HTC Rezound ReviewHTC Rezound 8.5
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.
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
HTC Rezound Video Review:
- Detailed 4.3” 720p display with 341 ppi
- Great bundled headphones
- Great calling quality
- 4G LTE connectivity
- It is thick and heavy
- Not running Android 4.0 ICS out of the box
- Camera and camcorder are not top-notch
HTC Rezound Review - Performance and Conclusion