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.

Honestly, this is probably the fastest and most responsive HTC Android smartphone we’ve had the opportunity of checking it out. In fact, we can sense just that, as it’s able to track tightly the movement of our finer as we move through its homescreen – though, its rate is swimmingly quick with a static wallpaper. However, things drop down the moment when we activate a graphically intensive live wallpaper, which is strange considering it’s packing an 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.


Whether you classify yourself to have small or large fingers, it isn’t going to matter with the HTC Rezound since it’s efficiently keen on offering that charismatic messaging experience we’re all too accustomed of experiencing with today’s high-caliber devices. On top of its wickedly tight response, which enables us to swiftly compose lengthy messages, 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.



1. sportsinger75

Posts: 71; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

Seems like a fair review to me. Thanks.

2. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 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.

80. cupcake

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

it got an 8.5

3. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

7. AndroidNext

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 05, 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.

12. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

53. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

73. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

96. whiteninjazx6r

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 22, 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...

27. Snapdude

Posts: 128; Member since: Aug 27, 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

100. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

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

85. CJx70

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 16, 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.

4. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

The HTC Vigor was such a cooler name...

19. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

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

5. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 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.

6. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

10. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 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.

84. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

8. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Can anyone explain me (beware\'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?

9. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 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.

66. alx33

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 07, 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 :)

72. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

some fanboy I guess:) Thanks for answer

81. firelightx

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 13, 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?

82. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

11. rainsft

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 14, 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?

13. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 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).

29. beatsandmelody

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

Wrong thread

31. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

34. AdamW33

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 25, 2011

I just got my Rezound and it does have a multicolored notification light right near the front facing camera.

36. John.V

Posts: 99; Member since: May 27, 2011

Yup, there's one that lights up green next to the front-facing camera. Hope that helps.
  • Display 4.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1620 mAh(6.73h talk time)

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