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HTC Rhyme Review
Simply looking at the build and design of the HTC Rhyme, you can tell that it was well thought of. There is a front-facing camera for video-calling. The earpiece, and proximity and ambient light sensors which are not far below it are nicely put.
There are four capacitive keys, following the phone’s predecessors. As you look at the sides of the phone, you will barely notice its weight, 130.7 g, and dimensions, 116.8 x 61 x 10.1 mm, for it is definitely easy on the hands. You will find the volume rocker at the right side of the HTC Rhyme. The key has just the right feel to it -- not too soft, and not too difficult to press. The left side on the other hand hosts the microUSB port. Other audio features -- the 3.5mm audio jack and secondary microphone -- are located at the top side of the phone along with the basic Power/Lock key.
The three sides of the phone contain almost everything that the bottom part is practically bare save for the microphone pinhole. The back side of the HTC Rhyme brings you the camera, LED flash and the speaker. The absence of a dedicated shutter key is to be frowned upon, but the camera makes up for it. HTC Rhyme’s 5MP camera provides quality photos. There is minimal noise level and decent color accuracy. Effects wise, the phone offers basic effects and settings, and additional features including geo-tagging and auto upload.
However, the weakness of the HTC Rhyme is video recording. Expect choppy and substandard output. Regarding the interface, HTC meets expectations with the Rhyme. The v3.5 combination of HTC Sense and Android 2.3.5 gives you a highly manageable and minimalistic interface. It is important to commend the phone’s lock screen too, because it proves to be the most efficient among its competitors. There are seven home screens for customization and the wide array of apps and widgets that are already made available provides a wonderful experience of entertainment.
The gallery also gives justice to the excellent image quality the phone can capture. HTC Rhyme’s phonebook system provides deep social networking integration while keeping the interface as neat as possible. Call quality is also excellent. Messaging and e-mail systems are hassle-free and socially integrated as well. Incorporating multimedia content in your messages is not a problem. Just like its predecessors, Rhyme offers two e-mail apps which both serve well.
The handheld offers a good set of connectivity options: quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, tri-band 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n and full DLNA. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread Web browser gives a commendable job. Furthermore, Sense UI 3.5 is present to enhance the performance. Aside from having a minimalistic and pleasing interface, there is Flash and HTML5 support to complete the mobile experience.