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HTC Rezound Quick Hands-on Gallery

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HTC and Verizon made the Rezound official just moments ago, and we had a chance to go hands-on with it for a few minutes. The big beautiful 4.3″ HD screen (Super LCD according to the official specs) is the star along with those sharp red accents and Beats by Dre logos. It matches up closely to the thickness of the DROIDX, if not slightly thicker, but isn’t thick by any means. Tough to tell what the battery life will be like with the 1620mAh battery and if the built-in Beats audio enhancements will live up to the buzz – so far though, this looks like another great addition to the Verizon 4G LTE family.

Gallery below.  

  • http://www.flayme.com/troll/ nAnatroll

    HDMI cable: 35 bucks
    Beats earbuds: Included
    Sense 3.5: Included
    Lag: Included
    Rezound: 350 after taxes

    Insatiable rage caused by 7-10 random reboots a day and more lag than a chevy volt:

    PRICELESS

    http://comicsmedia.ign.com/comics/image/article/655/655565/fredhembeck2005104-03_1128408775.jpg

    • http://twitter.com/jcardea CEO Of Monster I N C

      I put 100 dollars that my phone wont randomly reboot and have no lag. (well not insufferable lag, phones as well as computer tend to lag) 

    • theraskell

      by looking at those pictures, where does that HDMI cabel plug in?

  • http://profiles.google.com/jeck7788 Josh Eck

    No thanks.  Sense ruins the experience for me.

  • Anonymous

    For the life of me, i cant seem to get used to seeing those red buttons.  When i see that phone, I imagine it with stock running (it’ll get it eventually) and i just cant see that as an attractive feature once you leave sense.

    Although, I have fallen for HTC’s button gimmics before, I do own an Incredible 2 (OOOH, THEY ROTATE).

    • http://twitter.com/jcardea CEO Of Monster I N C

      on the aesthetics side, i love the buttons. chop that up with a matching case, and bam, you got some sexy going on, now if the headphones were all red, you could make a fashion statement with that. Thus why i believe it was geared towards the masses. 

  • Anonymous

    Good looking phone. Glad they pretty much took the styling notes from the Incredible and made this phone. This would probably be my next device if I wasn’t so set on the G-Nex.

  • Raskell

    Why is it that Verizon has a page for the phone but its not there on htc.com? weird

    • http://twitter.com/jcardea CEO Of Monster I N C

      None of the beats branded phones are on HTC.com

  • Giant Kn10

    So what version of Sense is Bliss?  That’s what I have on my Tbolt, and thought was Sense 3.5.

  • Blix

    I’m not seeing the HDMI port on this thing. A little help for the blind please?

  • Anonymous

    A decision between phones has never been better.  While I’m on the Nexus bandwagon I could see being happy with any of these 3 new flagship devices each with genuine appeal that sets them apart.

    For once I’m glad I did get sucked into the hyperbeast and didn’t even consider the Bionic.  Not a bad phone, but since my DX is fully operational I would have been pissed to trade up a working phone for one that is already out of production.

  • http://twitter.com/vdefender Taylor A.

    Is it just me or do those icons look way too big to be a 1024×720 screen? Unless HTC created newer high resolution icons to keep the size appear the same as they would be on a lower rez screen… If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about, just look at how far across the screen the clock, battery, signal and gps icons go (half way) then find a picture of the galaxy nexus and look at its icons, albiet it has one less, but they don’t even go a quarter of the way.

  • Anonymous
  • Prickee

    If that Galaxy Nexus wasn’t coming out I’d put this beast up for sure. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m curious how these phones are going to look and work with ICS.  It seems like they’re going to be taking something that is the best of android and then messing around with it and I just don’t understand the point.

  • Andruid

    Is this phone coming to europe(sweden)? or is the sensation xe the european equivalent and we shouldnt hope for the rezound?

    • MOTOX

      get the xe…this is u.s only…

  • Anonymous

    Just missing the knight rider light.  Screw Siri, I want K.I.T.  from night rider.  

    • Dominick DeVito

      that’s knight rider

  • http://twitter.com/grilmasterweber kweber

    Everyone needs to stop ripping on phones.. if you want the nexus cool get it, if you want the razr, cool go get that, if you want the rezound, cool go get that. just because a rezound isnt a nexus doesnt mean its a bad phone. I think its great that htc is building their phones they way they do. i like the look of them and the build quality on them is amazing. I have a thunderbolt and yeah it may be a little thick but its a really solid phone and feels like it was put together really well and i have been happy with it. but just because im saying all this about htc doesnt mean i think the other two are bad. i think its great that motorola is doing something unique in the android world.. a super thin phone with a build in battery. its good because its different.. the whole idea around android id for people to have choices not to have one all powerful phone that rules all others. so in my opinion i think they are all great phones, just depends on what type of phone type you are looking for.

    • Anonymous

      I agree.  All 3 phones being released are pretty good and they come from different angles.  Nexus is more stock experience with well rounded features, Rezound is more media centric with big specs, and the Razr is more sexy with better materials.  It’s like the Charlie Angels of phones.  

      But I like the approach that HTC is taking.  I think that there will be a lot of little bugs here and there with ICS and it could take some time for app developers to iron them out.  When HTC releases ICS for the Rezound the OS will have matured a little.  

    • Dominick DeVito

      why, do you die a little inside when we fight?

      get over it.

    • Dominick DeVito

      With choice come opinions so deal with it.

      Sure, I choose the x86 platform for a desktop but that doesn’t stop me from telling everyone how much Windows sucks ass

      • Anonymous

        When read comments like that, Dominick, I have to wonder why you’re so widely despised on this site…

        • Dominick DeVito

          OEMs wanted to differentiate themselves. They’ve succeeded.

    • http://twitter.com/jcardea CEO Of Monster I N C

      Well said kweber, it’s annoying how people will rip on a phone, and then they’re accusations aren’t backed up. 

      Wait until the phone actually is released and you play with it, and the reviews pour in before you make your final judgment. The other phones aren’t bad just because I want the rezound, trust me, if the rezound wasn’t around i would be jizzing my pants for the g-nex. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

      It’s hard when you have douche bags like AnGeLFaCe77 coming into every article and making negative comments about the Galaxy Nexus, a phone that the idiot hasn’t even held before.  Seriously, he/she does it in every. single. article.

      • Anonymous

        Hank, I’m glad I’m not the only one who noticed that?

  • Dominick DeVito

    *yawn*

    More G-Nex news please.

  • Pennywise

    LCD FTW!!! This just jumped ahead of the Nexus for ditching that OLED crap imo.

    • Alan Paone

      OLED is the future. But seriously, what’s so crap about it?

      • Pennywise

        OLED is not the future. Unless, like HDMI, you guys just don’t give a $#^& and let the industry shovel this garbage down our throats. 

        First off, it (OLED) is the answer to an industry problem brought about by the (long) lifespan of LCDs. “How are we going to keep selling TV’s if they are going to last 30 years?” OLED is how; provided marketing can convince people they want it. OLED, organic light emitting diodes, are designed to be tossed away. They start losing brightness from the moment they are powered up with the intention of you having to buy all of your devices (that use OLED displays) over and over again. OLED has a very rapid (engineered) decay.

        Second, they are terrible at color reproduction. Contrast is out of whack and colors are over-saturated.

        Third, OLED displays perform (very) poorly in sunlight/outdoors.

        Just like this industry did with HDMI, where they convinced people that HDMI’s digital transfer was somehow “better” than DVI’s digital transfer so that they could sneak-in copyright protection circuitry to appease Hollywood, they are trying to pull the wool over consumer’s eyes with OLED.

  • Anonymous

    If you want an alpha build for cm7 on the droid bionic go to rootzwikis twitter and it’ll be towards the top

  • Jason

    What is with HTC and girly phones lately.. Purple 1st and now red? 

  • Anonymous

    May have root already androidspin.com/2011/11/03/htz-rezound-added-to-the-pre-launch-rooted-list/

  • Anonymous

    I changed my mind on the Nexus now.  After seeing the video and how fast this thing runs I’m sold.  Plus I still like hardware buttons and this should actually give ICS more screen room when it’s released.  And I don’t know if I’m ready to ditch removable SD cards just yet  
    My 2 issues is the very small stock battery and the damn name.  How about the “Incredible Beats HD”?  And while this beast is fat I don’t mine at all.  And here is another picture of the oem extended battery; almost double at 2,750mah. 

    http://www.droid-life.com/2011/10/21/htc-rezound-extended-battery-and-cover-get-some-hands-on-time/

    • Anonymous

      Seidio may sell a slim bigger battery for this device.

      • Anonymous

        Seido batteries suck and were proven to not be that great. Wonder if the stock 1735 sensation battery will fit in this without a different back?

        • Anonymous

          Maybe because they look the same but I doubt it. It’s not convenient for the manufacturer to allow that. HTC messed it with that small battery. Are you getting the rebound? This one is looking better than the nexus.

          • Anonymous

            Except various batteries are interchangeable between htc devices. Do a quick google search and you will see.

          • Anonymous

            If there is a bigger slim battery for the rezound, it will be a winner even though is using an old gpu.

    • Anonymous

      Not sure I get the whole button issue.  The buttons in ICS will operate the same as dedicated buttons, there’s just no strip between the screen and the buttons.

  • Anonymous

    Is the battery removable, cause the sim card looks like it gets in the way

    • Kelson Sebring

      Lol. Yes the battery is removable. The picture where you can see the SIM kind of proves that, since there is no battery in the phone in that shot. The battery is red, so you would know if it were in.

  • hatethanet

    All the red looks tacky and cheap imo. The Thunderbolt has a classier color scheme and less wasted space above and below the screen.

    • Anonymous

      HTC did the same thing with the Incredible when it came out.  I wouldn’t be surprised if a red backing is released soon.  Just like with the Incredible.

  • Anonymous

    this phone would be worth buying if it the battery wasnt so small, im losing hope in htc, how could they make a phone so thick and still have a small battery?

    • Anonymous

      It’s the chode of the phone world.

  • Anonymous

    I know one question that i have yet to see an answer or a pic of.

    Where is the notification LED?

    • Kelson Sebring

      Top right.

      • Anonymous

        Ah, so its BESIDE the speaker like on the EVO 3D unlike the ThunderBolt where it was behind it, making it difficult to see. 

        • Kelson Sebring

          There is a video where you can see it blinking…let me find it for you real quick.

          • Kelson Sebring

            Scratch that. Looks like the dude over at Droid Forums took down all of his videos and content in his OP. Probably got in trouble. Anyway, yeah, it is not inside of the speaker.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Victor-Mena/1653338696 Victor Mena

    How does the battery fit into the phone with the sim chip dock in the way? Is this going to be a funny shaped battery? Does the sim chip move up to remove the battery and how will that work with an extended battery?

    • http://twitter.com/jcardea CEO Of Monster I N C

      What…what do you mean sim chip dock in the way?

      • Anonymous

        I think he sees the one picture as if it was the battery inside still but with the SIM card slot on top, which is a total illusion, the angle makes it look like that to me too if you look at it at first.

        The battery is a standard block like the Incredible, ThunderBolt etc, except red like the Incredible as well. I like the translucent red internals, that would make a hot looking case

        • http://twitter.com/jcardea CEO Of Monster I N C

          Oh I was confused by what he said, because from my view the sim chip was clearly UNDER where the battery would be. I guess the angle can be a bit confusing if you’re not paying attention. 

  • Anonymous

    Great comparison on size, Thanks for showing us! :)

  • http://twitter.com/jcardea CEO Of Monster I N C

    It bothers me when people make stupid comments, like the one i’m making . :)

    I’m getting this phone, and i wish everyone would stop knocking this phone. The phone’s not that thick, and it doesn’t hinder your life so quit acting like it does. Weight and Width are more important than thickness. I actually would prefer a thicker phone, physics just tell me that a heavier thicker phone wont break as easy. 

    When i actually get the phone i’ll be buying an extra battery and a portable battery charger as i’ve been doing with every phone, so battery life doesn’t bother me. Other than that, i think i shall love this phone. 

    • Anonymous

      “physics just tell me that a heavier thicker phone wont break as easy”

      F=ma

      So dont drop it…

    • Anonymous

      Uum what physics are you taking? The heavier something is the more force it will have hence more likely to break if dropped.

  • Anonymous

    LOL look the battery is almost dead while on the charger. 1.5ghz on that tiny battery = fail.

    • http://twitter.com/jcardea CEO Of Monster I N C

      i don’t think the phone is charging….relook at the pictures ….

      • Anonymous

        Your right, no charging symbol in the battery.

  • Anonymous

    IMO UUUgly. Time for something fresh… Cmon Nexus!

  • http://www.facebook.com/vespadaddy Dan Peters

    Is it just me, or is this phone kind of pudgy?

    • SamIam

      I think the politically correct term is “Rubenesque”  ;-)

    • Anonymous

      This device it is pretty neat. It looks nice even though it is similar to most of the HTC devices. The battery and the old gpu may be a deal breaker for some people. I do like HTC display, camera and build quality.

      • Anonymous

        The gpu in the omap is just as old. Shut up moto fanboy just because it isn’t the razr.

        • Anonymous

          Not its fan we have the a9 cortex htc has been using a8 since the evo 3d lol.

  • Anonymous

    The sole reason I will not even consider this phone is due to the “Beats By Dre” BS. I refuse to support such a ridiculous marketing gimmick. 

    • Jer85008

      I agree, any good set of headphones on any other phone will match the sound quality of this phone. How much “tweeking” can they do to the sound anyway that you couldn’t do with the built-in controlls of any android device? It’s all in the headphones.

      BTW – I tried a $400 set of Beats over-ear headphones at BB the other day, and they don’t sound as good as my old Sennheisers that cost half that.  

      • http://twitter.com/jcardea CEO Of Monster I N C

        Did you try those beats over ear on an equalizer fit to match the frequency that would optimize those beats? I doubt it.(trust me, it makes a big difference) 

        On a side note, i plan to get this phone and sell the headphones anyways. im looking to get it them gone for 100, i’ll have to agree, i don’t feel like maybe besides the music being louder, i doubt any true quality difference will be noticed on a phone.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

    cant believe that had those security things on the back of the phone like you guys were thieving customers lol

  • Anonymous

    2nd picture… those your nails, Dan? ;)

    • Anonymous

      LMAO!!!  +1

    • Anonymous

      lol

    • http://an.droid-life.com/ Dan

      I wish I bite my nails, they are pretty beat up :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/TJHRULZ tjhrulz

      thought the same thing

  • Cam

    This seems like a decent phone, but they probably have the worst timing ever, especially for a 300$ phone. This thing is going to be swallowed up by the Razr and Nexus.

  • Flip74k

    Will it come with wireless charging stock out the box?

    • Jason

      your probably going to have to buy the mat, I don’t know if the battery is already wireless charge capable but there advertising it so I would assume.

  • gogogadget

    Looks like a phone for racer kids.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EHNVJSSPIBJKGRIPHRWEXDDC4Q Kevin

    This will be my next phone. Period. Love the design, the screen and the camera. One question though…Will this be a global device? Can anyone answer that?

    • compchick813

      Probably not since it wasn’t mentioned at the announcement.

    • Tim242

      It’s bigger than the thunderbolt!

    • Pmegna

      Yes

  • Anonymous

    Not like anyone here cares but… Sense 3.5 is awesome. Running it on my phone now. 

    And from the Engadget video review of this phone it doesn’t look too thick

  • Parfor

     That thing is a brick with a lint remover on the back.

    • Anonymous

      I have to admit, that was funny

    • http://profiles.google.com/nerdydesi Nerdy Desi

      Oh some of you will complain about anything. Oh, it has great battery life but the thickness kills it for me. Oh, its so thin I can slick a cake with it but the battery life is horrendous. Wah, wah, wah.

      Honestly, there’s no pleasing some mobile users out there.

  • http://twitter.com/LucasJohnson14 Lucas Johnson

    what’s this? no droid-life close up of the battery indicator so we can see the resolution.. something i wanted for the nexus as well

    • http://an.droid-life.com/ Dan

      My camera’s macro setting refused to focus, it didn’t seem Pentile…but don’t hold me to that 

      • http://twitter.com/LucasJohnson14 Lucas Johnson

        all in all it was still a great hands on. thank you Dan

  • http://profiles.google.com/davidukfl David Wanless

    looks cheap and dated. HTC need to step it up.

    • Anonymous

      You just described every Samsung phone to date (except the S2 that has some metal on it)

      • Anonymous

        cheap maybe but dated? samsung always made great hardware it was their software that killed it.

        • Anonymous

          *cough* Charge *cough*

          • Anonymous

            The charge was like the tb, just something so people far a choice for lte.

        • Anonymous

          Samsung has weak radios, gps, bad call quality, plastic, ugly software etc. Those are very important features to a smartphone. Moto is the best because they have the best radios and call quality and many other things as well.

          • Anonymous

            Except the bionic currently with all its data issues among other things. 9 months for a bug filled device? Come on man. I know all phones have bugs but most don’t take that long to be released or get re done two times.

          • Anonymous

            you are being ignorant. They made a whole new device with a new processor, more ram and a better form factor. You can not change those things within 2 months. The bionic is a beast and you know it :)

          • Anonymous

            Bionic is a Beast????   RU crazy guy?   My co-worker has a Bionic. My T-bolt is right there with him on EVERYTHING….   I destry him on most normal phone things.

            Motorola sucks. Can’t stand them. they are SOOO ugly. u talk about HTC, at least they stopped changing with a nice design. Moto always has some weird hump or crap that makes it gross.

            Oh, and by the way   Gnex Rules !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Anonymous

            He is. Moto fanboy you can’t say anything because according to him moto is the best and only phone manufacturer lmao.

          • Anonymous

            Keep dreaming

      • Anonymous

        The sgs2 is a nice device even though, it has a lot of plastic lol. I would not be surprised if the gs2 is better than the nexus.

  • Anonymous

    This phone looks sweet. Here’s to hoping it has good battery, price point, and none of the TB issues.

  • Anonymous

    The ICS version better have a new, fresh look. This phone sounds great but Sense has been the same for too long. This isn’t an iPhone, we like a fresh design.

    • Anonymous

      I do agree sense is played out already. The new moto UI is the best at this moment.

      • Anonymous

        they all are garbage, stock is all you need.

      • Anonymous

        Get off the motorola soapbox already.

        • Anonymous

          It’s better than to be in the samsung bandwagon lol.

          • http://profiles.google.com/nerdydesi Nerdy Desi

            I think their UI isn’t THAT bad.

          • Anonymous

            Maybe, they are improving. I like moto’s ui and htc sense 3.0.

    • SeanK

      Ya, HTC needs to change it up now. Beats isn’t going to cut it. Sense and their phone design is getting old. HTC phones never had good battery life. This phone looks like it’s targeted towards teenagers, people who buy Alienware computers or ravers who like staring at LEDs.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LQNNJDZQIWIIHJWUIUV7R24XAM Aaron

    From the second Droid X comparison picture it looks like it matches up closely to the thickness of the hump on Droid X.

  • EC8CH

    I bet they changed the name to Re”zound” cause it sounds like “sound” to play off of the Beats branding…

    which is kinda lame.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

      How punny of them :p

    • Greene

      no sh!t???  you should work for scotland yard…   lapd at best.

  • Anonymous

    What is the opposite of classy?

    • EC8CH

      Kim Kardashian

      • Anonymous

        Yes! lol

      • Nex

        LOL Hilarious 

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Graham-Cluck/1848256183 Graham Cluck

        lol your comments rule…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

    Hey look it’s an EVO…ohh it’s not?

    • Anonymous

      Actually it looks more like a sensation.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

        All of HTC’s phones look way too similar. They need to come up with some new designs is all I’m saying…

        • Anonymous

          all im saying is it looks nothing like an evo. Moto makes most of their phones look the same as does samsung.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

            I can actually tell most of Moto and Samsung’s phones apart. HTC, ehh not so much.

          • Anonymous

            I do kind of agree, wish htc would change up the design a little.

          • christian cerda

            samsung phones look the same! 

          • Alan Paone

            All phones look the same.

          • Anonymous

            No they are not.

          • Anonymous

            Ha ok. Square with a hump. You’re right they all look different. /s

          • Anonymous

            Atrix, atrix 2 , photon, razor, bionic, droid and droid x those are different devices or maybe  you are  blind.

          • Anonymous

            Droid, Droid 2, Droid 3, Droid 4. Similar. Much like how incredible 1, incredible 2 and this originally dubbed incredible HD look similar.

          • Anonymous

            Those devices do not look similar, you need glasses.

        • Anonymous

          You are right, since the evo most of their devices look the same. Come on HTC give the HTC fan boys what they want. I will stick with Moto :)

      • Anonymous

        Yea it looks pretty close to the Sensation XE actually

    • Anonymous

      Totally like the incredible 2. It was almost the incredible HD…

  • Anonymous

    Thank you. Much better then BGRs hands on.