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.