the phone when the call comes in. Phone freezes, ...
Summary: Phone calls won't be delivered, the phone will not ring, when volume is on maximum and no one is using the phone when the call comes in. Phone freezes, eventually the battery must be removed from the phone in order to re-boot the system. After about 8 months of usage, these problems manifested. Battery life is 4-5 hours maximum. Bad recharger sockets. I purchased this phone, my daughter also and we stupidly talked someone else into getting this phone. All three of us have experienced all of the above problems. Recently another friend advised she owned this phone for three years and she started to rattle off all the problems, it was everything I listed above!
After owning this phone for a year, it has become totally unbearable to use or attempt to operate. My friend had 3 surgeons attempt to call her this week to let her know that a biopsy was benign, not one call got through to her cell phone! They didn't even go into voice mail! When she got home, thankfully,the doctors had also called her house and the messages were on her home phone. BEWARE OF THIS PHONE!
Piece of GARBAGE!!!
by Petoskey116 on June 16, 2013
Pros: Big screen
Cons: 1) Battery life is four hours, 2) every time you started the phone it would have to Spend 5 minutes optimizing apps, 3) any case on the phone would make people receiving your calls not able to here you, 4) stupid sliding back would get lost. 5) FAIL!
Summary: Piece of crep. Don't consider buying. I owned it for 5 months and ditched it
Summary: Piece of crep. Don't consider buying. I owned it for 5 months and ditched it
Not worth the time/money/stress it causes.
by Horsegirl2897 on February 8, 2013
Pros: Good Camera
Cons: Does not hold charge
Lots of factory flaws
Slow, freezes, and constantly shuts down
Summary: I have had this phone since August of 2012, and while I was initially pleased with it, I am fed up and will try my hardest to never have to ...
Summary: I have had this phone since August of 2012, and while I was initially pleased with it, I am fed up and will try my hardest to never have to use this or any other android/HTC device in the future. The main issue I have with this device is the battery. In the first three or four months, I would charge the phone overnight (think starting at 9:00 PM or so) and take it off the charger upon my departure (7:00 AM) I keep my phone off all day, save half an hour for lunch, until 3:25, and by 5:00-6:30 it will be dead. This was frustrating, but bearable for a while, but by Thanksgiving, it was just not working. I then headed to an AT&T store who directed me to another store who was supposed to have a battery but didn't and then had to wait 5-6 days (way longer than we were told) for a new battery to be shipped to me. While this new battery did hold a longer charge, it wasn't a huge improvement. I am constantly involved in activities that I need to have my phone on for at all times and need to be able to contact someone at a moments notice, and this phone just doesn't cut it. Recently, however, I have discovered a worse problem- My phone has stopped charging all together. For months upon months I charged it the exact same way and never once had a problem until a few days ago- it just wouldn't charge in it's normal spot. I tried different cables (all of which work properly on other devices) different spots, and even switched my battery back to the old one. For a little while, (up until this afternoon, in fact,) It would charge, but It was extremely temperamental. I am constantly switching around batteries and the phone must be placed just perfectly to get it to charge, which leads me to believe i have a broken USB port in my phone, until tonight. It has absolutely stopped charging at all and I haven't the slightest clue why.
Honestly, i am fed up with all these problems- when I was recommended this phone, I was told it was amazing and all that jazz, and that has all been lies. So please be aware that my experience has been dreadful and I do not recommend this device at all, ever, to anyone. I will be getting either a replacement phone or a whole new phone entirely as soon as possible. This device causes more stress than it's worth.
I love this phone enought said!
by valencia28 on October 26, 2012
Pros: I wanted to buy a phone with a good camera..and this is exactly what I got.Everyone complements on how clear the pictures look.
Cons: Its a little on the big side I was used to having a small cell phone before.
Summary: People have commented on how its looks like its made out of cheap plastic..honestly I don't see it.I don't really have nothing more to say so ...
Summary: People have commented on how its looks like its made out of cheap plastic..honestly I don't see it.I don't really have nothing more to say so bye..lolsorry I accidently spelled enough wrong..lol
Updated on Oct 26, 2012
Worst phone ever
by dharmin_majmudar on July 24, 2012
Pros: First phone on At&T to have ICS.
Cons: Something wrong with the data connection. When I turn off wifi sometimes it turns on automatically, mobile data turns on automatically, media volume stops until I restart the phone, very heavy. Heats up and becomes unreponsive.
Summary: This is the worst phone I have seen in my entire life. Heats up while charging and during a call and as a result doesn't respond to touch, hence ...
Summary: This is the worst phone I have seen in my entire life. Heats up while charging and during a call and as a result doesn't respond to touch, hence can't pick up a call or end a call. Seriously HTC? Are you kidding me!! Had to replace with another one within a month still the same problems...
by Marakath on July 10, 2012
Pros: It's huge.. I thought that would be a negative but it fits in my hand well.
With the additional SD card it has 32GB of memory - my iPhone had 16 unexpandable.
The camera is nicer than the iPhone camera. I haven't tested video yet.
Cons: Facebook tries to take over the phone. I had a similar problem with Blackberry in 2007, never had that problem with iPhone.
The battery life actually seems worse than iPhone. I think it's all that multi-tasking.
Summary: I had to buy replacement phone. The iPhone4 that I bought refurbished was dead and I'm unemployed. I got this phone for $50. For $50 it rocks! I even ...
Summary: I had to buy replacement phone. The iPhone4 that I bought refurbished was dead and I'm unemployed. I got this phone for $50. For $50 it rocks! I even got to pick the color.
To those complaining about the back - did you ever think of getting a case? Buying a case with the phone is so automatic for me due to fear of dropping the iPhone that it's just second nature. You can get one for $4 on Amazon.
Yeah the silver slidey thing is a bit weird but any case will take care of it. Mine doesn't seem to move. It would block the camera if it did.
Granted it's 2 days old but so far I like it and it's not refurbished. It does things that the iPhone doesn't. I also managed to shrink that annoying HTC clock so I'm happy.
- Manufacturer: HTC
- Part number: 5390320
- Bottom Line: If you can overlook the cheap plastic design, the HTC Vivid delivers an all-around excellent user experience at a palatable price.
- Product Type Smartphone
- Phone Design PDA
- Width 2.6 in
- Depth 0.4 in
- Height 5.1 in
- Weight 5.64 oz
- Technology GSM / 3G
- Band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quadband) / 3G 850/1900/2100 (Tri-band)
- Service Provider AT&T
- Operating System Android 2.3 OS
Messaging & Internet
- Messaging & Data Features Text messages,
Multimedia messages (MMS),
- Wireless Interface Bluetooth 3.0
- Diagonal Size 4.5 in
- Included Accessories USB charger plug and Micro USB cable,