It’s not the fastest phone around. But it comes bundled with the best set of accessories
The Rhyme has a simple design, and looks like a soft cuddly thing screaming to be picked up. But its appeal in India might be slightly less than elsewhere in the world. Globally, it has been released in three colours: clearwater, hourglass and plum. But here, it is only available in clearwater. This is not good for a phone, at least not for one that aims at female users.
It is also not the fastest of phones. While it has a 1 GHz processor, most other phones in this category have dual core processors. The Ram is 768 MB, and there is a 3.7 inch WVGA screen that just about suffices.
But all that is fine, since the selling points of this phone are its looks and accessories—which come bundled along with the phone.
First up is a docking station. You can use it to synchronise the phone with your PC, turn the handset into a bedside alarm clock, listen to music, and even watch a movie on its screen. The dock does all this with its Bluetooth speakers.
It charges the phone too, of course. While it may appear that the docking station manages to charge the phone without wires, if you look closely, you’ll see pin-like connectors that align with the phone to charge it. The battery lasts seven hours, so you don’t have to bother charging it too often.
Remember those flickering stickers on mobiles that were a rage some years ago? The ones that used to glow with incoming calls and messages? HTC has revived them on Rhyme. The glow is not too bright, just enough to locate the phone inside a tote bag.
It also comes with a Bluetooth handsfree kit, Bluetooth car speakers and tangle-free headphones. There is a sports band too, just in case.
The Rhyme’s Sense user interface is slightly different from that of other HTCs, but it still makes using this Android phone a breeze.