There is no question that the iPhone 4S from Apple and the new HTC Rhyme are two of the most attractive smartphones currently available. Their slim design together with various colour options will make these two devices a certain hit with consumers everywhere. Here we take a look at how these two stylish handsets compare in terms of specification.
The key difference between these two models is the operating systems that they both employ. The iPhone 4S employs the superb new iOS5 platform developed by Apple. This OS presents us with a familiar interface that we know from previous iPhones but with many improvements. A new notifications centre is a simple way to keep us updated with information from a variety of applications and programs whilst the new lockscreen enables user to launch directly in to camera mode. Obviously these are just two updates but it does show that the developers at Apple have carefully considered what the public want from their devices. The HTC Rhyme runs on the Android platform and boasts version 2.3.4 of the system. Items such as a notifications centre are already present on Android but the platform does offer the excellent Sense user interface which includes some great user friendly features such as Friendstream. This excellent feature collaborates your social networking accounts together in one place to make viewing and posting updates fast and simple. Another advantage of Android is that it enable Flash files to be played which means browsing the web on your phone is a much more satisfying experience. Whilst iOS5 remains simple to use Android is undoubtedly the most visually appealing of the two operating systems and for every consumer who loves the Apple platform another will be equally as attracted to Android.
In the power department the iPhone 4Sdefinitely holds the upper hand. This is the first iPhone to incorporate a dual core processor which is part of the same chipset that was used in the excellent iPad 2. This chipset features the 1Ghz ARM Cortex A9 processor as well as a very powerful PowerVR SGX543MP2 graphics processing unit. This set up brings the iPhone 4S in line with the fastest handsets currently available. The HTC Rhyme offers a more modest processor in the form of a single core 1Ghz Scorpion processor together with an Adreno 205 GPU. Although the iPhone 4S eclipses its rival in this area it is worth remembering that the Apple device is a premium smartphone where as the Rhyme is a mid range device aimed at people looking for a more wallet friendly price. Extensive camera features are offered on both of these models with the iPhone offering a higher photo resolution of 8 million pixels compared to the 5 million available on the HTC Rhyme. High Definition video capture is available on both of these models with the HTC offering 720P and the Apple capturing footage at the highest possible resolution of 1080P.
Although the iPhone 4S outshines the HTC Rhyme in most departments both models will appeal to different types of consumer. The Apple will attract consumer looking for top specification regardless of cost whilst the HTC will be at a more attractive price point thanks to the sacrifice of some quality.
The iPhone 4S and the HTC Rhyme are available now.