Verizon isn’t scrimping on 4G LTE smart phones, and hot with the heels of the DROID RAZR comes up the HTC Rezound. Whereas Motorola pursued slimness, HTC has directed all-round top-flight features of the kind we’ve not actually seen from the company in some time. Hence, the Rezound packs a 720p HD result screen, rapid dual-core processor and a smooth unibody chassis in its quest to be the best LTE smart phone around. Does it everything plus up, or has HTC gripped off more as compared to it can jaw?
It’s unibody plan language is acquiring, presume we say it, and a small old at present, and although the Rezound is reasonably the most beneficial carrying out of it we’ve seen in some time. The collection of textures and nearly cartographic layers, along with the splash of red about the main camera lens, the earpiece and rear lighting the touch-sensitive fascia buttons pick up on themes from the Sensation XE, Incredible 2 and other late HTC handsets, and when this isn’t a small phone (measuring 129 x 65.5 x 13.7 mm), it’s one that feels tough in the hand.
Upward front there’s a 4.3-inch S-LCD screen campaigning at 1280 x 720 result, as the Galaxy Nexus just also more pixel-dense. It’s a superb display, bright and colorful, and best of everything there’s no squint-worthy text or graphics in Android 2.3.5 and Sense 3.5 to spoil things. Displaying angles are wide and the panel as a complete is a joy for browsing, video screening and snarling shots with the 8-megapixel camera (that’s 1080p HD capable, and paired with a dual-LED flash). Upward-front a 2-megapixel camera serves for video calls.
Within there’s Qualcomm‘s 1.5GHz MSM8660 dual-core, Adreno 220 GPU on paired , 1GB memory as well as 16GB storage; a micro SD card slot assist-fully prefilled by Verizon on a 16GB card increases that. Connectivity have LTE, evidently, by EVDO Rev. A to fall rear on when you’re outside of 4G coverage. Still there’s no UMTS/WCDMA support, as the Rezound isn’t a World Phone: go abroad and you’re fixed with WiFi a/b/g/n to get online and employ VoIP. Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, an accelerometer, digital compass, gyroscope and light/closeness sensors round out the main characteristics, although you even acquire an FM radio with RDS.
Though LTE and the 720p screen are headline catching plenty, HTC has even did the Rezound the 1st of its devices for the US market to offer Beats Audio, the music-centric spoils of its partnership with Monster. As in Europe, where we’ve already seen the HTC Sensation XE launch, the Rezound uses a collection of hardware and software for its Beats carrying out: in the box you acquire a pair of particular “beats” in-ear headphones, complete with matching red cords and a carry pouch, when a custom tuning profile automatically loads when they’re plugged in.
Beats Audio is known for its love of bass, and unsurprisingly the preset EQ profile is enthusiastic to stress the low-end. As you can switch it on and off easily, by using a control that seems in the notifications menu, it’s straightforward to audition your favorite paths to watch if they benefit from the audio crackling. Exclude increased loudness and a broader sound stage, but don’t forget that music benefits anyhow from the higher-standard headphones versus the usual dire offers bundled with most phones. We’re not totally convinced that the Beats Audio processing is the be-all and end-all of music quality, but offering more capable headphones as standard is definitely welcome.