gGadget > HTC® Rezound Review and Specs
The HTC Rezound is currently one of the most popular Verizon 4G LTE smartphones. It may not steal the show like the iPhone 4s or the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but it’s won more than a few mobile users over with its brilliant display, high-speed processor, and Beats audio integration. Here’s what you should know about this phone before you make any smartphone purchasing decisions:
The HTC Rezound’s physical dimensions are 129 x 65.5 x 13.7 mm. Onlookers may notice that the Rezound is a bit on the bulky side. In fact, it’s almost twice as thick as the Droid Razr (the thinnest phone on the market). And the phone weighs 170.1 grams, which means it’s not necessarily lightweight in comparison to other smartphones. Fortunately, the Rezound has several other redeeming qualities that make up for its weight and thickness.
One of the HTC Rezound’s most redeeming qualities is its 4.3 inch Super LCD display. The Rezound’s display boasts 720 x 1280 (720p) resolution and an amazing 342 pixels per inch. In layman’s terms, the Rezound has one of the best displays on the market. In fact, its display is even more impressive in terms of pixels per inch than the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The Rezound’s display allows for an incredibly clear and vibrantly colorful experience of apps, pictures, and the web.
Another one of the best things about the HTC Rezound is its 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. This phone’s processor is top-of-the-line in terms of speed and how easily it allows users to multi-task between apps, the web, and everything else they do on their phones.
Tired of waiting for websites to load on your phone? Fortunately for HTC Rezound owners, Verizon’s 4G LTE network puts an end to that. The HTC Rezound is fully 4G LTE compatible, which means it can achieve network speeds that are dramatically faster than 3G and 4G network speeds. Right now, the Verizon 4G LTE network is only in 196 cities in the U.S. Verizon has plans to provide the 4G LTE network to almost all of the U.S. by the end of 2012. If you live someplace without access to Verizon’s 4G LTE network, your Rezound will only be able to get 4G speeds.
Like many new Android phones, the HTC Rezound runs on the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS. There’s talk of the Rezound receiving an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich later this year. No one’s really sure when the upgrade will happen. Luckily, the latest version of the Android Gingerbread OS is easy-to-use and can help a smartphone owner accomplish most phone, app, and web-related tasks.
Every HTC Rezound comes with a free pair of Beats audio earbuds (a $100) value. These earbuds, along with the Beats audio software installed on the HTC Rezound, improve the audio quality of the music people listen to on the phone. Unfortunately, the Beats audio software doesn’t work to improve the audio quality of music users stream from popular sites like Pandora. Nevertheless, the earbuds are a nice addition to the phone. And if you do listen to Beats audio compatible music on your Rezound, the experience will delight your ears.
An 8 megapixel rear-facing camera is pretty much the top smartphone standard these days. So, naturally, that’s what the HTC Rezound comes with. The phone also has a 2 megapixel front-facing camera that makes video chatting with friends a cinch. Additionally, the rear-facing camera gives users the opportunity to record videos in 1080p HD.
The HTC Rezound comes with a 1620 mAh lithium ion battery that allows for 6 hours and 24 minutes of continuous talk time and up to 261 hours or standby time. Unfortunately, the Rezound’s battery doesn’t outlast the competition. Most top smartphones get at least 7 hours of continuous talk time between charges. If you’re used to charging your phone fairly frequently, the Rezound’s battery probably won’t be too much of an issue.
The Rezound has 16GB of internal memory, and users can add up to 32GB of microSD memory using the Rezound’s microSD slot. The phone comes with a complimentary 16GB microSD memory card. So, users have access to 32GB of storage space as soon as they take the Rezound out of the box. And 32GB is usually just the right amount of space to tide smartphone owners over until it’s time to buy a new phone.
Rezound owners can easily access all of the apps on the Android Market from their phones. And the Rezound comes with YouTube, GPS, Document Viewer, email, Google Search, and Picasa apps already loaded. Overall, the HTC Rezound’s generous amount of memory storage space and top-notch processor make it an ideal phone for app lovers.
If the Rezound’s unexceptional battery and bulky body aren’t dealbreakers for you, you’ll find that the Rezound has a lot to offer.