This is a really powerful smartphone. The 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 processor is backed up by 1 GB of RAM and an Adreno 220 GPU. It has 16 GB of built-in storage and there’s a microSD card slot so you can boost that by up to 32 GB (it actually ships with a 16 GB card too).
The camera is rated at 8 megapixels and it has a dual LED flash. It is also capable of capturing 1080p video at 30 FPS or 720p video at 60 FPS. There’s a 2 megapixel front facing camera for video calls. HTC generally gets criticised for poor camera performance but the Rezound does well. Shots in good light turn out great, and as usual there is some noise in low light conditions. On the whole it is a good camera and there are plenty of options in the camera app to tweak your settings and access different shooting modes and visual effects.
Thanks to HTC’s partnership with Monster Beats you get a high quality set of earbud headphones and they have controls on the cable and a microphone so they can handle calls as well. There is also Beats audio enhancement on the phone for all your audio which basically boosts the volume, improves the bass and offers a better quality of sound. Your music, and also your game and movie audio, will benefit from this boost in quality. There’s also a built in stereo FM radio with RDS.
This is a 4G LTE phone so you get potentially super-fast download speeds, which makes for a great web browsing experience. There’s also Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a,b,g,n, A-GPS and DLNA support. With the right connector you can hook your Rezound up to an HDTV and it will also support 5.1 surround sound and SRS Wow HD surround.
In terms of pre-installed apps the Rezound has plenty. All of the usual Google services are very welcome, but Verizon’s inclusions aren’t so great. There are also apps from HTC including the HTC Watch service for streaming TV shows and movies. You are stuck with all these apps so it helps that the phone has 32 GB of storage out of the box.