HTC Rezound

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Every few months — a year at most — we see a feature or spec introduced on a phone that represents a new standard, a baseline that future phones in the high end have no option but to match. If you go back a few years, you can build a list: the front-facing camera, the gigahertz processor, HD video capture, the WVGA display, the dual-core processor — all line items that set a new bar. They're not always important line items, of course — we could do without front-facing cameras, I suspect — but...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.54 inches
Weight 0.38 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 4.3 inches
Carriers Verizon Wireless
Operating system Android
Launch OS version 2.3

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 5.08 inches
Width 2.58 inches
Thickness 0.54 inches
Weight 0.38 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color Black / Red
Loudspeaker Yes

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 4.3 inches
Resolution (Y) 1280 px
Resolution (X) 720 px
PPI 342
Touchscreen type Capacitive

Connectivity

Carriers Verizon Wireless
CDMA Yes
LTE Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
Media streaming DLNA

Processor

Manufacturer Qualcomm
Model MSM8660
Clock speed 1.5 GHz
Number of cores 2

GPU

Manufacturer Qualcomm
Model Adreno 220

Memory

RAM size 1 GB

Storage

Internal size 16 GB
External type microSD

Front Camera

Resolution 2 megapixels

Rear Camera

Resolution 8 megapixels
Flash Dual LED
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 1080p

Software

Operating system Android
Skin Sense
Launch OS version 2.3

Interface

Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB, MHL

Sensors

Sensors Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Accelerometer

Battery

Capacity 1620 mAh
Removable Yes

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7.5

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  • Camera(s) 7
  • Reception / call quality 7
  • Performance 8
  • Software 6
  • Battery life 5
  • Ecosystem 7

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by slofatmatt (Currently owns)

    Good phone, however lack of 4.0 and poor battery life keep it from being a top tier phone, especially with newer released models. Also Beats is a gimmick as expected, doesn't work with anything other than native player, and actually has more sound issues than any other phone I've used (buzzing, cuts out, etc.)

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Tobby (Currently owns)

    Design: Phone is the perfect size for one-handed use, the battery cover provides excellent grip the only downside is the thickness of the phone.

    Display: Best display of any Smartphone, highest DPI and most natural/realistic color reproduction

    Cameras: Excellent 8MP camera on back. The best HTC has made

    Reception / Call Quality: I have not had any issues with call quality

    Performance: The 1.5GHz dual-core processor is top of the line

    Software: Although Sense 3.5 is very snappy, touch-screen responsiveness is not good. It can take up-to half a second for the notification bar to slide down after the initial swipe, It sometimes trigger an event I don't intend to trigger by tapping a second time thinking the first touchscreen response was not detected by the phone.

    Battery Life: With WiFi and LTE on, the phone will last 8 - 12 hours with moderate use. With Wifi and LTE off I have been able to get two days of use (Almost 48 hours). I don't blame the phone for poor battery life, I blame the implementation of LTE.

    Ecosystem: It is Android and benefits from the Android Market, Google applications, Amazon App Store, Netflix Library, etc.

    I give a Final Score of 8.5 but slider seems to like 9.0

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by beeblebrox (Currently owns)

    The HTC Rezound is stuck. It came out at about the same time as both the DROID Razr and the Galaxy Nexus, making it hard to come out of the gate as a flagship phone. So, is it worth buying? Absolutely. The screen is amazing, definitely one of the best I have ever seen on a phone. In addition, its design isn't bad; it fits well into the curve of your hand. The major down side is the fact that this has HTC Sense installed, meaning that it will not get updates as promptly as some other phones (Galaxy Nexus). In conclusion, I would recommend this over a Razr, but not over the Galaxy Nexus.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by dr_packers (Currently owns)

    I have owned the Rezound for a couple of months and it's by far the best phone I've ever owned. My favorite feature is the large clear 720p LCD that lets me show and read a full web page without zooming or tapping to read different elements.

    I hear lots of bad things about Sense, but I love it. It doesn't get in the way and has some great widgets. The unlock screen has some good options for customization.

    The phone is very snappy and doesn't lag and is a pleasure to use. The only improvement I would like to have is a better battery life. Otherwise its perfect.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by nrfitchett4 (Currently owns)

    What can I say about the Rezound? Critics hate it because it doesn't have ICS and has Sense, users are frustrated that the bootloader is locked down tighter than Ft Knox. Those things aside, it is the best phone on verizon right now. Beautiful screen (better than the Nexus), great hardware, close to no lag on an Android phone. It has not gotten its due from Verizon or the tech bloggers. With better advertisements it would be Verizon's number 2 phone behind the IPhone 4s.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by alexB1187 (Currently owns)

    Uninspired design
    Exceptional performance - apps open instantly and browsing is flawless
    Hisses while playing anything through the headphone jack, regardless of which headphones
    Sense is buggy and awful - this phone needs root so badly
    Battery life is ok - makes it through a day with moderate use
    Camera is fast and takes excellent pics

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  • 6.0
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    Reviewed by AthlonRob (Previously owned)

    I came to my Rezound from my EVO 4G and wasn't a big fan. The screen is amazing. The size and feel are good for me. I had sound quality issues, both in phone calls and listening to audio books. When plugging headphones in, static was heard until audio started. Bluetooth audio was quieter than in other phones. The battery life was horrible; I had to charge it by noon most days. In comparison, my 18-month-old EVO 4G could last until 2PM with a marginal signal that ate battery for lunch. My new Galaxy Nexus (replaced the Rezound) can make it from sunrise until bedtime. Thankfully, Amazon Wireless's amazing customer service department helped me fix the issues with a Galaxy Nexus.

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  • 2.0
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    Reviewed by DarthNicklas (Currently owns)

    The HTC Rezound is an Android powered smartphone featuring a 4.3-inch display with a massive 1280 x 720 screen resolution, along with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, LTE data connectivity, Beats Audio, and an 8-megapixel camera that shoots 1080p video.

    Nice design ruined by poor performance.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by riomendoza (Currently owns)

    I did a review of the HTC Rezound on youtube so i thought i would post a link to it here. Please don't kill me for posting a link guys. I really liked the phone after having it for a few weeks i have noticed it has slowed down a lot though. Watch the video and tell me what you think. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NieIOK61A24

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by CMG90 (Currently owns)

    I recently switched to Verizon after being on sprint for little over a year and i have to say I glad I did. My main reason was for faster data speeds but I wanted a HTC phone since I've been hooked on them since owning the EVO. I picked up the rezound and I have to say it may be one of the best phones I've ever owned.

    The screen is great. Not as great as Samsung's OMLED, but it will do. Sense 3.5 really makes pre ICS useful and its good to know that this phone will be getting ICS in early 2012. i'm just dreaming here but maybe they will (should) include a toggle to disable or turn off sense and go to stock ICS. Like I said, a guy could dream.

    I've had the phone for over a month now and so far its exceeded my expentions. I havn;t experienced any lag or restarts. Battery life is my only gripe. With HTC's move to focus on quality rather then quantity in 2012 hopefully that means battery life will improve for 2012 and later handsets.

    I did though have to bump the software down to a "7" for the verizon bloatware. You can not uninstall it and you can disable it all you want in ICS, its still there taking up space. Come on Verizon, let us remove your crap. Also the pre-installed verizon bookmarks are un-removable. You can, however remove those placed in by HTC, but you can not remove the Verizon ones. Now I could root my device and get rid of them all for once but why should I have to go though all that work for something so simple, the carrier should do it?

    The cameras are pretty good. On par of what was found on my EVO 4G. I had crappy photos on my EVO 3D so returning to a phone with a better camera system is a plus. I love how HTC added bunch of filters and modes like HDR and panorama mode. There is almost no need for a 3rd party app anymore, though I'm still waiting on insgram for Android.

    Over all if you are in the market for a new smartphone on Verizon, i'd give the Rezound a shot.

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