HTC Rhyme Review
The HTC Rhyme continues to use the same WebKit browser that we’ve seen in the past, as it displays web sites in similar fashion as to what you would see on your home PC. It works well, scrolling is fast, and pinch-to-zoom is also supported. When loading the PhoneArena.com web site (including all Flash content and ads), it took about 45 seconds to fully load using Verizon’s 3G EVDO Rev A data network. When using the SpeedTest.net app, we were able to get download speeds around 0.80-1.0Mbps and uploads were also around 1Mbps. Granted this is not nearly as fast as 4G LTE speeds, but for moderate web browsing and email use, it’s not terribly bad.
The camera app has received a nice update as it now supports some extra features, such as 14 different visual effects, face detection, and manual image adjustments of the exposure, contrast, saturation, and sharpness. There is also a selection of 9 different scene modes to choose from.
Pictures that we took outside on a sunny day using the Rhyme’s 5MP camera looked quite nice, as they were sharp and colors were natural and not over-saturated (like on the HTC ThunderBolt). Inside pictures also did well, but in low-light the quality does get grainy, and the LED flash isn’t very bright. Videos can be recorded at 1280x720p resolution, but they look jumpy as they are only recording at 15 frames-per-second.
HTC Rhyme Sample Video:
For GPS guided driving directions you have a choice of using Google Maps, which is free, or VZ Navigator, which is $10 per month. Both provide you with turn-by-turn directions and audio prompts, though their layout is slightly different. Our choice between the two is Google Maps, as it doesn’t have a monthly fee, but this is personal preference. We’ve used it in the South FL area, and with the 3G EVDO Rev A connection it is accurate and shows satellite images without having to wait for them to load.
For viewing your Microsoft Office files, there is the PolarisOffice app, which can view Word, Excel and PowerPoint, but you will have to download and install the Adobe Reader app to view PDF files.
1. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I'd think the men's version of the Rhyme is the Droid Incredible 2, not the Thunderbolt. Very similar specs and pricing, just lacking Sense 3.5.
20. JohnSPiere (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
I'm a guy and got it just $0.01 athttp://bit.ly/spdMCX Penny-Pincher Promo. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! :)
2. breathlesstao (Posts: 60; Member since: 16 Apr 2010)
Plumb? You'd mean plum. xD And um...don't overgeneralize - I'm male and yet I love its color. Oh, and btw - if you write "lighted charm seems useless" in Cons at the end, at least please mention it in the review. There's nothing written about it at all, except for the fact that it comes in the retail box.
10. FAUguy (Posts: 76; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)
We did talk about the lighted charm on the 1st page:
"There is also a lighted charm that you plug into the headset jack. When you get a new message or call, the charm will light up, so it’s not to disturb anyone. But it seems rather odd to use this, as the phone’s display would also turn on, and you can set the phone to vibrate if you don’t want it to ring."
14. Angie2011 (unregistered)
The charm would actually be very handy, if you have your phone in your purse or other bag you can't see the display turn on or feel it vibrate, therefore the charm would be great.
3. dblue45 (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Aug 2009)
I don't remember the irremovable battery being a cons for the iPhone, PA...
4. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2801; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Lol get use to it. They didn't even take points off the iPhone 4 for its horrible attenna issue. Nor do they drop points for it not having adobe flash, yet if an android phone either does not run adobe flash or it lags while flash is running, they drop points on it.
7. Galaxys2...R (Posts: 46; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)
Hence why many call this iphone arena. Tbh I do think it is unfair that many phones have far better specs than iphone and iphone has less things yet doesnt get marked down compared to other phones but anyway. I would rather have this phone than ip4 or 4s anyday, not in this colour though not that there is anything wrong with the colour but this colour suits my GF more lol.
11. nando (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Sep 2011)
how tha heck the color is a con? is design for women.. but if iphone comes with a purple phone PA will say is impresive!!
5. Joshing4fun (Posts: 966; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
The lack of the ability to remove the battery seems like a huge con. What if the phone ever freezes? It's rare with good phones, but it happens to them all. That would scare me. Seems like a pointlessly stupid flaw.
9. ca2l3vin (Posts: 22; Member since: 12 Aug 2009)
Hold the power button on this phone over 10 seconds and it acts like a hard stop on a pc. Everything shuts off aslong as your power button works.
6. justme (unregistered)
To help you guy types out, the charm can be connected to the phone with a short wire. The idea is that the actual charm will stick up over the top edge of a handbag and blink when a call or notification comes in. The the user can then grab the wire to pull the phone out of the handbag quickly. Actually not a bad idea, for us handbag-carrying types.
We now return you to a discussion of the processor. Carry on, gentlemen!
8. htchd7 (unregistered)
this ph is very nice
15. GeekMovement (Posts: 1136; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
I'm curious to experience Sense 3.5 for myself.
16. nikhil009 (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Oct 2011)
this colour stinks ...! how gaming experienc on it.!
17. Fanny'77 (unregistered)
does it vibrate when you get a text message? heard it doesn't so it makes me real iffy about buying this phone..
19. lizurrrd (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Hurrrrrr, this is a woman's phone because it's purple. It appeals to women because it's purple, it's a woman's smartphone.
Good God, I hate you. I'm not anywhere close to a feminist, but this is really pissing me off.
21. derfinsterling (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
There are two more colors - "hourglass" and "clearwater". Most shops currently carry only the hourglass version.
22. joepvanl (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)
Can you disconnect the battery by putting some sort of paper between the battery and the 3 connector pins as they are showing when the cover is off?
23. dcosta1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
I love HTC phones, and this is no exception. It even comes with a dock, however the phone's color doesn't really make it an exclusively woman's phone. If it was pink, then that would be different.