REVIEW: HTC Rhyme

HTC has a new smart phone called Rhyme which uses the Android operating system and comes with HTC Sense. Before I get into the specifications and the technical side of things I want to start with the appearance and accessories.

The phone comes in three fashion conscious colours with purple, silver and blue grey. Realistically the HTC Rhyme could be used by both men or women – but I am going to say that this is a girl’s phone…and there is nothing wrong with that. The phone itself is lightweight and has a sleek design which fits neatly into your hand. Smooth lines give it a touch of simple glam and the charger point has a cover so no dust or dirt can get into the system.

HTC RHYME

In terms of accessories, it’s not about everything being “optional” because the box comes with a range of goodies to make your new mobile more than just a phone. There’s the phone dock which charges the Rhyme, but at the same time it can act as a clock, photo slideshow viewer or music player. Headphones, charger (can be charged via USB on your computer or plugged into the wall) and white phone pouch.

Something a little different which is quite funky is the HTC Rhyme Charm. This plugs into your headset jack and dangles on the outside of your handbag. When your phone rings, the charm glows – no rummaging through your bag and no excessively loud ringtone just so you can hear it. Once again, this comes with the phone!


Good looks only take you so far, so you will be happy to know that you can get the functionality you need without sacrificing on style. While this isn’t the fastest or biggest system available, it will be more than enough for most people (see below for full list of specs).

The camera is one of my favourite parts of the Rhyme, it has instant shutter so your targets aren’t sitting there with a cheesy grin while you are waiting for it to finish loading. And, there are lots of options to customise your pics – before and after taking them. Greyscale, dot, retro or vintage style are just a few of the choices available, you will have endless fun with this cool little feature.

HTC RHYME

This phone is really built for social networking, it even goes as far as to include your friend’s latest status update when they ring you. There is a friend stream which combines Facebook or Twitter updates in one so you are never out of the loop.

Share, play, chat…it all seems to work without being overly complicated. It comes with an inbuilt mirror too!

Is this going to match up to an iPhone? Probably not, but if you want a touch phone that is light, elegant and feature rich you should consider the HTC Rhyme (plus it is much more affordable so you really can’t compare the two).

HTC RHYME

Specifications:

Size: 119 x 60.8 x 10.85 mm (4.68 x 2.39 x 0.43 inches)
Weight: 130 grams (4.58 ounces) with battery
Display: 3.7-inch touch screen with 480 x 800 resolution
Screen: 94mm(3.7″)
CPU Processing Speed: 1 GHz
Total storage: 4 GB
Available storage: up to 1 GB
RAM: 768 MB
Expansion slot: microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
Connectivity: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Bluetooth: 3.0 with FTP/OPP for file transfer, A2DP for wireless stereo headsets, and PBAP for phonebook access from the car kit
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Battery type: Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Capacity: 1600 mAh
Talk time: Up to 480 minutes for WCDMA / Up to 620 minutes for GSM
Standby time: Up to 340 hours for WCDMA / Up to 295 hours for GSM

(The above are subject to network and phone usage.)

Please visit HTC for full list of features and specifications.

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