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HTC Rhyme Review

HTC Rhyme

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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.

Surfing the web - HTC Rhyme Review
Surfing the web - HTC Rhyme Review
Surfing the web - HTC Rhyme Review
SpeedTest.net app - Surfing the web - HTC Rhyme Review
   

SpeedTest.net app



Camera:

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.

Camera interface - HTC Rhyme Review
Camera interface - HTC Rhyme Review
Camera interface - HTC Rhyme Review
Camera interface - HTC Rhyme Review

Gallery - HTC Rhyme Review
Gallery - HTC Rhyme Review
Gallery - HTC Rhyme Review

Like most other HTC phones, the Rhyme does not come with a physical camera button. Instead the camera continues to auto-focus on the center square shown on the display, or you can move the square around if you want to change where it will focus. To capture the image, you simply press on shutter icon on the right side, and it takes the image almost instantly.

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.

Camera samples made with the HTC Rhyme - HTC Rhyme Review
Camera samples made with the HTC Rhyme - HTC Rhyme Review
Camera samples made with the HTC Rhyme - HTC Rhyme Review
Camera samples made with the HTC Rhyme - HTC Rhyme Review
Camera samples made with the HTC Rhyme - HTC Rhyme Review
Camera samples made with the HTC Rhyme - HTC Rhyme Review
Camera samples made with the HTC Rhyme - HTC Rhyme Review
Camera samples made with the HTC Rhyme - HTC Rhyme Review

Strong - Indoor samples - HTC Rhyme Review
Medium - Indoor samples - HTC Rhyme Review
Low light - Indoor samples - HTC Rhyme Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - HTC Rhyme Review

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Software:

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.

Google Maps - HTC Rhyme Review
Google Maps - HTC Rhyme Review

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.

The PolarisOffice app - HTC Rhyme Review
The PolarisOffice app - HTC Rhyme Review
The PolarisOffice app - HTC Rhyme Review
The PolarisOffice app - 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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