HTC Rezound Hands-on

November 11, 2011
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Verizon and HTC join forces once again to bring the HTC Rezound, a 4G LTE-carrying smartphone that's also the first in the United States to have Beats by Dr Dre from Monster. This device has a 4.3-inch S-LCD display at 720 x 1280 (otherwise known as 720p) pixel resolution, a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor under the hood, Sense 3.5, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, and 2 megapixel camera on the front plus an 8 megapixel camera on the back capable of 1080p video recording. This device is set to go directly up against the other Verizon smartphone released recently, (just today, as it were,) the ultra-thin dual-core LTE Motorola DROID RAZR, another device we've got a full review of here on Android Community up already!

What we're looking at here is a device that's a whopping 13.65 mm thick right down the center, but with edges that taper off on all sides, it doesn't seem nearly so monstrous as other devices with comparable thicknesses. In fact it does feel rather comfortable to hold due to its lovely ribbed soft-plastic back and will appease those of you wishing for more substantial feeling devices on the whole - you know where your money went instantly, basically. The chassis are black plastic on the front and the back, the front all shiny and hard, the back all soft and matte, with red accents in several places to keep your eyes alive while you flip the handset over in your hands.

Have a peek at our first hands-on and the unboxing of this device here:

You'll find the Beats "b" logo on the back of the device, this indicating that you've got a device that'll certainly weigh in on the question of whether audio quality really does matter through your headphones on a smartphone, and inside the box you've got not only some iBeats earbuds, but a lovely pleather holder for both your earbuds and the collection of different sized earbud covers so you'll be sure to have the right size no matter your ear size.

The device's display may well be the biggest hinderance from your humble narrator saying this device has an edge over the RAZR, but because I'm certainly no opponent of HTC's Sense interface and the Rezound is certainly full of it, we'll just have to see. Have a peek at a couple of comparison photos in the gallery below, check the full specifications of the Rezound at the bottom of the post or over at the Device.AC listing, and above all else: ask questions!

I'll be reviewing the device here on Android Community shortly, so if you've got anything you want to know about it, leave a comment!

UPDATE: the first step in the review process right here for the Rezound. Again if you've got any questions you've not gotten answered there, please feel free to ask!

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  • Photofran

    does the rezound have gorilla glass?

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      no it does not.

  • Asshole

    what is the tastiest freshwater fish to eat with boiled potatos and fine green beans?

  • Asshole

    what is the tastiest freshwater fish to eat with boiled potatos and fine green beans?

  • Nexus 101

    I’m waiting for the nexus… I know this is a great phone, but music is not important to me and that is it’s most valuable feature.

  • bruce

    The cpu is NOT the adreno 220, that’s the GPU…

    CPU is the qsd scorpion.

  • Brian Claffee

    Saw the dummy Rezound at a Verizon reseller in the local mall today with a list price of $99.99! The tag said “coming soon” and the salesman confirmed it is due tomorrow, but he couldn’t confirm the price was correct with his boss. We’ll see tomorrow!

  • Daemon of Chaos

    Most important factor: how is the call quality? Does the other person sound like they are in a tin can, standing in front of you, or what?

    I’m interested to know how recorded movies look when being transferred to a HDTV. Are there any pixelation, softness, or other artifacts?

    How does the Beats audio actually sound? Is it merely a bass push or does the overall sound improve?

  • Anonymous

    How in the world could this 720p FULL-RGB display be a hinderance compared to the Pentile qHD display of the RAZR?  Are you looking at them right next to each other like The Verge did? 

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      yes, take a look at the full review: http://androidcommunity.com/htc-rezound-review-20111114/

  • http://twitter.com/DXDONMEGA DON OWENS

    BEST PHONE EVER!! This is a beast, and blows away anything on the market on right! Get it! Highly Recommended