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

November 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

OS Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread
Processor 1 GHz dual-core 1 GHz single-core
Internal Storage 16 GB 4 GB
Display 540×960, 4 inches 480×800, 3.7 inches
Main Camera 8 MP, autofocus, LED flash 5 MP, autofocus, LED flash
Video Capture
1080p 720p
Front Camera 1.3 MP VGA
Memory 512 MB 768 MB
External Storage Up to 32 GB Up to 32 GB (8 GB card pre-bundled)
Weight 167g 130g
Height 124 mm 116.8 mm
Width 64 mm 61 mm
Depth 13 mm 10.1 mm
Battery 1,540 mAh (up to 9 hours talk time) 1,600 mAh (up to 7 hours talk time)
Release/Availability July, 2011 October, 2011

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

Multimedia

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.

Storage

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.

Power

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.

Communication

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?

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