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Review: HTC Rezound for Verizon Wireless

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The Rezound comes with HTC's custom media player application. It offers the same basic tool set that the native Android player does, but it looks a bit nicer and matches the overall theme of the Sense user interface. It's also the only way to access and use the special "Beats" software to enhance the sound.

You can also download the new Google Music application, which is completely different and much better than the old stock music player. Slacker Radio is also preinstalled, as is V CAST Music. There's no FM radio.


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The gallery app becomes the default video player application for sideloaded video and video recorded on the Rezound yourself. Verizon's V CAST video store is on board, as is the NFL Mobile app (free to use this season) and HTC Watch.

Watch is HTC's movie rental/download service. The selection is far from fantastic, but it had a number of (near) recent releases, such as Captain America and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. It also had TV episodes from a small number of shows. TV episodes could be purchased for $1.99. Movies could be rented for $4.99, and purchased for $9.99 - $19.99, depending on the title. Using this service requires a credit card. The few trailers that I viewed looked really good on the Rezound's display.

Watch also comes with a home screen widget that lets you sift through your library of purchases, where they can be played directly from the home screen.

Video content that you record, side-load, or download is played back in the gallery application. I didn't have any trouble playing DRM-free side-loaded movies on the Rezound.


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