HTC Rezound Review
In order for it to maintain its spiffy 720p display, the Rezound requires some serious processing power to exhibit the class and eloquent nature that we tend to expect with today’s modern high-end smartphones. Thankfully for all of this, HTC finally brings a dual-core processor to the mix with its second 4G LTE smartphone – as opposed to the underwhelming single-core one with the ThunderBolt. Behind it all, there is a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 processor coupled with 1GB of DDR2 RAM, which is obviously a tasteful complementary offering.
Adreno 220 GPU. Gone is its smooth finesse, and instead, we notice some choppiness with its operation – albeit, it’s nothing detrimental. All in all, it’s a fast device that accomplishes just about any task without much exertion, but lacks the fluidity that we see on the Samsung Galaxy S II.
It could’ve been a first if it weren’t for the HTC Rhyme, but the Rezound is the second device on Verizon’s lineup to feature the most up-to-date Sense 3.5 experience running on top of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. Beyond the glamorous hardware, we don’t classify Sense as a skin running on top of Android, but rather, it’s an all-encompassing organic experience that continues to enthrall us with its remarkably deep level of personalization and usefulness. As a whole, this isn’t a dramatic change from what we’ve seen before already, but we continually see its willingness to strive in singlehandedly being the utmost best customized Android experience out there.
The Rezound runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread straight out of the box, but is expected to be updated to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwitch in “early 2012”.
Clicking on the “People” icon in the app drawer will bring up a list of all your contacts shown alphabetically and with their picture on the left side. This is populated by your Google, Facebook, Flickr and Twitter accounts, as well as being able to tie-in with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync accounts. When you click on a contact, it will then open up a new screen and show all their information, as well as 4 icons on the bottom for viewing their details, threads, updates, and gallery. This is all very useful, and we love the way that HTC Sense brings all this information together, yet makes it easy to use.
The calendar works very well, as it pulls information from all your accounts (Google, Facebook, Exchange, PC Sync) and aggregates them to the phone. This way, when you go to the calendar app (or desktop widget), all your events are shown in a day, week, or monthly view. You can also click on them to add reminders and alert tones.
the Sense keyboard’s layout is one of the most useful ones out there as it offers us access to tertiary characters directly from the main layout.
You can automatically setup your email for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, AOL, Yahoo!, Windows Live Hotmail, and GMail, as well as manually entering in your own POP3 and IMAP accounts. Once they are all set up, you can view your emails by account, or in a combined view that designates each account’s email with a different color bar on the left side. Naturally, you can also send and receive text and picture messages, as well as using the Mobile IM program to connect with Windows Live, Yahoo! and AIM buddy lists. Google Talk continues to use its own separate app.