Review: HTC Vivid for AT&T
The HTC Vivid is a respectable phone for AT&T to bring to market as one of its first two LTE handsets. The hardware looks and feels great, though it's a bit thick and weighty. Those are caveats that any current 4G LTE device comes with, however. It handled some of the basics — signal performance, battery life, screen quality, system performance, data speeds — with aplomb.
The one major failing of the Vivid in my book is the poor voice quality and pathetic earpiece performance. Calls sound too crummy and too quiet for the Vivid to be a useful voice phone. However, if you're not prone to actually using your phone to converse with people, this can be overlooked, especially since the zippy data speeds make it a great mobile internet device.
The Vivid's Sense interface still feels fresh and offers plenty of customization for those who like to tinker. This translates to good controls and options for the media players, camera, and so on.
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If you're an AT&T customer, I recommend that you check the Vivid out. It's worth a look, and though its style and coloring isn't very vivid, it will leave a vivid impression with you. Consider the presence of the LTE radio a bonus feature for if/when AT&T gets around to covering your neck of the woods with LTE.
Hands-On: HTC Vivid for AT&T
Following the Samsung Skyrocket, the HTC Vivid is the other leading Long Term Evolution 4G smartphone for AT&T's burgeoning high-speed network. Here's a first look.
AT&T Delivers Ice Cream Sandwich to HTC Vivid
AT&T has begun distributing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the HTC Vivid smartphone. In addition to the new system software, the update also adds Sense 3.6, Beats Audio, and more Bluetooth profile support.
HTC Confirms Android 4.0 Headed to 16 Smartphones
HTC today published in a blog post a list of 16 smartphones that will be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The devices include the Amaze 4G, Desire S, Desire HD, EVO 3D, EVO Design 4G, Incredible S, Sensation, Sensation XL, Sensation 4G, Sensation XE, Raider, Rezound, Rhyme, Thunderbolt, and Vivid.
HTC Offers Android 4.0 Kernel for Several Smartphones
HTC has released the source Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich kernel for the Vivid, Sensation, and Sensation XE. HTC began rolling the Android 4.0 update to these three devices recently, and the kernel will help developers adjust their apps/services to work better on these phones.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.