HTC Rhyme vs Motorola DROID 3: Which Is the Better Phone for $200 on Verizon?

by: Conan HughesNovember 17, 2011
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Newer, in terms of release date, does not always mean better. Countless times, a particular phone becomes so exceptional that competing companies can’t match it with their own products until some months later.

Let’s take two smartphones, for instance: the Motorola DROID 3 and the HTC Rhyme.  The DROID 3 has been with us since July, 2011, whereas the Rhyme recently arrived this October. Now, to prove my point, we proceed to the comparison.

Motorola Droid 3

HTC Rhyme

OSAndroid 2.3.4 GingerbreadAndroid 2.3.4 Gingerbread
Processor1 GHz dual-core1 GHz single-core
Internal Storage16 GB4 GB
Display540×960, 4 inches480×800, 3.7 inches
Main Camera8 MP, autofocus, LED flash5 MP, autofocus, LED flash
Video Capture
Front Camera1.3 MPVGA
Memory512 MB768 MB
External StorageUp to 32 GBUp to 32 GB (8 GB card pre-bundled)
Height124 mm116.8 mm
Width64 mm61 mm
Depth13 mm10.1 mm
Battery1,540 mAh (up to 9 hours talk time)1,600 mAh (up to 7 hours talk time)
Release/AvailabilityJuly, 2011October, 2011

In almost every feature, the HTC Rhyme fails to outmatch the DROID 3, despite the Rhyme’s being more recent and newer.


Motorola’s offering does not fall short of providing a great experience in capturing important moments around you. The DROID 3 comes equipped with an 8-megapixel camera with automatic focus, as well as LED flash.  Up to 1080p resolution can be used for recording video. Media playback won’t also disappoint with a hi-res 4-inch display.

On the other hand, you get inferior results with the Rhyme. Its camera can only supports 5 MP, a resolution becoming more common among smartphones, and a lower 720p for recording video.


An ample amount of 16 GB allows DROID 3 users to store a lot of media in the phone’s gallery. In case you take up all the free space, a microSD expansion of up to 32GB is supported.

The Rhyme will fail to impress anyone with its internal storage of just 4 GB. That’s about 20 or so high-quality videos, assuming you dedicate all the space for video and not install any app or store other data. To compensate for this, HTC has at least bundled an 8-GB microSD card, even though the Rhyme can also support up to 32 GB storage expansion.


One notable area where the Rhyme beats the DROID 3 is memory. At 768 MB RAM, it has 256 MB more than the DROID 3’s measly 512 MB of RAM. But, sadly, this is likely just another compensation for the Rhyme’s rather outdated 1.0-GHz single-core processor. While at the same frequency, the DROID 3’s processor is a dual-core instead. Overall, the DROID 3 provides a smoother experience.


To the surprise of nobody, the DROID 3 still beats the Rhyme during calls and video chats. Up to nine hours of talk time can be reached when using the DROID 3, whereas the Rhyme can only last less-than-average seven hours before it demands a battery charge.

Both handsets have reached equal pricing on Verizon: at US$200 each (as of today).  And, for all the hardware specs that the DROID 3 carries, the Rhyme simply is easy to set aside, especially for the same price–the logic being “Why buy a lower-spec’d handset for the same price as one with better specs?”

Yet, before you brush off the HTC Rhyme, you might want to consider whether you need a full physical QWERTY keyboard on your Android phone.  The DROID 3 has a slider keyboard, which many users find more convenient to use than a virtual keyboard.  That is also the reason why the DROID 3 is thicker and heavier.

Besides, the HTC Rhyme comes in a rather pleasant purple.  This might attract folks who have grown tired of black, silver, white, or gray.

In the end, the choice is yours.  Between two same-priced Android smartphones, the choice can be easily made if you knew what you want and need out of your smartphone.  Which will it be for you?  The “older” but more powerful DROID 3?  Or, the “newer,” stylish, but mid-range HTC Rhyme?

  • Anonymous

    In response to your question: “Why buy a lower-spec’d handset for the same price as one with better specs?”
    An important fact worth mentioning that wasn’t stated. One of the strengths for the HTC Rhyme is the value added by accessories. The HTC comes with a message notification charm and a rather nifty dock that you place the phone in for charging. Some times its the extras that can make the difference.

    • Brandon Sobotta

      A factor missing in this article also is that each phone is geared for different markets. While they are in the same price range, its almost like comparing a Toyota Celica and a Toyota Camry. I think they Rhyme is geared more towards the younger generation, or even females specifically. I my self own a Droid 3, and while it is a great phone I would have a hard time suggesting this phone to a college age female.

  • Excellent, DROID 3 all the way!!