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Dec 192011

The mobile networks are catching up with popular demand for more, more, more, and faster, faster, faster.  With 4G LTE technology fast spreading all over the U.S.–thanks to the major U.S. carriers–the Android phones are also catching up with the LTE speeds.

Two Android phones with 4G LTE powers, the HTC Rezound and the LG Nitro HD, are among the most recently launched Android phones to help bridge the gap in a growing LTE market.  One is on Verizon, the other on AT&T.

Powerful as these two Android phones are, each one offers a strong case to for you to go with either Verizon’s or AT&T’s LTE service.  What do these Android phones offer as attractions for you to choose either network?  Read on and find out.


The display is actually one of the very first few things–if not the first thing–that capture the attention of Android phone shoppers.  And, the display on both the HTC Rezound and the LG Nitro HD is nothing but stunning.  The reason for this is the display resolution.  Both phones have the same display resolution of 1280×720–that’s practically HD resolution.

What makes the display on both phones a visual pleasure to Android phone users is the crisp and vivid display that it provides.  When you pack that many pixels onto the 4.3-inch screen on the HTC Rezound, the result is crisp display.  In the case of the LG Nitro HD, which comes with a larger screen at 4.5 inches, the display is not as sharp as the HTC Rezound’s–simply because the LG Nitro HD has a bigger screen.

The 4.3-inch screen size has become popular among high-end Android phones, not just the HTC Rezound.  But, 4.5-inch screens such as the one on the LG Nitro HD are also gaining traction.  While the HTC Rezound may satisfy one’s eyes with a sharper display, the 4.5-inch on the LG Nitro HD provides extra viewing space.  This can make a significant difference in Web browsing, for instance.  Every Web browser would appreciate more content displayed in each screenful, and owing to its bigger screen, the LG Nitro HD does that a little better than the HTC Rezound does.

Size and Design

Another important factor to consider when shopping for an Android phone is the physical aspect of the device.  When stacked up on top of each other, the HTC Rezound is smaller than the LG Nitro HD by a few millimeters–and “a few millimeters” can be a lot when talking about smartphones.  Despite being the smaller (and presumably, also the more pocketable) Android phone, the HTC Rezound is also thicker than the LG Nitro HD.

Another amazing thing here is that, even though the LG Nitro HD appears bigger than the HTC Rezound, it is several grams lighter than the HTC Rezound.  The HTC Rezound weighs 170.1 grams, compared to the LG Nitro HD’s 127 grams.

The HTC Rezound’s casing features a bezel with gun metal finish.  Its back cover is made of plastic with a soft, rubbery feel.  The back cover of the device is not completely flat.  On the contrary, it is ridged and contoured, somewhat like the one you’d find on the HTC DROID INCREDIBLE 2.  Somewhere near the middle of the back plate is ribbed texture, which actually aids in making the device easier to grip.  The LG Nitro HD, on the other hand, has a back cover made of plastic with a textured pattern.  However, it lacks the soft touch finish of  the HTC Rezound that would have made the Nitro HD more graspable.

Both LG and HTC have gone minimalistic with physical buttons and interfaces/ports on these two devices.  The HTC Rezound has its audio jack and Power button on the top edge, the volume rocker on the right edge, and Micro USB port on the left edge.  HTC’s iconic four-way capacitive navigational buttons are on the front.  On the LG Nitro HD, you’ll see similar buttons but in different locations.  The Power button, audio jack, and Micro USB are on the top edge.  The volume rocker is on the left edge.

We found the position of the volume rocker on the HTC Rezound more helpful to right-handed people, as it will mostly be out of the way of the four fingers that a right-handed person will use to grasp the left edge of the phone.


Both the HTC Rezound and the LG Nitro HD are awesome beasts of power when it comes to processing hardware.  Both devices use a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor clocked at a searing 1.5 GHz and paired with 1 GB of RAM.  With such processor and memory specs, you’d expect jumping from screen to screen a smooth and bump-free ride–and that’s what exactly these two Android phones will give you.  You can expect applications to run quickly and without lag, too.

For storage, the HTC Rezound puts the LG Nitro HD to shame.  The HTC phone comes with 16 GB of built-in storage, while the LG phone only has a quarter of that.  Both phones can take on an additional 32 GB of storage through microSD card slots.  For devices with 4G LTE capabilities–such as these two are–phone storage is a crucial factor, since downloading files or streaming media from the Web becomes fast and easy with 4G LTE.

Apart from the built-in storage and the microSD expansion, the HTC Rezound also offers an additional 5 GB of free online storage (cloud-based), thanks to HTC’s deal with Dropbox.  So, the HTC Rezound seems to be the better Android phone in the storage department.

In battery performance tests conducted by Engadget, the HTC Rezound ran out of breath after four and a half hours of non-stop video playback, with 4G, Wi-Fi, and GPS deactivated. The LG Nitro HD lasted 30 minutes longer under the same circumstances.  That would make both devices nearly on par with each other, right?  Not so quickly–the HTC Rezound has a smaller battery rating of 1,620 mAh, while the LG Nitro HD has a 1,830-mAh battery pack.  You would expect the latter to last longer, but it didn’t.

Under moderate usage, though, the HTC Rezound’s smaller battery provided up to about 12 hours of power.  The LG Nitro HD gave less: about 7 hours.  That’s pretty ironic for a device with a 1,830-mAh battery.


Each of these Android phones comes with an 8-megapixel main camera.  Both are able to capture photos and videos in great detail.  The camera on the HTC Rezound continuously autofocuses on the subject in the viewfinder so that you can easily frame that photo instantly.  The Rezound also lets you touch on the viewfinder to specify which specific area to focus on.

The camera app on the HTC Rezound also gives you better control over your photo and video capturing preferences, since it allows you to set ISO, scenes/effects, exposure levels, contrast levels, white balance, sharpness levels, saturation–the bells and whistles.  It has face detection, too.  What we loved most about the HTC Rezound’s camera is its dual-LED flash, which aids greatly in focusing and capturing photos and videos in dim environments.

The LG Nitro HD, on the other hand, has a single-LED flash.  Yet, don’t be daunted by that.  It can capture photos with great detail, especially under adequate lighting.  The camera can be used with the usual staple of shooting modes, including panorama and landscape.  However, macro shooting seems to be absent in the Nitro HD.

Both the HTC Rezound and the LG Nitro HD can capture videos at 1080p Full HD and 720p HD resolutions.  The HTC Rezound, particularly, can grab 1080p videos at 30 fps, and 720p videos at 60 fps–and records surround sound audio while you’re at it.

For video calls, the HTC Rezound offers a better experience with its 2-megapixel secondary, front-facing camera that can capture 720p videos.  The LG Nitro HD has a 1.3-megapixel camera.


Both devices use Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but with slight variation in the minor versions and with starking differences in the manufacturer-imposed custom user interfaces.  The HTC Rezound has Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.5 as its friendly face.  The LG Nitro HD, on the other hand, comes with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with LG’s own custom user interface on top, too.  So, what we practically have here are two Gingerbread phones, each with a different user interface.

Between the two, we liked HTC Sense 3.5 on the HTC Rezound because of its tightly integrated interface, its smooth and fluid transitions between screens, the generous amount of flexibility for customizations, and lots of eyecandy.  We liked the LG custom user interface, as well, because of its simplicity.  LG’s user interface also provides for deeper custom tweaks than HTC Sense 3.5 would bother to offer; thus, in the LG user interface, you can change fonts, change widget background colors, or change an app’s resolution.

The HTC Rezound is on Verizon Wireless, while the LG Nitro HD is on AT&T.  As expected, both carriers have preloaded their respective suite of apps which many people could get by without.  In this area, the LG Nitro HD has a strong edge over the HTC Rezound because AT&T’s apps on the Nitro HD can be removed by the user.  Those on the HTC Rezound cannot–not without using brute force anyway.


Without having to go into the nitty-gritty of comparing Verizon’s and AT&T’s 4G LTE speeds, we can say that, being 4G LTE handsets, the HTC Rezound and the LG Nitro HD can provide you with the blazing-fast Internet speeds that you’ve so sorely dreamed of.

For the music lover or photo-snapping addict, the HTC Rezound offers more features than the LG Nitro HD can, especially with Beats software baked into the HTC Rezound itself and with the free iBeats earphones (themselves very expensive to buy on their own) that tag along with the handset inside the box.  The HTC Rezound packs a high-definition display that can only be described as resplendent, plus processing performance that can make you cry tears of joy, huge internal storage, stellar camera features, and a decent battery life.

On the other hand, the LG Nitro HD and its true HD display are not easy to ignore either.  With a decent camera, a simple and flexible user interface, removable carrier preloaded apps, decent camera, and powerful processing performance, it is a respectable device to sit beside the likes of the HTC Rezound without feeling any hint of shame or embarrassment.

This is not a case of Verizon versus AT&T.  But, with the HTC Rezound and the LG Nitro HD offering attractive features to sway you towards either network, this just might as well be.

Find out more about HTC’s beast of a music-oriented smartphone–the HTC Rezound. To know more about the LG Nitro HD, hop to AT&T’s official website for more details.

Which of these two Android phones are you thinking of having?

Images courtesy of Engadget,, SlashGear

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