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Review: HTC Vivid for AT&T

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Apps

There's a fairly typical selection of applications preloaded on the Vivid. A bunch of them are AT&T-branded (AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T Family Map, AT&T Live TV, AT&T Navigator, etc.) or HTC-branded (HTC Hub, HTC Like, HTC Watch). Some of these can be uninstalled, but some cannot.

Bluetooth

The Vivid can connect with mono and stereo headsets with no problems. I didn't encounter any issues when pairing different devices, but sound quality was an issue. Mono headsets sounded terrible, amplifying the scratchy sound that comes through the earpiece. Sending music over to stereo Bluetooth speakers was worthless; awful quality. The Vivid can also be used to push pictures (and other files) between devices, such as PCs or other phones. This feature worked just fine.

Clock

The Sense 3.0 clock is the best to come from HTC. The lock screen has a completely customizable clock that is large, bright, and readable in most circumstances. There is a full clock application in the main menu that lets you choose between a dozen or so different clock faces and styles. There are enough in there to suit most tastes. Once unlocked, the Vivid has the standard HTC digital clock plus weather report on the home screen.

GPS

The Vivid has Google Maps, of course. You know the drill there. It also has AT&T Navigator, which gets you directions with turn-by-turn guidance, points of interest, and color-coded traffic. Google Maps is free and AT&T Navigator costs $10 per month. The accuracy of the GPS radio was very good, and it pinpointed the Vivid is several seconds on a consistent basis.

Mobile Hotspot

The Vivid includes Wi-Fi mobile hotspot, allowing up to five other Wi-Fi devices to connect to the internet via AT&T's HSPA+ network (and LTE network if so covered). The software is fairly intuitive and I had no trouble setting up a hotspot and connecting several devices.

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