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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.

The 5mpx camera is capable of taking pictures at 2952×1944 pixels and videos at 720p. The camera has an array of features and special effects that you can play around with including various scene modes such as backlight HDR and Action Burst. Special effects include distortion, depth of field and solarize to name a few. I did find that while taking pictures with a white background there was a reddish tint in some areas when viewing them on the computer but overall the colors were decent and the special effects fun to play with.

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With Wi-Fi on, receiving mail from two inboxes, Facebook, Twitter, the occasional game, making and receiving calls; I was able to get 37 hours from full charge to 5%. With less usage I was able to get over 40 hours easy. At 10% you’re prompted to connect the charger or use the phone’s battery saver features to help prolong the 1600mAh battery’s life until the next charge. The 1 Ghz CPU and Adreno GPU were quite capable of playing games with ease and the capacitive touch screen was trouble free as expected. I did find on occasion that after not using the phone for several hours and unlocking it, it would take a few seconds for the phone to respond again. After those few seconds the phone operated normally and I had no further issues while using the phone itself.

Overall, the HTC Rhyme is a niche phone aimed at the woman who wants a modern mobile capable of running the latest apps while still remaining stylish. The accessories are a delightful bonus over the usual bundle and serve a valid and practical purpose. You can tell HTC put a lot of thought into the dock and Charm even if they had a few negative points here and there. The dock is not a full-fledged dock and the Charm should be updated to blink when you receive any message of any kind not just text messages. It should be noted that while the included bundle is great, it does come at a premium and that puts the phone in a price war with other more powerful but less feminine rivals.

In my opinion I would only buy the Rhyme if I thought the accessories would come in handy and I would guess the average female may not really care as much about dual core processors. In that case the HTC Rhyme is highly recommended for women who want something different that doesn’t stand out too much as a phone but sets itself apart as a bundle.

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