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.
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.
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.