The HTC Rhyme is a new 3.7” Android phone being offered for $199 on contract at Verizon Wireless. This handset includes the newest version of HTC Sense built on top of Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread). It is clear that this phone is marketed to women with the plum color as well as the LED charm notification light that is advertised as something to hang out of your purse to both see notifications and to fish it out of it. Maybe Desmond Howard could use it with his satchel in Europe (yup, that’s a shout out to ESPN Gameday). This device also comes with an inductive charging dock that sweetens up the deal for the price.
At $199 on a 2-year contract, this phone is a mid-range device with unique accessories bundled in. If design and the plum color piques your interest, then definitely consider this device. For everyone else, there are better phones out there on Verizon for the $199 price point.
- Android OS (Gingerbread) with HTC Sense
- 3.7” WVGA super LCD Display
- 1GHz Qualcomm MSM 8655 processor
- 4 GB internal memory
- 8 GB pre-installed microSD card
- 768 MB RAM
- CDMA2000 radios for Verizon
- Bluetooth 3.0 w/EDR
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- 1600 mAh Li-Ion battery
Everything about this device screams mid-range phone. The screen, processor, and memory all seem okay but not great. The screen is super LCD so it is plenty vivid and easy to look at, but will be no retina display or super AMOLED plus. The touchscreen on the display is pretty normal to use from what I can tell, with the keyboard pretty standard and simple as with any other Sense keyboard.
Why might you consider this device?
If you do simple things on a smart device or are new to smartphones, this could be a possible contender. It has a slower processor than other, newer Android devices out there. It seemed to do just fine with basic tasks such as swiping between home screens and playing Angry Birds, which is saying a lot that it can at least handle HTC Sense. Speaking of HTC Sense, this UI is very smooth and eye appealing. It definitely polishes the base Android system. The device is also of normal thickness and decent weight; neither noticeably heavy or light.
The stand out differentiator of this device is the accessories that come with it. The plum phone is packaged in a slightly fancier box that slides out instead of opening up a box. This creates a different experience from before you even use the device. Inside the package there are standard charging cables, headphones that have flat wires that reduce twisting and tangling, an LED charm, and inductive charging / Bluetooth speaker dock. The charm is unique in that it allows for the phone to be hidden out of sight like a purse, where the charm hangs in view so that you can see if you have new messages or other notifications. The dock seemed cool so that you could come home at night or when you are at work and set down the device for it to charge without connecting a cable. Convenience. It also plays music from the phone through built-in Bluetooth speakers, which seemed to be decent quality and pretty loud when turned up full blast.
Why you might not consider this device?
If you are a power user, skip this device; go with a more full featured device. The processor is only single core and not dual core, so it is not as snappy as the high-end phones out there. The phone also does not have LTE support, thus the data speeds will forever be lost in the 3G world. If you want a keyboard, this isn’t your device. This also has no removable battery, which some people care about and most don’t.
This phone is mid-range with awesome accessories. The color of the phone with the charm and speaker dock are the deciding factor. If you want a really high-end phone, look elsewhere. If you want something stylish, plum, and interesting accessories, look into this HTC Rhyme.
I do wish that HTC released other colors in the United States besides plum. There are blue and grey international versions that might have shown more sales possibilities in the States.
HTC has made the HTC Rhyme available to me for a period of time to evaluate the device. The views within this review remain my own.