Of late there wasn’t much to dif­fer­en­ti­ate HTC’S An­droid smart­phones. Most of them looked sim­i­lar with the only dif­fer­ence be­ing their dif­fer­ent dis­play sizes.

Sur­pris­ingly, there is some­thing charm­ing about the lat­est en­trant, the Rhyme. A small ac­ces­sory named ‘Charm’ in­cluded in the box is sure to be­come a hit with the girls. This cube-shaped white ac­ces­sory is de­signed to no­tify in­com­ing and missed call and even SMS. It plugs into the phone’s 3.5mm jack and lights up when any of these ac­tions takes place. So when the phone is in the hand­bag, the Charm can hang out and alert it owner.

But it has its share of let­downs. With just one 3.5mm jack on the phone, you have to de­cide whether you want to lis­ten to mu­sic or let Charm do its job. Also, when the ‘Charm’ is con­nected, the loud­speaker turns off, as­sum­ing that the head­phone is con­nected to a head­phone. The Rhyme should have been clever enough to judge that, af­ter all it’s a smart­phone.

Com­ple­ment­ing the 3.7” ca­pac­i­tive dis­play is the uni­body de­sign. The front looked neat whereas the back was di­vided into three with plas­tic at the top and bot­tom and me­tal in the mid­dle. In­side the ro­bust cas­ing is a 1GHZ pro­ces­sor with 768MB RAM and 1GB of stor­age ca­pac­ity. Con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions in­cluded the reg­u­lars – 3G, Wi-fi, Blue­tooth, A-GPS and FM ra­dio. Start­ing the hand­set prompts for Google Ac­count de­tails and once con­fig­ured it au­to­mat­i­cally linked us to Google Talk, Search, Gmail and An­droid Mar­ket for down­load­ing apps. The HTC Sense UI di­vided the main menu into apps, fre­quent and downloads.

What dis­ap­pointed us was that the 5MP cam­era does not save images on the in­ter­nal mem­ory. It even fails to cap­ture images in case the mi­crosd card is miss­ing. How­ever, the cam­era re­sults were im­pres­sive in day­light. Even the bat­tery was good, giv­ing us a whole day on heavy us­age.

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