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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33. Owlet (Posts: 444; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
Then you need to change the number here as well:
How can I get a thumb down if the number WAS 8 at that point??
58. terabyteRouser (Posts: 359; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Dude go compile your Android 4.0 source code. I hear it takes a super computer to do that!
83. firelightx (Posts: 71; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
I don't usually play the "bias!" card (in fact I usually roll my eyes at people who do) but for once, I agree with this one, and would like an answer to the question, myself.
I've played with the Rezound in person, and while recently holding the RAZR in my hand definitely forced me to think about the uncanny thickness of HTC's new toy... I have to say, once I put the phone in my hand, I found it to be ergonomically perfect. It rounded nicely into my hand, it wasn't so uncomfortably wide, and the back was the perfect texture.
Is it wildly different from HTC's others? Not really, no. But that's because HTC has just about mastered the shape that feels best in your hand. I could stand to see that gain some recognition.
22. Joshing4fun (Posts: 967; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Anyone else feel rather unimpressed with these superphones so far? Razr has awesome design and the rezound has an awesome screen but that's bout it for each of them. Hopefully the nexus will be able to pull through and really shine.
Biggest turn off bout the rezound though is how fat it is. Its the same thickness as the original Droid. Unacceptable.
25. Forsaken77 (Posts: 541; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
So this is basicly the same exact phone AT&T just released, the Vivid, but with good headphones included. I still don't see the appeal for the Nexus phone, I really don't. Without an SD slot, to me, that is a deal breaker right there, regardless of how good the phone is.
37. John.V (Posts: 88; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Almost, I'm just glad they didn't go with 3GP format for its 1080p video capture. Of course, the Rezound's display is significantly superior in the detail department, though, viewing angles are roughly the same.
60. terabyteRouser (Posts: 359; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Good additions. What about the depth/quality of the blacks on the Rezound? That was something I thought the RAZR shined in as opposed to the Rezound? You've had more hands-on time, so I trust your judgment.
35. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 373; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)
Htc incredible is my current phone, HTC has felled me upgrade is dew and nexus prime here I come
39. Owlet (Posts: 444; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
Hope it will have a better spell check for you than what you're using now.
41. Dr.Phil (Posts: 790; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
This is what I don't like about PA reviews is that the SECOND a new OS is announced they put a negative next to every phone that comes out afterwards without it EVEN THOUGH they know it is unavailable to the manufacturers of these phones until about the 17th of this month. I mean come on, I can understand if ICS was already released but it isn't.
62. terabyteRouser (Posts: 359; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Manufacturers do not have the ICS until abouth the 17th, is that a true statement?
63. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5430; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
actually the source code launched today. (:
it was an early launch.
46. taz89 (Posts: 1772; Member since: 03 May 2011)
lol not running ICS out the box, how can you mark that down as a negative when ICS IS NOT EVEN OUT and everyone knows no phone will get ICS before the NEXUS so for you to mark t5he rezound for that is grasping at straws.
47. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
I disagree with ICS being a negative as I did with the RAZR.
48. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)
Lack of ICS out of the Box a con? Really? considering the new nexus isn't even stateside yet, I find it hard to complain about a phone not coming with it pre-installed yet. If this were mid January/February then yes it would be a con but to call it a flaw right now is a little ridiculous.
51. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5430; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i called everything in this review. the good news is this is HTC's finest and the bad news is...this is HTC's finest. as impressive as this phone is it's not quite enough to stand up with the Razr and the Nexus. i'd definitely recommend this to Girls and music enthusiasts though. Bob from Wirefly told me this phone will work with the notification charm. i don't know if it'll get it's own or if you can just plug in the one from the Rhyme but that's good news to Women that don't want something as weak as the Rhyme.
67. Owlet (Posts: 444; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
I disagree. I think that Razr doesn't have quite enough to stand up with the Rezound. I played with both. I can't talk about Nexus though. I vowed to wait for all 3 to be out before I make a choice. Well, I pulled a plug today. Hope to have the Rezound in my paws tomorrow. :D
68. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5430; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
the Razr is more powerful, it has much better build quality, it's extremely thin, it'll no doubt have better battery life, the display is something of a trade off, the Razr has the lighter and (IMO) better interface and it'll get updated to ICS way before the Rezound i'm sure.
74. DaemonOfChaos (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)
Where are you getting that rationale?
The Rezound has the RAZR beat in every technical aspect except for thinness. There is no way you can possibly claim the RAZR is more powerful, especially when the RAZR is running at 1.2GHz while the Rezound is running at 1.5GHz.
75. Owlet (Posts: 444; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
Thank you! I think many people just got overly excited over the waistline of the Razr. I actually thought it felt a little disproportionate being that thin and at the same time that wide and light.
77. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I've been looking forward to the Rezound, and I happen to like its design better than the Razr, but you're off base on the spec comparison. The S3 Snapdragon is well-documented as being slower than the OMAP 4. So even though the clock speed of the Rezound is 1.5 Ghz, the Razr's (and Nexus') 1.2 Ghz performs better. They have to run the S3 that fast just to keep up.
79. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5430; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
the clock frequency doesn't matter, it's the quality of the processor that makes all the difference. the Rezound uses a Qualcomm S3 which is like the Wal-Brand of dual-core SoC whereas the Razr uses a Texas Instruments OMAP4 which comes second only to the Exynos processor used in most Galaxy S IIs. even at 1.5GHz the S3 can hardly even keep up with the 1GHz OMAP4 in my Droid 3.
89. nat171971 (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
wishful thinking go try the rezound and then make that statement. Not to mention the difference in carriers
90. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5430; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
what? xD i\'m sure it feels very fast but i assure you it\'s not going to perform as smoothly as either of the phones i mentioned and besides navigating the platform is only one part of the equation.
99. asrr62 (Posts: 31; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)
i would like to agree with you but im not so sure, i think the best is the tegra processors and then i have no idea. my kindle fire has a omap and that thing is unimpressive compared to my droid x2. but i have no idea about the qualcomm processors.
69. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)
I must say that this 720p screen was not that big a deal, it looked like a regular old LCD screen or something. Really, high res screen resolution is cool and all, but that's honestly one of the last things on my mind if I'm looking to get a new device.
71. Demietrich (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
Why does it seem like the 60 fps recording isn't getting any sort of attention?
I don't know about everyone else but when the LG Dare featured that I about exploded from excitement of all the fun things I could record and play back half speed.
All I've seen is two videos on Youtube (One of which is PA's), and a brief mentioning on another site.
76. Owlet (Posts: 444; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
This phone just doesn't get any credit here.
78. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
It's "too little, too late". If Verizon had released the Rezound over the summer, it would have had everything else in their lineup beat, hands down. Best screen, fastest processor, most memory, most user-friendly UI. Now its only clear advantage is the screen. Up against the Razr and Nexus, the Rezound is just another high-end phone. Each has its merits, but it's not a clear winner. It will be up to the buyer which one is best... and that's what I like to see.
87. Gcombs (Posts: 129; Member since: 22 Aug 2011)
No Androids out with ICS yet so that shouldn't be a con. Base the review on the current Os.
88. nat171971 (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
I compared both phones, the screen is not just a little bit better but incredibly better. The audio is much better and the sense UI is much better as well. The processor on the phones that i tried the MOTO phone with an active wallpaper glitched while the rezound was smooth. Overall if you actually compare them real world the rezound is much better accept that it is thicker. If you want thin at the expense of the other things related then you will want the razr. I think the reviewers are to impressed by thin. Watch a music video with the beats head phones on the rezound and then tell me what you think.
91. macpilot (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)
Can someone explain to me why the phone needs a \"SIM\" card if it not a GSM capable phone? I am confused here. There are no GSM specs listed for this phone. There is a photo in this review showing what to me looks like a SIM card, but it says \"LTE\" on it. Does this mean that LTE/4G functionality could be swapped with a GSM SIM card?
I am looking for a possible alternative to the iPhone 4S but I need a GSM capable phone with Verizon and their current offerings are junk IMO. I would love a RAZR if it had ICS and was GSM capable. Why can\'t anyone come out with an Android phone that has great specs AND is a world phone?
92. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5430; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
yeah 4G LTE is activated by a SIM card and no you can't use a GSM SIM card in it's place. if you want a powerful Android world device the Droid 3 is the best hands down.
93. macpilot (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)
Thanks for the clarification KingK. I am not into the hardware keyboard devices so much or I would go for that Droid 3. Maybe next year there will be a good ICS device on Verizon with GSM roaming.
94. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5430; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
cool. whatever floats your boat guy. glad to help. (:
95. redmd (Posts: 761; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
john velasco, it's not supposed to run ics out of the box. you have the galaxy nexus for that. would you count that as a con on every other new Android handset that doesn't run ics by default?
a number of authors should contribute in making reviews.
97. markreif (Posts: 7; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
I had this phone for 5 days. I sent it back yesterday. Having had HTC's (rooted of course) in the past (TP2 and an Imagio under WM6.5) I guess I expected more. The level of bloatware in this device and coming from my current rooted DroidX proved to be unbearable. I'm going with the Galaxy Nexus (assuming it can be unlocked).....
Also - I found LTE to be overrated -IF your primary use is tethering a laptop for email and an occasional PDF download.
I did play around with the temp root options that are out there but again compared to a rooted Droid X running a Liberty 2.0 ROM and overclocked to 1.2ghz ... even the dual 1.5 parameter - I consider - OVERATED.
Lastly - the screen resolution -yes better than the I-phone. But my wife who has an Iphone 4 - trust me - still looks better. It's one thing to have the hardware. It's another to have the software ready to roll that can take advantage of those specs....
102. mstee28r (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Aug 2012)
i love this phone more than any phone and other but went back to the rezound and love htc phones the phone dont feel or look so cheap and htc has the best camera i think
103. jdnlgor (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)
I give it a 1/10. I've had 4- yes, count them 4- Rezounds since 12/26/11. First one could only do 1G even tho it is a 4G phone. Verizon "played" with it for a while- i.e 2 hrs in the store while they tried everything. Got a new Rezound only 2 weeks after the 1st. The 2nd worked pretty good except for Yahoo Mail for 6 months, Only had to take it in for a factory reset because of deisplay problems once. then it DIED! Dead! No resurection possible. It worked fine 1 moment, dead the next. No dropping, no getting wet, nothing. So Verizon sent me a "factory reconditioned. That one worked well for almost a month, then started having problems supposedly with the display. The display was a problem- there wasn't one! The phone would ring but I couldn't answer, it would vibrate for a notification, but since I couldn't see anything, who knows what it was. Back to Verizon store, factory resets again. On the 4th visit in 2 months, I'd had it so the next time, they sent me a replacement- another factory reconditioned. It worked fine for a week. Then the same problem. We were out of town for the weekend & the screen would come on, then immediately go off. Couldn't do a thing. Called Verizon & after about 60 min on the phone (my hubby's ancient flip phone), the tech had me hold the volume rocked down while holding the power switch for 10 seconds. The 3rd time, that worked. Next day, same thing happened so I did it again & the phone worked for 2 days. Got home & it did it again. Worked for 1 day. Next day---again- off to Verizon AGAIN. They tried everything, nothing so they agreed to replace it. After 45 min on the phone @ the Verizon store (mostly on hold) they said they'd send a Pantech Maurauder- as we were finalizing that- the Rzound came back on. Still replacing it. Just hope the Maurader works. Looks like it doesn't have some of the features I paid for with the Rezound, but we'll see.