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Verizon Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound

0. phoneArena posted on 29 Dec 2011, 03:32

We’re pitting the venerable Verizon Galaxy Nexus against the Beats Audio enabled HTC Rezound to find out exactly how these two polished Android smartphones stack up against one another. Featuring very similar specs, like dual-core processors, 720p displays, and 4G LTE connectivity, we’re going to need to dive in even further to find out which one truly deserves your hard earned money!...

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posted on 29 Dec 2011, 23:23 1

30. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 525; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

hahahahahahahahaha yeah! :D

posted on 29 Dec 2011, 23:28

31. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

lol you totally beat me to this comment SoopaManLuv. xD

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 01:23

32. Dragonshadowstorm (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

SOAD and Taking Back Sunday in the playlist :D

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 09:42 1

33. shnibz (Posts: 389; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)

Am i the only one on here who has had no signal or connectivity issues with Galaxy Nexus?? Other than VZWs 4g outage mine has been solid since i got it 3 days after launch. No problems with it in SE Virginia

posted on 30 Dec 2011, 16:06

35. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

If you are in a good to great reception area....you probably wont notice it. Its most noticeable in a weak, bad reception area.

Its alot like Antenna Gate and the iPhone 4...

posted on 31 Dec 2011, 08:35 1

36. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)

theres a 4g tower right near my shop (about 6 miles at best, and it's mostly road so no trees blocking it; there is also another 4g tower in the exact opposite direction of me to create a sandwich effect)

I still had problems with my nexus "showing a signal." theres no reason a phone should go from 4g to 3g and back to 4g in the same building and average 1.5-3 megs slower than an lg revolution..

great looking phone...just a POS imo

posted on 31 Dec 2011, 11:27 1

37. gtrxman (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)

I really wanted to like the Rezound, especially since the specs are so good and I like HTC's build quality. But to me, three factors kill it. First, it's a brick. At 170g, it weighs as much as my OG Droid (which has a keyboard). Second, there's no design risk here. For a flagship phone, it looks just like every other HTC phone out there. Finally, Beats Audio is a gimmick. Any audiophile will tell you that it's simply an EQ curve that's heavy on the bass and adds a little sizzle at the top end. Nothing that can't be accomplished with a music player with an EQ like Poweramp. Beats headphones - meh. If you really want a good earbud, do a little research. Shure, Klipsch, Altec Lansing, Audio Technica, Monster, etc. all make excellent buds at various price points. Sorry HTC, but you missed the mark on this one.

posted on 01 Jan 2012, 13:54 1

38. asmallchild (Posts: 20; Member since: 01 Jan 2012)

agree with the article, nexus wins:

1. ics now, no waiting
2. nexus device which means it will continue to receive support
3. no sense, no bloatware

posted on 03 Jan 2012, 10:40 1

39. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

it isnt the s3 that slows it down the s3 is a great chip. its the sense ui in itself gulping up all the power from processor also taking massive RAM amounts.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 00:04

40. I_C_U_R_N_V_S (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)

I have had my Nexus since the 19th of December when I received it from Wirefly. Sure i have had the phone occasionaly switch to 3g when im out and about. Nothing at all to complain about. I would estimate 90% of the time i have a solid 4g signal. My speed test results are from 18-28 down and 8 to 20 up. My OG droidwould occasionaly drop its 3g connectivity and switch to 1x. If any of you are dropping 4g constantly then you just are not in a solid 4g coverage area. Bottom line. I live in Los Angeles by the way.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 03:09

41. jphillips63 (Posts: 245; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

So Who is running these tests and comparisons? The only two positive things you guys keep raving the new Galaxy Nexus is ICS and the larger screen. You try to talk up the camera on the phone but as a Photographer I can say that the Rezound has a much nicer camera and sensor installed over the new Samsung GN. Maybe you guys need Photo Shop to view the photos in?
Now lets get to some basics here First I like to say I I was the first person at my Verizon store to purchase the GN on launch day, less than a week later I returned it for the HTC Rezound.

When I got my GN the first strike I had noticed was no ability to add facebook and synch the contacts for FB. Now come on is this the wave of the future? This is a social network society and to be able to keep up to date with friends and family is important to many. Strike one for the GN. Ok Strike 2 is the fact it would not hold signal for data, coming from the Droid Charge I can say at least I got decent signal where the GN would not even think of connectiing. dBm levels only once got into the low 90's the rest of the time they hovered around -110 - -120 dBm. What good is a smart phone if it's unable to establish a connection to the internet and other important tasks? Thats Strike 2 Now Strike 3 was the laggy key board, yes it's very laggy, it would never keep up and plus with all that real estate of the screen the keys in landscape mode were much smaller than the keys on my Droid Charge. Ok then there was the lag in when you rotated the phone from portrait to landscape or vice versa. Very noticable and very disturbing that a flagship phone would have this much lag, it's like going backwards to the first android smart phones. Thats strike 3 and it was enough for me to do my homework and decide on what phone to purchase to replace the Droid Charge, I settled on the Rezound.

The rezound has not one time droped data connection with me, I get 4g LTE signal in places I never had before with my Charge and the GN wouldn't even lock onto a 3G signal in these places. The UI is friendly and smooth no lag on rotation and the keyboard keeps up when I type. The dBm levels on this phone avg high 80's and occassionaly it will get a reading of -105 dBm when inside my plant but for most part it will pull in -85 dBm where the GN would be getting -121 dBm. Battery life on any smart phone isn't the greatest but I have to say the rezound battery life lasted longer than the GN and it should as it wasn't always searching and trying to lock into a signal.
Now these are real world results not a bench test of any sort. We buy a phone as a tool, first being a phone, then having access to the internet and our social life, then it is used as a media player/toy. If a phone can not provide these functions what good is it? It wasn't to me and this is why I went over to the rezound from the GN.

You guys who perform these tests should get out in the real world and do your tests not at a bench and in a high signal area.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 03:15

42. jphillips63 (Posts: 245; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

I'm having to add more since there is a character limit, back to the GN the screen size you tout is only good when viewing a video this is the only time you get full use of the screen, Then if phones keep getting larger screens gues swhat? We consumers get less battery life, oh and what we going to walking around witha tablet size phone to our ears talking? Lets get real here please!!!!
I like to invite you testers to my world and bring your GN and the Droid Razr and the Rezound and do your tests, I be willing to bet a years salary that you guys will have a different input on how great this GN is and especially over the razr and Rezound. But guess what? None of you will leave your cushy desk and lab to get out in the real world where these phones needs to function.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 21:55

43. asmallchild (Posts: 20; Member since: 01 Jan 2012)

better specs than a nexus but the rezound still lags

sense sucks and that is why the rezound loses

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 12:08

44. freakygeek (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)

I have not had a chance to play with ether phones ): but from what I read these two phones are hard to compare out of the box. If I got the Rezound I would totally root it and get rid of sense and up the OS.

So I ask now in comparing these two phones, what if ;) the Rezound was running ICS without sense and rooted kinda like the Nexus? How would these 2 stack up?

I read the Nexus has a better looking display in terms of colors, do you think is it worth it over the worse camera and no microSD slot?

If there is no more sense, do you think the performance and battery life will be comparable, better or worse to the Nexus?

posted on 07 Jan 2012, 17:01

45. jphillips63 (Posts: 245; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

I did a temp root and removed all the unessecary bloat ware on my phone and disabled location access and also in the browser menu where flash runs I set it to run as needed and with the extended battery I have now gotten 26.5 hrs on this battery and it's still not needing charging. It's not sense thats an issue although some folks may not like it I tend to like it. It's all the apps running in the background that is eating the battery. That and the higher resolution screens that are being put in these phones. Which is ridiculous because we can't benefit from this type of resolution until we get to a screen size of 24" + this is why you don't see them in smaller tv's and computer monitors. It's a sales gimmick and they are sucking consumers right into the trap.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 05:04

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

People must be ON DRUGS. The Galaxy Nexus PIMP SLAPS thw HTC REZOUND...

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 11:16

49. BurnTheBull (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)

Those who are on drugs care only for instant gratification. They don't care that there is no expansion whatsoever for the GN, and if you think 32 GB is plenty, well so did I a few years ago - HA! Rezound ships with a whopping 16 GB, with a card slop with capacity for 32 GB. That totals to a capacity of 48 GB, much better than any phone in it's class, and still not bested anywhere in the phone market. Using my existing 32 GB card, I'm getting 16 GBs free, which I'd much favor over such an arrogantly rigid design which won't work with my existing media. The bloatware cannot take up more than a GB at most, which can be routed after it's rooted, so it's more than worth the trade. This isn't complicated math, but since nobody in Nexus-world seems to be mindful of this, it's plain to see who's been hitting the drugs!

Again on the druggie's future perspective, what about app management? The Rezound can move any of your apps to your SD card, while you are stuck with all of them wherever Google decides to drop them. Not that you are likely to accumulate 32 GB of apps, but a real issue for me is that all of my apps would be crowded in with my expanding library of music, books, and other media. I would be more likely to use my expansion card, which works as a separate drive, so that my media libraries aren't co-mingled with my apps! The plus is that I have more storage to work with than you.

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