- Sherri L. Smith , Laptop Magazine
Fashion-conscious consumers will find more than one reason to pick up the Rhyme.
- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop
For those looking for an off-the-beaten-path Android experience, it has the right charms to make it an appealing phone (even if it is purple)
HTC seems to be one of the few companies that tries to understand the importance of being able to cater to the female demographic. The HTC Rhyme, with its unique purple casing and pre-packaged premium accessories, is is one such attempt. So it may have the looks, but does it have the features to match it?
Apart from the fact that it each unit comes with premium accessories included in the box, the Rhyme is very much like many other Android smartphones that came before it. It comes with a somewhat large 3.7-inch 480x800 pixel resolution touchscreen display, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, and 4GB of internal storage. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread as the default operating system with a not-so-powerful combination of a 1GHz processor and 768MB of RAM, but it gets the job done. And the limited amount of internal storage space can be expanded further with the use of microSD cards.
It works with CDMA networks in the US and supports EV-DO Rev. A data, which makes it quite useful for surfing the Internet on the go. Given that it runs Android and accepts compatible third-party software, this should be quite enjoyable.
Now based on what you’ve read about this phone so far, you might think that it’s really not that different from other smartphones after all. The truth is, it does have many similarities with other models in terms of overall features, but it comes with the superior build quality that’s normally associated with the HTC brand, and looks markedly more elegant than other products in its price range. So if you’re one to appreciate good looks but don’t want to skimp on features altogether, this phone should have you covered.
Need To Know: HTC Rhyme
1. Built-in touchscreen display offers good resolution-to-size ratio. (The Good)
2. Premium accessories are included with the sale of each unit. (The Good)
3. As a result of the compact design, the battery is non-removable. (The Bad)
4. Internal storage space is very limited at 4GB and almost mandates the use of an external storage card. (The Bad)
The HTC Rhyme's screen is 3.7 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.
There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 1 GHz processor (CPU).
The phone runs on the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread operating system (OS).
Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.
The phone is powered by a 1600 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. HTC's performance ratings are: 17 days standby time, 440 minutes talk time.