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...
Excerpt: Verizon’s 4G LTE network is starting to grow up. The HTC Rezound is the third dual-core device on the new network and HTC’s second. The High Tech Company ushered in the high-speed network earlier this year with the HTC ThunderBolt, which definitely had speed, but lacked a dual-core processor, acceptable battery life, and a competitively thin profile.
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.
Summary: While it may have a hefty build, the HTC Rezound's beautiful display, commendable performance, and multimedia-rich features make it a top phone for Verizon customers.
Pros: The HTC Rezound has a gorgeous 4.3-inch 720p HD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and Verizon's 4G/LTE speeds. It ships with a pair of Beats earbuds along with a Beats Audio algorithm designed to enhance audio quality.
Cons: The HTC Rezound is quite bulky and call quality could be better. The Beats Audio software can only be toggled in the Music app.