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Review: HTC Vivid for AT&T

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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.

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