HTC Rhyme Review

Interface:

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.



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.



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.



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.




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23 Comments

1. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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: Nov 22, 2011

I'm a guy and got it just $0.01 athttp://bit.ly/spdMCX Penny-Pincher Promo. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! :)

2. breathlesstao unregistered

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: 79; Member since: Apr 09, 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: Aug 26, 2009

I don't remember the irremovable battery being a cons for the iPhone, PA...

4. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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: Oct 04, 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: Sep 17, 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: 1249; Member since: Aug 13, 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: Aug 12, 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 unregistered

I'm curious to experience Sense 3.5 for myself.

16. nikhil009

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 15, 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..

18. itsius1

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

wish the color was ferari red...

19. lizurrrd

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 31, 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: Oct 23, 2011

There are two more colors - "hourglass" and "clearwater". Most shops currently carry only the hourglass version.

22. joepvanl

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 07, 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: Dec 14, 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.

24. ANobles33

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

Haha, this phone is absolutely horrible. I ordered one from Verizon, the thing wouldn't charge months later, so I ended up shipping it back and paying $300 dollars for another one. It lasted for a while, but then the same thing happened. It wouldn't charge. The first time, it wouldn't charge with the usb cord or with the ac adapter. The second time, it wouldn't charge with the usb but I could put it in the docking station to charge it. However, as time wore on, the ac adapter stopped working and the phone was saying that I was charging it with a usb when I wasn't. Point is, I am disappointed with the HTC rhyme and would not recommend it to ANYBODY.

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Rhyme
  • Display 3.7" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1600 mAh(6.83h talk time)

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