It had me at purple.
The HTC Rhyme that is.
I opened the box and saw the purple color and knew my HTC Thunderbolt was in for some competition. My husband and I both purchased the Thunderbolt when it first came out. For me it was a, well, large and at some times traumatic transition.
Simply because it was my transition away from the iPhone.
Now, I cannot imagine EVER going back to the iPhone. The only thing that I miss about it is the size. Thus, when I first held the HTC Rhyme, I was in heaven (and not just because it is purple). It fits in my hand so perfectly, slides right into all of the inner pockets of my handbags, and I can easily put her in my back pocket if I need. All of which I cannot do with my Thunderbolt.
Yes, I love the Thunderbolt’s large screen, but using the HTC Rhyme really made me reflect on whether the large screen size is worth it. I use my smart phone for social media – that is what I do for a living. And while I once thought that the large screen on the Thunderbolt was worth it for that, I no longer think so. Simply because the smaller size of the HTC Rhyme makes carrying it SO much easier. Attending events and tweeting on the go would all be more comfortable with the smaller size of the HTC Rhyme.
One noticeable difference for me between the HTC Thunderbolt and Rhyme is the camera. The Rhyme features a 5 megapixel camera and the Thunderbolt features an 8 megapixel camera. The Thunderbolt’s camera is so good in fact that I don’t need to carry a separate camera. The front facing camera on the Rhyme is also VGA compared to the 1.2 megapixels on the Thunderbolt. A higher quality camera and dedicated camera button would make this phone more appealing for someone like me in social media.
Speaking of the camera, the HTC Rhyme has increased functionality in its camera that I really like. The “Scenes” allow you to change a variety of settings quickly based on the environment you are in…landscape, action, and close up, as well as one of my favorites, panoramic mode.
Now, you remember how I said it had me at purple. Well, it grabbed hold of me with the purple charm indicator. It flashes when I have an incoming call and then pulses if I have a missed call. It almost makes me want to miss calls just so I can see it light up.
I also like the docking stand the Rhyme comes with. This allows you to simply set your phone in the dock to charge it, shows you the time and weather, and gives you shortcuts to photos, music, and other important features like your calendar. And the speaker is pretty decent as well making listening to music at work easier.
The HTC Rhyme has the Android Gingerbread platform as does my Thunderbolt and they both feature an HD 720p video recording capability. This is a true bonus, especially for social media events and capturing life with our family. Speaking of that, this is another area where I noticed the size improvement. The Thunderbolt is a little big for my hands so I cannot do a lot one handed. Not the case with the Rhyme. The smaller size allows me to operate the camera with one hand, as well as text and tweet one handed with more ease.
While the color, accessories and sleek design are very appealing, the lack of 4G is not. In my eyes, a phone without 4G means it will be outdone in a shorter amount of time. Maybe it’s because I am used to having 4G; for others, it may not be as important. Regardless, it is hard enough to make it through a 2-year contract even with the latest and greatest smartphone. Thus, the lack of 4G makes that even harder.
So my conclusion?
I love the HTC Rhyme. If it had 4G and a better camera (and I was done with my 2-year contact), they Rhyme would be on my wish list. The docking station, sleek design, fun accessories, and PURPLE would make it a fun phone to own and the features I need as well.
And my other conclusion?
More phone companies need to make a charm indicator with their phones or sell it as an accessory. It’s cute, it’s fun, and it makes me happy. And I am fairly certain more women would feel that way too.
So that leaves me with…what is your favorite smart phone? And why do you love it?
Disclosure: I received an HTC Rhyme to test for a two week period. All thoughts and opinions are my own, as they always are.