- 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)
Reviews (7.3/10 Avg. rating)
Responsive, DLNA, cute and smart
Firstly I would like to say well done to HTC for realising there is a gap in the market for a phone designed with women in mind. Also they deserve credit for including the premium accessories in the box. This is something that they are actually doing more of with the introduction of the beats branded phones. However this master stroke will potentially prove to be a double edged sword as it has limited sales to half the market and also there is no demand for accessories to be made as they are all included. I think the charm is a bit of a gimmick and I cannot expect to see it being used agai... Full review
Its specs are nothing out of the ordinary
Elegant phone, non-removable battery, superior build quality
Smooth performance, poor front camera, average battery life
The Rhyme is a medium sized and weighted handset. It's 61x119mm, which we found fits very nicely in the palm of the hand - a tiny bit larger than the Iphone 4S for reference. You can easily reach every corner of the screen with your thumb without stretching. The phone isn't the lightest around, but at 130g it's hardly going to strain your wrist. The Rhyme is a reasonable 10.9mm thick.
Regardless of the numbers, we found the performance of the Rhyme to be very impressive. Swiping between home screens was slick and lightning fast, while opening apps didn't prove to be a problem for the... Full review
Slim and light, build is excellent, screen is bright and crisp,
HTC has tagged the Rhyme with an MRP of Rs.29,999, but you can find it in shops for Rs.27,500 or maybe even a bit less online. The problem is that, it’s arrived to the party a bit late, since there are more powerful phones priced above and below it, forcing one to think twice before buying it. Your other choices are the Xperia Arc S, which sits at 29K, the Xperia Pro which is 26K and HTC’s own Incredible S, which is cheaper at 25K. All these phones are superior in terms of screen size (except for the Xperia Pro) and bigger 8MP cameras and they are available in colours that would appeal... Full review
Ladies would love the accessories and the phone's looks
HTC don't like to call it a smartphone, let alone mention Android anywhere in the conversation. However women are clearly the HTC Rhyme's demographic whether HTC admits it or not. Rich in features and generously accessorized, on top of being quite attractive, it will easily connect with its target audience.
It doesn't look like a particularly hard one to make either. Decisively similar to the Desire S, the only actual difference being the updated Sense UI, the Rhyme is still keen on offering robust user experience and good performance.
It's the paintjobs and the set of... Full review
The overall user experience was pretty pleasant
Strong, unibody design, very sleek design, very quick to snap pictures
What struck me about the Rhyme was the build quality and just how useful the docking station was. I wanted one of these docking stations for my existing Android smartphone. Plonking the phone onto the cradle / docking station in the office or at home – it just felt natural. The phone starts to charge, it switches to landscape mode and you can listen to music from the in-built speakers. The viewing angle was perfect, and as an interface it was beautiful. I could imagine future models perhaps sync’ing with you computer and downloading your days travel and other items without you even thin... Full review
The HTC Rhyme is a good all-rounder, not falling into the trap of becoming a female-only phone
Great software, average hardware
Like all of HTC’s other phones, build quality is excellent and reminds us a little of the old Desire S. Its rubberised and aluminium unibody form factor looks like it’ll survive a fall, but if you’re used to a larger phone like the Sensation, it’ll feel a little light at 130g. The screen is a little small for my liking, coming off the 4.3-inch EVO 3D, but iPhone users will have no trouble appreciating the Rhyme’s sharp S-LCD 3.7-inch screen. The only downside is the lack of Gorilla Glass, which is a disappointing omission considering we’re supposed to thr... Full review
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