The HTC Rezound was released as the first phone in the world to come with Beats Audio software and headphones, but is it really top of the line? The Rezound was released just a few weeks ahead of the Galaxy Nexus, meaning that most of the press it could’ve received was over-shadowed by rumors of the Galaxy Nexus being released. The specs of the device are somewhat on-par with that of the Galaxy Nexus, but deserve a closer look. Let’s review the Rezound and see if it’s worth being priced in the same range as the new pure Android phone.
Before I received this phone, I already had some preconceived notions of how awesome it might be, but boy was I off—it was even better. Taking the phone out of the box, the device feels like great quality hardware. Unlike the Galaxy Nexus, it has a little weight to it and feels like it can handle a few drops, rather than something I won with my new box of Cheerios. The material it’s made of is a high grade plastic and shows off the black and red colors representing the Beats by Dre presence. When you turn the screen on, you’ll be instantly amazed by how vivid, clear, and high quality the screen looks. This is because the display is actually 720p with 361ppsi, which basically means the screen can produce better quality than your eyes can even see—amazing stuff.
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The camera on this device is even more impressive; consisting of an 8 megapixel back-lit camera with a dual led camera. The quality pictures it produces are "top of the line" and were used for my Galaxy Nexus review.
For those of you curious about the Beats Audio software; try playing a song or a movie and you'll notice a difference. The software makes everything sound crystal clear and adds a little more bass to the content. If you like hip-hop music, the Beats by Dre headphones along with the software make the music sound amazing. You will not hear a huge difference in sound quality, but it will subtly make music playback even more enjoyable.
The antenna used in this phone seems better than any other phones I’ve ever used; speed tests against other devices always ended with the Rezound showing at least 5MB/s better speeds. The only downside to the hardware is the thickness, but most people can overlook that—I sure did.
When discussing the software, it’s not quite as impressive as the hardware, but still capable. The device comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread software, so you’re getting last year’s software with next year’s hardware. The Rezound comes with great additional software, however. This is, of course, excluding the the bloatware Verizon pre-installed. The phone’s natural user interface is the current version of Sense, and comes with tons of animations to make the UI seem more amazing. Aside from the HTC overlay, this is basically Android 2.3 at its best. The dual-core processor makes everything run smoother than butter, including task switching, web browsing, picture taking, and just about all everyday tasks. The camera software is actually a nice touch. It makes the great pictures taken with the 8 megapixel camera look even more vibrant. The only thing that could make this phone better would be updating it to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Here's the breakdown:
- HD 720p resolution and 361 ppsi
- Blazing fast 1.5 Ghz Dual-core processor
- Amazing Camera Quality
- Fast LTE 4G
- Nice Beats By Dre Headphones and Software
- Great built quality
- Nice battery life (LTE Standard)
- Not Android 4.0
- Camera quality could be improved
- No hard camera button
10/10: Speed and Multitasking
10/10: Camera Quality
10/10: Browsing Experience
10/10: Music Playback
9/10: Build Quality
9/10: Overall Rating
Would I buy it?
The Rezound certainly would’ve been perfect in my books if it had Android 4.0, but considering it doesn’t have it, that’s a markdown. I can say thanks to all the additional software and great hardware, it’s a great option, but I honestly wouldn’t buy it. The buttons, thickness, and overlays make the move to Android 4.0 a harder tasks than we might think.
Yes; for now it’s a great device to get, but if you put the future into perspective and the possibility of the same great hardware being put into a button-less Android 4.0 device, you might want to consider holding off for a bit.
Photos Taken With Galaxy Nexus