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Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound

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Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
This is a short comparison review between the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC Rezound, both of which are available from Verizon Wireless. You can read our full in-depth review of the Samsung Galaxy S III here, and of the HTC Rezound here.

Introduction:

Even though the HTC Rezound had been on the scene since last November, it has until recently been one of Verizon’s top-tier smartphones alongside the Motorola DROID RAZR. This time around, we’re going to see how the HTC Rezound faces-off next to the new Samsung Galaxy S III, as both come with plenty of features and have the same $199 on-contract price tag for the 16GB version.


Design:

When looking at the Samsung Galaxy S III next to the HTC Rezound, their differences in style are quite evident. The Galaxy S III is more fashionable with its sleek and thin body, while the Rezound looks like it from 2 years ago – all black with just a few red accent point. Even though the Rezound isn’t as tall and wide as the Galaxy S III, it is quite thick at 0.54”, compared to only 0.30” thick on the Galaxy S III, and the Rezound is also 1.3 oz heavier. Some may like this extra thickness and weight, but to us, the Rezound feels more like holding a brick, while the Galaxy S III is lighter and more comfortable to carry around.

The Samsung Galaxy S III (left) and the HTC Rezound (right) - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
The Samsung Galaxy S III (left) and the HTC Rezound (right) - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound

The Samsung Galaxy S III (left) and the HTC Rezound (right)


The HTC Rezound comes with the standard 4 touch-sensitive buttons on the front of the phone, but they are illuminated in red. The Samsung Galaxy S III instead uses a physical Home button in the center, with two touch-sensitive buttons on either side. We like having this physical Home button since it can also wake up the phone, instead of having to use the power/lock button on the side.

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S III (left, bottom) and the HTC Rezound (right, top) - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S III (left, bottom) and the HTC Rezound (right, top) - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S III (left, bottom) and the HTC Rezound (right, top) - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S III (left, bottom) and the HTC Rezound (right, top) - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S III (left, bottom) and the HTC Rezound (right, top) - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S III (left, bottom) and the HTC Rezound (right, top) - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S III (left, bottom) and the HTC Rezound (right, top)


In order to access the microSD memory card slot, you must first remove the rear cover of both phones, but the Rezound takes it one step further and requires the removal of the battery as well, which means the phone has to be turned off.

The backs of the Samsung Galaxy S III (left) and the HTC Rezound (right) - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
Battery compartments - The backs of the Samsung Galaxy S III (left) and the HTC Rezound (right) - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
Rear cameras - The backs of the Samsung Galaxy S III (left) and the HTC Rezound (right) - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
 

Battery compartments

Rear cameras

The backs of the Samsung Galaxy S III (left) and the HTC Rezound (right)



Display:

This is where things start to get interesting. Both the HTC Rezound and Samsung Galaxy S III have an HD display with a resolution of 720x1280, but they are completely different. The S-LCD display on the Rezound is 4.3”, which yields a pixel density of 341 ppi, while the Galaxy S III has a larger 4.8” Super AMOLED display, but it has a lower pixel density of 306 ppi.

Because of this, fine text does look slightly sharper on the Rezound, but the Galaxy S III isn’t far behind. Still, the larger Super AMOLED screen on the Galaxy S III does have its benefits, such as producing highly saturated colors, better viewing angles, and is easier to view while in sunlight.

Viewing angles of the Samsung Galaxy S III (left) and the HTC Rezound (right) - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
Viewing angles of the Samsung Galaxy S III (left) and the HTC Rezound (right) - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
Viewing angles of the Samsung Galaxy S III (left) and the HTC Rezound (right) - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
Viewing angles of the Samsung Galaxy S III (left) and the HTC Rezound (right) - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
Viewing angles of the Samsung Galaxy S III (left) and the HTC Rezound (right) - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound
Viewing angles of the Samsung Galaxy S III (left) and the HTC Rezound (right) - Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC Rezound

Viewing angles of the Samsung Galaxy S III (left) and the HTC Rezound (right)



Samsung Galaxy S III 360-Degrees View:



HTC Rezound 360-Degrees View:



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posted on 18 Jul 2012, 09:17 3

1. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


really PA??!! smh

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 09:20 6

3. ajac09 (Posts: 1346; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


next they will go "iphone 4s vs galaxy s 1 "

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 14:47 9

9. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


In PA's defense....THEY ARE BOTH THE SAME PRICE. So yes I think it's fair to compare the two if they ARE THE SAME PRICE ON CONTRACT.

It clearly shows that Verizon needs to lower their price on the Rezound, like now.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 18:51

31. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I dont know....a comparison is a comparison, regardless.

Just the pics on the 1st page alone tell my story. I hate the Rezound screen. It really does look washed out next to an Amoled screen. Its too reflective and has bad viewing angles. Its like the brightness and contrast is cranked up too high.

Anytime I can see myself in it almost like a mirror vs my RAZR....its no good for outdoor viewing.

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 03:02

41. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


While I would not trade my Rezound for just about anything, I agree about outdoor viewing. There is a lot of reflecting (though I and everyone else loves seeing my face) and it is annoying. I could not use it on the way to my car ever. I think that the screen is great. It is much better than my Mom's Razr to watch movies on.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 09:19

2. ajac09 (Posts: 1346; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


such a miss match but I guess its putting the "old" vs the new. The rezond 2 aka the htc x one for Verizon should be out in a few months

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 18:47

11. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5540; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


at this point Verizon just needs an all new One variant. still plenty of letters in the Alphabet.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 10:36

4. pmgvsa5 (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


hallo. i want to say that you maybe make a mistake. In AN TU TU benchmark the score is from 10560-12156. Never less. I have the SGS 3 EU and i check it again. And in Quadrant from 5000-5590. I have before htc,nokia,sony ericsson. Sgs3 its realy in the top of the phone market!! i dont know what else you need from a phone today. bye.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 11:33 6

6. FAUguy (Posts: 77; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)


The US version is dual core, that is why the benchmarks are lower than the quad core EU model.

posted on 23 Jul 2012, 13:58

23. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Question on how PA works:
Do you guys share the phones for review, or do you do one phone per person? How does it work with you guys since there is no "office".

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 06:09 2

14. pmgvsa5 (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


ok thanks for the information.i did not see that its another model.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 10:55 5

5. Markizzle21 (Posts: 30; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


Dumbest comparison this is not even interesting

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 13:00 2

7. BiN4RY (Posts: 80; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


What a pointless comparison

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 13:02 5

8. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


the rezound has a more premium feel to it and scores in ergonomics too.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 15:01 1

10. rferrerca (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


As european reader of phonearena, It would be nice to show also units of weight, height, width and fatness in international units, as not all your readers are American... Thanks

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 08:25

36. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


isn't phonearena based in america. just because european people live in america, does it mean we have to convert to inte3rnational units whie you are here?

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 21:05

12. markreif (Posts: 7; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


What BS - anyone with any "Sense" at all would take the Rez - S-OFF it and load something like NeWts zOnE XxX RLS 3.2.1 BLUE ROM before lining it up against Samsungs latest and greatest. I'd venture to guess that the conclusion would in fact be significantly different. And for what it's worth - you couldn't pay me to switch my as is described Rezound for the GSIII....

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 08:49 3

15. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Regardless of what you think
The average consumer will probably not be able load a custom ROM
Remember Phone arena is aimed for average consumers a and iPhone fanboys
Not hardcore android modders

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 18:56

32. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Even tho I have a Droid 1 that I put a load of ROMs on, I had a G nex....

I have yet to even root me Rezound. I had it since Jan this year.

A phone with a custom ROM vs a stock phone is never a good or fair comparison. Like the post above me says....these comparisons are and should be meant for the general public.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 00:31 4

13. mas11 (Posts: 1026; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


I'm really looking forward to the SGSIII vs. the RAZR HD comparison. That should be quite the epic battle.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 08:50

16. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


[[Hey guys, I think the Rezound is better!]]
What's the point?
If you look at it, the SGS3 is really the only phone to get on VZW. If you say it's not comparable to the Rezound or the Razr ["and no where close to the iPhone"], what phone is to compare?
For people buying phones, this is actually a good comparison.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 11:42

17. preet27in (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


what??? r u serious? this aint any comparison. old phone with old hardware vs a whole new breed.? sammy fades in front of one x. compare that.... lcd ips is better in nyways. some idiot sammy fanboy might have posted this comparison. grow up!!!1

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 18:58

33. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


It does show a con for the Rezound screen tho. It really does look washed out like that next to an Amoled screen in certain situations.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 09:33 1

18. shaxar (Posts: 7; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


If sound quality is what you want out of a phone (in addition to what was compared here), I don't see how both phones being @ the $199 price point, yet one coming with $100 ear buds in the box... how is that not automatically the better deal? Guess it just depends on what you're looking for in a phone...

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 13:40 2

19. bambamboogy02 (Posts: 16; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


I have a rezound, and was thinking about what the differnces actually are between the two. I had a chance to play with the SG3 and i still like my rezound a little better since I do read on my phone a lot. The smaller print looks better on the Rezound. There are people who own the OLDER phones, and would like to know what the differnces happen to be with the NEWER models. Even if you think phonearena is dumb for comparing these, I have a question for you:

Why did you take time out of your day to comment on how stupid this article is?

Quit being cry babys because you personally think something is stupid. All comparisons give good info to everyone about old and new phones. So take it for informative material and give it a rest.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 20:33 2

20. cakell09 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Jul 2012)


My girlfriend has had the Rezound since it came out, and it's a really solid (literally and figuratively) phone. Yeah it's heavy and as PA mentioned, the weight isn't for everyone. It's not perfect, and I'm hoping to see some fixes with 4.0 (and 4.1 which is sure to come soon after, or at least in 2043). I've used the S3 quite a bit, and while I do like the feel of it, and the screen is EXTREMELY vibrant, they've been having quite a bit of issues with the paint chipping and cracking. This isn't too big of a concern for me because I'm more interested in function than fashion, but both phones are very nice. Yes, the S3 will win in a lot of benchmarks, it's a good phone. It also comes 4.0 out of the box. I'm one of the few people who still like sense nowadays apparently, so I still prefer the Rezound. But... Samsung makes one helluva phone.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 21:49 1

21. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5540; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


you'd probably be more interested in the Incredible 4G LTE then since it uses the same S4 processor that the SIII has sans a few MHz and Sense 4.0 which naturally comes with ICS.

i personally don't mind the weight myself. it makes the phone feel more premium, sturdy & substantial to me.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 22:37

22. joey18 (Posts: 503; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


Two weeks we the phone drop easy wifi and 4g always on 3g i hate svoice dont know anythin in spanish only 6 thins i wan to root to jelly bean my question is when jelly bean update is coming

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 01:19

24. ricky0702 (Posts: 11; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


Fantastic phone. Received my white 16GB pre-order yesterday, and have been having fun with it ever since. I'm impressed with the battery life considering it's using the battery-hogging 4G LTE signal. Speaking of which, I am coming from a 3G phone and I have to say that 4G is a godsend; I live in Riverside County, CA and get great 4G signal -- this thing loads web pages just as fast as a high quality WiFi connection. The display is beautiful and is usable in direct sunlight.
http://www.careace.net/2012/06/07/a-review-ofhtcs-ridiculously-biased-comparison-of-the-one-x-and-galaxy-s-iii/

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 16:40

25. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


This is a useless comparison. The Galaxy S3 PIMP SLAPS THIS RAZR MAX and the other useless HTC REZOUND...

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 18:59

34. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Wasnt you a Sprint/EVO fanboy a few months ago?

Make up your mind....

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 16:16

39. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


You are years off the mark my friend. Been there done that with all the carriers these last 3years. Yes I had the EVO 4G, EVO 3D, Lg Revolution, Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, Galaxy Nexus, and now Galaxy S3 on tmobile. I kicked VERIZON to the curb for it's crappy dBm/asu as well as it's poor reception/signal strength. Tmobile BITCH SLAPS Verizon all day long..

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 15:27 1

29. cangie (Posts: 14; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


hmmm... no questions about it... S3 wins hands down

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 17:08

30. yooyoojohn (Posts: 4; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


Isn't the SIII much better than the HTC Rezound. I don't even think the rezound was a flagship phone.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 19:01 1

35. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


It was flagship at the time for HTC on Verizon. The G Nex and RAZR/ Maxx were too.

Some would argue that it is still flagship for HTC on Verizon vs the Incredible 4G. I actually think the Inc 4G might be better tho.

posted on 13 Aug 2012, 05:03

42. Jonathan41 (Posts: 526; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


What is with that clock widget Samsung? Why haven't they re-designed it yet?.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 15:09

43. merman1983 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


I thought this seemed crazy, but with the Rezound at $75 vs $199 it's food for thought. (I still kick myself that I didn't jump when the Rezound was $25 for a week or so).

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