HTC Rezound vs iPhone 4S: Real Rivals

November 15, 2011
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The iPhone continues to be a popular device to this day–both the earlier iPhone 4 and its slightly upgraded version, the iPhone 4S.  Most loyal iPhone fans would stick to their belief that the iPhone remains unmatched, that the iPhone 4S remains unrivaled.  They probably have not yet heard of the resounding features of Verizon’s latest offering, the HTC Rezound.

How does the HTC Rezound stack up against Apple’s iPhone 4S?  Let’s take a brief look and find out.  First, a comparison table:

HTC Rezound

Apple iPhone 4S

OS Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, with HTC Sense 3.5 (can upgrade to ICS) iOS 5.0
Processor dual-core, 1.5 GHz dual-core, 1 GHz
Carrier Verizon AT&T, Verizon, Sprint
Internal Storage 16 GB 16/32/64 GB
Display 4.3 inches (1280×720) Super LCD HD 3.5 inches (640×960) Retina
Camera 8 MP, with dual LED flash 8 MP, with LED flash
Video 1080p Full HD 1080p Full HD
Front Camera 2 MP 0.9 MP
Memory 1 GB 512 MB
External Storage microSD (Up to 32 GB) n/a
4G LTE n/a
Weight 164 grams 140 grams
Height 129 mm 115.2 mm
Width 65.5 mm 58.6 mm
Depth 13.65 mm 9.3 mm
Battery 1,620 mAh 1,432 mAh
Release/Availability November, 2011 October, 2011

HTC Rezound’s Trump Cards

While not besting every Android smartphone in every spec and feature, the Rezound comes equipped with enough features to beat the iPhone 4S black and blue in several key aspects.

Even when Android devices went past the iPhone’s 3.5-inch display, Apple never bothered to follow suit (which I attribute to comfortable usage with just one thumb). Instead, Apple boasts of the highest pixel density and resolution at such a small display on the iPhone 4S. Not anymore. The HTC Rezound will beat the iPhone with a 12-point difference at 342 ppi versus the iPhone 4S’s 330 ppi. In short, the Rezound has a bigger screen (4.3 inches) and higher pixel density.

Let’s suppose that the pixel densities of both devices result in similar sharpness, as far as the average eye is concerned. The question, then, is would you prefer the smaller screen or the bigger screen?

For music lovers out there, the Rezound has hardware optimized with Beats by Dr. Dre, with accompanying Beats software and in-ear headphones to boot. The headphones themselves can be very expensive when bought on their own, but luckily, they come bundled with the smartphone.

The Rezound beats the iPhone 4S in processor power, too. It packs a dual-core processor (just like the iPhone 4S) but at a faster clock speed of 1.5 GHz. The Rezound also has twice the RAM of the iPhone 4S.

Other things to note include a better front camera and faster data transmission thanks to Verizon’s 4G LTE network. The Rezound has a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, whereas the iPhone 4S only has a 0.9-megapixel secondary camera. Their primary cameras, though, are of the same pixelage.

The variance in their secondary cameras can mean a great difference in users’ experience of video chats. Since the HTC Rezound can leverage Verizon’s 4G LTE network speeds, the 2-megapixel video chat capability of the HTC Rezound simply provides clearer and smoother video chat images.

The HTC Rezound might also have longer battery hours, unless Apple fixes the battery life problems that the company claims to be caused by iOS.

iPhone Superiority

But, there are aspects where the iPhone 4S is better, too. For one, it is lighter to carry. It is thinner, too. And, while 16 GB is personally more than enough to store all my multimedia files and apps, you can’t go wrong with 64 GB storage.

The iPhone 4S also comes with a voice assistant (Siri) that is debatably more sophisticated than Voice Actions, which Android devices have. With witty remarks and a more flexible approach when receiving commands, Siri offers a user-friendly way of interacting with your iPhone 4S.

In order to compete, Voice Actions is reportedly being overhauled, with the revamped version coming along with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but HTC Rezound owners will have to wait a little bit before they can receive an update to Ice Cream Sandwich.

The HTC Rezound is an amazing piece of technology. It has what it takes for iPhone 4 users to switch over to Android rather than stay with Apple through the iPhone 4S. Yet, even if users of the iPhone 4 decide to loyally stick with the iPhone 4S, it is still a great thing to acknowledge that the iPhone 4S does have real rivals which can easily beat it. The HTC Rezound leads the pack of iPhone 4S rivals.

What do you think? In what other ways does the HTC Rezound beat the iPhone 4S (or vice-versa)?

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