HTC Rhyme review: Pour Femme

GSMArena team, 13 December 2011.
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Tags: HTC, Android, Touch UI

Synthetic benchmarks

A single-core CPU and Adreno 205 GPU are proven to be enough to power the Gingerbread/Sense UI combo. The 768MB of RAM is enough too.

But the Rhyme wouldn't escape our usual set of benchmarks anyway.

The first one is BenchmarkPi - a CPU-intensive single-core benchmark.

Linpack is a multithreading-enabled benchmark - the Rhyme was tested in single-thread mode, while others (dual-core) were tested in multi-threading mode.

HTC Rhyme
HTC Rhyme

The Adreno 205 graphics however posted dismal performance in NenaMark 2 - while most games aren't as heavy as the benchmark, newer high-end games will be unplayable on the HTC Rhyme.

HTC Rhyme

The two in-browser benchmarks results also hit the BrowserMark chart's bottom, while it did pretty good on the SunSpider benchmark. Just so you know though, the actual browser experience is still excellent, so you should have no worries.

HTC Rhyme
HTC Rhyme

Well-organized phonebook

The Rhyme's phonebook is rich in features and quite good at the social networking stuff. It manages to keep things neatly in order, even though its juggling everything from SMS to Facebook photo albums.

The entire People app (the phonebook) is tabbed and with more tabs than the stock Android. Version 3.5 of Sense merges the Phone and People apps into one. So, you have the dialer, all contacts, groups (including favorite contacts there), as well as a call log.

From a drop-down menu at the top, you can filter contacts based on where they came from - the phone's address book, Facebook, Twitter or your HTC Sense account.

The list of contacts has two lines per entry, the contact's name and their latest SNS update (with an icon to identify the social network used).

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Phonebook groups

As usual, selecting a contact displays the basic details: name and photo, numbers, emails and such. The interface is tabbed here but it has been reorganized and the new view makes more sense.

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Viewing a contact

The second tab is called Thread - it lists regular messages, email and call history with that contact. It's the next tab, Updates, that handles the social networking side of things - it lists both events from online calendars and SNS status updates.

The fourth final tab holds the online galleries of the contact, including Facebook and Flickr.

When editing a contact, you start off with just one of the essential fields but you can easily add more.

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Editing a contact Linking Dee Dee with his Facebook account

If youre switching from another phone dont worry you dont even need a computer to pull your contacts, messages and calendar items from the old phone into your new Rhyme. The Transfer app supports many phones from major manufacturers and moves the data over Bluetooth.

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The Transfer app will easily copy your contacts from your old phone

Its an old trick (Symbian-powered Nokias have been doing this for ever) and most people would probably go with syncing the contacts over the cloud, but still its a handy tool to have.

Excellent telephony

We had no issues with reception and in-call audio with the HTC Rhyme.

The on-screen dialer features a keypad, a shortcut to the call log and a list of contacts beneath (you can hide the numpad). The HTC Rhyme has both Smart Dialing and Voice dialing.

The Rhyme also knows some accelerometer-based tricks turning the phone over will mute the ringer while placing it down starts the loudspeaker automatically when you are in the middle of a call. The other feature is Quiet ring on pickup once you move the phone, the ringer will quiet down (but not cancel the call).

Yet another option is pocket mode the ringer volume will increase if the phone is in your pocket (the proximity sensor takes care of detecting that).

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The dialer has smart dialing calling Dexter

Here's how the HTC Rhyme fares in our traditional loudspeaker performance test. It scored a Good mark, so missed calls are highly unlikely, especially when the Charm is connected.

Speakerphone testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOverall score
Samsung I9000 Galaxy S66.6 65.966.6Below Average
Samsung Galaxy Note N700062.961.768.0Below Average
HTC Sensation XL70.761.570.7Average
HTC Sensation XE65.865.476.9Good
Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II70.066.675.7Good
HTC Rhyme68.666.678.5Good
HTC Titan75.866.282.7Very Good
HTC Gratia73.273.683.5Excellent
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