HTC Rezound vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus | Galaxy Nexus vs HTC Rezound Speed, Performance and Features | Full Specs Compared
Samsung Galaxy Nexus and HTC Rezound are the first two Ice Cream Sandwich phones to be officially announced yet. While Galaxy Nexus is a pure Google device that will be released with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Rezound was unveiled on 3 November 2011 only with Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) with a promised upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich by the first quarter of 2012. For user interface Rezound has HTC Sense 3.0.
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.
Galaxy Nexus is the latest Android smart phone released by Samsung. This device is designed for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Galaxy Nexus was officially announced on 18 October 2011. It will be available to users from November 2011. Galaxy Nexus is launched in collaboration of Google and Samsung. The device is designed to deliver a pure Google experience, and the device will receive updates on software as soon as it is available.
Galaxy Nexus 5.33” tall and 2.67” wide and the device remains 0.35” thick. These dimensions are related to a quite large phone in comparison to the current smart phone market standards. It is important to note that Galaxy Nexus is quite thin. (IPhone 4 and 4S is also 0.37” thick). Bigger dimensions of Galaxy Nexus will make the device appear even thinner. It is also important to note that for above dimensions Galaxy Nexus weighs reasonably less. The Hyper-skin backing on the battery cover will make a firm grip on the phone and will make it slip resistant. Galaxy Nexus has a 4.65” Super AMOLED screen with 1280X720 pixels resolution. Galaxy Nexus is the first phone with a 4.65” high definition display. The screen real estate will be appreciated by many Android fans and the display quality and high resolution is quite promising. Galaxy Nexus is complete with sensors such as accelerometer for UI auto rotate, compass, gyro sensor, light sensor, Proximity and barometer. In terms of connectivity, Galaxy nexus supports 3G and GPRS speeds. An LTE variant of the device will be available based on the region. Galaxy Nexus is complete with WI-Fi, Bluetooth, USB support and it is NFC enabled.
Galaxy Nexus is powered by a 1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor. According to the official press release, the device includes 1 GB worth RAM and internal storage is available in 16 GB and 32 GB. The processing power, memory and storage are in par with the high-end smart phone specifications in the current market and they will enable a responsive and an efficient Android experience to users of Galaxy Nexus. The availability of the micro-SD card slot in order to expand the storage is not yet clear.
Galaxy Nexus comes with Android 4.0 and it is not customized in any way. This is the first time users get to have a look at Galaxy Nexus. The much talked about new feature on Galaxy Nexus is screen unlock facility. The device is now capable of recognizing the shape of the users face to unlock the device. The UI is re designed for a better experience. According to the official press release the multi tasking, notifications and web browsing is enhanced in Galaxy Nexus. With the screen quality and display size available on Galaxy Nexus, one can anticipate a unique browsing experience combined with the impressive processing capacity. Galaxy Nexus comes with NFC support as well. The device is available with many google services such as Android Market, Gmail™, and Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D maps, Navigation, Google Earth™, Movie Studio, YouTube™, Google Calendar™, and Google+. The home screen and phone application has gone through re design and has acquired a new look under Android 4.0. Android 4.0 ( Ice cream Sandwich) also includes a new people Application allowing users to browse friends and other contacts, their photographs and status updates from multiple social networking platforms.
Galaxy Nexus has a 5-mega pixel rear-facing camera with LED flash. The rear-facing camera has zero shutter lag reducing the time between the time the picture is taken and the time the picture is actually shot. The camera also has additional features such as panoramic view, auto focus, silly faces and background replacement. The rear-facing camera is capable of HD video recording at 1080 P. The front facing camera is 1.3 mega pixels and is capable of rendering good quality video for video conferencing. The camera specifications on Galaxy Nexus fall under middle range specifications and will deliver satisfactory photo and video quality.
The multimedia support on Galaxy nexus is also note worthy. The device is capable of HD video playback with 1080 P at 30 frames per second. By default, Galaxy Nexus has video codec for MPEG4, H.263 and H.264 formats. The HD video playback quality on Galaxy Nexus coupled with the impressive display will deliver a superior movie watching experience on a smart phone. Galaxy Nexus includes MP3, AAC, AAC+ and eAAC+ audio codec formats. The device also includes a 3.5 mm audio jack.
With a standard Li-on 1750 mAh battery, the device will get by a normal working day with calling, messaging, email, and browsing with ease. The most important fact with Galaxy Nexus is the availability of updates on Android as soon as it is released. A user with a Galaxy Nexus will be the first to receive these updates as Galaxy Nexus is a pure Android experience.