HTC Rezound vs iPhone 4S | Apple iPhone 4S vs HTC Rezound Speed, Performance and Features | Full Specs Compared
HTC Rezound looks like the US version of the HTC Sensation XE, which was unveiled in Europe in September 2011. HTC Rezound is the first 4G-LTE phone with Beats audio. However, HTC Rezound’s spec has been improved further with a better display and higher storage capacity than Sensation XE. It has a 720p HD Super LCD display (1280x 720 pixels; 341 PPI) and has a 1 GB RAM and 32 GB storage (16GB NAND memory + 16GB micro SD card). Moreover, what create interest in the phone is its audio player and camera quality. To enjoy the best of the music, Dr Dre’s Beats audio is integrated into the device, and a custom Beats headset is included to the box. The rear camera of the phone has 8 mega pixels f/2.2 lens with low light CMOS sensor and has attractive features such as slow motion video, action burst, instant capture, panorama, and add effects. A third generation Qualcomm MSM 8660 Snapdragon processor, having dual 1.5 GHz CPUs and Adreno 220 GPU, powers the phone. Apple iPhone 4S has adopted the same design as iPhone 4 but it is faster than iPhone 4 and the camera quality is improved. The 1 GHz dual core Apple A5 processor powers the device and the rear camera is 8 megapixels. The main attraction on iPhone 4S is the unique voice assistant ‘Siri’.
HTC Rezound was officially released on November 3rd 2011 in New York. This latest android smart phone by HTC is mainly intended as an Entertainment phone and released for the Verizon 4G LTE wireless network. Outstanding features of this device are the inclusion of the Dr. Dre’s Beats Audio™ technology, superior camera quality and the impressive display. The device will be available in Black.
The newly released HTC Rezound stands tall with 5.1” and its 2.6” wide. The thickness of the device is 0.54”. Considering the current smart phone market HTC Rezound can be considered rather bulky. HTC Rezound reportedly does not feel bulky in hand though the phone appears quite big. However, the impressive screen size and the quality will be much welcomed by users. The Rezound is has a 4.3” super LCD display with 1280 x 720 HD resolution (341 PPI). As HTC Rezound is targeted as a multimedia device the superior quality display will be much appreciated. In terms of connectivity, HTC Rezound supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G HSPA+ data rates and most importantly 4G LTE speed. Micro USB support is also available on HTC HTC Rezound. The device has sensors such as G-sensor, Light sensor, Compass and Proximity sensor. Interestingly, HTC Rezound has wireless charging also enabled.
HTC Rezound is powered by a third generation Qualcomm MSM 8660 Snapdragon processor, having dual 1.5 GHz CPUs and Adreno 220 GPU. The superior performance is very important since the Rezound is placed as a multimedia smart phone. The device reportedly has 1GB worth RAM and 16 GB internal memory with another 16 GB pre-installed micro SD card. The storage of HTC Rezound can be extended up to 32 GB with a micro-SD card.
The multimedia capability of HTC Rezound deserves to be reviewed at great detail. The Beats Audio™ integration takes centre stage in the uniqueness of this device. Users of HTC Rezound will a experience high quality audio experience. HTC Rezound comes coupled with light weight Beats head phones that justifies the big price tag on the device. The Beats head phones can be integrated with the phones audio profile and allows pause as well while listening to music.
The HTC Rezound boasts an 8-megapixel rear facing camera with f/2.2 aperture, autofocus and dual LED flash. The camera also includes a 28mm wide-angle lens with special sensor, which allows taking photographs of wider sceneries, and allows better performance in low light. HTC Rezound also comes with a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The rear facing camera is also capable of HD video recording at 1080 p, and has attractive features such as slow motion video, action burst, instant capture, panorama, and add effects. The HDMI feature available enables sending video to a compatible TV, as well. HTC Rezound comes complete with Stereo FM radio with RDS.
HTC Rezound runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and the device are expected to get an update to Android 4.0 (Ice cream sandwich) in the first Quarter of 2011. The user interface is highly customized with the latest version of HTC Sense. The lock screen is customizable and users can change it according to personal preference. By turning on the display users will be able to view weather updates, updates from their relevant social networking sites and photos. If HTC Rezound gets an upgrade to Android 4.0 the features is already available in the operating system. Another new feature available with this latest version of HTC Sense is the group messaging and group multimedia messaging available. Using FriendStream™ users can view updates on their contacts and sync contact list with all email accounts.
With a standard battery of 1620 mAh the HTC Rezound should get by a normal working day with ease. However, it’s too early to comment on the battery performance without the device being available in the market.
Although, it is packed with great hardware inside, the external appearance is not very attractive. HTC claims that it has designed Rezound from the cues it got from Droid Incredible. Rezound is bulky and has a soft rubberized back. The black body has a trace of red accent. The phone will be available from 14 November 2011 with Verizon Wireless stores and Best Buy for $300 with a new 2-year contract.
The much speculated iphone 4S was released on October 4th 2011. The iPhone which has bench marked standards in the smart phone hemisphere has raised the expectation more. Will iPhone 4S deliver to that? Having one look at the device one can understand that the appearance of iPhone 4S remains similar to iPhone 4; the much raved predecessor. The device is available in both black and white. The glass and stainless steel built that most find appealing remains intact. The newly released iPhone 4S remains 4.5” of height and 2.31” of width the dimensions of iPhone 4S remains similar to its predecessor iPhone 4. The thickness of the device is 0.37” as well regardless of the improvement done to the camera. There for, iPhone 4S remains the same portable slim device everyone love. iPhone 4S weighs 140g. The slight increase of device is maybe due to the many new improvements that we will discuss later. iPhone 4S includes a 3.5” touch screen with 960 x 640 pixels resolution (329 PPI). The screen also includes the usual fingerprint resistant oleophobic coating. The display marketed by Apple as ‘retina display’ has a contrast ratio of 800:1. The device comes with sensors such as an accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate, three-axis gyro sensor, a proximity sensor for auto turn-off and an ambient light sensor.
The processing power is one of the many improved features on iPhone 4S than its predecessor. The iPhone 4S is powered by a Dual core A5 processor. According to Apple, the processing power is increased by 2 X and enables graphics that are 7 times faster and the energy efficient processor will improve battery life as well. While the RAM on the device is still not officially listed the device is available in 3 versions of storage; 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. Apple has not allowed a micro SD slot to expand the storage. In terms of connectivity, iPhone 4S has HSPA+14.4Mbps, UMTS/WCDMA, CDMA, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. At the moment, iPhone 4S is the only smart phone which can switch between two antennas to transmit and receive. Location based services are available through Assisted GPS, digital compass, Wi-Fi and GSM.
iPhone 4S is loaded with iOS 5 and usual applications one can find on an iPhone, such as FaceTime. The newest addition to the uniquely designed applications on iPhone is ‘Siri’; a voice assistant which can understand certain keywords we speak and virtually do everything on the device. ‘Siri’ is capable of scheduling meetings, checking weather, setting timer, sending & reading messages and etc. While voice search and voice command assisted applications were available in the market ‘Siri’ is quite a unique approach and sounds more user-friendly. iPhone 4S comes with iCloud as well, enabling users to manage content across multiple devices. iCloud wirelessly pushes files across multiple devices managed together. Applications for iPhone 4 S will be available on Apple App Store; however it will take some time for the number of applications supporting iOS 5 to increase.
The rear facing camera is another area improved on iPhone 4S. iPhone 4S is equipped with an improved camera with 8 mega pixels. The mega pixel value itself has taken a huge leave from its predecessor. The camera is coupled with LED flash as well. The camera comes with useful features such as autofocus, tap to focus, face detection on still images and geo tagging. The camera is capable of HD video capture at 1080P at about 30 frames per second. In cameras it is important to have a larger aperture since it allows the lens to collect more light. The aperture in the lens of camera in iPhone 4S has been increased allowing more light to come in however, harmful IR rays is filtered away. The enhanced camera is capable of capturing quality images in low light as well as bright light. The front facing camera is a VGA camera and it’s tightly coupled with FaceTime; the video conferencing application on iPhone.
iPhones are generally good on their battery life. Naturally, users will have higher expectations for this latest addition to the family. According to Apple, iPhone 4S will have up to 8 hours of continuous talk time with 3G on while on GSM only it will score a massive 14 hours. The device is rechargeable via USB as well. The standby time on iPhone 4S is up to 200 hours. In conclusion, the battery life is satisfactory on iPhone 4S. The preorder of iPhone 4S starts from 8 October 2011, and will be available in US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Australia, and Japan from 14 October 2011. Worldwide availability starts from 28 October 2011. iPhone 4S is available for purchase in different variants. One will be able to get their hands on an iPhone 4S device starting from $199 to $399 on contract. The price without contract (unlocked) is Canadian $649/ Pounds 499/ A$799/ Euro 629.