The HTC Rezound is a Verizon LTE device that carries much better specs than most high-end Android smartphones in its price range. It comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread pre-installed but can be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It boasts a speedy processor, more than enough RAM for multitasking, and extra features that make it truly distinguishable (true HD screen resolution and Beats audio, anyone?). Still, it hasn’t quite gotten the attention that it really deserves. Consider the following to see why the HTC Rezound is a great choice for anyone who needs LTE in an Android smartphone.
For starters, the HTC Rezound comes equipped with a 720p HD resolution 4.3-inch touchscreen display. It also has an 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and full HD video recording capability. Connectivity-wise, it offers Bluetooth 3.0 withA2DP, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, HDMI-out, and microUSB 2.0 support. And while the internal storage space tops out at just 16GB, this can be expanded further with up to 32GB microSD cards. To make all of these hardware features run smoothly, the phone relies on a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor. An accompanying Adreno 220 GPU helps make sure that most games are playable. And all of this is kept humming quietly inside a casing that measures 14mm thick and weighs 170 grams, including the weight of the 1620 mAh battery.
The HTC Rezound is quite clearly one of the most powerful Android smartphones that have ever hit the market. On top of that, it also features LTE network support and is pre-packaged with Beats audio gear, which improves the overall music listening experience in one way or another. So how come other models are bigger sellers? Initially, it was priced rather high, but with store discounts, it can now be acquired for a bargain. In your search for a suitable LTE Android smartphone, don’t forget to leave a space for the HTC Rezound on your list.
Need To Know: HTC Rezound
1. The first LTE Android smartphone in the US to come with a true HD (1280x720) touchscreen display. (The Good)
2. The default operating system can be upgraded from Android 2.3 Gingerbread to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. (The Good)
3. The overall thickness and weight does not translate into sexy at all, and may get in the way of portability in some situations. (The Bad)
4. Included Beats audio earphones and software is seen by some users as unnecessary and only serving to jack up the final retail price. (The Bad)
Reviews (8.1/10 Avg. rating)
Sounds great, looks great, and performs exceptionally well in every respect
HTC Rezound's beautiful display, commendable performance, and multimedia-rich features make it a top phone for Verizon customers
The HTC Rezound definitely holds its own against the other two Android superphones from Verizon. It has an amazing HD display, an impressive 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4G LTE speeds, a great camera, and plenty of multimedia features, and it ships with a nice pair of earbuds even if they don't seem the most durable. The Beats Audio software does boost the sound quality, but we're not sure if that should be the sole reason for purchasing the Rezound. We're also suspicious of its battery life, and its hefty build might put off those who want a slimmer handset. Yet, its powerful features and u... Full review
Limited implementation of Beats Audio and the poor battery life
The HTC Rezound is a decent phone and certainly a solid buy if you’re on Verizon, but we can’t help but be disappointed with HTCs limited implementation of Beats Audio and the poor battery life of the Rezound. HTC is one of the best manufacturers on the market, but like the ThunderBolt, the Rezound just can’t hold a charge very well. Though we like the outward design and camera a lot better than the Droid Razr, Motorola’s new phone is a lot thinner, has a nicer screen, and gets unquestionably better battery life (and again, even it doesn’t perform that well, sa... Full review
Pricey, poor battery life, and heavy design
Camera is very nice and the phone just plain feels good in the hand
The HTC Rezound is the most complete thought from an HTC phone running Sense UI that I have experienced yet. The overlay doesn’t cause the phone to become sluggish, even after extended periods of use. The camera is very nice and the phone just plain feels good in the hand thanks to the weight and the soft touch coating. Almost a year ago now, HTC described an intention to make it so their phones all look the same as you used them, regardless of what version of Android is running underneath. I believe that the Rezound is the first potentially successful attempt towards that goal, and w... Full review
The best sounding smartphone you can buy
The HTC and Beats By Dre marriage is a match made in mobile audio heaven that caters towards media-centric smartphone consumers. Beats audio integration truly enlivens the listening experience and the fact that HTC bundles the phone with a pair of exclusive in-ear headphones is pretty cool. Qualcomm’s dynamic chip gives the Rezound a boost in multimedia performance unparallel to any other smartphone, plus the generous allocation of memory and wireless support leaves room for endless entertainment options. Though the handset is a media powerhouse, its 4G service doesn’t garner si... Full review
Aside from a couple of crummy buttons, the hardware is nearly perfect
The HTC Rezound is mostly rock solid. Aside from a couple of crummy buttons, the hardware is nearly perfect. Sure, it isn't as slim as the Motorola RAZR, but the trade-off is better performance than the RAZR in almost every other category.
The 720p HD display looks razor sharp and is crisp and clean, though its LCD isn't as bright as the Super AMOLED's on other phones. The sound quality of voice calls was excellent, and the signal performance on both 3G and 4G networks was as good as can be expected. The Rezound also happens to have a fine camera and video camera.
The... Full review
Booming Beats Audio, a 720p display, and a great camera make the HTC Rezound yet another top-notch Verizon smartphone
The Rezound has everything you want in a top-notch Android phone--blazing 4G LTE, 720p display, and a very capable 8-MP camera--plus Beats Audio for maximizing your listening pleasure. We just wish that the design were slimmer and that Beats Audio worked with third-party apps and Google Music downloads. Verizon Wireless customers have two other very compelling options. The Droid RAZR sports a much sleeker design for the same price along with slightly faster performance. And the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Nexus does 720p while packing Google's new-and-improved Ice Cream Sandwich OS. Nevertheles... Full review
Nice boost in audio performance and screen is gorgeous
Beautiful screen, awesome audio, and other top-notch internals that will make the geekiest of geeks swoon
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