The HTC Rezound is one of the newest 4G android smartphones added to Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE lineup. Powered by a dual core 1.5 ghz processor AND 4G, does this phone fly by the competition? Let’s take a look.
When I first opened the HTC Rezound, I said, “Woah, this is a macho phone! It’s the HTC Incredible on steroids.” At first it seemed like a large phone, but after comparing it with other phones, I noticed it wasn’t much bigger than other phones. The HTC Rezound features a 4.3″ super LCD screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The HD display is AMAZING! It makes a huge difference. Everything is crystal clear. No pixelation what so ever. The display has a higher display density than even the iPhone 4S. The device has the best colors and clarity of any device I have tested. I might even go as far as saying it is better than Samsung’s Super amoled screens. I kept the display brightness at about 25%. You would have thought it was at 100%.
The top of the device has the power/sleep button and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The volume rocker is located on the right side of the phone. The buttons on this device are the one thing that disappointed me. The power and volume buttons are pretty much flush with the phone making them difficult to press. I found myself having to try and use my nail to press them.
The back of the device has the familiar racecar design seen in the HTC Incredible line. It has a textured black rubber-esk cover which makes the phone feel really nice in the hand. It doesn’t feel like it could slip out of your hands, like some plastic phones.
The HTC Rezound features beats audio by Dr. Dre to deliver a higher quality music listening experience. It’s worth noting though that you only get beats audio with the music app. I do however believe this device does have a sound bump. What I mean is I think the sound on this phone is louder than other phones.
The performance of the HTC Rezound is superb. With it’s 1.5ghz dual core processor, this thing is really snappy. I experienced no lag at all. Coupled with the gorgeous display mentioned above, this device runs silky smooth. Even more impressive than the performance of the Rezound, is it’s speed. Powered with Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, this thing really flies. I averaged speeds between 25-30 mb/s. I got a high of 39.17 mb/s. I took good use of the 4G speeds with this device. In the 2 weeks I have had to review this device, I used almost 13GB of data. I will go into it more in the software section below.
I got about 8 hours of battery.
The HTC Rezound runs HTC’s Sense UI 3.5. This didn’t affect it’s performance at all. I found the 4G speeds of the device really helped me take advantage of the software onboard. For example, there are some games preinstalled on this device that require an extra data pack, i.e. Let’s Golf 2. I didn’t time it, but usually these take me an hour or more to download. I downloaded it about 3 minutes. ;) Download speeds were also helpful when I rented movies from the Watch app and Google movies. I was able to download the 2GB movies in 30 minutes, vs all afternoon with 3G devices. I also noticed the 4G impact on the software with Verizon’s NFL mobile. The quality of the live broadcasts is amazing. I don’t know if it is the 4G speeds which ups the video quality or the high resolution display. Either way, I really enjoyed watching my Ravens beat the 49ers on the HTC Rezound. I was away from the tv, having my apple pie on Thanksgiving. I didn’t want to miss anything so I opened the game on the Rezound. It worked great. Between all the games I downloaded, movies I downloaded, and as much NFL mobile as I watched, it’s no wonder I used 13GB of data. :)
The HTC Rezound runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread but HTC promises an Ice Cream Sandwich update in early 2012.
The camera on the HTC Rezound was so so in my tests. I had very limited photo opportunities, pretty much limited to indoor shots with bad lighting.
I wouldn’t take my shots into consideration when judging the camera. Everyone else’s sample shots seen online or way better than mine. I must be a bad photographer.
I thoroughly enjoyed using this phone for the past 2 weeks. It is going to be REALLY difficult going back to 3G and an average resolution display. I would highly recommend this phone to anyone in the market for a new phone. It is one of the top options at Verzion right now. If you want a super thin device, this isn’t for you, but other than that, it’s great.
Thank you Verizon for sending me out the Rezound to review.
Check out more about the Rezound at https://smartphones.verizonwireless.com/rezound/