The HTC Rhyme is the latest addition to HTC's vast raft of Android smartphones, and just as with the HTC Sensation XL, it aims to offer something a little different. Packed with a plethora of purple accessories, including a neat glowing charm to attach to your purse, this handset is aimed squarely at the fairer sex.
As you may have guessed, this also means the phone isn't packing the utmost in technology – girls have no need for powerful handsets, right? There's no enormous screen as seen on the Galaxy Nexus or the venerable Samsung Galaxy S 2, and no dual-core processor as sported by just about every high-end handset going. No, instead this is a thoroughly mid-range handset with a 1Ghz single-core processor, 3.7in screen and 5Mpixel camera. The question is, do its accessories and styling make up for its lowly specs?
HTC has certainly nailed the styling, at least in the opinion of this muchos macho, masculine reviewer. The front is a typical expanse of glass touchscreen with just a narrow border of purple anodised aluminium. Flip the phone round and this finish continues as a narrow band across the back, bisecting two large patches of slightly differently-coloured purple soft-touch plastic. Combined with a really pared down, smooth, sleek and symmetrical design this makes for a really attractive phone.
One womanly stereotype that isn't served by this handset is the desire for diddiness. While this isn't a pocket bursting bruiser of a handset, it isn't a miniature one either with decidedly average dimensions of 116.8 x 61 x 10.1mm. With a weight of 135g, it's not exactly featherweight either. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S 2, with its 4.2in screen, weighs a mere 116g while on the flip side, the 3.5in iPhone 4S is a hefty 140g.
The 5Mpixel camera sits on the back alongside an LED flash, and the outlet for the fairly weedy speaker. Up top is the headphone jack and screen lock/power button, as well as a noise cancelling microphone. The screen lock button is a bit of a stretch to reach one handed but the button has such a light action that it's not too much of a struggle to get the thing unlocked in a hurry.
The right edge is home to a simple volume rocker that, while it doesn't have nice raised edges for easily feeling your way around when you've gloves on, has a nice light action so is easy to operate. In fact both it and the power button have almost too light an action and are easy to knock accidentally.
On the left is the standard microUSB socket for charging and connecting the phone to a computer. It's covered by a rather flimsy plastic flap that were this the primary method of charging, wouldn't stand a chance lasting the life of the phone. However, this isn't the primary method, as we'll see in a moment.
Slide the battery cover off and you'll not find a battery, or at least not an accessible one – HTC has taken inspiration from Apple and locked the battery down. Thankfully it's a hefty 1,600mAh unit, which is about 30 percent more capacious than average. Under here you'll also find the SIM slot and a microSD slot, which should come filled with an 8GB card. Should this prove too little you can add up to a 32GB card in its stead.