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HTC Rhyme Review

HTC Rhyme

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HTC Rhyme Review
The HTC Rhyme comes with a Qualcomm MSM8655 1GHz processor, which allows the device to feel plenty quick when running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread and HTC Sense UI 3.5 with the 7 homescreens. There is also 768MB of RAM on board, and when we ran the Quadrant benchmark app, we got a score of 1452, which is slightly lower than the HTC ThunderBolt’s score of 1700. When running the AnTuTu benchmark app, the Rhyme got a mark of 2489, again lower than the ThunderBolt’s mark of 2718.

Call quality was average while talking on the phone, as voices on both ends sounded good, but there was a small amount of a background “hiss” that we could hear at all times on our end, and we had to keep the earpiece volume set at medium, as any higher would cause distortion in the speaker. Signal reception was on-par with most other Verizon smartphones, as we would get 2-3 bars in our area and didn’t drop any calls.

Quadrant app - Benchmarks of the HTC Rhyme - HTC Rhyme Review
AnTuTu app - Benchmarks of the HTC Rhyme - HTC Rhyme Review
Benchmarks of the HTC Rhyme - HTC Rhyme Review

Quadrant app

AnTuTu app


One thing that we didn’t like about the HTC Rhyme is that its internal 1600mAh can’t be removed by the user, even though you can see part of it when removing the back cover to access the microSD memory card slot. Despite this, we were able to up to 7 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge, or about 16 hours of mixed usage, which includes some talk, web, email, app usage, and standby.


If you like the plum color, then you should take a look at the HTC Rhyme, as it offers a lot, including the new HTC Sense 3.5 interface, 5MP camera, good call quality and battery life. But we can’t help but think that some people will be turned-off by the plum color, and would not consider the Rhyme because of it, despite it being a good phone otherwise. Because of this, it would be nice if the Rhyme were available in a few other color choices to appeal to a broader audience. Also, with the Rhyme’s current price of $199.99 with a 2-year contract, you might think about going with the HTC ThunderBolt at $249.99 if you are in a 4G area, as you would benefit from the faster data speeds.

Software on tested unit:
Android 2.3.4
Sense 3.5
Software 1.26.605.6

HTC Rhyme Video Review:


  • Updated HTC Sense UI 3.5
  • Compact design
  • Above average 5MP camera quality
  • Stereo earbuds are included


  • Some might not like the color
  • Bit of a background “hiss” in calls
  • Battery cannot be removed
  • Lighted charm seems useless
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HTC Rhyme

HTC Rhyme

OS: Android 2.3.4
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Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) S-LCD
Camera5 megapixels
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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