HTC Rezound 4G Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)

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  1. S. Ponjican says:
    201 of 210 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    State of the art, November 23, 2011
    S. Ponjican (Winston-Salem, NC) –

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 snob. Not…

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  2. Hien Nguyen "scatterbrained" says:
    80 of 82 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good phone – until you root unlock bootloader – then it’s GREAT, January 2, 2012
    Hien Nguyen “scatterbrained” (Houston, TX United States) –

    This review is from: HTC Rezound 4G Android Phone (Verizon Wireless) (Wireless Phone)

    I’ve been an Android phone user since it first came out on the G1 and I’ve had many different phones and tablets that I like to hack/mod to optimize and customize the devices using root access or custom ROMs.

    Root – basically gives you superuser access to do what you want to the device (stop/remove programs that the carrier installs aka bloatware, use apps like wifi tether without paying extra – data is data!).

    ROMs – basically a different version of the phone’s operating system. Typically it’s customized/optimized to have less or no bloat and better features/tweaks (speed, stability, battery/CPU management, etc.)

    I took advantage of the Amazon Wireless holiday specials and picked up two Rezounds (NOT for the Beats which is just an EQ and marketing hype) since they were the most powerful and high-resolution phones that VZW had at the time. I guess that title is shared now with the Galaxy Nexus.

    After owning many different types of slippery smartphones, I was very pleasantly surprised to learn the Rezound has non-slip rubber back which really aids in comfortably holding and gripping the phone.

    Using the phone is intuitive for anyone that is comfortable with any recent Android phone. Being an HTC phone, it ships with HTC Sense (basically a skin over the stock Android operating system) which is, in my opinion, the most tasteful manufacturer skin (compared to Samsung’s and LG’s). The powerful dual-core processor makes the phone very responsive as you swipe through menus and applications. The 720p screen is great – bright, clear and makes it a joy to look at pictures, videos and browse (in landscape, it’s comparable to a laptop).

    Unfortunately, with all the bloatware from Verizon (two sample games and a multitude of other apps) and the 4G LTE, the battery just gets annihilated. Making a few phone calls and speed tests (42 megs down peak so far in Houston) and my phone is at 50%. I keep this phone tethered to a charger when I’m in the car or office to make sure I have enough juice to last the day.

    I’ve also (along with other people) have overheating problems that are sometimes fixed (sometimes not) by powering off and powering back on while on LTE all day. Switching to wifi when in the house helps, but I have 10 gigs of data, so why not keep LTE on til I’m near the cap?

    The phone was locked by Verizon (HTC allows for unlocked bootloaders, but it’s up to the carrier) and I was about to sell the phone on ebay and pick up a Galaxy Nexus so I could customize it and get rid of the bloat when HTC stepped up and added the HTC Rezound to the list of phones it will provide unlock codes for! XDA-developers has all the info and it came out just after Christmas 2011. Now there are at least 4 custom ROMs and permanent root (there was temporary root before, but it was random when it broke) access.

    I’ve since cleaned up the bloat (and that fixed the overheating problems as well as made the battery last a lot longer!) and switch to CleanROM.

    The phone is a powerful phone that is crippled by bloatware from Verizon. If you own this phone and are unhappy with the heat and/or battery life, you owe it to yourself to try unlocking it and removing some of the bloat. You could easily do this by rooting the phone and then using Root Toolkit to remove the apps you don’t want if you’re not ready to take the plunge to a custom ROM.

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