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.


Paul Nuñal
Paul and I.T. are synonyms. If you need help with I.T.-related stuff, call on Paul. His experience with Android phones goes way back to the ancient single-core-phone days. But, he keeps himself up to date, so now he has a dual-core beast in his pocket, and is looking forward to getting his first quad-core monster, and when it comes, his first eight-core phone. Perhaps he should be called Mr. X-Core, where "X" equals the number of CPU cores.