HTC Rhyme Rated 4 out of 5 by Wireless and Mobile News' Review of Reviews
Meet the beautiful HTC Rhyme
Reviewers wax poetic sublime,
"Great headphones and dock
Plum color's a shock!
But she's no Droid Bionic or Nexus Prime..."
When you name a phone the HTC Rhyme you have to expect a little rhyming poetry and the HTC Rhyme, for some reviewers, is poetry in motion.
The HTC Rhyme is stylish because she comes with her own fashion accessories, a dock, no tangle headphones and light-up LED notifying dongle. She also has a powerful 1GHz processor running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 3.7"touchscreen, 5MP camera, VGA front-facing camera, 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. She is slim, light and sharp.
Reviewers liked most of the features of the HTC Rhyme, her slim, beautiful plum-colored body, brilliant screen and HTC Seine 3.5 with newly redecorated wallpapers. Every reviewer liked the dock that is handy for charging or turning the smartphone into an alarm clock and music player. Sound quality of the dock is pretty good.
Reviewers found the headphones to be excellent and some found the LED light-up charm useful. Woman reviewers resonated with her style, beauty, intelligence and charm. One male reviewer hated the plum color so much he thought you should only look at the HTC Rhyme, if you like the color purple.
There is more than just purple that reigns on the HTC Rhyme, the call quality and battery life are good. She did well in benchmark tests close to the HTC ThunderBolt. However, she doesn't connect to fast lane of Verizon's 4G LTE network. Smartphones from Verizon Wireless that work on the 4G LTE network are the Droid Bionic and Nexus Prime aka Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
She seems to be just the right size for women's hand, not too big or small.
She's fashionable, likeable and does what most smartphones should do. Will everyone love HTC Rhyme? Just like you need to try on a pair of designer shoes before you buy them, you can try out the HTC Rhyme, to see if she is the perfect fit for you.
The HTC Rhyme with included accessories(dock, tangle free headphone and LED charm) sells for $199 with a contract from Verizon Wireless.
You can also buy matching optional accessories such as a color-coordinated Bluetooth headset, Bluetooth car speaker and armband.
Here are summaries of the reviews we reviewed.
Bonnie Cha at CNET rated the HTC Rhyme, 4 out 5. She liked the compact design and bundled accessories. She didn't think the purple color and charm would work for everyone. The camera quality could be better. She called it solid with beautiful body. The 3.7" WVGA touchscreen is sharp, brilliant and responsive. The homescreen lets you remove panels, you don't like. There is no dedicated camera key. The media dock is really nice with built-in speakers. The headphone sound is full. You can't uninstall the Verizon bloatware. Call quality was good. Speaker phone quality was good. For power users she suggests the Droid Bionic but for style-lovers the HTC Rhyme is worth trying on for size.
Helena Stone at Chip Chick reported that the HTC Rhyme is the first female-focused phone that takes women seriously. She liked the perfect size but not the color. HTC Sense beautifies the Android experience with nice pretty wallpapers. The notification charm is fun and neat but uses the 3.5mm headphone jack. The dock is nice and camera is pretty good. Call quality was not good. although not the fastest or brightest it resonated to be her favorite Android because it is stylish, essential and intuitive, and it hits the mark on all three. The battery life could be better.
Phone Arena called the HTC Rhyme unappealing to men. He liked the accessories but thought the charm was odd. It's the first HTC Sense 3.5 phone from Verizon Wireless with nice customization features. The touchscreen keyboard is bit cramped. Photo quality was best in full sunlight. Benchmark tests were only slightly lower than the HTC ThunderBolt. Call quality and battery life were good. He concludes, if you like the plum color take a look.