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HTC Rhyme Review

HTC Rhyme

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What’s a bit surprising is that the Rhyme is the first HTC smartphone on Verizon to come equipped with the new HTC Sense UI 3.5 interface. We’ve always loved HTC Sense, as it makes using a smartphone easier and has plenty of customizations for the user. Now with the new 3.5 version, you are treated to a few extras. First off, you have four icons that show on the lock-screen for easy access to the phone, mail, camera, and messages, and there are 6 lock-screen styles you can choose from (Current, Photo album, Friend Stream, Weather, Stocks, and Clock). For the desktop, there are 3 scenes (Verizon, Social, and Entertainment) and 3 skins (HTC, Olivine, and Turquoise). This provides a nice level of customization, which HTC is known for. Widgets are also in abundance (over 30), and a few new ones are Endomondo (which allows you to select different exercise work-out modes that you can compete with your friends on Facebook), Quick Launch (that is shown on the main home screen for displaying the current time, weather, and icons for the mail, messages, calendar, and camera gallery), and Watch (that shows current movies that you’ve rented or purchased from the on-line library).

Of course, our favorite is the Friend Stream app and its accompanying desktop widget, which aggregates content from your Facebook and Twitter accounts. In addition to reading the latest messages from friends, you can even post your own Tweet or Facebook status message simultaneously without the need of running two separate dedicated apps. Moreover, it even allows you to shoot a photo and upload it directly to your social networking accounts. Regardless, it is still nice to have the stand-alone Facebook app installed, as that does allow for some extra features like direct chatting with on-line Facebook friends.

The HTC Rhyme come equipped with the new HTC Sense UI 3.5 interface - HTC Rhyme Review
The HTC Rhyme come equipped with the new HTC Sense UI 3.5 interface - HTC Rhyme Review
The HTC Rhyme come equipped with the new HTC Sense UI 3.5 interface - HTC Rhyme Review
The HTC Rhyme come equipped with the new HTC Sense UI 3.5 interface - HTC Rhyme Review
The HTC Rhyme come equipped with the new HTC Sense UI 3.5 interface - HTC Rhyme Review
The HTC Rhyme come equipped with the new HTC Sense UI 3.5 interface - HTC Rhyme Review
The HTC Rhyme come equipped with the new HTC Sense UI 3.5 interface - HTC Rhyme Review
The HTC Rhyme come equipped with the new HTC Sense UI 3.5 interface - HTC Rhyme Review


Contacts:

Clicking on the “People” icon in the app drawer will bring up a list of all your contacts shown alphabetically and with their picture on the left side. This is populated by your Google, Facebook, Flickr and Twitter accounts, as well as being able to tie-in with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync accounts. When you click on a contact, it will then open up a new screen and show all their information, as well as 4 icons on the bottom for viewing their details, threads, updates, and gallery. This is all very useful, and we love the way that HTC Sense brings all this information together, yet makes it easy to use.

The People app - HTC Rhyme Review
The People app - HTC Rhyme Review
The People app - HTC Rhyme Review


Organizer and Messaging:

The calendar works very well, as it pulls information from all your accounts (Google, Facebook, Exchange, PC Sync) and aggregates them to the phone. This way, when you go to the calendar app (or desktop widget), all your events are shown in a day, week, or monthly view. You can also click on them to add reminders and alert tones.

Calendar - HTC Rhyme Review
Calendar - HTC Rhyme Review
Calendar - HTC Rhyme Review

The Clock app - HTC Rhyme Review
The Clock app - HTC Rhyme Review
The Clock app - HTC Rhyme Review
The Clock app - HTC Rhyme Review

We still have a fondness for using a physical keyboard when tying a message, but unfortunately the virtual QWERTY keyboard on the Rhyme’s 3.7 inch display can feel a bit small and cramped when used for more than a few minutes. It's our opinion though, and the ladies with smaller hands will feel fine using it. You can automatically setup your email for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, AOL, Yahoo!, Windows Live Hotmail, and GMail, as well as manually entering in your own POP3 and IMAP accounts. Once they are all set up, you can view your emails by account, or in a combined view that designates each account’s email with a different color bar on the left side. Naturally, you can also send and receive text and picture messages, as well as using the Mobile IM program to connect with Windows Live, Yahoo! and AIM buddy lists. Google Talk continues to use its own separate app.

Email - HTC Rhyme Review
Email - HTC Rhyme Review

Messages - HTC Rhyme Review
Virtual keyboard - HTC Rhyme Review
HTC Rhyme Review

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HTC Rhyme

HTC Rhyme

OS: Android 2.3.4
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) S-LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
0.75 GB RAM
Size4.69 x 2.39 x 0.43 inches
(119 x 61 x 11 mm)
4.77 oz  (135 g)
Battery1600 mAh, 6.83 hours talk time

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