HTC Rezound (Verizon Wireless)
Manufacturer: HTC Part number: REZOUNDVZW
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CNET editors' review
price range: $164.47
- Reviewed by: Nicole Lee
- Reviewed on: 11/11/2011
The good: The HTC Rezound has a gorgeous 4.3-inch 720p HD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and Verizon's 4G/LTE speeds. It ships with a pair of Beats earbuds along with a Beats Audio algorithm designed to enhance audio quality.
The bad: The HTC Rezound is quite bulky and call quality could be better. The Beats Audio software can only be toggled in the Music app.
The bottom line: While it may have a hefty build, the HTC Rezound's beautiful display, commendable performance, and multimedia-rich features make it a top phone for Verizon customers.
Underrated. Great Phone.
by n8g727 on November 17, 2011
Pros: Great screen
Very Nice Head Phones
Beats is cool
Cons: Screen seems to smudge more then my Bionic.
Not crazy about Sense.
Need an extra attachment to connect to your TV.
Needs Nexflix HD on the screen.
Summary: It not the thinnest or lightest but it feels good in your hand. For Verizon customers in the US it has the fastest processor, the first with 720p resolution, Highest ...
Summary: It not the thinnest or lightest but it feels good in your hand. For Verizon customers in the US it has the fastest processor, the first with 720p resolution, Highest pixel density, it will be getting ICS, I like the Beats feature, o ya and a free set of $100 headphones. Sense can be a bit much but I'm adjusting.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Surprised in some areas... Disappointed in others.
by aamichigan on November 17, 2011
Pros: >Very Fast!!
>Screen is beautiful
>Thinner than I thought (I had heard so much about how bulky it was)
>Battery life is pretty good
>Had it on my desk and everyone that walked by wanted to know what it was. They all like the look.
Cons: >Low profile buttons are not that easy.
>Onboard storage is called sdcard and your sdcard is called sdcard2
>Scrolling through panes is too sensitive
>Thought the new Sense would have a little more to it.
>Wish SD-card slot was external
Summary: I'm not a big music buff, so I'm sorry I cant talk about that (I'll probably sell the ear buds to get $100 off the phone). I ...
Summary: I'm not a big music buff, so I'm sorry I cant talk about that (I'll probably sell the ear buds to get $100 off the phone). I love the feel, the ease of use, and the interface. I love that there are custom made docks and cases (OEM) already for it.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Good phone with lost of stuff in the way
by skyjumper96 on November 21, 2011
Good audio quality (for talking to people)
Can use 3G to move data even while on a phone call
Lets the user change the battery
Can accept an extra capacity battery
Cons: Its big
Could be louder for phone calls
Power button is hard to find and press
Volume rocker is hard to find and press
Soft keys are not always lit and are sometimes hard to find
Blotware all over it
Summary: I don't care much for social media and I don't use my phone to listen to music. Nor do I watch video. Sometimes I use the web browser, ...
Summary: I don't care much for social media and I don't use my phone to listen to music. Nor do I watch video. Sometimes I use the web browser, but not often. Very occasionally I'll take a pic. So, I want a phone that can handle phone calls, email, my Google cal and texting very well. Also, I use Google Docs.
So the actual phone part is important to me, as is moving data for work purposes. This is the basis of my review. The headphones have not even come out fo the box yet.
This phone does all of the above. This phone and Thunderbolt are the only two phones for Verizon that will use 3G to move data even while I am talking to someone. So, when I am on a 90 minute call the phone is still picking up my email and syncing my cals (which are updated by coworkers). I can read and send email while talking, which means I can take a pic of a piece of equipment and send it, or receive one, without having to call back. Very handy. Yes, LTE does this, but we have only slight LTE coverage here as of yet. Where I do have LTE, I saw in a quick test 11 Mb/s up and 4 Mb/s down. Others reported faster speeds, but this is absolutely fine for my purposes.
I don't care for Sense, so I replaced it with Launcher Pro. I wish I could delete all the bloatware from it, but I can't. As others have noted, the power and volume switches are hard to find and use. The softkeys don't always stay lit, so they can be hard to find also.
I would like to volume of the person I am talking with to be louder but it is acceptable. People tell me my voice quality is fine. The speaker phone is so-so.
I really fail to understand why each new phone has to be larger than the prior one. I liked the Blackberry pearl. It was small, with a small screen, but because I was mostly concerned with text and email, it was just fine. This phone, like the RZAR and Bionic and Galexy Nexus and Thunderbolt are what I consider to be physically HUGE. For those who surf or game or watch video, that's great, but I'm sure I am not the only one who would trade all that for a much smaller phone. This is especially true since I see everyone lugging an iPad around. How many big screens does one person need to carry?
I will admit that when I am looking at Google Docs, usually looking up something, the big screen makes things easier. Still, I could live with the smaller screen when looking stuff up in exchange for the benefits of a smaller phone.
I came from an original Droid. I rarely used the keyboard, mostly because I was planning to use it for linux server maint, but it lacked some important keys. I know this has been fixed on Droid 3, but i just didn't use the keyboard enough to justify getting another one. Compared to teh Droid, this phone is heaven. Its fast and does not hang.
I am not sure I can comment on the battery life yet. I have ben playing with it quite a bit the past few days so the battery wore down quick. I'll probably end up with the extended battery, which is one of the reasons I chose this over the RAZR.
Hope this helps, good luck!
2 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Stay away from this phone!!!
by mtnbikeranthony on January 3, 2013
Pros: HD screen, 4G LTE
Cons: Very bad battery life, frequently gets HOT, no Jelly Bean upgrade, Beats audio overrated with cheap earbuds, and did I say poor battery life? Who wants a phone that you're reluctant to use because the battery will die... defeats the whole purpose!!!
Summary: This phone has some nice features (camera, screen) and finally (after waiting 9 months) got the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade... but the phone is soooo 2011. It will not get ...
Summary: This phone has some nice features (camera, screen) and finally (after waiting 9 months) got the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade... but the phone is soooo 2011. It will not get the Jelly Bean upgrade, battery dies quickly, is very bulky in your pocket, gets hot in your pocket for no apparent reason (even without runaway apps running), and the whole Beats audio thing is overrated (only works with music app too). If I was going to buy a new phone, I would run away from the Rezound. It is 2 years old and HTC will not upgrade the software further than ICS. Go with a Galaxy S3 or iphone 5, you'll be much happier and won't have buyer's remorse for 2 long years while you're stuck in a contract with Verizon.
Worst Phone I have EVER HAD!! - DO NOT BUY!!
by hmsmike248 on July 30, 2012
Pros: Camera & BEATS Audio
Cons: Full of Bugs
No ICS yet
Constant KNOWN reboot Problem
Junk Antenna in Plastic Battery Cover
HTC Sense bogs virtual memory
Summary: This phone is a complete waste of money and should not be purchased!! I will never buy and HTC phone again - the design is absolute JUNK! The cheap plastic ...
Summary: This phone is a complete waste of money and should not be purchased!! I will never buy and HTC phone again - the design is absolute JUNK! The cheap plastic piece is the antenna and the phone drops signal all the time - Full bars to No Bars ... without phone ever moving! Then my ringtones will just change on their own to some random wav file. (and NO not due to charging or plugging my phone in also have uninstalled any questionable software that "might" would cause it - same results). Now both my wife & I rezound's have the problem of CONSTANT rebooting ... as soon as it loads - it reboots: I found a fix for this tho. However I have had issues where it wouldn't read the SIM card as well and now my wife's phone is draining the extended battery FASTER than my standard battery and I have checked it that are is no program running in the background that is eating it up! Another bug - I am sure!
Lastly everyone's complaint - we was PROMISED ICS and here we are ... still nothing! Not even a press release or information to give us an update! Thanks for NOTHING HTC & Verizon!
Again ... DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE!!!!!!
All around great phone
by Capone73 on March 20, 2012
Pros: I've had it for about a month now and I haven't had problems with it. Its blazing fast especially compared to my MotoDroid G1. I brought the extended battery so I can have 23 hours of use and still have 15 percent battery...AWESOME.It is bulky especially
Cons: I just have to get use to how HTC has things laid out comapred to Droid G1 but I'm enjoying the lesson.
Best Phone on the Market. Hands Down.
by Android37 on March 15, 2012
-Audio Quality, external speakers and iBeats
-Smoothness of the whole thing
Cons: -Battery Life
Summary: Ok, to start off. I am a teenager with this phone. So I get a few calls a day, I don't text, but I utilize YouTube, Google Talk, Browser, ...
Summary: Ok, to start off. I am a teenager with this phone. So I get a few calls a day, I don't text, but I utilize YouTube, Google Talk, Browser, and a few Android Games.
Build Quality: even with all of the plastic and bigness, I love it, it feels sturdy and hefty, not cheap. It's not too big or anything either.
I love the Flash Player! I could actually play a point and click game on the internet with limited limits. It was really smooth and loaded really quick.
Android Games, even the 3D ones worked extremely well! There were no force closes or anything. And if you're worried about the bloatware, don't worry, it's not that intrusive.
HTC Sense 3.5 is absolutely awesome! It works very fluidly and efficiently, the weather app works well and the clocks are swell as well. You should go to the HTC website to learn more, the features it claims to have actually work! LIke the flipping over for speaker and the text filling the screen. You have to look at it to understand what I just said.
The screen is the best! There is no compare, don't think about the Razr or Nexus, they aren't as good as this. Beside, it has a higher pixel density than the iPhone (which, by the way, I despise with a firey passion.) So that is something to be noted.
The External speaker performed very well and the iBeats headphones couldn't be any better. I am sort of an audiophile and I already owned a pair of Bose over the head headphones. I prefer those for my classical selection and watching videos. But the Beats work very well with SOME movies and all of my pop and rap songs. The sound cancellation on the Beats is fairly good, but don't eat anything crunchy while using them, you'll go deaf! The web browsing was fast and speedy over 4G LTE, one time, I don't know how it did it, but I got a whopping 42.73 Mbps download speed in Fort Worth! And I downloaded the "Hot Pursuit" app (which is 600 some MB) in 30 seconds! Don't underestimate 4G.. It's truly the best out there.
Camera, Eh I'm not that into taking many picture, but I did play around with the camera, it is really good quality! very fast shutter speed and excellent clarity. I love the slow motion video capture! it's really fun to play around with and the quality isn't glitchy or anything, rather fluid.
The Four things I didn't like...
I didn't like the quality of Netflix, I'm sure there's some setting I'm missing tho
I didn't like the battery life, It didn't even last me through a 4 hour car trip of me just chatting and listening to music. According to the battery usage, it's mostly the screen, so, lower the brightness and you should be fine. It can last the whole day with moderate use, even with locations services and 4G online. But, if you are listening to music and chatting and watching internet videos: get the extended battery.
Google Talk has a few glitches, like sometimes you can't swipe between conversations and it force closes if you're chatting with too many people, so it has some bugs that need fixing.
Also, my battery heats up a lot. like, when you're charging, my battery had a temperature of 47.8 degrees Celsius! Thas hot.. I don't mind though, it's not that big a deal.
If you want ICS, don't worry, this version of Android is very enjoyable, I will actually be kind of hesitant to upgrade I love it so much.
Now, why should you buy this phone over the competition? Well I did a heck of a lot of research. And Here's my conclusions
iPhone 4s: Slow, UI boring, god battery life though, small
Droid Razr Maxx: UI problems, some bad units out there, good battery life though, so buy if you're a heavy user, awkward to carry around, Rezound's screen is way better.
Galaxy Nexus: HUUUGE RECEPTION PROBLEMS, overpriced, and 4.0 has a few glitches, just wait for the skins to overlap it and you should be fine on any other device.
Bottom Line: Best phone out there and will last you a while, don't worry about the future phones, this one will be more than good for another 2 years.
P.S. I came from an LG Ally, which was good at first, but now is the pits... so this is a huge step up for me!
Awesome phone with amazing power and features.
by mentallo on March 13, 2012
Pros: -HD Screen is amazing
-Dual Core CPU
-Easy to root with good rom support
Cons: -Battery Life is sub-standard but considering the power hungry features of the phone especially the HD screen and the CPU it could have been worse.
There is a extended battery available though and it works great
Summary: This is the best verizon phone on the market as of this writing (03/12). Some of the things that are problems are a little bigger problems than some people ...
Summary: This is the best verizon phone on the market as of this writing (03/12). Some of the things that are problems are a little bigger problems than some people will be able to deal with. In my opinion the phone should not have been released with this size battery since a phone that is marketed as a Multimedia experience needs a battery that would keep up with the demands of such a power hungry proposition.
by AzJerDrum on March 12, 2012
Pros: Verizon 4G, Adobe Flash, Android OS (4.0 coming soon too), Call Quality, Large HD Screen, HD Pictures and Video, Comes with a pair of iBeats
Cons: None really - I guess battery life could be a little better (but it still lasts all day)
Summary: I am very happy with this phone. It was between this and the iPhone for me....and in the end Droid wins because of:
- 4G (which is SUPER fast)...
Summary: I am very happy with this phone. It was between this and the iPhone for me....and in the end Droid wins because of:
- 4G (which is SUPER fast)
- It has Adobe Flash (iPhone doesn't) which creates the same experience as if you were on a computer
- I like the open interface of Android OS (user customization)
- Everything backs up online to Google (no cables or "sync" required
It rocks, wouldn't change a thing
Love this phone!!
by Esandorf on March 6, 2012
Pros: Beautiful screen!
Beats sounds great
Still love sense
Heavier buy feels solid not cheap
Cons: Battery life sucks
- Manufacturer: HTC
- Part number: REZOUNDVZW
- Description: The HTC Rezound lets you hear music the way the artist intended, with no compromises. The Beats Audio digital signal processing mode delivers thundering bass, soaring midrange, and crisp highs. It's designed to work with the included Beats Audio headphones and you'll have an immersive musical experience that will rock your world.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone
- Form Factor Touch
- Phone Design PDA
- Integrated Components Voice recorder,
- Width 2.6 in
- Depth 0.5 in
- Height 5.1 in
- Weight 6 oz
- Body Color Black
- Bundled with Beats Solo headphones
- Technology LTE
- Band CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
- Mobile Broadband Generation 4G
- Service Provider Verizon Wireless
- Operating System Google Android 2.3
- User Interface HTC Sense
- Input Device(s) Touch sensitive screen
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services SMS,
- Instant Messaging Services Yes
- Supported Social Networks and Blogs Yes
- Messaging & Data Features Text Massage,
Multimedia messages (MMS),
- Mobile Services YouTube,
- Wireless Interface IEEE 802.11,
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Call timer,
- Polyphonic Ringer Yes
- Additional Features Dual LED camera light
- Personal Information Management Synchronization with PC,
- Type QUALCOMM MSM8660
- Clock Speed 1.5 GHz
- RAM 1 GB
- Bult-in Memory 16 GB
- User Memory 16 GB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSDHC
- Sensor Resolution 8 megapixels
- Lens Aperture F/2.2
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Camera Light Source LED light
- Video Recorder Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (1080p)
- Features Video recording
- Navigation Software & Services Google Maps
- Type LCD display - Color
- Technology Super LCD
- Diagonal Size 4.3 in
- Display Resolution 1280 x 720 pixels
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Power adapter
- Also Included microSDHC - 16 GB