Performance:

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.


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.

Conclusion:

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:


Pros

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

Cons

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

PhoneArena Rating:

8.0

User Rating:

8.6
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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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