HTC Rhyme review: sleek and purple with a little charm
18 November 2014
Excerpt: From the very first time we heard about the HTC Rhyme, it was clear it would be a phone unlike any other. HTC has a reputation of creating new phones with amazing features and specifications that are hard to rival. But the HTC Rhyme isn’t anything like the HTC EVO 3D, HTC Sensation or any ...
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.
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.
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
Conclusion: It's been a long time since we last saw a phone exclusively targeted at women. Was the Nokia 6600 fold or the Samsung Diva the last ones? Well, if you remember those, you are old enough to remember old jokes how women can't park and men hate advice. We're not so sure about that though.
Pros: Quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G support, 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, 3.7" 16M-color capacitive S-LCD touchscreen of WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels), Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.5, 1 GHz single Scorpion CPUs, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 chipset, 768 MB RA...
Cons: Average display, Non-user-replaceable battery, No dedicated camera key, Pricey for a single-core smartphone (generously accessorized though), Wi-Fi death grip issues
Summary: HTC Rhyme is a nice handset. Its simple design is lovely, it has enough performance to get by, and the included speaker dock is a nice addition. However, the charm accessory and headphones don’t really add much to the package, and given you do pay a small premium for them, it becomes hard to...
Pros: Updated HTC Sense UI 3.5, Compact design, Above average 5MP camera quality, Stereo earbuds are included
Cons: Some might not like the color, Bit of a background “hiss” in calls, Battery cannot be removed, Lighted charm seems useless
Excerpt: The HTC Desire is officially out and the new HTC Rhyme has just replaced it. It’s nothing really new in terms of the specs but the whole packaging and the new color tones bring new life to a rather old line. Check out our full review of the HTC Rhyme after the jump.
Conclusion: Obviously, the HTC Rhyme is a smartphone for a specific taste. If we can say so, this phone is expressly feminine: it is more focused on young or middle aged girls and women, who are not spending their free time reading tech reviews and benchmarking their devices.