HTC seem to be releasing a constant stream of new handsets, with one of their latest being the HTC Rhyme. This mid range smartphone is perfect for those who are looking for a functional all rounder which is easy to use, and has all the features needed for carrying out a range of tasks on a day to day basis. In this article, I will take a closer look at the HTC Rhyme, and give an overview of its key features.
The HTC Rhyme has a good 3.7 inch S-LCD capacitive touchscreen. it is responsive and intuitive, and the resolution of 480x 800 is enough to provide good display quality of on screen imagery. This makes it fine for viewing photos, videos, websites and games. Whilst it is certainly a mile away from handsets like the iPhone 4 and the HTC Sensation, it still provides pleasing results; remembering that this is not a top-end device.
Users are able to store data of various types (e.g. Music, videos, and downloaded applications) within the handset thanks to a handy 4 GB of internal storage. This can be boosted significantly by using the microSD slot, which can accommodate a memory card of up to 32 GB. there is an 8 GB card included with the handset to get you started.
Internet browsing is an important part of smartphone use. The HTC Rhyme performs well in this area, with 14.4 Mbps download speeds, putting it on par with handsets like the HTC Sensation and Desire HD. With such high speeds, users can expect web pages to load quickly, and enjoy fast streaming with YouTube videos. Wi-Fi connectivity is also included as standard, meaning that users can enjoy free, fast web browsing when they have the appropriate access details to wireless networks.
The camera on the HTC Rhyme is decent, with the ability to capture good quality images thanks to its 5 megapixel operating resolution of 2592x 1944. Autofocus and LED flash are included as standard, so taking good quality photos is not difficult. As an added bonus, the handset can also shoot HD video footage in 720p quality.
Android Gingerbread is the operating system of choice, and alongside a 1 GHz Scorpion processor provides a versatile and customisable user experience. The new version of HTC Sense (v3.5), the manufacturer’s custom Android interface allows for a high degree of customisation, and allows users to browse thousands of apps in the Android Market, which can be directly downloaded straight to the phone.
Whilst much of the technology in the HTC Rhyme is far from cutting edge, it offers everything you could want from a mid range smartphone. Just think, it was only around a year ago that a spec list like this would have been top of the line, so despite more advanced competition, the HTC Rhyme is a great choice for those looking for a functional all rounder, or an alternative to the popular iPhone series.