Today we shall be reviewing the HTC Rezound. Since this device has so many versions around, I chose to review the best of the best. You probably know that HTC has released more HTC Increbiles over the years. Actually, over the same year. Usually it was just branded by different service providers. Even though this one may be classified as one of those phones that have been given a different name and that about does it, I assure it is not. The HTC Incredible and even the HTC Incredible 2 are inferior to this one. This is the HTC Rezound, which is known to many in many different names. Some of these names are : HTC Vigor, HTC Thunderbolt 2, HTC Droid Incredible HD and even HTC ADR6425. However I shall mostly refer to it as HTC Rezound during this review. The HTC Rezound was designed specifically for Verizon but it isn’t a normal GSM device as you may know it. If you search this website you may encounter another article about the HTC Rezound. Know that I keep those older bad articles around for the sole purpose of reminding me where my work has come from and where it is now.
Well without further ado, let us begin this little review of the HTC Rezound.
In this part of the review we shall be looking at the more general aspects of the HTC Rezound, such as supported networks and release date. The supported networks of the HTC Rezound are as following : CDMA 800 / 1900 as 2G networks, CDMA 2000 1xEV-DO as a 3G network, LTE 700 as the 4G network. The HTC Rezound was announced in November 2011 and was released the same month. It is the only phone in the HTC Incredible series which came out so late in the year, but make no mistake they all came out in 2011.
In this part of the review we shall analyze the size, the weight and so on of the device, as well as notice whether or not the device has any distinguishing marks. The HTC Rezound is around 129 x 65.5 x 13.7 mm big and weighs somewhere around 170.1 grams. It doesn’t have any distinguishable marks, other than the Touch-Sensitive Controls ( either that or it has really really flat buttons like an old Sagem of mine used to have ).
This part of the review shall focus mostly on the display of the device and things related to it, such as type of screen, screen size, resolution and pixel density as well as the existence of any distinguishable things of this screen. The HTC Rezound’s screen is an S-LCD capacitive touchscreen with around 16 million colors. The size of the screen is around 4.3 inches. It can reach a resolution of approximately 720 x 1280 pixels. The pixel density of the HTC Rezound is 342, which is the best available. Anything above 300 is of the utmost quality and clarity. The HTC Rezound also has Multitouch and HTC Sense v3.5 UI installed on it, should you decide to activate it.
This part of the review is focused mostly on the audible output qualities of the device. You can find ere information about : alert types, loudspeaker and 3.5 mm jack and even the existence of any means of sound enhancement. The alert types of the HTC Rezound are : virbration, MP3 and WAV ringtones. The HTC Rezound also has a Loudspeaker and a 3.5 mm jack. Also, the HTC Rezound has a SRS WOW HD sound enhancement mod installed on it.
This part of the review is focused mostly on the memory side of the HTC Rezound, which includes : the storage space and means of enhancing it and RAM memory. The HTC Rezound has around 16 GB of internal storage space and upon purchasing this device you get another 16 GB in MicroSD card form. If you desire more than that, you know the drill, the MicroSD card slot will take anything that is up to 32 GB. The RAM of the HTC Rezound is around 1 GB, which is currently the biggest amount of RAM ( until the 2 GB phones come out, anyway ).
This part of the review is focused upon the data connectivity of the device. Things concerned by this part of the review are : the GPRS, the EDGE, the Speed of the device, the WLAN and the Bluetooth and USB connections. The HTC Rezound doesn’t have EDGE nor GPRS. Its speed isn’t all that great either, the phone having Rev. A up to 3.1 MB/s and LTE Class 13 speeds. The WLAN of the HTC Rezound is a Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with both DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot. The HTC Rezound has a Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP. The connection between the HTC Rezound and the PC can be done via MicroUSB (MHL) v2.0 port of the device.
This part of the review is focused towards the camera of the device : the main, the secondary and the features and capabilities of the two. The main camera of the HTC Rezound is an 8 MP snapper capable of photographing at around 3264 x 2448 pixels. The main camera also has a lot of features such as : autofocus, dual-LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, image stabilization, face detection and instant capture. The video recorder of the HTC Rezound is capable of recording at around 1080p full HD with a steady 30 frames per second and at 720p with around 60 frames per second. The video recorder also has stereo sound recording. Also, the HTC Rezound has a secondary 2 MP frontal camera, which is currently the best camera as far as frontal cameras are concerned.
This part of the review will be dedicated towards the battery of the device, which is one of the most important components of the device. What we’re aiming to find out here is the type of battery and the time it can function and under which circumstances. The battery of the HTC Rezound is a standard Li-Ion 1620 mAh battery. It can function for up to 261 hours of stand-by time and up to 6 hours and 24 minutes of stand-by time.
This part of the HTC Rezound’s review is oriented towards the hardware of the device. Things concerned here are the components, mainly : the processor, the graphics card and the mother board. The processor of the HTC Rezound is a Dual-Core 1.5 GHz Scorpion processor, which is good even by today’s standards. The chipset and GPU of this device are : Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon and Adreno 220, which are really good.
This part of the review is focused mostly on the software of the device. Things concerned here are the version of the device and whether or not it can be upgraded. The Android OS version of this device is Android OS v2.3.4 Gingerbread and it is upgrade-able to v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is more than you can say than about most phones.
This part of the review is oriented towards the features and capabilities of the HTC Rezound. The sensors of the HTC Rezound are as following : accelerometer, gyro, proximity and compass. The messaging of the HTC Rezound is done via : SMS ( with threaded view ), MMS, E-Mail, Push Mail and even IM. The browser of the HTC Rezound supports HTML and Adobe Flash. The radio of the HTC Rezound has Stereo FM radio with RDS. The GPS of the HTC Rezound supports A-GPS and has Java via Java MIDP emulator.
Here is a brief list of the things this device can do :
- SNS integration
- TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail
- YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa integration
- MP3/AAC+/WAV/WMA player
- XviD/MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
- Document viewer
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
This concludes the review of the HTC Rezound. If you feel that anything is lacking from this review feel free to leave your suggestion for things to be added in the comment section below and I shall consider them when writing my future projects.
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