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HTC Rhyme Review

June 16 Comments off

HTC RHYME that comes in beige and purple cover version should primarily appeal to the female gender. And that is precisely the target group of the HTC Rhyme.The HTC Rhyme is providing exactly the right cast is: noble, wide metal frame, stepped front, chic bar across the back and said three colors that stick out of which at least two of the black mass of the most smartphones. Moreover, the pretty boy comes standard with a sleek docking station and a cube-shaped appendage notification.

Design

The HTC Rhyme is a beautiful phone. It boasts an aluminum unibody design with a soft-touch finish that feels luxurious in hand. It’s also slim and compact at 4.69 inches tall by 2.39 inches wide by 0.43 inch thick and weighs just 4.77 ounces. The royal purple color is also attractive to be sure, but it’s not going to appeal to everyone. Though HTC and Verizon didn’t say outright that the smartphone is targeted at women, the color choice is a bit polarizing. The international version of the Rhyme comes in a more neutral champagne color option; it’s too bad Verizon isn’t offering this model, as it would probably broaden its appeal.

On front, you get a 3.7-inch WVGA (480×800 pixels) touch screen. After the recent influx of smartphones with 4.3-inch screens or larger, the Rhyme’s display feels a bit small, but still, it’s sharp and bright enough, so we had no problems reading text or viewing images. Plus, it has pinch-to-zoom support and a built-in accelerometer if you need to zoom in or need more screen real estate, both of which are quite responsive, as is the touch screen.

The Rhyme runs HTC Sense and features the latest enhancements to HTC’s user interface. This includes the updated lock screen that provides access to more of your content and shortcuts to four of your favorite apps, the 3D home screen carousel, and reworked widgets. In addition to this, the Rhyme comes with a slightly different home screen experience and custom wallpaper. First, you now have the ability to remove home screen panels if you don’t need all seven. The main screen now also has four shortcuts on the left side that you can simply tap to expand for more information and then collapse when done. It makes for a cleaner, uncluttered layout, so we definitely liked the change.

Below the display are the usual touch-sensitive controls for the home, menu, back, and search functions. On top of the phone, you get a power/lock button and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The left spine of the phone features a Micro-USB port; a volume rocker occupies the right. On the upper-right-hand corner of the screen, you’ll find a VGA camera and on back is the main 5-megapixel camera with LED flash. Sadly, there is no dedicated camera key.

HTC Rhyme Review: Multimedia

The last HTC’s smartphones are always equipped with decent camera and there are also more features to offer: geotagging, face detection, self-timer and 13 effects, including “Multi-Shot”, “Panorama”, “Backlight” and “Macro”. The exposure, contrast, saturation, sharpness, light source (“WB”) and the ISO speed (100 to 800) are manually adjusted. In addition, the auto focus can be placed through a tip on the touch screen (“touch focus”). In the back, finally, a single LED for the illumination of the immediate area. The shutter lag is just under 0.2 seconds which is a good result for smartphone.

The images with a maximum of 2592 x 1952 pixels or 5.06 megapixels are extremely sharp, which is impressive in this league. Also, the noise is very low. Overall, the image quality is rated as very good. Meanwhile the 8 MP camera on Lumia 800 is often over exposure.

The HTC Rhyme records video clips with a maximum of 1280 x 720 pixels, with a maximum of 17 frames per second, the average is 15 Panning and static images are therefore not captured quite choppy. The focus again is fine, but the causes for low data rate of about five megabits per second slight compression artifacts and ensures that detailed areas often blurred. The stereo sound is indeed recorded at 128 kilobits per second, but still leaves much to be desired in terms of quality.

Music files are sorted by title, artist, album, genre, playlists can be edited on the HTC Rhyme, the software automatically logs the “recently played” songs. Under the surface, “Sense 3.5″, the presentation has changed a bit: Instead of scrolling cross bar at the bottom are the views now selected via a drop-down menu that is hidden behind an icon at top right. Practical: In view of the title sits right next to each entry, an arrow that opens a popup window – this is a little faster and more intuitive than the row to hold down. In addition, there is now in the selection of the new entry “Add to queue”, the “Add To Playlist” as opposed to a non-permanent playlist generated. The equalizer with 13 presets still not adjusted manually. In the right side of the head, finally, a 3.5-millimeter jack to connect any headset sits. HTC Rhyme produces a very solid, natural sound. The bass sound as punchy and bulky as the N81.

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HTC Rhyme Review: Operation

The handling of Android 2.3.5 and the surface “HTC Sense 3.5″ is typical of HTC Android Phones. However, the indicator to indicate the position on which of the seven home pages are located on the Rhyme only appears when you scroll horizontally. Another new feature is the Widget “Weather + links”, which is created at the factory on the first page.

The kinetic scrolling on HTC Rhyme is not nearly as fluid: long lists like the phone book or in the library will be transported only very choppy up and down. Here, the processor runs at a gigahertz, so not really slow.

The buttons on the virtual QWERTY keyboard in landscape mode measure 7.3 x 6.3 mm, so that they are four per cent above the average for all smartphones over the last twelve months.

Conclusion

The HTC Rhyme is a bit of a niche device, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There isn’t the perfect phone that fits everyone’s personality and lifestyle, so we’re always onboard with giving people a choice in devices. If you’re after something stylish yet functional, the HTC Rhyme is definitely worth a look.

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