A new Android smartphone
HTC are, in this time and age, one of the most sought after smartphones after the iPhone ones. The reason: they are almost flawless on the outside, the inside ang give more than great performance. They are also imbued with a lot of superb accessories. If you’re not one who likes for purple colored devices with cell phone charm attached to them, then you should definitely skip this product, because it comes with both these things.but we think you should get over them and appreciate the rest of what this smartphone has to offer. Not convinced? Then read our following review.
3.7″ WVGA touch screen
Did we mention how beautiful the HTC Rhyme is? We’ll say it again: the latest HTC Rhyme is gorgeous. It ships with a body made of a finish that feels soft to the touch. The 4.69″ x 2.39″ x 0.43″ and 4.77ounces make this smartphone a compact, slim and light one. Saying it again, the color it comes in – called royal purple – might not be as attractive to the rest of the world as it was to us. The front has a 3.7″ WVGA touch screen, meaning there are 480 x 800 pixels when it comes to resolution. When put near other smartphones, its display looks small; but nonetheless it provided, during our testing period, plenty of brightness and sharpness. The responsive screen didn’t pose nerves when we looked at images or read text.
The integrated accelerometer and pinch-to-zoom support make it an excellent companion. Below the display sit the usual settings; the left part of the body features a microUSB port and the right side features the button for volume control. The power/lock key and the standard 3.5mm headphone jack occupy their places on top, while the back comes with a 5-megapixel camera with a LED flash.
In the operating system department, the HTC Rhyme uses Sense which is improved when talking about user interface: we saw a 3D home screen carousel, updated lock screen, revamped widgets and many more enhancements from previous models. We noticed that the home screen experience was different. For example, the 7 home screens can be reduced to only one or no home screen at all.
In terms of features, the new HTC smartphone offers tangle-free headphones, desktop dock, an AC adapter and many others. Both the built-in speakers and headphones offered above average performance and it is to be noted that, if the latter don’t fit you well, there’s also a pair of ear tips to try on. We should furthermore mention smart dialing, text and multimedia messaging, speakerphone, 3G, GPS support, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and so on, included in the Rhyme features. The memory contained by this device: 4GB. There’s an 8GB microSD card, expandable to 32GB, for storage matters.
The HTC Rhyme runs on Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread; this offers support for Google services and has access to Verizon services. The processor is a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM 8655 and it can produce lags now and then.
Good battery life
The 5-megapixel camera can take photos and shoot videos, both of which looked ok. The cell phone charm we first talked about in the beginning of this review is in fact a small cube hanging off the end of a wire that you plug into the handset’s headphone jack. When someone would call us, the cube would blink to alert us. It was quite fun, to be sincere.
Now on to the most important part of HTC Rhyme: call quality. The audio was clear and we heard no distortions. The only thing that made us cringe was the volume, because it could get really painful to the ear. The 3G network made full sites load in around 30 seconds.The battery life was good.
Overall, after the test performed by our review team, we can conclude that the new HTC Rhyme smartphone can be a good choice if you need an Android based phone.
|* Bluetooth® 3.0 with FTP/OPP for file transfer, A2DP for wireless stereo headsets, and PBAP for phonebook access from the car kit|
|* 3.5 mm stereo audio jack|
|* DLNA for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to your TV or computer|
|* Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n|
|* ANT+ to connect with sport and fitness sensors|
|* 720p HD video recording|
|* 5 megapixel color camera with auto focus and LED flash|
|* VGA front-facing camera|
|Audio supported formats:|
|* Recording: .amr, .m4a, .aac|
|* Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)|
|* Digital compass|
|* Proximity sensor|
|* Ambient light sensor|
|* 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|* Upload speed of up to 5.76 Mbps and download speed of up to 14.4 Mbps|
|* Europe/Asia: 850/900/2100 MHz|
|Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery|
|* Up to 295 hours for GSM|
|* Up to 340 hours for WCDMA|
|* Up to 620 minutes for GSM|
|* Up to 480 minutes for WCDMA|