Summary: 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.
Pros: One of the best displays I've ever seen, LTE and processor really deliver, Feels a lot better than I thought it would
Cons: Sense UI isn't getting any better, Beats Audio isn't consistent across apps, Nearly twice as thick as a Droid RAZR!
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 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
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.
HTC's Rezound 4G LTE smartphone for Verizon packs some heft and a thump
14 November 2011
Summary: HTC's Rezound is the second 4G LTE ( INFO ) smartphone from the Taiwanese company for Verizon Wireless. It is also the first smartphone with Beats Audio in the U.S. and the first HTC smartphone with a 720p (1280 x 720 pixel) display. Did HTC learn enough from the ThunderBolt , its initial LTE handset? And does Beats Audio really do anything for anybody?
Pros: Sharp display, snappy performance, fast data speeds
Cons: Thick and heavy design, middling battery life, expensive