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  1. S. Ponjican says:
    110 of 113 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    State of the art, November 23, 2011
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    S. Ponjican (Winston-Salem, NC) –
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    This review is from: HTC Rezound 4G Android Phone (Verizon Wireless) (Wireless Phone)

    I don’t know which is more impressive, the hTC Rezound or Verizon’s 4G LTE network. I switched from the hTC EVO 4G on Sprint to this phone and the difference couldn’t possibly be more dramatic.

    Display:
    Physically, the phones are a similar size. These large format smartphones take some getting used to, from carrying them in your pocket to the fine art of one-handed touchscreen action where you stretch your thumb across the screen. The Rezound actually sits well in my pocket and once you get spoiled with the larger display, it is nearly impossible to use any other phone without squinting and thinking “this thing is too small!”.
    The pixel density is outstanding and colors are good. Not quite SAMOLED but still very good. With this resolution, I was worried about the lag I had been reading about, particularly with the latest hTC Sense. I did notice the occasional short lag when you inundate the GPU with a lot of actions like swiping several screens and then hitting the home button. But it was surprisingly good. I loaded GO Launcher and it eliminated all lag (and gave me the 5×5 icon layout with no labels that I prefer).
    In direct sunlight, the screen has a bright enough setting to be functional, but you’ll always struggle in direct sunlight with a glass screen.

    Network:
    Since Amazon/Verizon is enticing new contracts with aggressive pricing, it bears mentioning that Verizon’s 4G LTE network is second to none. They’ve invested in this network heavily this year, and it shows. If I drive out of town and into the country, I might lose LTE signal briefly, but coverage is astounding. Great work, Verizon.
    Speed is even more astounding. Even in the metal building I work in (that would drain the hTC EVO battery dry when desperately reaching out for a Sprint signal), I generally achieve 10,000 – 13,000 kbps. The highest download rate I’ve experienced is 32,000kbps! My local cable High Speed Internet doesn’t even touch this. Again, great work, Verizon! They’ve raised the bar and I hope they can keep it there.
    That said, the tiered data plans take careful considering. I went through 2GB in my first week, enjoying the fast network speeds perhaps a little too much! Ironic that I reluctantly connect to a WiFi network to reduce my data usage and the relative speed differential becomes even more evident.

    Battery Life:
    I can’t move on to review any other aspect of phone without raising the subject of battery life. I tried to manage my expectations for battery life with this phone. With what was sure to be a gas-guzzling dual barrel 1.5GHz processor on the LTE network and the highest pixel density in the industry, I couldn’t bring myself to hope that the battery would take me through a typical 10 hour workday. The Rezound again delivers. Even with the excitement of a slick new phone on the best network in the business, I still managed to make it through a 10 hour day on a battery charge. As the excitement wears down, I can even make it through 16 hours of awake time without charging. But I’ve already picked up a spare battery, as it seems to defeat the purpose of a wireless device to be tethered to a charger all the time. This is a powerful mobile device, much like a laptop. You wouldn’t expect your laptop to run all day on a charge so just get used to the idea that this is no ordinary phone.

    Camera:
    This was a huge consideration, for me. I’m an amateur photographer, and don’t always have my DSLR handy, and so I end up taking a great deal of photos using the phone’s camera. In broad daylight, some pictures have come out good enough to be published. The key advantage is always having a competent camera handy when an incredible opportunity arises with perfect lighting, autumn scenery and that amazing backdrop that makes you wish the DSLR was in the back seat. The impressive f2.2 aperture and competent 8 megapixel sensor in the Rezound does a really great job at capturing light, even when it is limited. In optimal lighting situations, coupled with the “Backlight HDR” setting (which seems to do some post processing tone mapping to improve visible dynamic range), the results are downright stunning. There is still some noise in low-light situations, but I’m happy to see just black in dark shadows rather than noise.

    Phone:
    Oh yeah, this thing has a phone? I didn’t make a phone call until I’d already had the phone for four days and was very impressed with the call quality. I don’t ask for much, but my last phone didn’t quite have enough volume and I was happy to find that the Rezound has plenty enough volume to spare. I actually had to turn down the call volume a bit, which a nice luxury.

    Beats:
    There has been a lot of hype about the beats headphones included with this phone, and the “beats profile” that tweaks sound settings for optimal sound reproduction. I have to admit to being a little bit of a sound quality…

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  2. E. Batzer says:
    42 of 46 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good all around phone with some issues, November 15, 2011
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    This review is from: HTC Rezound 4G Android Phone (Verizon Wireless) (Wireless Phone)

    I’ve had a Rezound for a couple days and it has pretty much reached my expectations with a few caveats. The 720p screen looks great and the phone seems to have very little lag when using apps or browsing the web. The camera is also pretty good, although it does have trouble in low light situations and it can’t take pictures very quickly. The phone also comes with Beats audio in-ear headphones to go along with its built in Beats audio system, the headphones are way better the typical ones that come with phones, although they seem fragile and being forced to either have Beats enabled or have flat equalization can be a big negative if you don’t listen to the bass heavy music that Beats was designed for. Voice quality is pretty mixed, it is easy to hear the other person but your voice will be noticeably distorted on the other end. Reception was solid and the 4G is very quick, though that’s pretty much the standard for LTE phones. The big letdown was the battery life, I really had to watch my usage in order for it to last through the day and have ended up taking the charger with me just to be safe. It also comes with a ton of Verizon bloatware which can’t be removed and the HTC Sense modifications really didn’t do anything for me, plus it won’t be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) for a while, so I would hold out if you like the features being added in that update. Finally, the phone itself is a bit thick, but I found it comfortable to use and carry in a pocket, but you might want to try it out in person just to be safe.

    +
    Great Screen
    Very quick (Apps and web browsing)
    Included Headphones
    Reception
    Camera

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    Battery Life
    Outgoing voice quality
    No ICS yet
    Loaded with bloatware

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  3. Sajid Ansari says:
    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Ended up going with Rezound over Galaxy Nexus..Here’s Why, December 15, 2011
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    Sajid Ansari
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    This review is from: HTC Rezound 4G Android Phone (Verizon Wireless) (Wireless Phone)

    I was absolutely torn between Nexus vs Rezound. Both are great phones, but in the end, I ended up with the rezound, and I THINK I made the right choice. In brief, while the nexus has the bigger screen and ICS, the rezound, undoutbley has the better hardware, and will get ICS early 2012 anyway. You can upgrade the software, but you cannot upgrade the hardware. The rezound beats out the nexus in several major categories: 1.) SD card slot 2.) Disk-drive Mode. 3.) Faster processor. 4.) Slightly higher resolution 5.) Beats audio (more on that later) 6.) 8 MP vs 5 MP camera. The Nexus has its advantages over the rezound, but they end up not being as important: 1.) Slightly bigger screen. 2.) Slightly thinner/lighter. 3.) ICS

    Of course, ICS is a big advantage of the nexus over the rezound, but again, the rezound will get ICS is the upcoming weeks anyway, rendering the major advantage that the nexus has, moot.

    I came from Sprint using the HTC Evo, and I actually like the physical look of the Evo better, since it’s a little shorter and slimmer with the same size screen, so it almost felt like a slight downgrade getting a phone that was a little less attractive on the exterior. The transition from Evo to Rezound was a smooth one. The rezound is essentially what the Evo SHOULD have been, but wasn’t. It was nice because I felt like I was using my same phone that I always liked and was used to, but it was faster, more responsive, and more reliable. HTC finally got it right, for the most part, with this phone, as it is smooth, crisp, and responsive on all fronts. It isn’t NEARLY as choppy and sluggish as the Evo, and the upgraded hardware combined with verizon’s speedy and reliable network make this a truly remarkable device.

    I was also eager to find out what all the hype was about the Beats feature. Essentially, Beats is a sound enhancer that intelligently equalizes the bass and treble bands, making the music sound the way it was meant to be heard. At first, I was thinking it was just a simple equalizer found in apps like poweramp, but after comparing the sound between poweramp and beats, I can absolutley tell the difference. I wanted to see if Beats was just a pre-set equalizer setting, so I tried to fine-tune the equalizer in poweramp to match the sound of the Beats enhancer. On one song (Xxplosive by Dr. Dre), I nearly matched the sound of my poweramp equalizer to Beats, and figured I decoded the secret equalizer settings. However, with the same equalizer settings on the next song, the Beats enhancer again sounded different, and better than the poweramp equalizer with the settings I just set. This led me to the conclusion that Beats is more than just one secret equalizer setting, rather, it is a comprehensive software that somehow, finds the very best mix of bass and treble bands for each specific song. The end result is a really awesome mp3 player that’s got BEATS!

    As for the criticisms, there are few, but they are noteworthy:
    -Battery life hasn’t gotten any better from other HTC models (Evo, Thunderbolt, and other high-powered devices).
    -While the interface is generally smoother and quicker, it STILL has a little work to do as you get some choppiness when switching screens quickly. The responsiveness isn’t up to speed with the iphone yet.
    -Beats ONLY works on the built-in music app, and doesn’t work through google music. This a bummer because google music is the best way to wirelessly and seamlessly keep my music library on my comp in sync with my phone. I used the feature in google music to have my music available offline, thinking that it would store my music in a location accessible to the stock music app on the phone, and thus, be able to use Beats. For some reason, the location of the google music folder is very obscure and not visible to the stock music app, so in order to use the Beats enhancer, you have to manually sync your music from your computer to your phone. Also, the phone’s stock music app doesn’t do a good job of locating album art, if your ID3 tag doesn’t identify the album. google music and other players easily identify album art even if you don’t have the name of the album.
    -General media syncing/cloud integration is a step behind the iphone, but google music is a great step in the right direction.
    -The stock SD card is a class 4, and works reasonably well. I was able to transfer files at speeds of 6-8 mpbs, BUT this is still much slower than the file transfer rate of the iphone, so the android community still has a little catching up to do there.
    -Not a huge deal, but permanent root still isn’t ready on this phone and I miss the custom OS I had on my Evo and the ability to use wireless tether, remove bloatware, and block ads. I am sure in time the community will develop a permanent root solution, however.

    In the end, I’m happy with the phone. I echo all the…

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