The HTC Rhyme is a new device, designed for the more stylish and fashionable Android user. This device packs a sleek punch with a nice purple detailed casing and strong durability. We found the phone to be very durable, using metals instead of most plastics. It also has a removable battery, which an increasing number of phones are starting to phase out, ever aspiring to be thinner and thinner.
Through an unboxing, HTC has provided an impressive purple box, with a ribbon to pull the device out. There are definite elements that are more feminine than say, a DROID branded device.
Opening the Android “diva” box left us with a nice set of earbuds and a charm, to alert the user via light for any missed calls, text messages, or voice mails. It also came with the basic instruction manuals and 2-piece charging set. However, most importantly, it came with a charging dock using a 3-golden contact connector.
Getting into the Rhyme itself, it has a 3.7” screen and around 10mm thickness. It also has a 5MP camera and 720p HD recording. On the front, HTC has implemented a VGA front facing camera. Finally, for important internal hardware, it has 4GB of on-board storage and an 8GB SD card, along with a 1GHz processor.
On the software side, you will see Android Gingerbread 2.3.4 with HTC Sense running along with some predictable, HTC widgets and unfortunately, bloatware. It also has a talk time of around 6 hours, which is not a whole lot.
Going back to the dock, the connection is very simple and there will be no more “breaking ports”. However, one downfall is the dock has really no media function. Dimming functions are allowed once connected and will be great for a morning alarm clock or easy charging before going to bed.
To sum the device up, the HTC Rhyme carries a punch for a first time Android user. There is not too much power, but will be great for an average user looking for a stylish phone. Even though HTC has never explained the motivation for creating such a device, to us, it’s clear: this is an Android phone designed to appeal primarily to women, and other people who like purple, and “charms”.
The HTC Rhyme is available in the US on Verizon for $199.99 on a 2-Year contract.
What do you think of the HTC Rhyme? Is Purple a good choice? I would love to know and your comments and remember to watch the video along with this review.