T-Mobile Vivacity initial impressions.

Yesterday I got hold of the new T-Mobile Vivacity, which is a ZTE Crescent or Orange San Francisco in a different case. I thought I would give you a few first impressions and photos now and a slightly more in-depth review next week once I have really got to grips with it.

T Mobile Vivacity initial impressions.T Mobile Vivacity initial impressions.


The T-Mobile Vivacity has a pretty basic specification, but I guess that is the point really. This type of device is what will captivate the minds of all of those clever hacker people and will attract “normal” people to buy them as well. The spec is as follows.

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA
Announced 2011, November
Status Available. Released 2011, November
SIZE Dimensions 115 x 58 x 10.5 mm
Weight 118 g
DISPLAY Type TFT capacitive touchscreen
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 3.5 inches (~267 ppi pixel density)
– Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
– Touch-sensitive controls
SOUND Alert types Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Practically unlimited
Internal 512 MB
Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, 2 GB included
DATA GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
3G HSPA+
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging
Video Yes
Secondary Yes
FEATURES OS Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
Games Yes + downloadable
Colors Black
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
– SNS integration
– MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
– Organizer
– Document viewer
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh
Stand-by Up to 200 h
Talk time Up to 4 h
MISC Price group T Mobile Vivacity initial impressions.

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Pros

Cheap, lightweight, reasonable spec for the price, 5.0mp camera with flash, front facing camera for video calls, micro sdhc card slot, capacitive soft touch buttons beneath the screen, gps, good custom rom developer following starting to grow already and lastly it is the full Google experience so all your contacts, calendar, email etc are synced across easily.

Cons

Plasticy, basic spec, small internal memory (128mb available for apps) and it is a little bit laggy between screens.

T Mobile Vivacity initial impressions.T Mobile Vivacity initial impressions.T Mobile Vivacity initial impressions.T Mobile Vivacity initial impressions.

Conclusion

If you want a cheap second phone to hack the wotsits out of, then this is for you. If you want a cheap device to get to know how Android works, then this is for you. Overall I like it, at times my Samsung Galaxy S2 seems a little large and this is the ideal remedy to that. Once I have got a bigger memory card in it and installed some more apps I will be happy with it. And yes I know it looks very much like an iPhone.

For the review though we would like to cover what you guys would actually like to see. In the comments below leave your requests for what you want covering in the review and I will try my hardest to include it in the review.

T Mobile Vivacity initial impressions.T Mobile Vivacity initial impressions.T Mobile Vivacity initial impressions.T Mobile Vivacity initial impressions.

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  • Scott Spence

    is there a big commuinty behind it like there was for the blade?

  • Patman_uk79

    Hi there.  Please could you let me know what the audio quality is like?  I had read that it was pretty poor on the original Orange San Fransisco.  Thanks.

    • James Pearce

      Audio quality is quite good. Not as good as my sgs2 though. It does have a slight hiss in the background which some cheaper devices quite often have. I will cover sound quality in the review.

  • Dan Webb

    Is the screen like the original San Fran or the poorer San Fran 2??? You specify TFT & Capacitive touch!

    • James Pearce

      The screen isn’t oled like the early san fran models. It is tft lcd like the newer ones. It is not the brightest either. I will look at this during the review.

  • AlanW

    Cons should include;

    Skype video doesn’t work, says not compatible. (Audio OK)
    BBC iPlayer doesn’t work, Flash Player 11 not compatible !

    Very disappointing considering it is latest gen phone.
    Think mine is going back for credit.

    • Richard mouat

       adobe flash 11 arm6 on xda works well for iplayer, skype now working with front camera hope this helps

  • Anthony Underwood

    Hi. Do you have a rough idea when you might be able to post the full review? I’m holding off buying one until then :)

    • James Pearce

      Hi Anthony

      It will be posted later on this morning. Remember you get what you pay for!

  • Arun

    I would like to use mine for Sky Go, or watching live streaming but have been told that I need something called ‘Flash’ but then find out ‘Flash’ is not compatable with this phone. Any way aroound this issue or not?  Thanks

  • Arun

    I would like to use mine for Sky Go, or watching live streaming but have been told that I need something called ‘Flash’ but then find out ‘Flash’ is not compatable with this phone. Any way aroound this issue or not?  Thanks

  • hi. someone can tell me what language / languages ​​existing in T-Mobile vivacity ?