The HTC Rezound is the previous-generation flagship phone of HTC, with a 1.5ghz dual core scorpion processor, Arendo 220, 1gb of RAM, 16gb internal + 16gb sd, and a 720p LCD display. Selected it as it was reasonably priced and still performs in the mid-high range. My first impressions:
Gorgeous screen – 720p, or 720 x 1280 4.3″ Super LCD. Around 350 pixels-per-inch; ludicrous. No pentile here. Superb indoors, usable outdoors, though hard to see in bright sunlight. Good viewing angles and max brightness. You will shit bricks.
Chunky feel – this is not a motorola razr. It feels solid, and, in my estimation, is perfect with the extended battery. Fits my hand just right. Feels good, man.
Superb sound – even with beats off, this sounds the best of anything I’ve used. Included earbuds (iBeats, sell for $100) sound very good, and don’t make the music sound like it’s coming from inside my head. They are also a headset; mic is located on a remote-control cylinder thingie about a foot down from the buds. Controls: previous, play/pause, next. Call quality was simply the best I’ve ever heard. Didn’t know a phone call could sound that good.
Beats audio - Beats works out to be essentially a smart software EQ, it manifests primarily in increased bass. It sounds quite nice on headphones, but should be avoided on box speakers (read: not headphones). For some reason, it gets all trebley on normal speakers.
Battery life – not so hot. That gorgeous screen comes at a heavy cost. However, with an extended battery, it should last a day of heavy use with ease and probably two or three of medium use. Stay tuned; my battery isn’t broken in yet, so life should increase somewhat.
Performance – having not used an android phone before, I can’t really provide any relative comparisons. Switching home page screens was fairly smooth with a live wallpaper, and flawless with a static one. App browsing is a bit choppy. Dead Space performed well with no noticeable framerate issues. Web browsing was very smooth. Did I mention the screen is gorgeous?
Camera - stills are a little noisy, but very serviceable. Takes good 1080p movies. Dual LED flashes are very, very powerful. Get Droidlight, if you get a rezound – this thing is brighter than my CR123 Arc LS flashlight.
Android 2.3 - fairly logical, and bug free. Play store makes getting apps easy. HTC Sense seems to work well, though, I admit, I don’t know which parts are sense and which parts android. Verizon are terrible people for 1. installing a crap ton of bloatware and 2. locking down wifi tethering/usb tethering.
All told, very happy. I should get to tooling around with the SDK this weekend.