HTC Rhyme vs iPhone 4S

by: Paul NuñalDecember 1, 2011
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The smartphone wars continue everyday as mobile manufacturers are getting head-to-head in an intense battle for power and dominance. Two of Verizon’s new offerings promising to be powerhouse smartphones, the iPhone 4S and the HTC Rhyme are two of the most-wanted smartphones that many customers can’t decide which one is best for them. With both models coming from two different worlds, we’ll take a closer look at what separates them from each other.

Design and Display

The HTC Rhyme with its 3.7-inch S-LCD touch screen display is large enough to fill your appetite for ultimate viewing pleasure. Capable of rendering 480×800 resolution, the device is perfect for watching movies or surfing the web on the go. Weighing only at 130 g and with dimensions of 116.8 x 61 x 10.1 mm, the HTC Rhyme is slim enough to slip into your pocket.

On the other hand, Apple’s iPhone 4S packs a punch with its LED IPS touch screen at 3.5 inches. Although it may fall short of the HTC Rhyme’s screen size, it does, however, make up for it with its 640×960 resolution with 330 ppi pixel density. It weighs around 140 g with dimensions of 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm while keeping the same form factor as its predecessor (the iPhone 4).


In terms of memory, the HTC Rhyme comes packed with 4 GB of internal storage that can be further expanded up to 32 GB with the use of the external microSD card slot. It also has 768 MB of RAM. While the iPhone 4S lacks an external microSD card slot, it does manage to pull a decent 16 GB storage space with 512 MB of RAM.


If you love taking pictures with your smartphone, then the 8 MP camera on the iPhone 4S does a great job on keeping those precious memories whenever you’re out in the open. The iPhone 4S camera can also take HD videos at 30 fps with video stabilization and geo-tagging among its other features.

The HTC Rhyme’s 5 MP camera will certainly keep you entertained. While it may not have the same features as the iPhone 4S, it is a quite a shooter for those everyday moments. Both devices support front-facing cameras.

Apple's A5 Chip


Hands down, the iPhone 4S is the true victor in this category. The iPhone 4S sports a 1-GHz dual-core Apple A5 chipset compared to its rival having only a single-core, 1-GHz Scorpion processor in its arsenal. According to Apple, the iPhone 4S can process tasks twice as fast and renders graphics seven times faster compared to its predecessors.

The HTC Rhyme may not sport dual-core capabilities, but it does keep all of its processing power in pace with applications making multi-tasking a breeze. Users will never have to worry about force closes or lags, as the processor can perfectly handle multiple applications with the device being supported by huge RAM onboard.

Operating System

Perhaps this is the part where the two devices make the cut, and definitely the proving grounds in which many of you base your choice on which operating system is better.

With the HTC Rhyme coming in from a strong family of Android smartphones, expect to see the device preloaded with all the necessary Android features as it comes powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The gorgeous HTC Sense 3.5 UI looks will make anyone fall in love with the device at first glance. The vibrant renditions of the Android OS are neatly displayed in a creative twist making it a fine choice for first-time Android phone users.

The iPhone 4S is Apple’s new flagship phone armed with the latest iOS 5 update. Loaded with all the neat features found on previous iPhone devices, the greatest new trick Apple has kept would definitely be Siri. The iconic virtual assistant named Siri is definitely a must-have treat to iPhone owners. Capable of doing almost everything with a single touch of a button and speaking through Siri, it does it all–from scheduling appointments, setting up the timer, reading messages, and checking the weather, just to name a few.


In the end, it’s a war between operating systems. If you’re an Apple fan and love the way how Siri does everything for you from doing your meetings to texting your spouse, then probably the iPhone is well-suited for you. Having a tremendous boost on processing power with superb HD capabilities, the device is really worth your budget.

On paper, the HTC Rhyme may be overshadowed by the iPhone 4S’s features, but it does manage to be a sought-after device. If you’re mulling over an upgrade for your past Android devices or if you’re an iPhone user who wants to taste Android for the first time, the HTC Rhyme doesn’t disappoint your expectations, as it fares out well for day to day use.


  • Purplechaser

    idk which 1 2 get!

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  • Guest

    I love both phones:)

  • Purplechaser

    Pretty good info I type really well on my iPod touch so I guess I would do good on an on screen key board

  • Purplechaser

    Hey I pick which one I want and I want the HTC Rhyme!

  • Lightmartinez

    I have the htc rhyme its a really good phone I like it. But dnt let ur friend play with the charm when its hooked up to it -_- she dropped it :D but never mind that its a great phone

  • tkdgirl1

    I have an iphone right now and am able to upgrade, im interested in the htc rhyme but i dont know if i want the htc or the iphone 4s. Im so confused, i want a phone thats going to last me a while but a phone that i can also listen to all my music on. It’s such a hard decision.

  • Lilly Witherson

    I have some LG EnV phone and I’m eligible for an upgrade (2 years). At first I wanted the iPhone right off the bat, but then I stumbled on the HTC Rhyme and I fell in love. I like how it comes with the charm, headphones, and a dock too. And I LOVE the plum color. However the iPhone has a better camera and has Siri as well as the iPod feature. I’m so frustrated I love both phones!! One last thing, the iPhone is 99.99 and the Rhyme is 150.00 which was suprising. I really need some feedback, which phone IPhone or Rhyme??


    • Pat

      the lateset iphone (the 4s) for verizon is actually 150.00 with the 2yr contract deal, but the HTC Rhyme is now on sale for less than 15.00 with the same 2yr contract deal!! (which is an incredible deal!) I myself am still trying to decide which phone to get…I share the same problem as you. i also noticed that your post was one month ago, so i am curious as to what you chose and your opinion on it…

  • htc lover

    get htc. i have read so many articals. this is my first phone and so i wanted an iphone but i read articals and htc is way bette. with verizon both are free. dont judge me that a smartphone is my first phone but i am paying for it

  • Yoder

    I have the htc rhyme and the way you down load photos to computer sucks. When I first got the phone everything was great a few weeks later people calling me and me call people they could not here me. I am in the process now of getting an iphone. My husband has one iphone 4 and he loves it. Good luck!

  • jessica

    I have an HTC Rhyme and all my friends have iPhone 4s. If you’re a teen and into getting the latest apps, iPhone is better because app store always gets everything first. What I do notice is that my data speed is much faster; if you look something up on both phones the Rhyme gets there first. Also, my pictures seem to come out about a million times better in the main camera, although the front camera is terrible, especially in lowlight. It really depends on what you use more