HTC Rezound (Verizon) Review of Reviews & Deals

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The HTC Rezound is packed with power and sounds great.  It is well-reviewed and  is currently the lowest price dual-core processor smartphone on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.

Reviewers all liked its fast data speeds, touchscreen and the quality of the Beats Audio. In a crowded market, however, the knit-pickers pointed out that it's bulky. They also note that there are no controls on the earphones themselves.

The main reason to buy the HTC Rezound  is the enhanced Beats audio, that adds a full spectrum of sound especially the bass.  Another feature is HTC Sense that pulls many social features together into Android.

The HTC Rezound  ships with Android 2.3, however, HTC has announced it will be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, later this year.  The HTC Rezound  allows you to remove the battery while you can't remove or replace the battery on some competitors.

The closest competitor to the HTC Rezound is the Droid RAZR. When we compared the  HTC Rezound  versus the Droid RAZR, there were 3 "R"'s for buying each.  One comparison showed that the RAZR beat out the Rezound while another showed that the Rezound beat out the RAZR.  The better features on the Rezound than the RAZR are the camera and ability to remove the battery.

Read Droid RAZR review.

When the HTC Rezound was released there was less competition, now battery hogs can buy the Droid RAZR MAXX and those who like pure Google can get the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

The bottom line in all buying decisions is that the smartphone you buy matches your needs for two years.  If you need HTC Sense and full-sound the Rezound may be your best choice.

Here's a list of the specs of the  HTC Rezound :

  • 1GB memory on board.
  • 4.3" 720 touchscreen.
  • 8MP rear camera and front 2MP camera.
  • Bluetooth.
  • Android 2.3.4. HTC Sense 3.5.
  • Mobile hotspot capable.
  • 16GB storage on board and 16GB microSD presinstalled.
  • Wi-Fi.
  • Bluetooth 3.0.
  • GPS.
  • 1620mAh battery.
  • HDMI through MHL.
  • Wireless charging capable.

The HTC Rezound  from Amazon Wireless for new customers is $79.99 with a contract.  Verizon Wireless recently reduced the price down to $99.99 with a contract along with the double data deal.

The HTC Rezound at Wirefly offers a similar discount to Amazon with free backup services.

Nicole Lee at CNET rated the HTC Rezound   excellent 4 out 5 for its 4.3" Super LCD touchscreen(1280x720), 1.5GHz dual-core processor, camera, 4G LTE speed and Beats Audio by Dr. Dre earbuds.  The downsides are its bulky size and Beats audio can only be turned-off  in the music player app. It is one of the top phones on the Verizon network. HTC Sense 3.5 offers new lock screen and instant access to apps. The earbuds sound great but are flimsy compared to the Monster $149 Dr. Dre Tour headphones. Call quality was average and battery life suspicious.

Jamie Lendino at PCMag rated the HTC Rezound  4 out 5 for sharp screen viewing of videos/web, the bass of Beats Audio and fast data.  He didn't like the price, bulky size power camera/video and weak speakerphone. The hardware is called top-notch.  Although, Beats Audio earbuds enhance audio with more extremes when the Beats is off, the sound is muffled. The battery lasted for 8 hours 37 minutes of continuous talk time.

Brian Oliver Bennet at Laptop reated the HTC Rezound   4 out 5 for impressive earbuds quality, style/color, video viewing was good, good keyboard and excellent benchmark tests.  The design could be slimmer but makes sense if you like HTC Sense. When the phone's music player is running, users have the option to toggle Beats on and off, but it's not compatible with other music apps. There is no inline audio adjustment on the earbuds. Camera quality was good but colors could be more saturated. Call quality was good. Battery life was better than the HTC ThunderBolt but not better than the Droid RAZR.