Nov 16 AT 3:42 PM Nick Gray 12 Comments

HTC Rezound first impressions

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The Verizon HTC Rezound has been on the market for a few days now, but we’ve finally received our demo unit and have had a few hours to play around with it. We plan on doing a detailed review of the device a bit further down the road, but we thought we’d share some of the phone’s highlights for now and let you know what our first impressions are.

You’ve already seen the Rezound unboxing video, so we’ll jump straight to the phone. The Rezound features a gorgeous 4.3-inch 720p HD display which dominates the front of the phone. It’s not the brightest or most color saturated display we have seen (Samsung’s latest Galaxy S II phones own that crown), but it’s extremely clear and features some pretty decent viewing angles. While the display is a pleasure to look at, some may find it a bit annoying that UI elements of the applications you typically enjoy are slightly smaller due to the increased pixel density.

The body of the Rezound is made up of a soft-touch rubber coating along the back and side and features a nice texture which gives the phone a nice feel. The bevel around the screen is made of a glossy dark gray plastic which is very susceptible to finger prints. While the phone feels good in the hand, it lacks that bit of extra weight and solid construction feel we have been used to with HTC’s aluminum unibody handset shells.

One the performance side, the HTC Rezound is certainly a crowd pleaser. The phone’s 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor paired with 1 GB of RAM make the Rezound one of the most powerful Android phones on the market. The phone easily handled the 3D games we threw at it including Wind-up Knight and Dungeon Defenders. It was even able to pull in a benchmark score of 5311 in AnTuTu — putting it on par with the Samsung Galaxy S II.

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Our first few hours with the HTC Rezound have been great and we’re looking forward to pushing the device to its limits. We still need to test out the camera, Beats Audio (our demo unit didn’t come preloaded with any music) and battery life, so stay tuned for our full review. If you’re still not sure if the HTC Rezound is the right phone for you, we suggest you go down to your local Verizon store and try it. From what we’ve seen so far, you certainly won’t be disappointed.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://htcfanatic.com Andy Medders

    Funny I got my review unit yesterday tried Wind-Up Knight and benchmarked it with Quadrant, which scored 40 points less than the Droid Bionic @ 2199/2240. Why is AnTuTu your preferred benchmark app? The screen is really detailed and looks great. I linked my Google Music and Music WithMe accounts, but when I plug in the headphones the Beats logo does not appear in the notification tray. I’m curious to see if the profile loads for you and if you had to do anything besides plugging it in.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Quadrant is a great benchmark app, but it has not been updated to take accurate benchmark measurement for multi-core devices. AnTuTu provides a much better score which accounts for the multiple cores found in the S3 processor.

      Beats Audio only works with the stock music and video player on the Rezound. Third party apps like Google Music Beta and Pandora currently can not take advantage of the Beats Audio enhancements. HTC is working on making an API available to developers which will allow them to incorporate Beats Audio into their applications for Beats certified phones.

      • watbetch

        Beats Audio sounds like garbage. It increases harshness and distortion. They should give us control options like with SRS HDAL so we can adjust the audio processing effects.

        • eallan

          Agreed, I listend to a song with/without the beats playing using both the included headphones and my Shures. Beats was awful, completely blows up the bass and drowns out the music.

        • JohnSPierre

          But for $0.01 on penny-pincher promo http://bit.ly/vZmxGCm It’s a steal! ;)

  • Nathan

    Nice to hear that it has a good first impression

  • Richard Yarrell

    I definitely will go to verizon on Friday just to take a look at this. I remember how smooth and snappy my Evo 3d was at every task so I will use that to compare. This Rezound should be snappier and faster in general since it has that 1.5 S3 instead of the 1.2 S3 in the Evo 3d. They both have 1gb of ram I wonder what’s the difference between Sense 3.0 just released in June of this year on the Evo 3d vs Sense 3.5 on the Rezound. This will be a fun day for me chance to go play with the Razr too.

    • BigCiX

      So has your E3D gotten slower?

      • Richard Yarrell

        Evo 3d was always great sprint wimax signal became poor. Hence goodbye sprint hello verizon..

  • deivs001

    I love the package! Nice. clean, without extra bling-bling.

  • Samar

    Gud battery life, for sure.

  • pritams

    sure.