VZW slashes HTC Rezound down to $49
0. phoneArena 02 Apr 2012, 13:49 posted on
It hasn’t even been a whole 4 months since the HTC Rezound hit the streets, but in cell phone years, that’s almost a lifetime. The premium Android handset that originally retailed for $299 on-contract can be yours for just $49.99...
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1. Chronos (Posts: 257; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
A person could gain an extra $20 by selling the iBeats on Amazon for $70.
8. Chronos (Posts: 257; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
9. Chronos (Posts: 257; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
The link didn't copy correctly. Go to the in-ear section.
10. PAPINYC (Posts: 1834; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
I knew those head phones were nothing but a gimmick to get people to buy the phone. Don't get me wrong, I like HTC but the Rezound never belonged in the same class price-point with the Nexus Prime or DROID RAZR™. When you think about it, $299 for a pair of head phones from a collaboration now defunct.
13. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 817; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Actually the Rezound is just as good as those phones. The camera is better than on both and it has a very similar (possilby better) processor.
The iBeats headphones retail for $100, but they are of at least a $50 vaule.
Get your facts straight before you dis a good phone.
15. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5426; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
the Rezound's S3 is quite inferior to the OMAP4s in the Razr and the Nexus even at the higher clock frequencies which makes it even worse because the higher voltage is eating your battery faster and it doesn't even perform as well as a 1.2GHz OMAP4, it barely even keeps pace with a 1GHz OMAP4. maybe you should make sure your own patio is clean before you go to tell somebody else to sweep theirs.
17. PAPINYC (Posts: 1834; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
He's just mad because he paid $300 bucks for a pair of in-ear headphones when he could have just bought a pair of Monster Cable Beats by Dr. Dre Studio Powered Isolation Headphones for the same price (Or, a pair of higher-end Bose). Here's what $299 could have bought him:
21. cripton805 (Posts: 745; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Is that so? Well this article says otherwise. This is from a nonbias Razr owner. Honestly the Rezound IS the better phone out of the box. Without everyones little Rooting excuses. Not everyone wants to root (including me). Especially since Motos UI looks like a turd in comparison to HTC UI. Yes Blur is merely a tiny bit more responsive due to it practically not doing anything to make it look nice. I accept loss at the Rezound for many things except the way it looks.
22. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5426; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
xD that's an S4 link you got there. the Rezound has an S3. i don't root my Razr. it's more powerful out of the box and the UI is a matter of opinion. i don't like Sense. it's bloaty and it just bogs the phone down.
24. Whateverman (Posts: 3061; Member since: 17 May 2009)
It's all about what the customer is looking for. I hated Blur with a passion, but I went from an Dinc2 into the Razr and I think HTC may have just lost me forever. Sense just doesn't do it for me anymore and when I compared the Razr and the Rezound, I just kept coming back to the Razr. This is truly the best phone I have ever used. But the Rezound was a VERY close second. I don't care what anyone says, it's a good phone!
38. Guardxrx (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)
As an employee for VZW aka big red dealing with tech support and 4g lte, I can attest that the Razr is a s**tty phone. Yes the Rezound has a
S3 processor not the new S4, but in software and screen capability the Rezound defeats the Razr. Also the Razr's battery life outside the maxx is god awful along with motorola's well know software issues make it a phone i will never buy even if i am right next to a charger all night long.
19. Sprissy (Posts: 38; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
I have the HTC Rezound and it works flawlessly. Would take it over the RAZR or the Nexus anyday, and the camera is awesome so I am quite surprised that you made such a statement, they are all great phones, it's all a matter of preference.
23. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5426; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
your preference does not mean it's a better phone.
26. brikz4real (Posts: 172; Member since: 24 Dec 2008)
Hmmm. Where should I start? How about boot time? From the time you hit the button to power it on, to the time you actually SEE the main screen, the Rezound boots in an astounding 11 SECONDS. Try it yourself. No other phone can say that. I will take Sense UI over Blur ANY day. It has a dual core processor that actually ACTS like it's dual core. The camera is superior on BOTH ends (it's the only one between itself, the Nexus, and Razr that has a 2 MP front shooter ). Motorola just can't seem to get the "noise" out of their shots for some reason. If you battery goes bad in your Razr, you're screwed; get another phone. Plus, when you have just a little archived texts, Moto phones need to have their keyboard cache "flushed" (just ask any knowledgeable sales rep who has constantly troubleshooted them). As for the Nexus, they still are having issues dropping and/or muting calls while in 4G coverage. Did I also mention that HTC allows you to "back up" your text messages to a file as well? (They are the first Verizon Android phone to have that feature). Moto is a sinking ship dude. And unless the Galaxy Note comes to VZW, Samsung doesn't have much to brag about either. One last thing: Do you really think the Average Joe cares about S3 vs OMAP processing? Really?
27. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5426; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
boot time is irrelevant, i mean really? i bet you've had many chances to count how many seconds it takes to boot up because it dies so much. my Razr doesn't die therefore i never boot it up. " It has a dual core processor that actually ACTS like it's dual core." ...WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT!? LOL! so ridiculous...if anything it's less "like" a dual-core because the S3 is asynchronous. xD the camera can certainly go to the Rezound but it's not a good enough trade-off versus the amount of power you give up in return and the camera on the Razr is really fine, something you have to remember is it defaults to 6MP because it comes out of the box with the widescreen setting on, change it and it makes a world of difference. with a warranty it's just a minor inconvenience and the trade-off for that is the Razr is a whopping 3mm thinner than the Rezound or you could go the way of the MAXX and have an 80-90% larger battery, your choice. i don't know what you're talking about when you say "flushing" the keyboard, i've had a total of...5 Motorola Android phones and my dad has had one more that i didn't have and none of them have ever had a problem with the keyboard or messaging in general in fact Motorola has one of the better messaging set-ups i've seen. i definitely prefer their multitouch keyboard over what's loaded on Sense devices. who cares about backing up texts. there's simple ways to save text messages that don't require some elaborate saving feature. Motorola is definitely NOT a sinking ship, in fact it's HTC that's been doing poorly lately. Samsung has plenty to brag about. they've been the Nexus manufacturer for the past two years straight and they've developed impressive displays and processors and have had very successful devices. they should. knowing the differences is quite helpful.
28. brikz4real (Posts: 172; Member since: 24 Dec 2008)
First of all, you say "boot time" is irrelevant? Anyone who has migrated from Blackberry or WinMo can tell how CRUCIAL this is;and I am such a person. Yeah, I can turn on the Razr, brush my teeth, do some chores, etc., before it's ready for use. Secondly, you ask "what am I talking about saying it actually acts like a dual core"? Am I speaking another language or is that the best you can reply? The phone is FAST....REAL FAST. No freezing, movies play without a hitch, screen transistions are flawless. Third, I could care less how "super model" thin the Razr is if it's saddled with issues right out of the box. Keep in mind that I have to test these devices before they go public. The Rezound blew away anything Moto had to offer in side by side tests. Their batteries are just about the same in reality, and that really depends a lot on what you're doing with the phone. But at least with the Rezound, I can fix that issue with an Extended Battery. The Razr? Try simply getting the Razr Maxx instead. Fourth, of course you don't know what I mean about "flushing" the keyboard. Just ask any heavy texter what I mean when they text with their Motorola Droid phones. The keyboard gets erratic, and the phone slows to a crawl if you don't "dump" the keyboard cache (Settings, Applications, Manage Applications, MultiTouch Keyboard, Clear Data). Again, I'm on the frontline with this, so I know what I'm talking about. Moto has only ONE thing over HTC, but since nobody I know ever uses SWYPE, that ONE thing isn't worth mentioning. And please........PLEASE ....don't get me started Samsung; obviously you are not interested in making phone calls (hint). I know you're in love with your precious Motorola products, but if you put lipstick on a pig, guess what ....... it's still a freakin' PIG.
29. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5426; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i went from feature phone to Android so i guess i can't but i don't see how it's crucial NOW. sure i could've gotten into this long spiel about how the Rezound is not as fast as the Razr or the Nexus but what you said was so funny and ridiculous i just had to laugh at you. if you think the Rezound is fast you're easily impressed. the Razr and the Nexus is noticeably faster and comparisons can vouch for me. just what issues are you talking about? it doesn't matter if the batteries are the same, the Rezound has many more factors on battery life that makes it worse than that on the Razr, the higher clocked 1.5GHz S3 and the 720p LCD display for example. yeah, i agree that a non-removable battery is a con but i like the thinness too and the Razr makes it through the day. if i decide i need more battery life i'll just get the MAXX as a warranty exchange for my Razr. i know somebody that did it with the Nexus so i can do it too. dude, i'm 19 and a sexy beast i know something about heavy texting. xD that may happen to phones with less than say 512MB of RAM but NEVER to any of the new high-end devices. ONE thing? Motorola has the best radios in the business. you would be a fool to refute that. they have the best call quality and they can hold onto a signal to save your life and don't even get me started on build quality. i've submerged my Razr underwater and nothing happened to it because of it's water resistant nano coating. there's definitely a lot Samsung can do better but there's also a lot that they're doing right, enough so to out-weigh the bad things most people would say. only a fool would see Motorola as a pig, especially while comparing the Razr and the Rezound. you had the worst chance there.
36. PAPINYC (Posts: 1834; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
OMG ROTFLOL, that was funny.
I bet he does have to reboot ten times a day and that's why he's calculated an average boot-time.
You're right, I never have to reboot my RAZR™; it just keeps going, and going, and going … (like the Energizer™ Bunny)
31. Sprissy (Posts: 38; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
I didn't say it was a better phone, I said it was a matter of preference....that doesn't mean the Nexus or Razr are better either...all have similar specs.
32. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5426; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
just explaining the statement to you.
35. cripton805 (Posts: 745; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Here's the part you don't understand.
Razr's Blur doesn't even try to give you any eye candy that's why it's faster and the screen isn't even true HD, so less lag there.
The Rezound has to give that extra push to give you the best experience at the expense of VERY minimal lag.
So, you have to ask yourself, Is looking at Moto's CRAPPY Blur worth giving up HTC's eye candy?
This is from a Razr owner and I'm not scared to admit that the stock OS is so crappy. The animations are so basic IT SHOULD be running slightly faster.
37. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5426; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i don't like Sense. i wouldn't want it on my Razr if i could have it. Sense is so bloaty and it's so congested. i also don't like lag...at all. so i understand perfectly.
20. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)
Thank you to all apple fanboys ... because of you guys.. We are getting grt deals like these.. LG nitro(720p , LTE) is selling for just $50 on best buy, galaxy s2, HTC vivid are selling for FREE FREE on amazon wireless... also they are selling without contract for 400, 350 only.. WOW.. IPHONE 4 is selling for $100... and fanboys will buy it.. and they are happy with fake 4g logo on iphone 4s... wow..
3. gpandaajf (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)
I got mine a month ago from Wirefly.... Should have waited T_T
4. Jamus (Posts: 30; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)
I wonder if they are clearing stock & maximizing profits before a new HTC phone arrives "soon" >.<
5. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
With the ICS build leak this would definitely make my heart flutter on a great deal but I enjoy pocketing my Droid X into my pants pocket without hassle. This is just too thick.
6. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Yeah... a new HTC is coming later this month. Most likely the Inc.4 G. But still have no clue if it's a One S variant or One X.
11. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5426; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
not a bad deal especially considering that you're getting an expensive pair of headphones with it as well. o:
12. cripton805 (Posts: 745; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
This is an awesome price. Id be pretty pist if I had bought it tho at launch. $250 less in 4 months is a joke.
14. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 817; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
This only means 1 thing: HTC ONE "?" comming soon!
16. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5426; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
no, the Droid Incredible 4G which will be SIMILAR to the ONE series but obviously won't actually be apart of it.
18. cripton805 (Posts: 745; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
I doubt it. The price didn't really drop to that anywhere else except the website. It's one of their PROMOs. Like when the Razr dropped to .01 on Amazon for a period of time. I just checked it out and the offer ends on 4/9.
25. robinakilt (Posts: 8; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
This just pisses me off that I paid $299 for a phone a few months ago that is now worthless! That is the last time I buy any phone when it comes out on the market! I understand price drops but this is bulls**t to me but not the person buying it for $49! Sorry for the language but I needed to really express my frustration.
30. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
This is a very good deal of you are a Fandroid
33. JunitoNH (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Now if could get the iPhone 4S to say, aforementioned price, and get double the data as with 4G devices, we have a deal.
34. JunitoNH (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
According to Verizon's reviews pages, many are experiencing problems with call clarity and signal strength/sustaining. Albeit, the lower price of phone. What are you experiences with the device? if any
39. DjRealskillz (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
I've had my rezound since it was release. The only major issue I had was the hotspot would not stay connected. But ever since I've installed the leaked ics rc rom, I've had no issues what so ever with anything including the hotspot. Battery life is better but I keep my background processing off anyway so I never has a problem with that in the first place.
Any lag that was present has been fixed, and for those who don't know, having live wallpapers and the amount of widgets you keep on your homepages creates the lag people have such a problem with.
Other phones don't have to deal with that problem due to the face they're UI isn't as robust as Sense. I admit Sense 3.5 was a bit to much. But with Sense 3.6 it is significantly toned down, so much so, I consider it to be a pro towards the phone and not a con anymore.
To me this phone is now a razor and nexus in one. You can't go wrong with it. And once ics comes for you who are scared to take a chance with an unofficial rom, you'll be able to keep this phone well into 2013.
I've used all of the phones released late last year: ip4s, razor, gnex and I still came back to the resound. My preference is a mix between user friendly, specs, and overall ability.
This is one powerful phone. And when the update finally comes out it will fix all the issues everyone has even thought about complaining about.
Honest review from an honest person.