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HTC Rezound Review

HTC Rezound 8.5

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HTC Rezound Review
Nearly superb in the calling quality department, it’s very usable on our end of the line thanks to the loud and prominent volume its earpiece is able to produce – plus, voices have a distinctive tone with no distortion. Our callers are treated to a similar experience as they’re presented with robust sounding voices. As much as we appreciate the loud tones emitted by the handset’s speakerphone, it suffers from a little bit of crackling at the loudest volume setting.

Similar to what we’ve seen with other 4G LTE smartphones, the HTC Rezound is sometimes unable to retain a solid 4G LTE network indoors – but it doesn’t seem affected outdoors.  It didn’t drop any phone calls during our testing in the greater Philadelphia region.

Diving into it ahead of time, we weren’t all that confident in the battery life department considering that its 1,620 mAh battery has to deal with a device packing a 720p display and dual-core processor. Rightfully so, our assertions are confirmed as we’re able to get around 10 hours of juice on normal usage with a single charge. That’s not particularly going to jive well for power users, seeing that they’ll constantly find themselves charging it as much as possible, but it won’t even get us a day’s worth of usage. In combating its less than ideal battery life, you can always set the device to connect via 3G only as opposed to the battery zapping connections of 4G LTE speeds.


Conclusion:

After seeing the Motorola DROID RAZR, it’s really hard to fall in love with the HTC Rezound’s design. We are fine with it not being the slimmest out there, but it is rather strange that it is one of the thickest. 

Taking into account that it’s priced at the highest end of the ladder at $299.99 with a 2-year contract, it’s undoubtedly on the pricey side on any budget. The DROID RAZR fights for it with design, while the HTC Rezound does it with specs. Obviously, its 720p display is remarkably detailed enough to exhibit plenty of sharp visuals to wholeheartedly capture the title of being the most detailed display on the market. Needless to say, we love its detailed production, but wish it was better with outdoors visibility. Furthermore, it has the prestigious title of being the first smartphone in the US to offer Beats Audio support, but as we've said before, it is rather just a great pair of bundled headphones. However, save for the display, it is nothing out of the ordinary - compare it to the DROID BIONIC, and you'll not find other big advantages for the Rezound. In addition, the soon to come Samsung GALAXY Nexus will also offer a high-res 720p display, however it will be a huge 4.65” Super AMOLED one, packed in a slim body. It will also be the first one to be running on the latest Android 4.0 straight out of the box, instead of waiting for an update. However, the HTC Rezound simply lacks the crucial element of having that initial visual appeal that makes the Motorola DROID RAZR so breathtaking at the $300 price point. Looking over its specs sheet, there are obviously a few standouts that make it unique, but they’re simply not profound enough to entice us.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android Version:  2.3.4
Sense Version: 3.5
Software Version: 1.02.605.6


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Pros

  • Detailed 4.3” 720p display with 341 ppi
  • Great bundled headphones
  • Great calling quality
  • 4G LTE connectivity

Cons

  • It is thick and heavy
  • Not running Android 4.0 ICS out of the box
  • Camera and camcorder are not top-notch
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posted on 14 Nov 2011, 09:36 4

1. sportsinger75 (Posts: 71; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


Seems like a fair review to me. Thanks.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 09:41 7

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.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 17:05 1

80. cupcake (Posts: 106; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)


it got an 8.5

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 09:47 3

3. roldefol (Posts: 4327; 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.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 10:30

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.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 11:17 5

12. roldefol (Posts: 4327; 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.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 19:11 1

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.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 07:16 1

73. roldefol (Posts: 4327; 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.

posted on 26 Nov 2011, 21:46

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...

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 13:01 2

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

posted on 02 Apr 2012, 15:21

100. Birds (Posts: 1164; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


you are wrong. HTC failed to optimize the Software with the CPU with this phone!!!!!!!

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 18:35 3

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.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 10:06 7

4. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


The HTC Vigor was such a cooler name...

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 12:07 3

19. Owlet (Posts: 450; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


You are not gonna call it, are you? ;)

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 10:10 8

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.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 10:27 3

6. roldefol (Posts: 4327; 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.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 11:10 2

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.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 09:15 3

84. roldefol (Posts: 4327; 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.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 11:01 4

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?

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 11:08 2

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.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 21:05 3

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 :)

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 05:30 1

72. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


some fanboy I guess:)
Thanks for answer

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 23:23

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?

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 23:34 1

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.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 11:15 4

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?

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 11:23 1

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).

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 13:08

29. beatsandmelody (Posts: 109; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


Wrong thread

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 13:11 4

31. McLTE (Posts: 874; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Agreed!

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.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 13:30 4

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.

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 13:38 4

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.

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HTC Rezound

HTC Rezound

OS: Android 4.0 2.3.4
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Display4.3 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (342 ppi) S-LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
1 GB RAM
Size5.08 x 2.58 x 0.54 inches
(129 x 65.5 x 13.65 mm)
6.00 oz  (170 g)
Battery1620 mAh, 6.73 hours talk time

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