LG Spectrum vs HTC Rezound | Speed, Performance and Features Reviewed | Full Specs Compared
What happens if a whole lot of TV series are released all at once to be telecasted at the same time? We would have a hard time trying to figure out what to watch, which one lies closest to our liking, which one has our favorite actor or actress in it, and which one is going to last long. This is the exact analogy we can use to describe the hype that has been created with CES 2012. Every major mobile manufacturer has been releasing or trying to release some new cutting-edge product of their own at the same time, at the same place, targeting virtually the same niche markets individually. We have a hard time trying to figure out what to go for, which one suits us the best, what handsets has our favorite features the way we like it, and which one will be cutting-edge after six more months. These are the questions we struggle when trying to pick up a handset to compare, but again we come back with a review on LG Spectrum against HTC Rezound.
LG Spectrum is one of the new handsets released by LG for CES while HTC Rezound was released two months back. Despite of the differences in time, we reckon they are perfect comparisons against each other in terms of the factors we were going on about in the introduction. HTC been the most anticipated mobile vendor in United States, has the competitive advantage of its fame and early release while LG Spectrum courageously fight back to win its place in the 4G arena. Let us look at the fighting strategies these two handsets have adopted in order to win over each other and grant the customer satisfaction as anticipated by everyone.
LG is a mature vendor in the mobile phone arena with a lot of experience in identifying the trends of the market and going along with them to maximize their penetration. The buzz words in the industry nowadays are 4G connectivity, true HD screen panels, high end cameras with 1080p HD capturing etc. Although it’s not a surprise, we are glad to say that LG has captured all of these under the hood of LG Spectrum.
We’ll start the comparison by mentioning that LG Spectrum is not a GSM device; thus, it would only work in CDMA network, which makes it different from all the GSM devices, and we’d have preferred if LG released a more popular GSM version of this handset too. Nonetheless, it comes with the blazing fast LTE 700 connectivity for internet browsing. The Spectrum features 1.5GHz Scorpion S3 dual core processor on top of Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and Adreno 220 GPU. This combination is boosted by 1GB RAM and controlled by Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread with the promise to provide an upgrade to v4.0 IceCreamSandwich. It has 4.5 inches of gigantic HD-IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, featuring true HD resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and a pixel density of 326ppi. In layman’s terms, what this means is that, you get crystal clear images in extreme conditions like direct sunlight, wonderful color reproduction, crisp and clear text down to the smallest details, utilizing less amounts of power. The availability of high speed internet connection would mean seamless browsing through your mails, light browsing and social networks. The ultimate power of the processor enables you to multi task in such a way that you can still browse, play games and enjoy media content while you’re on a voice call.
LG has included 8MP camera in Spectrum, which has autofocus and LED flash with geo tagging enabled. It can capture 1080p HD videos @ 30 frames per second with LED video light included, and the 1.3MP front camera certainly is good for video conferences. It also has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Spectrum can also act as a Wi-Fi hotspot, which would be an ideal way for the user to share his super-fast LTE connectivity with friends easily. The built in DLNA functionality means that Spectrum can wirelessly stream rich media content to smart TVs. A special feature of LG spectrum is that it comes with ESPN’s ScoreCenter app that enables you to enjoy sports in HD on your screen.
LG spectrum is somewhat big, obviously because of the gigantic screen, but it is somewhat heftier as well scoring a weight of 141.5g and a thickness of 10.4mm. It has an expensive and elegant look with pleasing ergonomics. We gathered that the 1830mAh battery would work for 8 hours after full charge, which is admirable for a smartphone with a gigantic screen like this.
Just like any other HTC, Rezound also comes with the same look and feel. Rezound has become a little bulky though having a thickness of 13.7 mm. It comes with a black expensive looking cover which is comfortable to hold and operate with the smoothly curved edges it has. Rezound features a 4.3inches S-LCD Capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors. I have to confess; I am impressed with the resolution it offers. When I had my first PC, it only had a monitor with 800 x 600 pixels resolution. This beast features a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, which is still used as a standard resolution even in PCs. You can imagine how powerful the GPU is to accommodate that. It also has ultra-high pixel density of 342ppi, which exceeds that of Apple iPhone 4S and just might be the screen with the highest pixel density. What does this imply? Well, it means that Rezound would have an unbeatable display quality with crisp sharp images. The fonts would be razor sharp and highly readable, and any possibility for a smudginess to occur is thrown away with that.
HTC Rezound comes with a 1.5GHz dual-core Scorpion processor with an Adreno 220 GPU and Qualcomm MSM 8660 Snapdragon chipset. Having a 1GB RAM boosts its performance considerably. Rezound comes with 16GB worth of internal storage while it can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card. Android Gingerbread v2.3.4 OS enables amazing user experience by managing the cutting edge hardware seamlessly. HTC has made a lot of effort to enhance the audio functionalities of Rezound, and I assume that is from where it gets the name. HTC promises Studio Crisp sound with beats audio technology and headphones. It has introduced the new Beats Audio digital signal-processing mode to deliver thundering bass, soaring mid range and crisp highs! They guarantee an immersive and epic music experience from Rezound, which would not be an overstatement considering the technical specifications.
Rezound promotes super-fast browsing speeds with LTE 700 4G network of Verizon. It also has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n for continuous connectivity and the ability to act as a hotspot enables Rezound to be used for a variety of purposes. It comes with an 8MP camera with auto focus and dual-LED flash, touch-focus, image stabilization and face detection. Not only that, but the camera comes with a panorama mode and an Action Burst mode for instant photography. It can capture 1080p HD videos @ 30 frames per second, as well as, 720p HD videos @ 60fps. HTC Rezound comes with A-GPS, and that enables Geo-tagging feature of the camera, as well. The generic HTC sense UI has been updated to v3.5 and offers enhanced user experience by extended configurability of the on screen functions and increased sensitivity.
Rezound is not only about sound either. It has a TV-out via MHL A/V link and a digital compass, Gyro sensor, proximity sensor and an Accelerometer. It comes with microUSB v2.0 for fast data transfer between the device and the PC. HTC has included a 1620mAh battery in Rezound, which enables it to score 6 hours and 24mins of talk time.
A Brief Comparison of LG Spectrum vs HTC Rezound
• LG Spectrum has exactly the same Processor on top of same chipset and same GPU with the same amount of RAM (1.5GHz Scorpion dual core processor on top of Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon chipset with Adreno 220 GPU and 1GB of RAM) as HTC Rezound.
• LG Spectrum has 4.5 inches HD-IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen panel with 16M colors featuring a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a pixel density of 326ppi, while HTC Rezound has 4.3 inches S-LCD Capacitive touchscreen panel featuring the same resolution with a pixel density of 342ppi.
• LG Spectrum is bigger, thinner and lighter (135.4 x 68.8 x 10.4mm / 141.5g) than HTC Rezound (129 x 65.5 x 13.7mm / 170.1g).
• LG Spectrum comes with Dolby Mobile sound enhancement while HTC Rezound comes with SRS WOW HD sound enhancement.
As we’ve mentioned in the introduction, these two handsets we picked out from the smartphone marathon are splendid candidates for the competition. They are so much alike in hardware specifications that you get lost in the middle on what specs you were looking at. For instance, LG Spectrum and HTC Rezound have the same processor on top of same chipset, with the same GPU and RAM. The 1.5GHz Scorpion dual core processor on top of Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset is one powerful setup that promises sheer power unlike anything else. The RAM, Adreno 220 GPU and the Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread combination is ideal to improve the performance. That been said, the first noticeable difference might have been the touchscreen panel, in which, HD-IPS LCD capacitive panel of LG Spectrum excels to that of HTC Rezound. But HTC’s way of coming back is with their pixel density, which just might be the highest pixel density a handset has up to now. So in layman’s terms, you won’t notice a difference in that either. When it comes to physical aspects and ergonomics of the two handsets, they do differ. For instance, HTC Rezound has somewhat wedged top and is unusually thicker and heftier than LG Spectrum. But then, physical differences in the design are to be anticipated and depend on your personal taste. Thus, we would conclude that both of these handsets to be in equal positions, with identical specs and HTC Rezound just might get some competitive advantage since it was released earlier.