HTC Rezound (Verizon Wireless)
Manufacturer: HTC Part number: REZOUNDVZW
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CNET editors' review
price range: $161.95
- 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.
State of the Art!
by JasonCoats on December 21, 2011
Pros: + The Rezound is pretty zippy, with a 1.5 GHz dual core processor
+ Screen: It is beautiful and incredibly clear and realistic
+ Camera on the Rezound is fantastic!
+ Call quality is very good
+ LTE signal is strong and consistently fast for me
Cons: - Rezound gets really hot when playing certain games!
- Ringtone and notification volume seems rather low even with volume setting on max
Summary: I don't know which is more impressive, the hTC Rezound or Verizon's 4G LTE network. I switched from the hTC EVO 4G on Sprint to this phone and ...
Summary: I don't know which is more impressive, the hTC Rezound or Verizon's 4G LTE network. I switched from the hTC EVO 4G on Sprint to this phone and the difference couldn't possibly be more dramatic.
Physically, the phones are a similar size. These large format smartphones take some getting used to, from carrying them in your pocket to the fine art of one-handed touchscreen action where you stretch your thumb across the screen. The Rezound actually sits well in my pocket and once you get spoiled with the larger display, it is nearly impossible to use any other phone without squinting and thinking "this thing is too small!".
The pixel density is outstanding and colors are good. Not quite SAMOLED but still very good. With this resolution, I was worried about the lag I had been reading about, particularly with the latest hTC Sense. I did notice the occasional short lag when you inundate the GPU with a lot of actions like swiping several screens and then hitting the home button. But it was surprisingly good. I loaded GO Launcher and it eliminated all lag (and gave me the 5x5 icon layout with no labels that I prefer).
In direct sunlight, the screen has a bright enough setting to be functional, but you'll always struggle in direct sunlight with a glass screen.
Since Amazon/Verizon is enticing new contracts with aggressive pricing, it bears mentioning that Verizon's 4G LTE network is second to none. They've invested in this network heavily this year, and it shows. If I drive out of town and into the country, I might lose LTE signal briefly, but coverage is astounding. Great work, Verizon.
Speed is even more astounding. Even in the metal building I work in (that would drain the hTC EVO battery dry when desperately reaching out for a Sprint signal), I generally achieve 10,000 - 13,000 kbps. The highest download rate I've experienced is 32,000kbps! My local cable High Speed Internet doesn't even touch this. Again, great work, Verizon! They've raised the bar and I hope they can keep it there.
That said, the tiered data plans take careful considering. I went through 2GB in my first week, enjoying the fast network speeds perhaps a little too much! Ironic that I reluctantly connect to a WiFi network to reduce my data usage and the relative speed differential becomes even more evident.
I can't move on to review any other aspect of phone without raising the subject of battery life. I tried to manage my expectations for battery life with this phone. With what was sure to be a gas-guzzling dual barrel 1.5GHz processor on the LTE network and the highest pixel density in the industry, I couldn't bring myself to hope that the battery would take me through a typical 10 hour workday. The Rezound again delivers.
Even with the excitement of a slick new phone on the best network in the business, I still managed to make it through a 10 hour day on a battery charge. As the excitement wears down, I can even make it through 16 hours of awake time without charging. But I've already picked up a spare battery, as it seems to defeat the purpose of a wireless device to be tethered to a charger all the time. This is a powerful mobile device, much like a laptop. You wouldn't expect your laptop to run all day on a charge so just get used to the idea that this is no ordinary phone.
This was a huge consideration, for me. I'm an amateur photographer, and don't always have my DSLR handy, and so I end up taking a great deal of photos using the phone's camera. In broad daylight, some pictures have come out good enough to be published. The key advantage is always having a competent camera handy when an incredible opportunity arises with perfect lighting, autumn scenery and that amazing backdrop that makes you wish the DSLR was in the back seat. The impressive f2.2 aperture and competent 8 megapixel sensor in the Rezound does a really great job at capturing light, even when it is limited.
In optimal lighting situations, coupled with the "Backlight HDR" setting (which seems to do some post processing tone mapping to improve visible dynamic range), the results are downright stunning. There is still some noise in low-light situations, but I'm happy to see just black in dark shadows rather than noise.
Oh yeah, this thing has a phone? I didn't make a phone call until I'd already had the phone for four days and was very impressed with the call quality. I don't ask for much, but my last phone didn't quite have enough volume and I was happy to find that the Rezound has plenty enough volume to spare. I actually had to turn down the call volume a bit, which a nice luxury.
There has been a lot of hype about the beats headphones included with this phone, and the "beats profile" that tweaks sound settings for optimal sound reproduction. I have to admit to being a little bit of a sound quality snob. Not the kind that spends $300 on speaker wire and snake oil. But I've spent many hours utilizing measuring equipment in the automotive environment in pursuit of sound quality and even more hours of critical listening and believe I can recognize good sound. Having made an attempt at qualifying my opinion of the Rezounds ability in the sound department: I think they sound great.
Really. I mean, they're not going to replace a good set of cans and simply can't approach the dynamics and spatial imaging achieveable in a car or home. But they sound good. I already had a set of decent entry level earbuds (V-Moda Vibe Duo) and I'd say the Beats by Dr Dre buds by Monster are in the same neighborhood, but not quite as good. With the beats profile enabled, music seems louder and more crisp, but not necessarily better. I was able to replicate the effect in PowerAmp with equalization pretty closely. The Beats earbuds might be a little boomy, with not enough extension in the first octave. They are detailed, but midrange is a little more muddy than the V-Modas. I'll keep them as very competent spares, but continue to enjoy the V-Modas for now.
After a week of ownership, I should be able to think of a few criticisms for this phone. I do wish that we were given the option of an AOSP interface, why not Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0)? But that is indeed wishful thinking. This phone is sure to be popular with developers, though, and it won't be long before they tap into the true power in this very capable phone. It is a bit annoying to see Verizon bloat the phone with nonsense like V-Cast, that seem more suited for feature phones rather than a powerful Android phone. Would it be a valid complaint that I'm eating through a lot of data? That would be like saying I'm enjoying it too much. Maybe I am. (If you are looking for best deal for the HTC Rezound, I suggest you have to check it before you decide at: Androidcheaper.blogspot.com/2011/12/htc-rezound.html
21 out of 22 users found this user opinion helpful.
The Rezound has me smiling from ear to ear.
by lastanswer on November 16, 2011
Pros: + Gorgeous, well-crafted screen that pops with color and makes text crisp and easy-to-read.
+ Freakishly fast processor. Thinks "Usain Bolt"
+ Premium build quality. Attractive and understated "blacked out" bezel with red accents. Feels good in hand.
Cons: - Battery will last all day, but needs a recharge at night
- Thicker than the RAZR, iPhone, and Galaxy Nexus. Small hands need not apply.
- Beats needs integration w/ other music apps.
- Sense UI (HTC's customization of Android) needs to go on a diet
Summary: Lost in the fanfare of the latest and greatest phones on the market (iPhone 4S, RAZR and Galaxy Nexus/S2) is the Rezound. I had not planned on buying this ...
Summary: Lost in the fanfare of the latest and greatest phones on the market (iPhone 4S, RAZR and Galaxy Nexus/S2) is the Rezound. I had not planned on buying this phone. But once I held and played with the Rezound in person, I was impressed by its build quality and speed. It also looks much nicer in person than it does in photos. The contoured back feels great; in contrast, the RAZR doesn't feel as good due to its angled back with sharper edges. Come to a Verizon store and try it for yourself.Updated observations + shopping advice (Nov 21)
Since the technical details about the phone are explained in the CNET review, I will explain some of the qualitative reasons why I chose this over the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy Nexus:
The screen makes browsing the internet a joy. Once your eyes get used to the extra real estate, it's hard to downgrade to a smaller screen (a la the iPhone 4S). The displays on the RAZR and Nexus are fantastic, too, but lag behind the 4S and the Rezound.
The Beats integration is nice, but is still a work in progress until the software gets integrated w/ Spotify, Winamp, Pandora, and other 3rd party services. The headphones that are included are fantastic. I personally love them. When you are using the standard music player, the Beats software and headphones combo make rock and hip hop awesome to listen to.
The Sense UI is nice, but can use Slim Fast. My old phone was a Motorola Droid, and I can tell the customizations are ever so slightly holding the phone back. Still, Sense is easy to understand. It's easy to use the extras are fun. Plus, with a dual-core 1.5 GHZ processor, everything is fast and responsive.
Battery life is just OK. The Rezound ain't bad, but the other phones sound like they will have better battery performance. If you are a super heavy media user, then you're better off with the iPhone 4 (not the 4S) in my opinion. That thing sips on battery. For most people, battery life will be a minor issue. As of now, I'm at 85% and it's lunch time for me. Shrug.
Given the steep level of competition, I'd strongly advise cross-shopping this phone w/ others. I'd still recommend the iPhone 4 or 4S for moms and dads for ease of use and battery life. If you want ICS now, then you should wait for the Nexus. BUT if you like Android, then this phone has a ton to offer. Thanks for reading.
Updated on Nov 21, 2011
Cannot emphasize enough - visit a local Verizon retailer and play with all the phones you are cross-shopping with the Rezound! I would not buy ANY phone without seeing them in person.
Also, if you can, SLEEP ON IT! There are/will be some great deals online for these phones, as well as the release of the Galaxy Nexus. Waiting = more choice and possibly lower prices.
re battery life:
If you are coming from a non-4G smartphone, the battery life will be a step down. BUT, if you are coming from another 4G phone, this is a step UP. The Rezound should last an entire day with moderate use. Please buy a charger (or a micro USB cable) for the workplace OR a car charger - same goes for the Nexus, RAZR and iPhone 4S.
If you buy this phone, ask the Verizon rep to help you remove things like widgets that you don't want or need. Should help a little bit w/ overall speed and battery life.
13 out of 13 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best bang for the buck.
by corki2 on December 18, 2011
Pros: Excellent signal, excellent call quality, Sense UI, great camera, beautiful design, excellent build quality, perfect size, gorgeous display.
Cons: Battery is like any other 4g. Though I can get 12 hours if I don't play with it constantly.
Summary: I love everything about this phone. A lot of people don't like Sense. I love it. I had to put a custom ROM on my Droid X to get ...
Summary: I love everything about this phone. A lot of people don't like Sense. I love it. I had to put a custom ROM on my Droid X to get it to do what the Rezound does straight out of the box. Toggles in notification bar, native screen shots, reboot from the power button. Oh and I almost forgot to mention widget scrolling on the native home screen, this is a huge plus. As for the 78 widgets available.. I like 'em!
The call quality is excellent. I love being able to hear my callers through the handset. With the Droid X (don't get me wrong, I love my X) you had to move the phone around to get it in just the right place over your ear in order to hear the caller. Callers come through loud and clear on the Rezound no matter where you position it. I also use a CommandOne BT headset and the call quality through it is great as well.
I love the screen on this phone. I took it over to Verizon to compare it to the Nexus when it launched. Viewing the same web site with both, the Rezound looked much nicer.
I use my camera and video a lot. That was what interested me in this phone originally as the camera got such good reviews. I had planned on getting the Nexus and was disappointed the reviews the camera was getting. The Droid X had a so so camera. Hit or miss. Sometimes the pics were beautiful, sometimes horrible. I am happy to say the Rezound camera is great.
This phone is fast. I have no lag when using Sense. I did find that when I put Go Launcher, ADW or QQ Launcher, it gets choppy. No worries, I like Sense better anyway.
This is my first HTC phone. I love the build quality. It looks and feels great. The attention to details that HTC put into this build is surprising. Motorola build quality is excellent, but they look boxy and plain compared to my Rezound. It's sturdy and sexy.
I love the native print feature. I use my phone for business and I think it's about time Android phones start catching up with BB in that regard.
I was pretty well set on the Nexus when it was announced. After I started reading more on the specs, I started looking at all the 4g phones at Verizon. There, obscured by the Razr (I would never own a phone with a non removable battery)and the upcoming Nexus, was the Rezound. Information wasn't jumping out all over the place about it. Even the salesman at Verizon asked me if I knew about the Razr when I told him I wanted the Rezound. Why this device was downplayed is beyond me unless they were concerned that sales for the Razr and Nexus would be jeopardized if people knew how great the Rezound is. The salesman did finally admit that the Rezound is the top dog and would probably be for a while. I'm just glad I did my research and picked the best phone available on the Verizon network.
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great Phone, Great Features, Few Flaws
by seangun14 on December 30, 2011
Pros: -Gorgeous Display
-Fast 4G capability
-HTC Sense (best user interface of any smartphone)
-Screen vibrates when touched
Cons: -Gets hot with apps
-Awful Battery Life
-No ICS (yet)
Summary: Having this phone makes me wonder why people could possibly want the iPhone. This phone has a better display, better camera, faster internet speeds, faster processor, better sound quality, its ...
Summary: Having this phone makes me wonder why people could possibly want the iPhone. This phone has a better display, better camera, faster internet speeds, faster processor, better sound quality, its durable, looks great, and of course, A 4.3-INCH SCREEN! Plus, it comes with google's navigation service which gives turn by turn directions free of charge (something an iPhone cannot do without paid apps), it more photograph effects including a panaroma feature, access to the amazon Appstore which gives users a paid app for free daily and an extensive library of music and movies superior to apple. Yeah, yeah iTunes is great and all but google music runs consistant sales for entire albums for $5, plus you can rent a movie from the HTC market for just $.49! Plus, you can customize your homescreen and lock screen with different shortcuts and widgets that give immediate information and the wallpaper can even move!
I could go on and on but I think I'll stop there. With the exception of Siri, the iPhone 4s is WAAYYYYYYYYYY of not only the Rezound's league but Android in general. It seems to me that the mass hysteria surrounding the 4s just goes to show how misinformed the general population is; they put popularity above functionality and its a shame. Google should be the most admired company in the world, not apple!
And all this while typing on an iMac...
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Former iPhone User
by tonyburke on December 17, 2011
Pros: Easy to use (HTC Sense 3.5)
Blazing Fast Processor
Impressive Battery for an Android Phone
LTE (4G) Speed
Cons: Verizon Bloatware
Summary: First disclaimer, I am a former iPhone owner. However, this time around I refused to be stuck on a two year contract with slow 3G speeds and small screen that ...
Summary: First disclaimer, I am a former iPhone owner. However, this time around I refused to be stuck on a two year contract with slow 3G speeds and small screen that the iPhone 4S offered. However, I did purchase a new iPhone 4S for my wife when I purchased the HTC Rezound because that is what she wanted. As for me, I have been amazed at how easy the transition has been to the Rezound. I have had the phone for about a month. Set up was simple, even transferring all my iTunes music that I currently have, and may purchase in the future (there's an app for that!). iBeats is nice, but I already had a pair of iBeats headphones so I gave the new ones to my wife. The build quality of the phone is great. I love showing the display to my iPhone friends, then show them how fast the phone is. In my home, not on Wifi, I usually hit 18-19 Mbps download on average. Love LTE. As for apps, I found all I need, and more, in the Android Market. As for the battery, after all I heard, I was really concerned at first. However, I can get through two days easily with the battery that came with the phone. But then, I don't play games all day. The phone is also extremely comfortable in my hand and I really like the rubberized backing. Makes it feel like the phone isn't going to slip out of my hand. As for the camera, the quality has been good but I would give just a slight edge to the iPhone 4S, but it's not a deal breaker by any means. Bottom line, I am extremely pleased with the phone and I am more than satisfied with my purchase.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Underrated champion. Beats is cool, but look deeper.
by FcoTjPR on November 14, 2011
Pros: Lets talk about what makes this phone the best, its processor and screen! Not all 1.5 processors are the same, so it would truly be awesome if reviews expand these specifics a bit more.
Cons: Possibly battery life, we'll see after a few cycles.
Summary: Best phone out there. Galaxy Nexus is supposed to be the next, but if you look under the hood, you will find that this phone has better components. Qualcomm's ...
Summary: Best phone out there. Galaxy Nexus is supposed to be the next, but if you look under the hood, you will find that this phone has better components. Qualcomm's 1.5!!
3 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great phone, AWFUL battery life!
by ETSJ on June 6, 2012
Pros: The audio quality is great and performance is great.
Cons: Battery life is AWFUL! Overheating. Screen freezing. OS failures.
Summary: Phone works great -while it works. Worst battery life of any phone I have ever owned. Max life on extended battery was 4 hours sitting idle. Verizon just replaced my ...
Summary: Phone works great -while it works. Worst battery life of any phone I have ever owned. Max life on extended battery was 4 hours sitting idle. Verizon just replaced my original due to overheating --after first saying it was overclocked because the FACTORY SETTING for optimal performance was selected (I pointed out that "overclocking" might be a cute buzzword but it doesn't apply to a factory setting selected from a standard menu!) so we shall see if the trouble was with the phone, the original battery, the replacement battery, or the extended life battery I purchased when the ever-so-helpful Verizon phone seller informed me that the battery life advertised does not apply to phones that have wireless on (not in use, just on), Bluetooth on (not connected, just on), or any player like Pandora on (which it wasn't). When I agreed and told him that if I just shut it off and put it in my pocket the battery life was Awesome! and I could go weeks without recharging, the sarcasm was a bit over his head.
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
I'm very impressed
by chody1 on November 29, 2011
Pros: Great screen
HTC Sense 3.5
Very sleek device
Upgradeable to ICS
Cons: Thick-ish (I'll elaborate)
Headphone jack placement
Volume rocker is a little too flush
Does not have ICS yet
Summary: I was waiting for the Galaxy Nexus, but after each rumor I became less and less anxious for the Nexus, so I sucked it up and bought the Rezound, and ...
Summary: I was waiting for the Galaxy Nexus, but after each rumor I became less and less anxious for the Nexus, so I sucked it up and bought the Rezound, and I'm very pleased I did.Update: I've had the phone for about a month now, I'm still learning the phone, but I operate it pretty fluently. I've found the camera to be very good, for pictures at least, I haven't taken video. The battery is also pretty good, under pretty heavy use I still only need it to charge over night, only if I'm playing video games on it does the battery need charged through the day.
The Rezound's screen is gorgeous, 720p on a 4.3 in. screen is really something that needs to be seen to be believed.
The audio is fantastic, really it was one of the biggest selling points for me because I hate being without my music and I couldn't pass on Dre iBeats. The audio is great, perhaps Cnet is correct when they say that you can get similar quality with any pair of high end ear buds, but how many people want to buy a $300 phone and then buy $150 headphones?
When I said that the phone was thick, all I mean is that it is thicker than its Verizon competitors like the Razr and Galaxy Nexus, especially when I put it in my Otterbox, then it seems to double in size. When I have the Otterbox on it actually makes it more difficult to text in landscape, I can feel my thumbs stretching.
The processor is very quick, I've yet to have any sort of lag when opening apps or switching between them, even when I have a dozen apps open and looking through web pages. The battery is even holding up pretty well, I'm constantly doing something on this phone, be it music or angry birds or web browsing and I can make it through my on campus activities no problem and then I charge it while I sit at my computer for good measure, so no complaints really.
I do not like the headphone jack being on the top of the phone, I'm just not comfortable pulling it out of my back pocket like that, HTC should know better than that.
The volume rocker is very flush with the phone, I'm not used to this, I prefer the rocker to be split and a little thicker, just a personal preference.
Call quality is good, although I don't use it for phone calls very much.
I think this is a great phone, it could use some tweaks, but when ICS is out this will rival the Galaxy Nexus.
Updated on Dec 12, 2011
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
The Best Verizon Smartphone I have owned yet.
by hankerson95 on May 23, 2012
Pros: Excellent Display, The Rezound's Camera is better than the Sony Cybershot I own. Its MP's isn't as high, but its faster, and higher quality. Better processor than the Droid RAZR/MAXX.
Cons: Battery Life is okay due to 4g LTE and the display quality, but I can last almost 2 days with moderate/light usage. Gets warm when playing certain games.
Summary: This phone is extremely impressive, the whole package, the Camera, Processor, Screen, Sense (most people dislike it, though I feel its better than what I dealt with when I owned ...
Summary: This phone is extremely impressive, the whole package, the Camera, Processor, Screen, Sense (most people dislike it, though I feel its better than what I dealt with when I owned Motorola devices, or LG devices.) The screen seems like it has a delay when I play draw something, (weirdly enough, if I take the screen protector off, it doesn't have that delay.) The screen is beautiful, coming from a Droid 3, with its Pentile TFT display, this has been a dream. I can't wait to see what HTC has to offer when I am due for upgrade again. I am extremely impressed, this phone is definitely worthy. Also you can unlock the bootloader too, thanks to HTC being developer friendly.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Fantastic Screen paired with speedy performance
by edstreiff on April 27, 2012
Pros: 1.) The 720p display
2.) Clear call quality
3.) Large headset grill
4.) Loud and clear speakerphone
5.) XDA Development Supported
6.) Officially unlockable bootloader
7.) Easy to root
8.) Fast LTE Speeds
9.) Clear, fast Camera
10.) Great battery life
Cons: 1.) Pretty thick especially with extended battery you will notice it in your pocket if your pants are tight
2.) Heavy, there are much lighter phones available
3.) Hard to hold with one hand due to the screen size, thickness, and weight.
Summary: So this is my 5th Verizon 4G LTE phone in the last year and I finally have a phone that I can keep for a while.
I have had the ...
Summary: So this is my 5th Verizon 4G LTE phone in the last year and I finally have a phone that I can keep for a while.I know people will ask how did you get some many phones in a short 1 year span...Easy I paid dearly cash wise.
I have had the following phones and I will compare them against this HTC Rezound.
1.) Samsung Droid Charge 4G
2.) Motorola Droid Bionic 4G
3.) Motorola Razr 4G
4.) LG Spectrum 4G
5.) Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G
Lets start with the screen on the HTC Rezound two words absolutely stunning. I was a tad worried that after having all OLED screens (except for the Spectrum) that I would not like the color representation....I was wrong the colors look perfect on the Rezound and after having this phone I no longer like the super saturated colors of the OLED screens. The 720p screen on the rezound is so clear you can read the tiniest of words and a widescreen video fills the entire screen. All the other phones with the exception of the Spectrum and Nexus now look super blurry to me after having this phone. The screen compared to the Spectrum is about the same as they are both 720p displays but compared to the Nexus which is "720p" its night and day. I know technically the Nexus is a 720p display but the Pentile display matrix is uses is horrible its not as clear as it has far fewer sub pixels than the Rezound. All the Motorola phones I have had also had this same fuzzy Pentile display. Only the Droid Charge had a traditional RGB display on an OLED display.
So if I was rating the screens I would give the HTC Rezound and the LG Spectrum a 10, I would give the Droid Charge a 7, I would also give the Nexus a 7 as for the Motorola phones I would give then a 3 the Pentile screen is really bad when the resolution is low.
Call Quality, in this case all the phones were clear and I never had an issue making or keeping a call.
Headset Volume, The Rezound is the best I have had as far as headset volume goes no matter how I have the phone positioned against my ear I can hear the person clearly. My LG Spectrum required the phone to be in a certain "sweet" spot because the grill was so narrow. The two Samsung's and the two Motorola's were almost as good as the Rezound. If the rezound was a 10 then the samsung's and the motorola's would be 9's. The LG Spectrum would be a 5.
Speakerphone Volume, The Rezound has great speakerphone volume and clarity and is the best of the phones I have had. The others were similar but not as loud.
Camera-Still Image. The HTC Rezound takes very clear photos and the shutter speed is wicked fast. The image is very sharp even when zoomed in. I like all the options I have in the camera application and the f2.2 aperture is greatly appreciated. The LG Spectrum also took very good photos and its shutter was really fast as well. I would say the two are very similar with the HTC Rezound being a tad bit sharper and able to do low light better. The LG Spectrum also doesn't have as good of an aperture. The Motorola phones took very similar photo's the quality was ok but it wasn't amazing. It certainly looked like a cell phone photo. I did like the camera interface on the Motorola phones as they provided a lot of options. The Samsung Charge took decent photos definitely better than the Motorola phones but its shutter speed was slow and the photos were frequently blurry due to the slowness of the shutter. The galaxy nexus has a fast shutter but the 5 megapixels photos were not as clear as the Rezound especially if you cropped the photo you could easily see pixels due to the lower resolution.
Camera-Video, The HTC Rezound is hands down the best 1080p video camera on a phone that I have ever used. I like how I can zoom while recording, toggle the dual LED lights, and refocus the screen by taping. The videos when displayed on my 46" LCD TV are really clear and the audio is fantastic. My LG Spectrum even with 1080p were super compressed and very pixalated and were worse than my Samsung Charge which only recorded in 720p. The two Motorola phones looked fairly decent but there audio was not as good as the Rezound nor was their video I could frequently see artifacts. My charge did pretty good but its only 720p, the Nexus was a disappointment it didn't do very good with audio or video.
Battery Life, I must say HTC did a really good job in this department, yesterday I the phone just sitting on my desk the entire day doing nothing, when I left for work after being unplugged for 10 hours I still have 89% battery left and thats with WIFI on, 4G on and GPS on very impressive to say the least. My Samsung Charge was always be around 30% when I left for work. The Razr was around 60% when I would leave and the Bionic was around 45% when I would leave. The nexus would have 70% remaining when I would leave. I had an extended battery for the Spectrum so its not fair to compare. Now I will say this if your using the phone with the screen on it will drain the battery fast. The LCD technology in the Rezound is more power intensive than the OLED displays in the other phones(except the Spectrum) combine that with a highly graphic game like World of Goo and you got a battery buster. Yesterday I played World of Goo for two hours straight, when I started by battery was at 36% when I finished I was at 6% so in two hours I killed 30% of the battery. Just keep that in mind.
Rooting, Hacking and outside Roms, HTC wins hands down the XDA community is strong (been enjoying this ICS rom for a few weeks now) I had no issue rooting this phone and installing custom roms. Its nice that HTC allows you to unlock your bootloader without having to hack your phone. It would be nice to see motorola do the same thing. My Charge also had an unlocked bootloader which made custom roms and rooting easy as well. It also had a pretty good following on XDA. The nexus is easy to root a has a huge following on XDA so there are lots of custom roms and hacks you can load unto the phone. The motorola phones were easy enough to root but the custom rom developement is limited due to the locked bootloader. Not saying that its impossible I had ICS loaded on it for a longtime but they are not as polished and bug free as the Rezound roms.
GPS Signal Lock, The HTC Rezound locks into the GPS signal super fast as did the Motorola phones, the Spectrum took a tad longer but it wasn't too bad. But the two Samsung phones sucked bad especially my Charge. It would take sometimes 5-10 minutes to lock unto the GPS in order to navigate. I was able to load some root applications that helped it lock but it will sucked that I needed to do it. The nexus was a tad faster but it still needed help from that same root application to signal lock faster.
LTE Transfer speeds, The fastest average speeds I have had on each of the phones taken from my home office at my house (speedtest app)
1.) Samsung Charge, 28mb/12mb
2.) HTC Rezound, 18mb/8mb
3.) LG Spectrum, 6mb/5mb
4.) Sumsung Nexus, 6mb/5mb
5.) Motorola Droid, 6mb/5mb
6.) Motorola Razr, 6mb/5mb
Now I know that certain conditions affect the speed but there were taken at the same place and time of day at my home. The charge always had super fast download speeds regardless and its clear that Verizon updated the modems on the other phones to slow the speeds down. I just put my old sim card into my Charge and did a speed test, 27mb down/9mb up. After that I placed the sim card back into my HTC Rezound 16mb/6mb. Something is different in the charge that allows it to connect faster. That being said the Rezound is still much better than the other phones(aside from the charge) but in this case my Charge is king.
3G Data and Voice at the same time...Yes the HTC Rezound and the LG Spectrum support this so you can tell your friends at AT&T to shut the hell up about simultaneous voice and data. None of the other phones can do it and I must say that up at my camp we have no 4G LTE so its nice to be tethered to my laptop while I'm there and able to take a phone call as well.
I could say more but that is really it if you get this phone be sure to check out the XDA community there are some really cool mods you can do to the phone like uncompressed camera and video records. It makes a huge difference and puts the pictures and videos recorded on the phone in a class of there own.
Updated on Apr 27, 2012
I had bought the iPhone 4 in February for $199 as I was up for an upgrade after a few months I started getting bored with it so in July I bought the Droid Charge for full retail which cost $600 after tax. Thankfully iPhones really hold there value so I was able to sell my iPhone on Craigslist for $550 so selling the iPhone nearly covered the cost of the phone (if I ignore the $200 I initially spend on the iphone that is)
I still have my Samsung Charge because it wouldn't sell for very much on eBay given its age and single coreness. So I keep it as a spare in case I should need it. The Droid Bionic I got right when it came out I paid full retail for it somewhere around $630 after tax. I sold that on ebay for $500 4 weeks later (The Pentile screen sucked so bad and it was super buggy) so after I paid ebay and payal I ended up loosing $180.
Updated on Apr 27, 2012I then went and purchased the Droid Razr when it came out on 11/11 (easy to remember) I should have just waited and never bought the Bionic since the Razr came out like a month later but I was foolish. I paid full retail again which came to $640 I liked this phone but again the Pentile Screen bothered me and the lack of an extended battery required me to carry around a charger at all times. I was super pissed when they released the Droid Razr Maxx shortly afterwords as I would have rather had that for the extended battery. That pushed me over the edge so right before christmas I decided to sell the Razr on eBay so that I could by the Razr Maxx. The phone sold on ebay for a measly $395 after I paid ebay fees and payal I ended up taking a huge $295 loss thank god my wife didn't know about that.
Updated on Apr 27, 2012So I walked into the Verizon store on December 20th with the intention of buying a Droid Razr Maxx well instead I was introduced to the shinny new Samsung Galaxy Nexus after playing with Android 4.0 and seeing the 720p display I decided to buy that instead. Again I paid full retail and this was the most expensive one of the bunch I paid $700 to get this phone and finally I was like this will be a great phone. Again battery life wasn't all that great and the camera really sucked. With two young children I am always taking photos so I needed one that really worked. I also hated the on screen buttons and the slow GPS. So you guessed it in February I decided to once again list it on ebay it sold for only $350 even less than my Razr so after I paid all the ebay fees and paypal fees I ended up taking a loss of $400 my biggest loss to date. It was then that I got smarter about things I noticed that people were paying a lot loss on ebay for phones if you waited a month after a release
Updated on Apr 27, 2012So in February I looked on eBay and saw the LG Spectrum 4G phone from a person listed at $225 I bought it since it was a 4G phone and I wanted to see what a true 720p screen looked like. I got the phone and it was pretty good but the LG skin overlay was really horrible and there was no XDA development for it so I was kinda stuck. I was able to root it but nothing more there were no custom roms available at the time but overall it was a good phone. The thing that annoyed me was no dedicated search button which I use alot. Also the headset was hard to ear unless you were in a certain sweet spot. I then saw a commercial for the Rezound and become curious. After looking on XDA and seeing that there were tons of ICS roms and that the phone also had a true 720p screen and beats audio I decided to sell the Spectrum, I was able to get $250 for it on ebay last month so I only took a $47 dollar loss this time around.
Updated on Apr 27, 2012I was able to purchase the Rezound on ebay last month for $275 and that included a mint condition phone, extended battery, standard battery, case for standard battery, and a case for the exteneded battery as well as the iBeats headphones(lots of sells kept these and didn't include them)
So far this has been the best phone I have every had it works well and has not let me down.
So in total I have spend $1,397 over the past year to obtain the 5 Android phones, its been a hell of an experience I wish they held there value like the iPhone but that's another story all around.
My advice wait a month or so after a phone comes out then buy it on eBay or Craigslist if its an Android Device the price will have dropped by hundreds at that point
In total I spent
Updated on Sep 7, 2012So its now September and the Rezound is still going strong. The official ICS update was much appreciated but I will say that my battery life is not nearly as good but that could be my battery ageing as well. I hear the battery life goes down by 20% a year and my battery is 2 months shy of a year old.
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- 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