HTC Rezound Review

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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101 Comments

33. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

Then you need to change the number here as well: http://www.phonearena.com/phones/carriers/Verizon How can I get a thumb down if the number WAS 8 at that point??

58. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Dude go compile your Android 4.0 source code. I hear it takes a super computer to do that!

70. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

Excuse me?

83. firelightx

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 13, 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: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 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: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 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: 99; Member since: May 27, 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: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

26. nastynaps

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

And I'm back in the Nexus camp.

35. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Htc incredible is my current phone, HTC has felled me upgrade is dew and nexus prime here I come

39. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

Hope it will have a better spell check for you than what you're using now.

41. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 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: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Manufacturers do not have the ICS until abouth the 17th, is that a true statement?

63. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

actually the source code launched today. (: it was an early launch.

46. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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: Aug 15, 2011

Good review. I disagree with ICS being a negative as I did with the RAZR. Benchmarks?

48. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 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: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 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: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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 unregistered

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: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 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: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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: Nov 17, 2011

wishful thinking go try the rezound and then make that statement. Not to mention the difference in carriers

90. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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: 56; Member since: Sep 14, 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: Dec 16, 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: Nov 09, 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: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

This phone just doesn't get any credit here.
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