HTC Rhyme Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)

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  1. freeismylife says:
    135 of 142 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    5 Reasons Women will love the new Verizon HTC Rhyme Smartphone, November 7, 2011
    freeismylife (Detroit) –

    This review is from: HTC Rhyme Android Phone (Verizon Wireless) (Wireless Phone)

    Back in August during the BlogHer conference in San Diego, I attended a HTC Insight Meetup were women bloggers met with HTC managers to talk about what we love and hate about our smartphones. HTC wanted to know our thoughts on how women use smartphones and I was very happy to give my perceptive because smartphones are really becoming a staple in the lives of busy women. So when HTC asked me to review their newest smartphone marketed toward women, I jumped at the chance.

    For the past two weeks, I have been reviewing the newest smartphone from HTC on the Verizon network – The HTC Rhyme. This is the first smartphone that I know of that is squarely marketed at women. When I first saw the TV advertisement for the HTC Rhyme, I was spellbound in front of my TV. The ad shows a woman with 6 arms which is suppose to visualize how the HTC Rhyme’s many features work together to make life easy for busy women.

    I have found the HTC Rhyme to be a very “smart” smartphone that is stylish and comes with lots of useful accessories. It runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) on a powerful 1GZ processor and comes with a 5mp rear facing camera and a VGA front facing camera for making video calls. The phone can also be used as a Mobile Hotspot for up to 5 devices. I have always loved the HTC Sense experience and I particularly loved the interface of the HTC Rhyme where the phone figures out and displays a tab of apps that you use the most. The phone also makes scrolling through the list of apps easier by scrolling a page at a time instead of a row at a time.

    5 Cool Features…
    This smartphone has a lot of great features, but there are 5 things in particular about the HTC Rhyme that I think women will really love:

    1. The Color – I was wondering when a manufacturer was going to make a smartphone that is not basic black. The HTC Rhyme comes in a pretty shade of purple that is very stylish. Plus all the accessories that come with the phone match in color.

    2. The Purse Charm – This is a simple idea that is a blessing for those of us who carry our smartphones in our purses. The purse charm is a tether that plugs into the headphone jack. When the phone rings or you get an alert, the charm on the other end of the tether lights up to let you know you have a call or message. Then you can fish the phone out of your purse using the tether. Simple, but genius!

    3. The Desk Dock – This is my favorite feature since I use my smartphone as my alarm clock. The Rhyme come with a docking station that charges the phone and automatically puts the Rhyme display into landscape mode and shows the time and weather. The dock can also display photos and play music through the bluetooth speakers. And you will not be annoyed while sleeping by an overly bright display at night since the dock automatically dims the brightness after a few minutes or you can dim it manually with the press of a virtual button in the right lower corner of the touchscreen.

    4. The Size – The HTC Rhyme is a very slender phone that weights under 5 oz. I use both a Verizon HTC Thunderbolt (I call it “the beast” with its 4.3″ screen) and a Virgin Mobile LG Optimus V (3.2″ screen) and the HTC Rhyme is sized in between the two phones with its 3.7″ WVGA Display. It fits nicely into most women’s hands while being not too big nor too small.

    5. The No-Tangle Headphones – I carry a set of small in-ear headphones in my purse and they are always tangled in knots when I need to use them. The HTC Rhyme comes with a pair of in-ear headphones that match the color of the phone and are very hard to get tangled because the cords are flat like a pancake.

    3 Needed Improvements…
    I really enjoyed using the HTC Rhyme, but there are 3 improvements that would make this smartphone even more attractive to women:

    1. More Internal Storage – The HTC Rhyme is marketed at the woman who uses her smartphone for everything, which means she downloads tons of apps to turn her smartphone into all kinds of devices. But the Rhyme only has 4GB of internal storage and an 8GB SD card. I am always in the Android marketplace downloading more apps and some of my apps, like Google Music, takes up tons of storage. It took me close to an hour to load all my apps on the Rhyme and I filled up the entire 4GB of internal space. Most woman are going to load as many apps as possible. The reason I love my HTC Thunderbolt is because it comes with 8GB of internal space and an 32GB SD card. I think women would flock to the HTC Rhyme if it also came with 8GB of internal space.

    2. Verizon 4G LTE -I was quite surprised to find out that the Rhyme is not on the Verizon 4G LTE network. Although Verizon 3G is still fast, Verizon 4G is lightening fast and what women would not want her data to load as quickly as possible using the newest Verizon technology.

    3. A Docking Station with adjustable volume – It also would…

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  2. redman says:
    69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Very nice but…., October 29, 2011
    redman (Inverness, IL) –

    This review is from: HTC Rhyme Android Phone (Verizon Wireless) (Wireless Phone)

    Got the phone for my wife who was very hesitant to move from her Samsung Instinct feature phone on Sprint, but when she saw the charm thing she said that would help her find the phone in her purse and was enough of a reason to switch. The phone feels great, looks sharp, and the battery seems to last all day at least. However, there are two things that I am concerned about. First of all a little background, I have an HTC Thunderbold, so I am not a novice with Android, but on the Rhyme whenever my wife misses a phone call that goes to VM, she gets a message for the missed call and then a message for the VM indicator (which seems appropriate). When she hits the message to check the VM, she get ANOTHER message indicating a new VM message just for checking her VM. This is extremely annoying and I cannot find a way to stop her getting a new message just for checking VM. The number of messages for each phone call is driving her nuts and she is at the point of wanting to return the phone if we cannot figure this out. Secondly, the signal strength does not seem to be as strong as on my Thunderbolt, we are still trying to determine if this is a real issue as she only had two dropped calls, but they were in challenging areas anyways (although my Thunderbolt does not drop calls in the same areas).

    Hopefully we can figure out this VM message issue, if not, we will have to try a different phone and I have to now figure out what the Amazon return options are just in case.

    11-4-2011 Update: Spent a long time on Verizon tech support, level 2 even, and it seems the problem of the notifications is with the account setup, so not a phone issue. It has been a couple days and they are still working on it, but hopefully this will get resolved.

    Regarding the signal strength, the phone has dropped several calls and the signal strength jumps all over the place even when standing still, so this might be a deal breaker. I did try holding the phone differently, and it DID seem to effect the signal strength. When I experimented with the holding issue (another antennagate possibly) the signal was consistent around -80dBm when I barely held the phone with two fingers and keeping my grip below (when phone was held vertically) the phone and not blocking the back at all, but when I held the phone like “normal” (so almost the entire back of the phone is covered by my hand) the signal strength goes to -101 immediately and zero bars, and definitely NO 3G. I can then remove my hand and hold the phone the other way, and the strength goes back to around -80. I hate to say it, but this phone might have a serious antenna problem. I have NOT flushed out this problem with Verizon yet, but I am highly concerned.

    1-6-2012 Update: after 2 weeks of efforts the final result was that Verizon could not resolve the issue and said to get a different model phone. We went with the Incredible 2 as it was the closest option in size and wieght and everything works like normal now. Verizon said it must have been a bad batch of phones, but who really knows, this was really wacky.

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  3. K. Schultz says:
    58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    First Smartphone, October 21, 2011
    K. Schultz (WI USA) –

    This review is from: HTC Rhyme Android Phone (Verizon Wireless) (Wireless Phone)

    This is my first smartphone, my plan was ending with another local company and I wanted to switch to a national company instead.. No complaints with Verzion, they may be a bit more expensive than AT&T and T-Mobile, but I think they provide better service. Regarding this HTC Rhyme, I got it FREE on Amazon ($199 through Verizon!) during their Verzion phone sale. This is perfect for me (yes, I am a female). It is sleek and not overbearing (I had been hesitating to buy a smartphone because they seem so bulky–but the HTC Rhyme fits perfectly in my hands). The color is a deep plum which I love, and it is very feminine. I don’t like the earphones that come with, they match well but seem cheap and don’t stay in my ears. I thought I would hate the charm but I actually kind of like it (the phone has an LED light that flashes with missed calls/texts, but I kind of like plugging this in when I’m in class and letting it dangle out of my backpack). I love the docking station, it makes it easy to charge the phone at night and turns this baby into an alarm clock- WHICH I LOVE. Moving to a smartphone I thought it the transition would be more difficult, but I had no trouble at all. I was able to navigate through my phone VERY easily within the first few minutes of opening it up. This phone is very customizable, which I also love, and seems incredibly fast. It is only 3G, but like I said, this being my first smart phone I don’t really have anything to compare to. This phone is perfect for a casual user who likes to look sleek and fabulous. I highly recommend.

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