HTC Rezound hands-on
Just as it was mentioned at the press event, the HTC Rezound takes some of the design cues that are found on the HTC Droid Incredible 2, which doesn’t make it any bit more fresh looking. Specifically, we find sharp red accents around its earpiece, camera lens, and capacitive Android buttons. Sure it might not take our eyes off the killer design of the Motorola DROID RAZR, but nonetheless, it’s considerably toned down versus the HTC ThunderBolt. Meaning, rather than finding a metallic feeling device, the Rezound’s design is mainly comprised of plastic – with that similar tiered design in the rear, much like the Droid Incredible 2. Still, it feels very good in the hand, but its appearance doesn’t really stand out as much.
Without a doubt, the biggest thing on paper to amaze us, besides the fact that it’s a 4G LTE enabled smartphone, is that it packs a staggering 4.3” 720p HD display. Not surprisingly, it produces plenty of clear and sharp details to make even the faintest of text more than legible. Meanwhile, the S-LCD panel that it’s using enables color to pulse with enough iridescence and luminance to capture our attention. However, we’re curious to see how it handles in outdoor conditions under the gaze of the sun.
Internally, the handset is powered by a speedy 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor, which is coupled with a generous 1GB of RAM. Running Sense 3.5 on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the handset is undoubtedly peppy enough from our quick inspection. Furthermore, the other standout with the handset is its fully equipped camera taking capabilities. Specifically, it packs the same camera that we’ve been seeing on other handsets, which is an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with dual-LED flash. Certainly, the sweeter thing about it is the fact that it features an f/2.2 wide-angle lens and backside illumination to produce clear shots in low lighting. And on top of that, there’s a lot of fun to be had with taking photos since it’s packed to the brim with various instant effects; like slow motion. On the audio side, it features Beats Audio to provide the utmost best audio quality versus other handsets in the US.
Honestly, this is an amazing handset on paper, but considering that it’s going up against both the Motorola DROID RAZR and Samsung Galaxy Nexus, it doesn’t seem to embody enough new and fresh qualities to make it the most favorable between the three. In any event, it’s going to be here sooner than later, which is nice – though, some might still complain about its $299.99 price tag. In any event, HTC is generous enough to mention that it’ll be getting Ice Cream Sandwich early next year, but then again, who knows when that’ll actually happen.
1. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1052; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
HTC's biggest problems seemed to be screen quality and camera quality. Not anymore!
Looks frickin' sweet!
2. android1234 (Posts: 106; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)
They could've made this phone a little thinner, if moto and Samsung could do it and include a bigger battery, they can too.
3. JDTheMatrix (Posts: 7; Member since: 03 May 2010)
yeah, in my experience HTC has had battery life issues, I hocked my incredible the first chance I could to get the fascinate (of which I debloated and is not without its faults) but has much better battery life than the incredible, or incredible II for that matter.
4. henrickrw (Posts: 407; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Let's see if this phone can dignt against the competition
36. Jasonhunterx (Posts: 110; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)
I don't think it will Htc just does not learn they used old washed out lcds colors look bad samsung kills them in screen department an so sites moto and apple they use tiny batteries that last at all small internal storage but they seem to be improving an sense a ram hog slows down the phone thats the reason y they were one of first companies to start boosting ram an the phones are heavy an thick htc has room for improvement but I think this phone is a step towards that direction
5. androidpupprt (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
hey guys I think it's Beats audio, just a typo I guess.
6. kingkoopa765 (Posts: 14; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
haha "BEAST AUDIO" is that a freudian slip?
this phone looks like a beast!
7. bokajay (Posts: 11; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
The overall quality of most of the HTC devices I had time to play around with have been good.
Mytouch 3G and Droid Eris the worst.. Incredible, Nexus One, EVO my favorites. Not impressed by the Sensation though. And in terms of specs and software this phone is closest to that. Add HTC's issues with LTE battery life on the Thunderbolt and there is cause for concern. I am not a big fan of Sense as well but that is a personal preference. I probably will get bored of the stock ICS look as well.
As far as the other big phones coming out on Verizon I would wait for the Galaxy Nexus. The Beats audio software is a gimmick, the earbuds are nice since they are basically free but I'd rather pay $50 for a different brand, use an equalizer setting and get similar results on a different phone.
1. Improved camera hardware and software (seems to have very little lag, haven't seen if it could do rapid shooting like the iphone 4gs or Galaxy Nexus.
2. Free Beats audio earbuds
3. Nice red accents
4. 720p resolution screen
1. Thickness. Nearly 14mm thick, add an extended battery or a durable case and this thing is HUGE.
2. Battery life concerns
3. No NFC
4. When will ICS come out. Verizon and HTC have a long history of delayed updates (and when it does come out how will sense be intergrated into it)
8. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)
Hey bokajay... What makes you write a review of a phone you have never even held? Only the greatest of fools attempt that.
Do you "review" cars you never drove ( let alone sat in or EVEN SAW ) as well?
As you have not even HELD this phone, let alone OWNED it or USED it, your review is meaningless.
20. sgogeta4 (Posts: 392; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)
Actually he's used a lot of devices, if you actually read his comments on the phone, it's actually pretty accurate considering HTC's past experiences. None of the pros or cons really need to actually have used the phone since most of the specs are listed...
24. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5638; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
PotDragon i'm starting to dub you as one of the site idiots.
the man is just stating his thoughts on the device. he's not reviewing it.
34. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)
Only a complete douche changes his user name in a forum. Then announces it repeatedly.
35. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5638; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
yeah? okay guy, you have a nice day. xD
33. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
htc's have garbage audio chips. not a fan thus far. beats audio probably changes the eq to be bass friendly. not a fan.
9. TechPsycho (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)
guys realise already the battery is crap for such procesor and screen type.. here goes another Thunderbolt alike.
11. mkp109 (Posts: 4; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)
Same thing i was thinking. All this new procesor speed and better screen quality. If this phone has a battery life like the Thunderbolt then this phone will get killed by the other two.
But Beats Audio is amazing !
10. Owlet (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
"Honestly, this is an amazing handset on paper, but considering that it’s going up against both the Motorola DROID RAZR and Samsung Galaxy Nexus, it doesn’t seem to embody enough new and fresh qualities to make it the most favorable between the three."
That's just so wrong. Galaxy's strongest point seems to be ICS, other than that it has almost nothing going for it. Rezound will get ICS soon enough. And there are so many people hate Motorola. To me, HTC is clearly the most favorable out of three.
25. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5638; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
the Galaxy Nexus is well...a Nexus. super speedy updates for it's buyers, it has NFC, an HDSA display and it's designed for ICS, the Droid Razr is not only the thinnest LTE smartphone it's one of the thinnest smartphones..period. also it's built to last and there are many people who like Motorola me being one of them. both of these phones are also more powerful than the Rezound and they should both have better battery life because of their lower clocked processors and lack of an LCD HD display.
13. sleepyjohnny (Posts: 151; Member since: 16 Dec 2009)
its way too much like my thunderbolt. the thunderbolt even has an SRS effect which makes the sound effect sound so clear, I wonder how that would compare to beats. either way, I don't think this phone is all that great. I'm liking the beauty of stock ICS over HTC sense
14. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
Hahahaha, it seems like even android fanboys are just as fragmented as android is, lol.
26. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5638; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
nope, it's called having choices and some of them can actually be difficult.
15. _TheGreatIam (Posts: 16; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
I am really hardpressed to find a phone for my upgrade in January....All these new and amazing phones coming out. I'm leaning more towards the RAZR, I like ICS but honestly all the new phones will be getting it soon enough. The Nexus and the RAZR don't have removable batteries. That's the only concern I have about getting either. So much info to process. O.o
16. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
Great device by HTC no question this will be the best htc has made to end 2011. But the question is will this be better than the Galaxy Nexus and I would have to definately say ....NO WAY.......
17. android1234 (Posts: 106; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)
If it was a little thinner and bigger battery I might consider it over the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. But again that has the advantage of the bigger screen with super amoled. Even though this phone has a micro as card slot. I have the thunderbolt, and with a case, its just too bulky.
18. bikerbill011 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)
the nexus does have a removeable battery first off
2nd the rezound has a extended and even tho it adds girth it will last all day with it its a 2760 for gods sake ..
19. android1234 (Posts: 106; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)
Yes but not a removeable memory card...
22. sgogeta4 (Posts: 392; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)
Might be a deal breaker for some but 16/32GB is enough for me and I suspect for the vast majority... plus it will be a lot faster than if you had to use the SD card itself.
28. roldefol (Posts: 3128; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Yeah but some of us like the option of putting say photos on an SD card and sticking it in a printer, or transferring to a PC without hooking up USB, etc. It's not a dealbreaker on the Nexus for me, but it's nice to have the option on the Rezound to upgrade both battery and storage.
30. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5638; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
just use some cloud service. i never pull files back and forth from my phone and my lappy using a usb cord.
23. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)
Droid = dreadful battery life..period. Until we can harvest the sun and walk around all day and never worry about the phone shutting off...just know the specs life and the battery life sucks on all!
29. roldefol (Posts: 3128; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Wasn't the Rezound rumored to have a built-in inductive charging back plate? Any truth to that?
31. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5638; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i'm not sure if HTC is shipping devices with the inductive covers but it seems like something they'd do. o:
32. roldefol (Posts: 3128; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
It would help make up for the smallish battery if I can buy an inductive pad and keep it charging all day.