HTC Rhyme Review

By on February 6, 2012
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A girl’s new best friend?

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Good: HTC’s Sense, Unique bundle, Good build quality, Hot-swappable microSD
Bad: Non-removable battery, Single core CPU, Dock can’t be used to connect to PC, Screen doesn’t handle black very well
Price: AED 2,199
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

I often find that phones catered to females are useless. They’re usually underpowered, based on an old design or colored pink to make it look feminine and that’s all. It’s as if phone manufacturers think that all girls like the color pink and just wish they had a pink phone to carry around. Luckily HTC have done the smart thing and introduced a phone and bundle that might actually be useful and doesn’t look like it’s made for Barbie.

The HTC Rhyme’s design is one that everyone should be familiar with. It doesn’t deviate much from other HTC phones in terms of design except for the coloring scheme. The HTC Rhyme comes in Clearwater, Hourglass and Plum colors and the sample phone I received I can only guess is Clearwater. The whole phone is colored in pastels or shades of blue and brushed metal which definitely make it light on the eyes. It doesn’t look too feminine though but I can’t say the same for the Plum colored one.

The 3.7 inch screen dominates the front with sensors, an LED indicator, the earpiece and front camera at the top and capacitive buttons at the bottom. The screen is surrounded by brushed metal that continues onto the back where the HTC logo is etched. The back has the camera, flash and speaker bunched together along with three metal pins for connecting with the included dock.

On the left you have the covered microUSB connector, on the right is the volume button and at the top there’s the power/unlock button and 3.5mm audio connector. The battery compartment is at the bottom, open it and you get access to the Sim and microSD cards, both are hot-swappable. The battery is non-removable so forget about bringing a spare. Build quality is excellent as is expected from HTC. The phone feels solid with almost zero creaks or squeaks apart from those coming from the battery compartment. Overall the phone feels sturdy and built with quality and longevity in mind.

Now I did initially mention that phones catered to females are often underpowered and this might be considered one of them when you look at the range of higher end phones out today. The Rhyme comes with a single core 1 GHz Scorpion processor with the Adreno 205 bundled GPU. Compared to the dual core powerhouses out today, the HTC Rhyme’s CPU might appear to struggle with a modern operating system but it runs everything with very little stuttering. As mentioned earlier the Rhyme has a 3.7 inch screen, it’s an S-LCD which doesn’t quite cut it with the likes of AMOLED, Retina and qHD displays out there but it’s certainly better than the average LCD on cheaper phones and the 480×800 resolution has been seen on phones with larger screens.

The phone comes with 4GB of internal storage but only about 1GB may be used but HTC have generously included an 8GB microSD card in the bundle. It also comes with 768MB of RAM. The dimensions are 119 x 60.8 x 10.85 mm and it weighs only 130 grams. The phone feels slimmer though as it tapers at the back near the edges. The HTC Rhyme comes with a 5mpx camera with auto focus and an LED flash that is capable of taking videos at 720p. It also has a front facing VGA camera for video calls. The phone comes with Android 2.3.5 with HTC’s new Sense 3.5 slapped on top and a video of Sense 3.5 is available below. Running SunSpider, the Rhyme got a score of 3661.5ms which is well under the 3424.8ms the Xperia Active got despite the similar internal specs.

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