The audiophilic HTC Rezound launches today on Verizon Wireless. In addition to 4G LTE and a hefty 1.5 Ghz processor, the Rezound includes Beats Audio technology from Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics line and is the first HTC phone to come with a 720p HD touch display.

We think it's going to be a hit this holiday season, but how will it stack up against its Verizon brethren, especially the ever-popular Apple iPhone? The short answer: we think the HTC Rezound will be a great gift option for the younger set. Its high-resolution screen, powerful processor and Beats Audio integration places the focus squarely on media consumption. All that power comes at a price, though. At 165 grams and 13.65mm-thick, the Rezound is no dainty dame; it's both heavier and thicker than many smartphones on the market, making it a less-than-ideal option for those in the market for a sleek, image-conscious device. Still, it sports a 4.3-inch screen with gorgeous 342 ppi resolution, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera that shoots 1080p HD video, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 32GB of storage (16GB internal and 16GB via an SD card), and 1 GB of RAM.

For a side-by-side comparison of the two phones, check out the table below:

 

HTC Rezound

Apple iPhone 4S

Display

4.3-inch screen with Super AMOLED HD curved display with 720x1280 pixel resolution at 342 ppi pixel density

3.5-inch TFT Retina multi-touch display with 960 x 640 resolution at 330 ppi pixel density

Processor

1.5 GHz dual-core Scorpion processor, Adreno 220 GPU, Qualcomm MSM 8660 Snapdragon chipset

1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor (CPU), PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU, Apple A5 chipset

Camera

8-megapixel rear-facing with dual-LED flash; 2-megapixel front-facing; 1080p HD video

8 megapixel autofocus rear-facing camera with 3264×2448 pixels, LED flash camera, a .9 MP VGA front-facing camera and shoots HD videos of up to 1080p

Operating System

Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) with Sense 3.5 UI

Apple iOS 5

Data Speed

18Mbps download, 9Mbps upload speeds

14.4Mbps download, 5.8Mbps upload speeds

Storage

1GB of RAM; 16GB/32GB internal memory

The iPhone 4S comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models. No microSD card slot; 512MB RAM

Battery Life

1620 mAh lithium-ion battery

1420 mAh lithium-ion battery, with 480 minutes of talk time on 3G and up to 200 hours standby time

Dimensions

5 x 2.57 x .54 (129 x 65.5 x 13.7 mm )

4.5 x 2.31 x .37 (115.2 mm x 58.6 mm x 9.33 mm)

Weight

5.8 ounces (165g)

4.9 ounces (140g)

Price

$299.99 on Verizon Wireless

$199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB model, with a new two-year contract from AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint