HTC Rezound Review
0. phoneArena 14 Nov 2011, 09:27 posted on
HTC has been one of the more profound vigilant figures in the mobile industry that always has a knack in producing quality smartphones. When it comes to the Android landscape, they were there right from the beginning showing their commitment in tastefully complementing Google’s mobile platform with something as equally compelling on the hardware side. With memorable devices like the T-Mobile G1, Nexus One, and HTC EVO 4G under its belt, all eyes are on them to see what they can do to continue that trend in the face of never-ending competition.
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1. sportsinger75 (Posts: 71; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)
Seems like a fair review to me. Thanks.
2. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; Member since: 24 May 2011)
Finally a phone setting a new benchmark in ppi and beating the previous champ the i-phone 4s. Screen is highly detailed. Wish it was a super amoled plus instead of slcd. That would have made it a winner for sure. But considering all the features dont you think it deserved slightly more than 8? But fair review overall.
3. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Well, this review (paired with CNET's) clinches it - I'm waiting for the Nexus. Too heavy, too thick, too small battery and just as capable of lag as everyone here expected.
7. AndroidNext (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Agreed. It would be great to see the Rezound / Nexus / Razr next to each other IRL to make the final call. Of course, that won\'t be an indication of battery life, but I think we can assume the rezound is the weakest of the three there.
12. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I'm most curious about the screen comparison. I'm a fan of AMOLED, but what I've seen of HTC's S-LCD screens impressed me. HD SAMOLED or HD S-LCD... you can't lose.
53. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I checked out the screen today. The screen is definitely sharp. However, after glancing at the RAZRs screen, it looked better. Maybe it was that the brightness on the Rezound was set to medium, but I do recall prefering the RAZRs screen. The RAZR looks so much better as well. The Rezound felt outdated.
73. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I'm sure this depends on what you're used to. Once you're accustomed to the "pop" of colors on an AMOLED screen, it might be tough to go back to LCD, even when it's as crisp as the Rezound's.
96. whiteninjazx6r (Posts: 32; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
I agree here, side by side, the RAZR impresses me by far. I made sure to turn up the brightness on both devices side by side, and the RAZR wins for sure. And although the crispness is see-able on the Rezound, its only in tiny details that you may only notice when zoomed all the way out on something...but overall, the RAZRs screen is perfect for me. Better out there, maybe, but packaged in the RAZRs amazing shell, no.
Hopefully the Nexus will step it up, although I sort of doubt it...Other than its software...I am not seeing this being the better phone either...
27. Snapdude (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)
htc will soon realize the qualcomm cpu's and gpu's will be their downfall in the superphone market. snapdragon chips and adreno gpu units simply cant compete anymore
100. Birds (Posts: 1154; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
you are wrong. HTC failed to optimize the Software with the CPU with this phone!!!!!!!
85. CJx70 (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
This phone is actually quite light. The thickness is so minor you will never notice the difference.
Weight and size are such minor things for a phone when it is increase my only a small amount to produce a better phone.
2 Days of ownership, still zero issues. Lasts much longer than my Thunderbolt, and performs extremely fast.
4. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
The HTC Vigor was such a cooler name...
5. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
I don't know why people so in to the thickness of a phone. Yes the Razr is thin but you don't have a removable battery. So take your pick.
6. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Something in between would be nice though, which is why the SGS2 and Nexus are so attractive. They may not have the same solid feel as the Rezound, but I'll take somewhat plasticky over somewhat heavy.
10. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
That is reasonable, I on the other hand like a solid feeling headset. I have the Nexus S and was not a fan of the size to weight of it. So I pick something else. As long as you enjoy your phone then there is nothing else that can change people mind.
84. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I held the phone last night alongside the Razr, and I take back my comments on the thickness. It's not the thickness that makes or breaks a phone, it's the overall dimensions. The Rezound actually felt more comfortable in my hands because of its narrower body and contoured back.
8. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Can anyone explain me (beware fanboys...it\'s a simple question and I don\'t wanna fight with anyone...I\'m just curious and I want to know why) why living wallpapares are so resources hungry? Even with dual core and 1 gig of ram, turning on wallpapers means goodbye fluid and smoothy operation?
In this case it\'s because 720p screen which needs more power or sense or what?
9. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
It has more to do with the skin of the OS. Sense take a lot of resource. The resolution has some to do with it too.
66. alx33 (Posts: 32; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
Well it has a lot to do with sense and how resource hungry it is. Also the the processor is probably having trouble keeping up with the high resolution. Also the clock speed and amount of cores doesn't totally affect the performance. for example samsung exynos processers are known for great performance at 1.2 GHZ while qualcomm snapdragons can lag at 1.5 GHZ. by the way i dont know why anyone would thumb you down. I mean it was just a simple question :)
72. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
some fanboy I guess:)
Thanks for answer
81. firelightx (Posts: 71; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
Personally, I would have attributed the sluggishness to the fact that Gingerbread doesn't have native hardware acceleration, and it wouldn't surprise me to find out that HTC didn't find a way t enable it, either.
That would have a major impact, as the Adreno chip would be doing absolutely nothing to help process the LWP.
But then there's the fact that the SGS2 handles it so nicely. Is the combination of sense+qualcomm really that bad comparitively, or has Samsung been hitting their phones up with Hardware Acceleration?
And if the lack of HWA is part of the problem, will ICS solve the issue when it finaly enables that chip to do what it's supposed to?
82. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Sense + Qualcomm is really that bad. xD
it'll be better after it gets ICS but everything else will still be better. ICS will just bring things to an all new magnitude.
11. rainsft (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)
Dear phone Arena: Could you please start mentioning in your reviews whether the reviewed phone has an external notification light on the display and whether it is multi-colored. Thank you. (This is very important to some of us!) Meanwhile, does the Rezound have such a warning light?
13. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
So...Sense is just a heavy cow.
So..HTC will never be so power efficient and fast as \"pure\" android or those phones from samsung with touch wiz (which is less power hungry).
31. McLTE (Posts: 806; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
With Samsung's habit of omitting the LED notification light, it's nice to know if it exists on the phone, and what the capabilities are.
34. AdamW33 (Posts: 39; Member since: 25 Aug 2011)
I just got my Rezound and it does have a multicolored notification light right near the front facing camera.
36. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Yup, there's one that lights up green next to the front-facing camera. Hope that helps.
86. CJx70 (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
I own this phone. There is one, similar to the Thunderbolt. Although in a slightly different area, not with the earpiece anymore, just below it.
14. biophone (Posts: 1923; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Um is it just me or does anyone unless feel that out of the rezound,razr, and bionic that they would take a bionic. Nexus before them all of course though.
30. beatsandmelody (Posts: 109; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
I haven't had a chance to get hands-on time with the bionic, but I have had time to play with the RAZR. IIRC, they are using the same camera, and in many other ways are similar. Most things being equal (price also being equal), I'd probably pick the RAZR. I mean, if everything's mostly the same, the sweet design and materials edge it out.
44. biophone (Posts: 1923; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Well the razr is good but an lte phone without a removable battery doesnt sound like a good idea. Then the rezound even though it does have a removable battery the life will be so bad its unusable. Then i dont like the camerea hump on the razr and the hump and non removable battery is not worth it for a sa screen better materials .2ghz faster and a little thinner
15. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
About rezound...this phone proves one thing. HTC evolution stopped.
RAZR has LTE module and is much more thinner.
For me , 12 mm is not a big deal, but taking into consideration that this thing has 4+ inch screen and is a little bit too heavy I\'d like to ask. Where is a progress?
16. DaemonOfChaos (unregistered)
It is sad that you list \"Not running Android 4.0 ICS out of the box\" when Google hasn\'t even released the source code for ICS. How can you possibly expect any manufacturer to release a phone running an OS that isn\'t even available?
I guess you just needed something to pad the Cons list. You should have added that it doesn\'t have a quad-core processor as well.
54. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
It will be a negative in approximately 1 week. ....soooo, what's your point.
17. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
if you ask me this is unfair score. ever since the iphone 4s released almost NO androids have recieved higher than an 8.5
45. biophone (Posts: 1923; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Razr got a 9. The ones that got a lower score deserved it.
49. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
The Razr also got a 9 on Cnet, making it their highest-rated phone ever. A select few Android phones are getting recognition as having surpassed the iPhone, but that doesn\'t mean all of them have.
50. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
sorry i was mistaken :/ well other than the razr but it still seems to be phonearena's standard is just about iphone always unless it some sort of jesus phone or something -_- the nexus better get higher than a 9
55. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Well, I think some of us should face it that the iPhone is not a bad phone. Now, I would never purchase an iPhone because I do not like the Apple ecosystem of products. Never have (well I take that back I used to like the gummy colored iMacs in 6th grade) but not anymore.
59. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
yeah i've never thought the iPhone was a bad phone myself, i still dub the iPhone 4/4S as one of the best feeling phones in my history of handling phones but i still think it's mostly inferior in terms of functionality.
18. Owlet (Posts: 450; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
The review doesn't sound so glorious, but when I saw the phone I thought it was. Thin Razr wasn't so exciting anymore, it faded. That's to me, of course.
PA, since when is it boring to stick to the same design? I remember one phone having the "exactly" same design as previous model, not so exciting 8mp camera, small screen with not so high resolution anymore, no LTE, not nearly as powerful, and on and on. But, it received a glorious review and a higher score from you.
I don't get it, what do you like in the phone?
20. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
thank you for proving my point. just in detail -_-
21. Ralston1983 (Posts: 70; Member since: 03 Feb 2011)
I must agree, This phone seems very good. I think I may actually go to the store and check it out, It's making me want to trade in my Bionic (hate the shutter lag & i'm a music person).
56. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Trade it in!!! I tested the camera on the Rezound today and it is outstanding! Especially in comparison to the Bionic's, coming from a former owner who decided to wait for the Nexus.
64. Ralston1983 (Posts: 70; Member since: 03 Feb 2011)
oh my Bionic is def going on ebay soon.
65. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
put it on Swappa.com. MUCH better play to sell Android devices. c:
23. THE_RAY (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
The Iphone4s got a 8.5 too. But I will agree, the write up for the Iphone was more positive.
28. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
The rating was 8.0 for a while, due to a technical mistake. It is 8.5/10.
32. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
still you rate every thing lower than the iphone.
38. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Has it occurred to you that they may be rating the iPhone just as highly as the best Android phones, not the other way around?
40. Owlet (Posts: 450; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
Nope. And it's very obvious to most people here.
43. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
The only thing obvious to me is that people refuse to accept that the iPhone is a good product. It doesn\'t deserve a bad review just because Android fans don\'t like it.
57. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
HTC's interface is underwhelming. Pretty nasty if you ask me.
61. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i think it's the opposite, it's much too overwhelming. i like more lighter interfaces myself like TW4 and Motorola's newer interface.