x PhoneArena is looking for new authors! To view all available positions, click here.

HTC Rhyme Hands-on

Posted: , by John V.

Tags:

HTC Rhyme Hands-on
So there you have it folks, all the fanfare surrounding HTC’s press event in New York City is solely for the fashionable HTC Rhyme for Verizon Wireless, which is set to arrive on September 29th for the usual 2-year contract price of $199.99. For a device that’s packing specs putting it in the mid-range category, it’s indeed a hefty price to sport, but then again, it does come included with some interesting and useful accessories.

Much like any of HTC’s devices, the HTC Rhyme’s design footprint follows the same premise with its solid metallic casing and soft touch patches. Of course, the plum purple color is definitely something different from the usual gunmetal and white colors normally used by many of HTC’s handsets. Both lightweight and compact in form, it feels relatively good in the hand with its balanced form. Sure it might not impress those who currently own a recent HTC smartphone, but we’re always glad to see it radiating that sense of premium feel with its construction.

HTC Rhyme Hands-on
HTC Rhyme Hands-on
HTC Rhyme Hands-on
HTC Rhyme Hands-on

HTC Rhyme Hands-on
HTC Rhyme Hands-on
HTC Rhyme Hands-on
HTC Rhyme Hands-on


Considering it sports a single-core 1GHz Qualcomm S2 MSM8655 processor, coupled with 768MB of RAM, it doesn’t take much running the new Sense 3.5 UI. Even though it still maintains all of the functionality and appearance we love about HTC’s lovely customized interface, we only see a subtle facelift to some of its widgets – like the clock one. Also, a new dynamic looking widget combines things like your messages, pictures, calendar and mail. However, it still embodies all the aspects we know and love about Sense in general.

HTC Rhyme Hands-on
HTC Rhyme Hands-on
HTC Rhyme Hands-on
HTC Rhyme Hands-on

HTC Rhyme Hands-on
HTC Rhyme Hands-on
HTC Rhyme Hands-on


Besides the actual handset, HTC made sure to tout about all of the Rhyme’s accessories – such as the docking station, armband, Bluetooth headset, Charm notification attachment, and tangle-free headphones. Unfortunately, most of them were tucked away under glass with the exception of the Charm notification accessory. To tell you the truth, the concept is neat with the Charm, especially when it pulsates or glows for different thing. Still, the biggest gripe we see with this is that it’s still attached to the phone – albeit, it would’ve been neat if it were a wireless thing instead.

HTC Rhyme Hands-on
HTC Rhyme Hands-on
HTC Rhyme Hands-on
HTC Rhyme Hands-on

HTC Rhyme Hands-on
HTC Rhyme Hands-on
HTC Rhyme Hands-on
HTC Rhyme Hands-on




15 Comments
  • Options
    Close




posted on 20 Sep 2011, 11:47 3

1. doubler86 (Posts: 309; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


Really nice. Look at HTC trying to get all the girls that wanted an iPhone 5 and other android phones. I think this is going to do really well.

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 06:49

11. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


and even guys. that phone turned me on for a short minute. lol

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 12:03 1

2. parthpatels007 (Posts: 52; Member since: 27 May 2011)


FIRST to buy this phone! ofcourse not the purple one

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 12:18

3. ExHTC-NowSGSII (unregistered)


its still obvious that the software is still sluggish!!
im glad i chose the Samsung GSII over the sensation, i love htc's Sense UI, but their hardware, Ram, and built in storage, to software implementation sucks...

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 13:37

4. Parth1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)


Good phone...mid-range in specs but price is somewhat high compared to other similar devices out there,hope sense 3.5 could balance it..!!

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 15:06 2

5. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1037; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Looks just like the HTC Radar only purple and with android.

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 17:22

6. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


Women... So is anyone mad about the old clock widget disappearing?

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 01:41

10. costi (unregistered)


the old clock is still there. but is not the default one

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 18:52

7. dionddc (Posts: 129; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Not sure about this, prefer HTC Sense 3.0. Also, judging from the second video, it looks laggy at times. :/

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 19:02

8. joey18 (Posts: 493; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


*** phone

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 07:52

12. jorge (unregistered)


Any1 knows if these will be available here at Philippines??

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 22:40

14. Dea (unregistered)


It will be available in the Philippines by the end of December 2011.

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 07:56

13. jorge (unregistered)


any1 knows if these will be available here at the Philippines?

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 08:09

15. rick (unregistered)


sense 3.5 is smoother and uses less ram as previous sense version,, If you have a rooted phone, you can already install this software to a htv evo and other phones.. why buy a new phone when you can root yours and install new roms everytime you want :)

posted on 01 Oct 2011, 06:35

16. ym!!!!!!!!! (unregistered)


would this phone be sold here in ireland?how much is it?

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories