HTC Rhyme Review

The Rhyme is a new smartphone from HTC.  This phone is marketed and built specifically for women.  First, it comes in a few color choices including purple, a very light tan, and a super baby blue.  The second feature that was made specifically for women is the dongle you can attach to the phone that will light up when you get a call, miss a call, receive a text, or any other notifications you have set.  This is the perfect situation for when your phone is in your purse and you can’t hear or feel it ringing.  It also makes finding the phone in your purse super easy, as you can just trace the dongle back to the phone.

Another aspect of the hardware I really liked was that around the back and the corners was made of a sort of rubbery type plastic.  I drop my phone.  I drop my phone A LOT.  Almost always the corners are where it takes the hits the most.  I am surprised they didn’t extend that material all the way to the glass though, as I would have liked to see it go all the way around the phone.  The material is nice, and it wouldn’t detract from the style of the phone, but I’ll take what I can get to hide the dings and scratches that come with repeated falls.

The camera on the phone, features a super fast shutter so you don’t miss those moments your kid is making a funny face.  As soon as you press the button, the photo is taken.

Battery life was fantastic, as it lasted just about all day with moderate use.  My true test of a battery life is when I attend a conference though, and sadly I didn’t have any to attend to really run it into the ground.  The phone has a Snapdragon processor by Qualcomm and is 1 Ghz.  Which means it’s a fast phone, but it’s not the fastest out there (as many phones released today have dual core processors, which will double the speed of it’s single core brothers).

The docking station is the other thing that really sets this phone apart from others.  I use my phone as my alarm clock, and it was nice to just be able to set it in the dock and not have to worry about finding a cord between my bed and my night stand as I’m crawling into bed.  When the phone is in the dock, it allows for easy access to your music library, your photos and your calendar.  You can also set the phone to play a photo slideshow while it’s in the dock, which is the perfect accessory to my office!

One thing I did not like about the accessories was the earphones it came with.  they are promoting the earphones as ones that will not get tangled.  I did try to tangle them up a bit, and can’t say that it was successful, but I wasn’t trying very hard.  The issue with the earphones though is that they did not fit in my ears.  They fell out almost instantly.  For a phone marketed to women, they may want to take a women’s ear size into consideration when designing the earphones.

All in all I think it’s a great little phone.  Android is definitely a great operating system, and although I personally have moved on to Windows Phone 7, I still hold a special place in my heart for Android.  Plus it was fun to be reunited with the apps I loved on Android when I was trying out this phone.  It is running the latest version of Android (Gingerbread) and HTC places an additional operating system on top of the Android user interface called HTC Sense, which I have always loved!

Check out the video for a more detailed look at the phone!

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About the author

Sarah Werle Kimmel

Sarah Werle Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 20 years of her career working as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on local NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX news affiliates, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website

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