HTC Rezound Unboxing and Quick Look

The HTC Rezound is launching tomorrow on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Priced at $299 on a 2 year contract.  I have not been able to post my unboxing video (due to the rigors of testing devices).  I am going to quickly go over some of the key features that I like about the Rezound and hopefully tomorrow I will have my full review.

QUICK LOOK HARDWARE: The Rezound has a 4.3″ 720p HD display with a resolution of 720×1280 (345 pixels per inch – exceeding even the iPhone’s Retina Display). Side by side with my Thunderbolt the difference is pretty impressive, with the naked eye it is very difficult to distinguish the difference in the resolution of the Sensation 4G and the Rezound. Once I looked at the Rezound screen through a magnifying glass I was amazed. It is extremely difficult to distinguish any pixels, even when zooming in on text files.

Camera: The camera on this device is impressive. It has rather impressive low-light capabilities. I had a chance to take some test shots last night and will take some more this evening.  I also decided to take a very quick video for the 1080p video recording.

More after the break



Beats by Dre – I’ll be the first to admit that I thought that the Beats by Dre decision was purely a marketing scheme.  When this was announced last year AllThingsD mentioned HTC did it for the “Street Cred”  Recently Peter Chou said, “We’ll first make Beats Audio a premiere experience, implementing it at the super-smart phone level.” After spending a significant amount of time listening to the Beats headphones and comparing them to other earbuds, I have come away convinced. This is not just marketing.  I have never experienced a set of earbuds with such rich bass.

They are far and away the most impressive pair of “free” headphones I’ve ever had an opportunity to use.  They surpassed any expectations I had.  While I have the Beat’s audio profile in the ROMs that I am running on both the Sensation and the Thunderbolt they don’t have the integrated “Beats Audio” DSP (Digital Signal processor) chip built-in.  This does make a world of difference.  It’s not as impressive as Voodoo enabled sound in the Samsung devices, YET!

 Enjoy the unboxing video and look for my review in the next day or so.


Additional features

  • Mobile Hotspot capability: share 4G connection with up to ten Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • Operating System: Android 2.3™ (Gingerbread) with latest HTC Sense – An upgrade to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will available in early 2012
  • Internal Memory: 16 GB on-board memory, 1 GB DDR2 RAM
  • Memory Card: 16 GB MicroSD™ pre-installed
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth®: 3.0 – support for headset, hands-free, stereo, phonebook access and object push for vCard and vCalendar
  • Battery: 1,620 mAh
  • Special Features: HDMI (through MHL), G-sensor, Light sensor, Compass, Proximity sensor, MicroUSB, USIM/CSIM/ISIM, audio jack and Wireless Charging capable
  • Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM8660 1.5GHz, Qualcomm® MDM9600
  • Dimensions: 129 x 65.5 x 13.65 mm