Excerpt: The days of the dedicated MP3 player are dead and gone. Every smartphone ships with its own music player now, and a dozen other streaming music options are just an app download away. So it makes little sense that the headphones bundled with smartphones are usually crap. HTC is pushing back — its new Rezound phone for Verizon’s 4G LTE network ships with a snazzy red and black pair of iBeats earbuds (around $100 on their own) that are complemented by the red accents on the...
Conclusion: The Rezound is “the” Android phone to get in the here and now. The only problem is that the slightly less powerful — 300 MHz less to be exact — but the more future proof Samsung Galaxy Nexus is coming in mere weeks. In terms of sheer specs, the two phones are almost identical with the only big difference being in software. As mentioned above, the Galaxy Nexus will ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Rezound won’t get ICS until early 2012.
Excerpt: With an impressive 720p HD Super LCD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Beats Audio branded headset, and the speed of Verizon’s 4G LTE network the HTC Rezound seems to have it all. The newest Android-powered smartphone to join Verizon’s lineup has some excellent specs, but will they all tie together to provide a suitable mobile experience? Read on for our final review of the HTC Rezound.
Conclusion: The HTC Rezound is a decent phone and certainly a solid buy if you’re on Verizon, but we can’t help but be disappointed with HTCs limited implementation of Beats Audio and the poor battery life of the Rezound. HTC is one of the best manufacturers on the market, but like the ThunderBolt, the Rezound just can’t hold a charge very well.
Pros: Fast 4G LTE speeds, Great camera, Slow-motion video recording, 32GB of storage (16GB internal)
Cons: You can't use Beats unless you use HTC's Music app, Beats earbuds sound muffled unless you're using Beats, Poor battery life, Power and Volume buttons hard to press
Droid RAZR vs HTC Rezound – the choice is getting tougher by the hour
28 November 2011
Conclusion: Overall, I would say that the Droid RAZR is a better phone, but I’d be basing that on nothing – both phones are super-fast, have all the features you can think of, and the only real decision to make is between their design and whether you want Beats audio (basically a built-in equalizer) or not – a tough choice, to say the least!
Excerpt: HTC needed to separate themselves from the rest of the Android manufacturers. With news of Motorola being bought by Google , and Samsung clearly a favorite for the Nexus device two years in a row, there needed to be something that allowed HTC to stand out.
HTC Rezound – HTC’s direct answer to the Droid RAZR and Galaxy Nexus
22 November 2011
Conclusion: The Rezound’s price hasn’t yet been announced, but judging by its specs, it should be higher than $199, for sure. If you want to get the highest specced phone possible in the following couple of months, this handset is worthy of consideration.
Excerpt: HTC Rezound is an amazing multimedia and internet machine, which fits into your pocket, but is a bulky piece of kit. It offers unbelievably sharp, gorgeous high definition 720p 4.3 inch display for Web browsing and videos, 1.5GHz dual core processor, 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, front facing 2-megapixel camera, 4G/LTE speeds of Verizon and pair of Beats earbuds with Beats Audio algorithm engineered for enhancing sound quality.
Summary: The Rezound has everything you want in a top-notch Android phone--blazing 4G LTE, 720p display, and a very capable 8-MP camera--plus Beats Audio for maximizing your listening pleasure. We just wish that the design were slimmer and that Beats Audio worked with third-party apps and Google Music downloads. Verizon Wireless customers have two other very compelling options. The Droid RAZR sports a much sleeker design for the same price along with slightly faster performance.
Pros: Swift dual-core performance, Fast 4G LTE data connection, Beats audio with quality earbuds, Robust camera, Sharp 720p HD display
Cons: Expensive, Heavy and bulky, Beats Audio only works with one app
Conclusion: It's not flashy and it's not impossibly thin, but the HTC Rezound is a sturdy workhorse of a phone that just works. It has a solid data connection, average Verizon LTE battery life despite the lower capacity battery, a very good camera, a reliable data connection with good indoor LTE reception and a sharp 720p Super LCD display.
Pros: 720p display, fast, good LTE reception, Beats earbuds in the box.