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The  Rezound is the newest 4G smartphone from HTC on the Verizon Network. The Rezound is also the first phone from HTC to feature Beats Audio. Does the combination of HTC and Beats hit a homerun or does it just get beat up? Check out after the jump.

In the market for a new Smartphone from Verizon? The HTC Rezound with Beats Audio is what some people are calling a upgraded Thunderbolt. The pricing for the Rezound is in line with the rest of the 4G devices on the Verizon Network at 299.99 with a new or upgraded account. The phone has a metal front bezel and a plastic back cover. The back cover has a textured middle and vents for speaker phone and music listening. There is also the opening for the camera and the 2 LED flash. The camera lens has a red metal surround to protect the glass.

The Rezound is powered by a 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm processor. There is also a Qualcomm Adreno 220 graphics processor onboard. The phone has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of usable storage . The Rezound also comes with a 16GB microSD card pre-installed. You can use up to a 32GB microSD card in the Rezound.

The screen is a 4.3″ S-LCD screen that boast a higher ppi (pixel density) than the iPhone. With a resolution of 720 x 1280 the ppi of the Rezound is 342 per the math done by Engadget. The screen also features light and proximity sensors. This is by far one of the best screens I have ever seen on a phone. As of right now there is nothing to compare to this screen.

The Rezound features a 8MP rear facing camera with auto focus and a dual LED flash. The phone is capable of video recording at 1920 x 1080 (1080p HD) at 30fps or 1280 x 720 (720p HD) at 60fps. There is a 2MP front facing camera also that is great for video conferencing. The camera on the Rezound offers all the features of previous HTC phones for one great camera.

Sound, it’s what was hyped on this phone. The first phone ever to have Beats audio processing in it. The Rezound also comes with a set of iBeats headphones. Sound quality through the speaker is somewhat better than the standard HTC phones I have used or the Thunderbolt I own. The sound isn’t as tinny and there is also a noticable increase in the midrange notes. Through the Beats Headphones it is a totally different story though. The headphones are what makes this Beats partnership with HTC. Clear bass notes with crisp high’s and minimal to no distortion noticable even on the roughest death metal song you can find by Five Finger Death Punch. This makes listening to music from your phone enjoyable again. Not only do you get a great 4G cell phone from HTC you get a $100 set of Beats headphones. Now that’s a steal.

Battery life for the Rezound is pretty good with averaging around 8 hours of moderate usage accross Wi-Fi and 4G data. HTC equipped the Rezound with a 1620 mAh battery. If that’s not enough battery for you there is also a 2750mAh extended battery available from Verizon.

Some of the other standard features of the Rhyme include; Bluetooth 3.0 capability, USB 2.0 compliant with a microUSB charging/data sync port, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/a, Mobile Hotspot capable, Navigation with GPS and  A-GPS, HDMI via microUSB.

The HTC Rezound is what some would say, the phone to have right now. If you have to have the newest phone that’s the Rezound. Phone with the best screen, Rezound.  With a combination of a S-LCD, 4G data from VZW and HTC Sense 3.0 this is a must have phone for this holiday season. Make sure you tell you family and friends this is on your wishlist, or better yet make sure you pick it up for your loved one.








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