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HTC's Rezound 4G LTE smartphone for Verizon packs some heft and a thump


Review by Dan Seifert on Monday November 14, 2011.

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Score

3.9 stars
"Good"

(How we score)


Sharp display, snappy performance, fast data speeds
Thick and heavy design, middling battery life, expensive

Summary

HTC's Rezound is the second 4G LTE(INFO) smartphone from the Taiwanese company for Verizon Wireless. It is also the first smartphone with Beats Audio in the U.S. and the first HTC smartphone with a 720p (1280 x 720 pixel) display. Did HTC learn enough from the ThunderBolt, its initial LTE handset? And does Beats Audio really do anything for anybody?

Though the Rezound is a considerable step up from the ThunderBolt, packing a faster processor, better camera, much improved display, better audio, and newer software, it is still plagued by some of the mire that the ThunderBolt was caught up in, namely a thick and heavy body and sub-par battery life. While the ThunderBolt had no competition on the LTE market when it was released, Verizon's (and now AT&T's) line-up is getting increasingly crowded with smartphones that boast thinner designs and bigger batteries along with the faster data speeds, presenting quite a bit of competition for headline shelf space and all-to-valuable marketing dollars for the Rezound.

Despite its few unique traits, I can't say that the Rezound is the best smartphone, or even the best LTE smartphone available from Verizon, for that matter. It's hard to justify its premium price tag. Read on to find out all of the ins and outs of the HTC Rezound.

You'll find a video of the HTC Rezound in action after the Table of Contents, below.

Table of Contents and Scorecard

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Dan Seifert
Dan is MobileBurn.com's Editor-in-Chief. Based in Poughkeepsie in New York, Dan can be found on Twitter as @DCSeifert.

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