The HTC Rhyme is a mid-range Android phone from Verizon, that is or isn't aimed at the female smartphone market, depending on whom you ask. It's purple, on the smaller side, and comes with a unique accessory that's perfect for life inside a purse or other handbag. That doesn't mean it's not a solid Android device, so we can't just write it off as a sub-par phone designed and built with fashion in mind instead of function. When Verizon sent it to us, I handed it off to my wife (a smartphone nerdette in her own right) for a week of her busy life, then I went at it with the mind of a real Android geek. See what we thought about it after the break.
It's a "fashion-forward" device that will appeal to those tired of the black slab. The single-core CPU handles things well and the HTC Sense user experience is smooth. The included accessories are a great touch. The build quality and materials are superb.
Battery life is a bit poor, especially when using the included HTC Sense features. The battery is not removable, and charging on the go is difficult because of the microUSB port design. The hardware is a bit dated, and not very future-proof.
The Rhyme is a great phone, had it been released in Q3 2010. Today's users, who are looking for features like 4G and dual-core innards are going to be left wanting. HTC has done a nice job keeping the Rhyme smooth with it's slightly dated hardware, but as things progress this one won't be very future proof. I do have to give respect to the build and design, which is as good or better than the Nexus One, and we haven't seen that since.