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Verizon In-Store Ad Shows Off HTC Rezound Ahead of Announcement – Red Soft Keys, Beats Earbuds and Joe Jonas Included

First off, the community here is the best on the planet. I know I say that all the damn time, but it’s just so true. When I received a tip that Verizon stores were running ads for the HTC Rezound, I quickly jumped on Twitter to see if anyone was near a store and would be down for a stealth photo mission. Almost 30 people stepped up and delivered. So awesome.

Anyways, there it is in the ad-flesh. The Rezound with its super sexy red soft keys, Beats by Dre earbuds, and wait…Joe Jonas? We are still waiting for Verizon and HTC to announce this phone on Thursday (which we will be at by the way), but this gives us comfort in knowing that it’s the real deal. And sorry folks, no last minute name changes back to the Vigor or Incredible HD.

Random tip in our inbox tossed out the idea on Friday that Big Red may try to slip this phone in on the 14th (which is a Monday) since the DROID RAZR is expecting to be in stores on the 10th followed by the Galaxy Nexus on the 17th. Not sure I’m fully ready to believe Verizon would change up its release schedule to a Monday when they have gone with Thursdays for at least the last couple of years, but it almost seems like they should. This is quickly shaping up to be one of the biggest months in Android history.

Close up shot after the break.  

Cheers Uraquan, TheAd3pt and everyone else!

  • Justin Kos

    thank god the gnex didnt sell out with joe jonas on the add

    though i would take a big shot of geddy lee on the add for the gnex

  • Anonymous

    oh great, instead of bloatware we get awful music? they may well throw in some “jbiebs” too.

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  • Bbrutcher

    just read an article that said google confirmed the nexus will launch in europe on the 17th and isn’t expected in the us for a week or two after that at the earliest!!  🙁

  • Bionicman

    i dont get the name. is it like snoop dog saying wiiizack instead of wack. Reeezound instead of sound. either way its a stupid name

  • I don’t see all the hate. Only HTC phone i owned and hated was the IMAGIO, but that’s only because Microsoft and Windows Mobile is weak sauce. I had issues with the eris, (specifically it’s lack of RAM and sometimes it wasn’t responsive..and took forever to delete messages) but once i rooted it, then those problems were eliminated and for the price i got it (lower of 100 off conract) it was a dream phone. I love HTC and Sense is actually one of the better interfaces IMHO. If you don’t like sense, then you probably are better off getting the g-nex over the razr and the rezound just based off personality. 

    • Anonymous

      I like HTC and Sense also, and this phone looks pretty nice. But HTC made a dud when it made the Thunderbolt. A lot of TB owners are angry at HTC for this. Hopefully they can redeem themselves with this. IMO HTC has Not made as many bad phones as Samsung has, but everyone wants a G Nex all teh sudden.

  • still marketing the Revolution as a netflix phone, which now every device can have. lol.

    anyways great job on the secret there Verizon, this is why you dont send promo stuff out to stores BEFORE you want it said.

  • I will never buy a phone with HTC’s Sense on it.  Sooo awful.

    • Raskell

      Root it and load up a nice ROM. End of that problem.

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  • Anonymous

    all the hate. I love them all. As long as they’re Android phones i love them. my co-worker has the bionic. I don’t make fun of him. I say “nice phone, you are the man”.   I love HTC they have always been great. And Sense is the best launcher there is, PERIOD. (if you want a launcher).

    I couldn’t wait for the vigor. I almost bought the extended battery. But i’m going Gnex. I hate Samdung but i have to have ICS.     But i’m not going to go hard on Rezound buyers. that phone is sweet. No matter what anyone says.       Still Gnex for me though.    but i need it now !!!!!!!!!!

  • had a thunderbolt, learned my lesson.

    Want a intrusive and very fat UI?

    Buy an HTC.

    Want inferior radio bands and reception?

    Buy an HTC.

    Want crappy cameras?

    Buy an HTC.

    Want horrid battery life?

    Buy an HTC.

    Want poor update support, and non-existing device support?

    Buy an HTC.

    Want lag?

    Buy an HTC.

    Want randoom reboots, bugs and generally poor performance?

    Buy a Rezound.

    Want kevlar, an ultra light ui overlay, superier reception and a SAMOLEDA screen?

    Buy my RAZR.

    • Anonymous

      since when has Motoblur been a “ultra light ui overlay”? Every time someone mentions Moto/Ninjablur its always negative.

       This is coming from a Thunderbolt owner who agrees with just about everything that is listed in your post.

      • Motoblur is still not ideal, but it’s MUCH better than it used to be and really doesn’t change much.  Sense, however, changes pretty much everything for the worse.

        • what I am referring to is the general intrusiveness of the UI. Sense changes nearly everything from the appearance, to the widgets, to the bloatware. MOTOblur has become fairly lightweight due to customer demand and complaint, and will continue to do so in the future as their newfound relationship  with google develops. This combined with motorola’s superior radio tech, quality of hardware, and rapid update and support history will mean a superior android product in almost every way. Its the reason I’m skipping the gnex and getting a razr.

          Sure it’s not pure google, but in reality I don’t think it will be long before we see something that is vanilla from moto. Probably by late 2012 im guestimating.

        • Anonymous

          MotoCrap sucks hairy donkey ba lls. Sense is ok, and TouchPiz is another joke. They all need to offer Vanilla or at least the choice of vanilla

          • Anonymous

            it wouldnt matter to the average consumer who doesnt know what sense, blur or stock is.

      • Anonymous

        i have used both a droid incredible and a droid 2, so i have experienced both skins.
        blur is ugly, slow and it lags and bugs constantly.
        htc sense is quite nice looking and noticeably smoother then blur but has a lot of stupid crap, like that carousel scrolling, skins and lock screen themes etc.
        so although sense has downsides i would still take an htc over a motorola anyday.

    • Anonymous

      Half of the things in the list also describe Samsung

    • Anonymous

      I bought a droid 2 and learned my lesson.

      want locked bootloaders?

      buy motorola

      want mediocre software?

      buy motorola

      want your device to randomly reboot and lag on a daily basis after waiting almost a year to update to gingerbread?


      want a perfect phone?


  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Anyone else find it strange that this ad shows an unannounced phone (Rezound) with an outdated phone (Bionic instead of RAZR)? Who handles Verizon’s marketing? 

    • hatethanet

      Yeah, I was thinking that as well.

    • Anonymous

      You’re outdated.

      • LiterofCola

        Don’t know why, but this made me chuckle.

      • Anonymous

        Haha, nice come-back 😉 Whether you like it or not, the Bionic is now outdated as the RAZR has already been offered for preorder and will be in stores before the Rezound. I know you love the Bionic and all, and I wasn’t trying to dis the Bionic–just saying, if I were Verizon I would want my latest and greatest advertized, not sure why they would put an older phone on the same advertizement as an unannounced phone. It makes no sense. Don’t worry though, your phone is still cool….

        • Anonymous

          And you somehow missed the Revolution on the picture?  I’m not arguing the Razr isn’t an upgrade on the Bionic but it’s a nominal improvement. I happen to like the Bionic’s design more as well as its removable battery but that’s just me.

          • Anonymous

            OK, I give up. You’re right, the RAZR is not being released and the Bionic will still be the LTE flagship device when VZ is marketing the Rezound.

          • Anonymous

            I don’t think outdated means what you think it means. Has nothing to do with bias, I’m not saying the Bionic is better.

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  • Jikhead

    The Rezound is one of three phones I’m considering purchasing, but if they’ve preloaded some Joe Jonas crap onto the phone, I will seriously mark this phone off my list.  It’s not enough with the bloatware, and now I have to listen to some gay-ass Jonas Bros. that can’t sing!?!

    • Raskell

      I am sure that if its a preloaded MP3, it should be easily removed

  • Just move along people nothing to see here lol 😛

  • Booboolala2000

    Gonna be funny as hell if they put bing on it. Sad but funny. VZW can’t not ruin one of the big four devices.

  • boo Jay

    I’m definitely giving the GNex a shot, but safe bet is the Rezound.  HTC phones are tried and true, not to mention sexy as hell.  Sense is by far the most attractive skin around.

  • Anonymous

    How is this “old” tech? 4.3″ 720p HD screen, with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear cam, 2MP front. Looks like it equals or beats every G Nex spec except for ICS. And the battery life on my Incredible 2 has been great.

    • Kelson Sebring

      Somebody is going to come in here and tell you that its processor or GPU are “old”, pretending they can tell the difference.

      Somebody else will tell you that it has terrible battery life, pretending they have used it.

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  • eazy

    What is the deal with all the hate towards other android devices seriously you sound like isheeple. Thats the beauty of android, you get your choice. I am going for the Galaxy Nexus, but that doesnt mean i wouldnt consider any other phone. Quit the Apple talk people and lets all get along

    • I only hate HTC.  Its their battery life, and skins.  They’re teh worstest.

      • Anonymous

        Wrong try Samdung with its TouchPiz, thats worse