1. jontalk's Avatar
    I'm growing more and more frustrated with this slug iPhone 3G I have now. In fact today I had to do a complete software restore since app updates wouldn't install.. UGH!

    I've read lots of mediocre reviews about the Vivid and some rave reviews about the Skyrocket. Has anyone had a GS2 and feels the HTC is better? With some new phones coming out soon, I don't want to waste my ATT upgrade though the both phones are available at Amazon for $99 with no tax or shipping. Won't get that deal with the OneX or GS2HD or GS3, that's for sure!

    Would love to hear feedback on pros/cons as well as the difference between HTC sense and Sammy Touch Wiz..

    Thanks.
    03-16-2012 02:11 PM
  2. 20blks's Avatar
    I say Skyrocket. The Vivid is heavy and Sense Ui kinda ruins android imo
    03-16-2012 09:28 PM
  3. bigboi0206's Avatar
    I would wait for now. Some areas get discounts off the bat for some great phones. I got my Vivid for $99 at launch with the Skyrocket also being discounted. Now I have phone envy wanting the One XL. 720p screen, thinner than the Vivid (which in itself is still thinner than my Inspire 4G), newer processor and GPU, better camera. It's better of you wait for tomorrow's device than today's knowing you will get more out of it.
    03-17-2012 12:28 AM
  4. bruce7373's Avatar
    The trouble with that logic is that you'll be waiting forever. There will always be something newer, better, faster, shinier down the road. Lol

    I came from an iPhone 3GS, too, and I couldn't be happier with my Vivid. I tried an LG Nitro for a week, but it was a serious battery hog (you pay for that beautiful 720p display). I would have checked out the Skyrocket, but it was twice as much $$. And, of the dozen or so reviews I read, it was pretty much a wash between the Vivid and the Skyrocket anyway.

    My 2 cents.

    Sent from my HTC PH39100 using Tapatalk
    03-17-2012 05:15 AM
  5. grunt0300's Avatar
    +1 for bruce7373. I dumped my iPhone4, and chose Vivid over Skyrocket. Best phone decision that i've ever made. For me, the size and functionality of the Vivid, is perfect. IMHO, the OneX is just too big. If i have to use a stylus with a phone, i'll get an iPad, and carry that around!
    03-17-2012 10:03 AM
  6. CDG's Avatar
    My vote goes to Vivid as well. I tried the Skyrocket prior to getting the Vivid and other than the screen the Vivid wins all around.

    The screen is also a personal preference if you like the AMOLED screens.

    Sent from my Rum Float Vivid using Tapatalk.
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    03-17-2012 10:45 AM
  7. jontalk's Avatar
    Thanks folks.. interesting feedback.. What I hear though is the Vivid screen ain't too great in the sunlight since it's LCD and it is a bit heavy, though no heavier than the clunky 3G I have, LOL. I have a feeling that both of these phones will get another price drop soon, though I don't want to wait forever.
    03-17-2012 01:24 PM
  8. grunt0300's Avatar
    Thanks folks.. interesting feedback.. What I hear though is the Vivid screen ain't too great in the sunlight since it's LCD and it is a bit heavy, though no heavier than the clunky 3G I have, LOL. I have a feeling that both of these phones will get another price drop soon, though I don't want to wait forever.
    You can't change out the battery on the Skyrocket, and it doesn't have an LED notification light. If these things are important to you, then i would suggest the Vivid. It's your call, though. Good luck.
    03-17-2012 03:17 PM
  9. PewterL31's Avatar
    Yes you can change the battery on the skyrocket what are you talking about. And led notification light is not a big deal. But to the op play around with both phones and see what one you like.

    Sent from my Samsung Skyrocket

    Sent from my Samsung Skyrocket
    03-17-2012 03:29 PM
  10. grunt0300's Avatar
    Yes you can change the battery on the skyrocket what are you talking about. And led notification light is not a big deal. But to the op play around with both phones and see what one you like.

    Sent from my Samsung Skyrocket

    Sent from my Samsung Skyrocket
    Sorry, wrong info.
    03-17-2012 07:26 PM
  11. jontalk's Avatar
    Thanks guys.. And yes, I do know that the Skyrocket battery can be replaced and I also am aware there's a larger replacement battery too..

    Went to Verizon today and played with the Nexus and other than the fact that it appeared to be running ICS, I didn't notice a huge difference between it and the Skyrocket.

    What I DID notice was the HUGE difference in price though. Were I to pull the trigger on either the Vivid or Skyrocket via Amazon, I'm basically out the door for around $136. With the Nexus I'm looking at around $400 or so.. no small potatoes, not to mention losing my rollover minutes and simultaneous voice/data.
    03-17-2012 07:53 PM
  12. ZeroRilix's Avatar
    Hey! Frys Electronics has a sale on the Vivid this weekend for upgrade customers. It will be $39.98 +tax. Since you live in CA, you should be not far from one. That is how my wife and I upgraded to the Vivid. In January, we drove from north of Memphis to Duluth, GA cause Fry's had the Vivid for 79.98. I will also tell you that they show a black one, but the item number is for the white.

    Edit: Forgot to post the link to my info. Look at the bottom on the right side of the page.
    http://www.frys.com/ads/page5

    Sent from my HTC Vivid using Tapatalk
    03-17-2012 09:51 PM
  13. prissysox's Avatar
    I chose the Vivid. I am a fan of Sense and HTC. I think Sense is much more elegant than Touchwiz. The LED notification light for me is a big deal. The screen for me is good for what I need. I've had Samsung, LG and HTC phones. Hands down I would take HTC any day.

    If you don't want to wait for the One X, then I would go for the Vivid. Go to Best Buy Mobile and they should match the price on Amazon's site. If not they will negotiate price down. Also, purchase their phone insurance. It is 3 more a month but is worth it. No deductible and they replace for physical and water damage.
    03-17-2012 11:14 PM
  14. jontalk's Avatar
    Thanks for the tip about Fry's though I live in the North Bay where there are none, and the closest one is about a 100+ mile r/t so at the end of the day, I'm not saving much after gas and tolls.

    Re: Phone insurance. ATT told me it's $7/month but I agree that it may come in handy. I had to replace my iPhoine FIVE times due to battery issues, though Apple replaced even after it was out of warranty.
    03-18-2012 03:13 PM
  15. PewterL31's Avatar
    7/month and $199 deductible for any iphone or high end smart phone

    Sent from my Samsung Skyrocket
    03-18-2012 04:06 PM
  16. PewterL31's Avatar
    I agree I played with vivid didn't like it. Sense is to intrusive if you ask me and a battery hog.

    Sent from my Samsung Skyrocket
    03-18-2012 04:14 PM
  17. jontalk's Avatar
    Really.. $199 deductible? Yikes it doesn't sound like such a great deal now though I guess if the phone dies or goes South and you're not eligible for an upgrade yet, the cost would be much higher.

    Went to the ATT store today to play with the Vivid, Skyrocket and Note, and I have to say that the Note really grows on you. The 2 Skyrockets on display each had a problem. One had a very slow accelerometer and the other one had a battery problem and wouldn't say on even though it was plugged into AC.. Not good. The Vivid's rear cover kept coming off too and it is rather heavy compared to the Sammy Note or Skyrocket
    03-18-2012 07:23 PM
  18. PewterL31's Avatar
    Yes high end phones iphone skyrocket vivid note ext are $199. Mid range phones are $125 I belive and $50 for basic phones

    Sent from my Samsung Skyrocket
    03-19-2012 02:29 PM
  19. jontalk's Avatar
    Thanks.. so if the phone dies you have to pay $200 to get a replacement? How is that a savings? After two years you've paid another $200 ($7x24), so you've really spent $400. Hmmm.
    03-19-2012 04:58 PM
  20. bruce7373's Avatar
    It's not. Insurance plans, like extended warranties, are pure profit for the companies. In all the years I've had cell phones, I've never had insurance and have never regretted it. I'll play the odds.

    Of course, tomorrow I'll drop my phone in the toilet ... lol
    03-19-2012 09:55 PM
  21. jontalk's Avatar
    I completely agree Bruce. I never buy extended warranties with one exception. My Roku box which cost $20 for 2 years. Since I had to replace the original one 7 mos after I got it, I figured it's a cheap way to go in the event this one goes South too
    03-20-2012 06:54 PM
  22. prissysox's Avatar
    I recommended the insurance through Best Buy. It is 9.99 per month but they cover physical damage, water damage and anything else that might happen. There is no deductible and no hoops to jump through. It is much better than the carrier insurance through Asurion.

    I have always had insurance for my phone and have had to use it multiple times. It has saved me money on more than one occasion.
    03-20-2012 10:46 PM
  23. Vetdoctor's Avatar
    I have a Vivid, had a skyrocket for 48 hours after changing from an EVO. I found the Samsung screen to be very low quality after the EVO (sorry samsung users) nad could not imagine continuing with it. AFter an iphone I would think you would find the same.

    The notification flash on the Vivid is so weak it is useless. The screen is weak in bright light, but I'm a cave dweller so rarely notice.
    03-22-2012 07:12 PM
  24. bruce7373's Avatar
    I completely agree Bruce. I never buy extended warranties with one exception. My Roku box which cost $20 for 2 years. Since I had to replace the original one 7 mos after I got it, I figured it's a cheap way to go in the event this one goes South too
    True, there's always exceptions. I purchased an extended warranty on my DLP TV cuz it was a great deal and, with the cost and size of the set, it seemed to make sense (luckily haven't had to use it).

    But I remember once buying a remote timer device for a D-VHS player at Radio Shack for 3 bucks. The clerk asked me if I wanted to buy an extended warranty for 10. I looked at him like he was brain dead. :-D
    03-23-2012 08:42 AM
  25. FrapJedi's Avatar
    I switched from an iPhone 4 to the Vivid because I got bored with iOS, back when the Vivid first launched, and have been extremely happy. For what it's worth, though, I seem to be in the minority that likes Sense.

    That said, the HTC One series comes out very soon, and might be worth waiting on.
    03-27-2012 05:55 PM
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