Second Smartphone And I like it! December 30, 2012
Reviewer: frenchiefellow (United States) -
Got this as an early upgrade in January after my Droid X got "possessed" and the battery door wouldn't stay on. Old phone would call and text my friend all the time and would bug out occasionally, as well as restart itself and turn itself on. Couldn't take another year of that phone before a new one, so after some deliberation, I finally got this one.
Always wanted an HTC phone, because I thought they were sleek and well designed, always had nice screens, and I loved the HTC clock. Coupled with those reasons, the best phone specs for verizon at the time, and the iBeats headset, I was sold. Got it for $200 then, but the price now is an absolute steal considering what I paid, and considering its pretty expensive from verizon still.
Overall, I've enjoyed the phone thus far. I thought it was really sleek and well designed, the HD screen was beautiful, and I liked HTC sense. 4G connection and phone service is always good, and the call quality has been great thus far, as well. Wasn't my first android, so it was pretty much what I expected OS-wise.
The iBeats were nice, before I broke them (broke them at work), and the music player is very nice, especially since I had a bad experience with the stock music player on the last phone, and the Beats EQ kicks in with all headphones (nothing really all that special, but not bad).
However, I've had two problems with the phone thus far:
1) Seems to receive texts much slower than other Verizon phones for some reason. Sometimes there is a 1-2 minute delay when compared to other Verizon phones. I don't know why that is, but its not a deal breaker at all.
2) Sometimes when I plug headphones in, the music player freaks out and continually tries to call my most recent person called and hangs up immediately, or switches between that and perpetually shuffling my music music/pausing music. Will do this with the screen asleep too, and it sometimes tries to initiate voice commands as well. Usually stops once I replug in the headphones, but not always. Kind of what my last phone did, but it did that almost all the time.
Overall, this is still a great phone, especially for the price amazon currently has it at!
Great Phone February 4, 2012
Reviewer: Janey Graves "Janey" (Northeastern, MA) -
This phone is mostly amazing. I originally bought the Droid Razr and did not like it at all.
-Phenomenal camera (Front & back).
-Visual and audio quality are crisp and vivid. Special headphones are included that provide a full stereo sound.
-Super fast processor.
-It is not super sleek, but the dimensions of the phone actually feel more comfortable in the hand.
-Toggling between windows/apps is easy and quick.
-Value. I ended up saving $164 using Amazon instead of Verizon. Retail on Verizon is $199.99 and you pay tax on the full retail value which is about $44 dollars. Shipping is much faster.
-Power button and volume controls do not protrude enough.
-No exterior camera button & lacks a variety of timer settings. Even with a timer, the timer is reset each time the app is opened.
-Battery life is garbage but I suppose thats common with smartphones. I opted for the extended battery which adds considerable bulk. I've only had that for one day so I can't give a solid review on how efficient it is. I need to put the battery in the morning and see how it keeps up with regular use.
-Does not come with swype feature (so far only Samsung Galaxy had a great swype keyboard) and audio to text is completely unimpressive.
Overall, I really like my phone. I may write an updated review after several months of use.
HTC a Rezounding success February 2, 2012
Reviewer: J. C. J. Raybould (Georgia, USA) -
Me and my wife just upgraded our old phones to this phone. This is our first smart phone experience. The features, apps, screen and functionality of this phone are excellent. The camera is great and the ease of copying and pasting pictures and music from your computer or laptop is a breeze.
Like with all smart phones, the biggest adjustment from switching to the HTC Rezound from a higher end, non-smart phone, was lower battery life. With my old phone, I could go for days without having to even think about a recharge. With heavy and constant use, this phone will need to be recharged at the end of the day. I don't want to dwell too much on the battery issue however because it is my understanding that most if not all of the non-apple iphone devices have similar, lower battery lives than none smart phone devices. Is having to charge this phone regularly worth all of the cool apps and things that it can do? Absolutely. My old phone was a Samsung Reality, a good, little workhorse phone that did the job, but lacked all of the cool apps and fun that one can have with the HTC Rezound.
In summary, this is a great phone that allows you to play a wide variety of free games, organize music, photos, and video, play and surf the internet on 3 or 4G and use wireless when in a hotspot or at home-so as to save data plan, and even open document files such as word, excel and PDFs. It also has all of the basics that you want on your phone, such as the calendar, the calculator and all the free apps that you could ever want to do things that don't come already on the phone.
The phone is still working well. I did however want to address the issue with the beats earphones. I am not a fan of these earphones for two reasons. Firstly, they go right inside your ear, which feels unnatural and uncomfortable. Secondly, the earphones would always keep falling out of my ears, making them impractical for use. I ditched them and replaced them with a cheap, traditional set of earphones and all was well.
Mainly a comment about the buttons January 30, 2012
Reviewer: Jim (Arizona) -
Others who have rated the Rezound high echo my feelings but I do want to make a comment specifically addressing the concerns over the "buttons" on the side and top being to difficult to feel and push.... I upgraded from an HTC Incredible which had similar buttons but they were easier to push. In particular, I was always accidentally lowering the ringer volume. It's true that the top button and side rocker buttons are not easy to feel and push when you first get the phone but in the long run you will get used to them and you will be glad they are not easy to accidentally push.
Surgical January 26, 2012
Went from the Incredible first gen to this thing, a ridiculous difference. For those of you that already have a smart phone - battery life is just fine on the Rezound if you know what you're doing (app killer apps, turn off all the needless syncing etc). 4G and this phone are faster than my WIFI and laptop, beautiful screen, looks and feels a lot sexier in person than in the pics..Easily the best phone out now, worth keeping for two years.
HTC Rezound - Best Phone on VZW January 24, 2012
Reviewer: cobb cruiser "Amazon Fan" (GA) -
I've had this phone for about 3 weeks now and have run it through the ringer. I have owned all the earlier 4G/LTE phones: Samsung Charge, LG Revolution, and Motorola Bionic, in that order. The Charge was a decent phone with a few bugs - probably because it was the 1st one on the market. The Revolution was slower in processing speed and would hang up now and then. The Bionic was the worst phone ever! I could hardly keep a data signal on it!! I had dozens of calls with customer service and tech support, where they tried all sorts of things and even did a few factory resets. As far as replacements, we started with replacing the SIM card, then I had 2 replacement handsets and each had the same problem. Then the saving grace, which I was holding out for, was a significant software release. The result: still a phone that all I could do was make calls on, and the volume was poor. I could have gotten a free feature phone instead and probably would have been happier. Verizon offered to replace it with a phone due to my good standing having been a customer for over 12 years, 5 lines, always pay on-time, unlimited data plan, etc.
The phone I selected: the HTC Rezound. I couldn't be happier! I compared just about everything with the Bionic which I kept concurrently for a couple of weeks to compare. Connectivity on the Rezound was superb! The data signal was 2nd to none, as I had 4G at home where it had always been hit and miss. The download speeds at work approach 30 Mbps and upload is around 15 Mbps - blazing fast!! The sounds is great on both the earpiece and speakerphone. In fact I have to keep the earpiece volume at about 1/2 way most of the time; and for soft spoken people I always have plenty of headroom if I need it. The call quality is great - most people don't even know I'm on a cell phone. The HTC interface is also great. I do like the Go Launcher home interface more, but most other apps are stock: calendar, email, text, browser, and more.
I am an extremely satisfied cell phone customer once more as a result of my new HTC Rezound. Excellent phone with excellent service! And speed that no one else comes close to. I also love the Android Market with countless useful apps to help me be more productive. I would highly recommend the HTC Rezound on the VZW network.
Impressed January 5, 2012
Love the phone. Has met every expectation. This is my first android device and very satisfied with the overall performance of the phone. The screen is just plain beautiful. Android 2.3.4 and HTC Sense work flawlessly. I've had the phone for a week now and it hasn't crashed once. Some say the ibeats is a gimmick, I think it works great and the sound is fantastic. Have downloaded a bunch of apps from the market and so far no problems with any of them. Looking forward to the ICS release for this phone. I also considered the Nexus prior to purchasing this phone but I just liked the HTC phone better. The Nexus was just to plain and boring although ICS was pretty cool. I did buy the extended battery and it gets me through an entire day.
Best Phone Choice I Ever Made. December 4, 2011
Reviewer: X. Torres
This is the first smartphone I've ever had and it has blown my mind. Excellent camera/video quality, lightening fast connectivity, no dropped calls and amazing reception all over [OC]. This phone is straight quality and the beats headphones are an added bonus. I've never experienced music like this before and no need for a blue tooth with that lovely bonus.My ONLY negative for this phone is the battery life. I use my phone a lot at work with programs like Pandora and Audible, so I do have to charge it around 3pm [it's no where near dying on me, but Ive become accustomed to having it fully charged] for it to last through the night, but that's okay with me.
*Potential Apple killer in my opinion.
Worth getting, you won't be disappointed.
Wow! December 2, 2011
This phone is everything you want! It's fast, smooth, comfortable and lightweight! I was going to wait for the Galaxy Nexus but this one is well worth it. I had also checked out the Motorola Razr but the feel of that phone on your hand was very awkward due to the shape and size of that phone. The Razr also felt flimsy. The Rezound actually feels durable and very comfortable on your hand. It's not too big or too small. The only con is the battery life but as several others have said, this is the same issue with every phone. You just need to buy an extra battery and you're set.
Love Almost Everything About my Rezound December 1, 2011
Reviewer: Albelis (Florida,USA) -
I bought my Rezound knowing what i was getting, one of the most powerful phones on the market ( i could get into the spec, but you probably know them already), so here is my experiences with one week using the Rezound:
Wow! this thing is fast, beautiful, and.......fully charged the battery won't last more than 7 hours ( using it for youtube, music, apps, some web browsing). however, that's pretty much the only problem i have with my rezound.
So, if you are planing on getting this phone, you should know that battery is pretty bad, however, that is pretty much the only bad thing to say about this phone.
Phone of the Year ! November 30, 2011
Reviewer: Todd R. Cook "Texas Amazon Critic" (Plano, TX) -
Absolutely amazing phone. Incredibly Fast. The size of the phone is highly exaggerated. It feels very solid and very high end.
Our family uses primarily Iphones, so this is a welcome challenger to the family.
Verizon and the HTC Rezound are winning combinations November 29, 2011
I've had my Rezound for a week now and the phone is pretty remarkable and it exceeds my expectations compared to my old Droid X. The speed and the display are the differences I have seen so far. I do miss the dedicated camera button but I guess I will get use to the one on the touch screen. One issue I found in setting up my email and Facebook accounts are the birthdays that are pulled from my Facebook account are one day off. This I find very strange, all of the birthdays are the day before the actual birthdays listed in Facebook. I hope HTC and Facebook can get this issue resolved and corrected in a future update. Like everyone else the battery life is short, but not all the bad. I guess we all need solar panels on our heads to keep our batteries charged up. And in closing I do miss my charging cradle that when the phone is turned horizontal with the alarm clock and weather while charging, but it may have one and I haven't gotten that far yet.
Awesome phone November 27, 2011
Reviewer: G. McWhorter
First off, thanks amazon wireless for a great experience. I ported my number from a different carrier and it was absolutely flawless. Not to mention the price of the phone was phenominal. As for the phone,brilliant HTC for getting it right. I have been a Samsung guy for a while. Waiting for the Galaxy Nexus was just too much. Getting to know the phone has been easy. Everything is laid out well, although the home button takes a little getting used to because it is in a different place on Samsung. As for HTC Sense, great. After reading reviews online about battery life, I was a little skeptical but it is turning out to be a lot better than the Samsung. HTC really did there homework on this one. Thin, perfect size in your hand. The screen is beautiful. And I can't say too much about the beats audio. You will not go wrong with this phone. I have been so impressed with the service I have gotten with Amazon. Kindle fire here I come.
My first HTC November 27, 2011
Reviewer: Irishlady (Illinois) -
This is the first HTC phone Ive ever had. I think its interface is much better than motorola's. The screen is stunning and Netflix, hbogo and slingplayer work great! I was going to wait for the nexus but it does not have a removeable sd card. I was able to transfer my apps from my old phone to this one by putting in the old sd card. Some people complain about htc sense but I like it alot. I do listen to music on my phone and with headphones and beats audio it's great! I have no issues with call quality. The battery lasts all day with moderate use and I can use the charger from my old Droid so I've saved money from not having to buy extra chargers. This phone is a bit heavier than most but not annoyingly so. I bought my Rezound with my amex card and that extends the warranty by one year. I am very pleased with my purchase.
Sound quality issues December 5, 2011
Reviewer: Christian G. Felan "umgoblue80" (East Coast) -
How is it that a cell phone with "Beats by Dre" has sound issues? I ordered the phone when Amazon was having the $0.01 Black Friday sale and thought I got a great price. Well, the phone is great, as long as I'm not using it as a phone!
Some of my simple apps, such as Scrabble do not work properly on this phone. (I see 6 Scrabble boards at the same time instead of just one) Ironically enough, I also have to restart the Amazon cloud player more often than I did with my Thunderbolt. My biggest problem with this phone is when I try to use it as a phone the sound comes out with a lot of static. It sounds like the speaker for the ear part has been blown out.
That being said, this phone is worlds lighter and the screen is better than the Thunderbolt. But, if it doesn't do it`s primary job properly, its not gonna work. I called customer service and told them that Droid-Life.com has reported that this is a common issue with the Rezound. I really don't want to go through this again, so I called customer support to try to exchange it. NOPE, no such luck. They'll replace it with another Rezsound. Darn! Hopefully Rezound #2 works better than Rezound #1.
Love it! November 21, 2011
Reviewer: D. Fillat (San Diego Ca. USA) -
The screen on this phone is great. The battery life sucks. The Camera is great. Get this phone and a couple of extra batteries and your all set.
Best smartphone you can get as of this writing December 20, 2011
Reviewer: Jeff Pruett "Jeff Pruett" (Denver, CO) -
--- The best display of any phone on the market right now. Not only is it 720p but it has a better pixel density than the Retina display on the iPhone(!) despite the fact that the screen is larger. Color reproduction is awesome. Though it does not have the deep blacks of the Super AMOLED displays, it has very deep blacks for an LCD. And it is a true 720p display (the Galaxy Nexus has a 720p display, but part of the screen is taken up with "digital" Navigation buttons, so the actual display is smaller than 720p...the Rezound has separate buttons for navigation, like most conventional Android phones, so you can use the entire display).
--- The best camera on any phone right now. The Panorama mode is extremely easy and intuitive. The camera does well in low light (and has a separate low light mode as well). Picture quality is the best I have seen on a smartphone camera so far. The front camera is better than the competition as well (2MP instead of 1.3MP).
--- The dual core processor is 1.5ghz...the only Verizon phone that benchmarks as well this is the Razr. This and the 1 gig of RAM make it very fast.
--- The GPS is the best I have seen on any smartphone so far...it locks my location on google maps immediately.
--- The signal on this phone is great. It has a very strong radio. 4G is rock solid for me. Call quality is above average (it has a second noise cancelling mic on the side of the phone)
--- The included earbuds are high quality, and retail over $100 by themselves. Top notch audio hardware for a smartphone as well. Music sounds great.
--- This is a "conventional" android phone...meaning it does have a removable battery (unlike the Razr) and an SD Card (unlike the Galaxy nexus). It has the features you would expect an Android phone to have.
--- 16 gigs of internal storage and a 16 gig SD Card (expandable to 32 gigs). So it has a total of 32 gigs of storage out of the box.
--- It is bigger and heavier than the Galaxy Nexus and significantly thicker (almost 2X) than the Razr. That being said, it is still thinner and lighter than my Droid 1 (all things are relative eh?).
--- The buttons are too flush with the case, making it difficult to use the power and volume buttons.
--- No NFC (right now only the Galaxy Nexus has that)
--- No Ice Cream Sandwich yet (it is coming early 2012 though...right now only the Galaxy Nexus has that). The Rezound ships with the latest version of Gingerbread.
Overall I am extremely happy with the purchase. Of the top 3 Android phones right now (as of this writing anyway: the Razr, Galaxy Nexus and Rezound) the Rezound is the best of the three.
All of the commercials are centered around the Beats audio, but the real star of the show (IMO) is the display. It really does have a fantastic screen. If you are in the market for a smartphone right now, I would get the Rezound. This is as good as it gets on Android right now.
DO NOT BUY!!!!!!!!! March 16, 2013
Reviewer: Logan Braun (Spring Hill, FL United States) -
This phone was my first smartphone, so I was expecting a fantastic phone. Well that is not what you will get with this phone. I am constantly having problems with this piece of Chinese crap. Weather it's something small or something that prevents me from using the phone completely. After about two months of listening to music on the phone with the beats that come with it, the left side of the audio input doesn't work. The Beats themselves worked in my iPod (which I have not had a single problem with). When I receive a text (no matter what setting it's on) the phone will not vibrate. at time the screen will freeze up and not do anything at all till I lock and then unlock the phone. Earlier this week the home, settings, etc. buttons at the bottom weren't vibrating so I tried to restart it and it froze at the opening "HTC" screen. UNREAL!!! I've been warned that Android phones were crap, and that I should just get an iPhone. But I didn't listen. I thought it would be cool to have Beats (That also broke later). But now I'm suffering the conciseness. I would not suggest this phone to anyone. BUY AN IPHONE!!!!! Nobody I know has had any problem with their iPhones. It doesn't even need to be the new one. Any iPhone is better. DO NOT IGNORE THIS REVIEW!!! Ignore all those 5 star reviews, believe me. My review would have been the same after 2 days (which is when most of these reviews are written). But after having this piece of junk for over a year, it just gets more glitchy every day.
Poor battery and in-call performance. DO NOT BUY. January 31, 2013
Reviewer: Sue Ellen Crandell (pittsburgh, pa usa) -
I used to find it difficult to truly hate a product. That changed when I got my Rezound.
The display specs look great on paper, but this phone's battery usage is HORRIFICALLY ABYSMAL. I'm part of a family plan, and compared to a Razr, an iPhone 4S, and a Droid 3,...well...there is no comparison. The rest of my family cannot begin to understand what it's like to deal with battery problems. It's not just a faulty battery - I spent $40 on an extended HTC Rezound battery and it still under performs. Half the time I plug it in to an AC outlet to charge (and I've confirmed that the phone is in AC charging mode), I get a message that the phone is using more current than what it's getting from the charge. This is blatant malarkey. You're telling me that it is not reasonable to surf Facebook while a smart phone recharges? Wow, just wow. I've done the research online. Power problems run rampant on this model. It's not worth getting a replacement phone through Verizon because 1.) the cost of replacement and 2.) it'll be the same crappy phone.
I also frequently encounter an annoying bug that happens during phone conversations. The phone will lock during the call, I hit the top button to unlock it, swipe it to unlock, and then the screen goes black again. Wash, rinse, repeat, you can't do anything on the phone including end the call until you take the battery out. The screen also goes black often while navigating phone system menus. It's better just to use a different phone if you have to make a call like that.
This phone disappoints in all areas because as great as the display might look, or as cool as the case might look, or as good as the Beatz may sound, power usage issues trump all. This one experience is so bad that I am now resolved to never buy an HTC phone again.
BUY SOMETHING ELSE. Seriously. I'm a techie, and have been professionally for a decade. Enough to know that this phone is not worth your money, even at a discounted price. I paid $70 for mine, not counting the $40 for the extended battery, and I feel like anything over $20 total would have been unfair based on the phone's performance. And don't think for a second that you might enjoy this phone with a standard battery. Add $40 to the purchase price, because that's what you'll be paying for eventually.
Died 5 weeks out of warranty, vzw no help January 30, 2013
Reviewer: TJ RolaJeep (New Mexico, USA) -
Babied this phone and very light usage over the last year.
Last weekend waking the phone in the A.M. pops up an "insert sim card" error. Got a new sim at vzw store, no improvement. Everything works except the cell. No joy at all. Hadn't touched the sim since first insertion or even opened the phone for months. Always kept charged. It just spontaneously quit being able to see the sim card. I guess I should try setting the clock back so it stops thinking it's out of warranty?
Verizon ain't helping, missed a promised followup callback tonight, and wants to take away my unlimited data plan if I upgrade, which I can't do for another ten months anyway. Pity, since I was thinking of going to a share everything plan and dropping wired internet. Now I'm thinking its cheaper to just pay the penalties and dump verizon entirely (14 year customer).
Buy the extended warranty, because this thing won't make the 2 year upgrade contract period, and it sure as heck won't make the three years it takes to get past the cancellation penalty.
Missin' my moto droid now.