Excerpt: Over the past several months I have been given the opportunity to use a handful of smartphones. HTC late last year released the HTC Rhyme, which is much smaller than the average Android smartphone. This phone is specifically geared more towards women with its plum colored body, and size.
Excerpt: The HTC Rhyme was announced and it looks like a great mid-range phone for fashion-conscious users. HTC Rhyme: Design The Rhyme doesn't feel small, per se; it's just not as gargantuan as all the 4-, 4.3- and 4.5-inch handsets we've been manhandling lately. It does feel positively featherweight, though because there's really not much to this device.
Summary: In a day and age where we have dual-core smartphones ruling to roost, it's a little hard to recommend a single-core smartphone. It's not like the device is bad. The camera has some nice effects. Apps run smoothly until you start some heavy multitasking. The Sense 3.5 is one of the best skins to overlay the Android OS and the fact that the Rhyme is expected to receive the ICS update soon makes it future proof.
Pros: Good build and design, Sense 3.5 is a refreshing UI over Android, Upgradable to ICS, Good battery life
Cons: Single-core processor, Charm is a useless accessory, Battery cannot be removes
Summary: 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.
Conclusion: With its gorgeous build, unusual colour and the inclusion of a charm (while gimmicky), the Rhyme seems to be aimed at a female demographic, some (not all) of whom would prefer its plummy charms it that of a standard black/grey smartphone. What’s really refreshing is that despite focusing on style, HTC hasn’t compromised on features and performance. Sure there's no dual-core processor, but that's missing the point about the Rhyme.
Pros: Fantastic build quality, 1Ghz processor feels fast, HTC Sense includes some useful features, Useful charging/speaker dock
Cons: Uncomfortable headphones, Poor HD movie quality, Screen resolution could be higher