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HTC Rhyme Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)

3.4 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

$169.36 without a service plan

$169.36 without a service plan

$169.36 without a service plan

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  • Display: 3.7-inches
  • Camera: 5-MP
  • Processor Speed: 1.0 GHz
  • OS: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Stylish 3G-enabled, Android-powered smartphone with 3.7-inch multi-touch screen and 1 GHz processor
  • Includes tangle-free headphones, a multifunctional docking station, and charm call indicator
  • 5-MP camera with HD 720p video capture; front-facing camera for video chats; included 8 GB microSD card; Wi-FI; Bluetooth; GPS
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Special Shipping Information: Due to federal and international regulations, this product can only be shipped within the continental United States.

Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 4.69 inches, 2.39 inches, 0.43 inches
  • Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: CDMA
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 533 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 410 hours
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Product Description

Offering a smart, elegant unibody design with every detail carefully crafted to deliver a unique sensory experience, the Android-powered HTC Rhyme for Verizon Wireless features a fast 1 GHz processor and beautiful 3.7-inch multi-touch display. In addition to Android, it also offers the next-generation HTC Sense user interface experience, which includes quicker startup times from hibernation mode as well as a consolidated view of your favorite social networking sites.

The stylish HTC Rhyme.
HTC Rhyme
At a Glance:
  • 3G connectivity

  • Android 2.3 OS

  • 1 GHz processor

  • 3.7-inch multi-touch screen

  • 5-MP camera + HD 720p video capture

  • 8 GB microSD card

  • GPS navigation

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi

  • Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity

  • Corporate/personal e-mail
At a Glance

With the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, you'll get seamlessly integrated access to a wide range of Google Mobile Services, including Gmail, YouTube, Google Search, and Google Maps, as well as access to more than 250,000 apps available to download from Android Market.

It comes with three accessories so you can immediately set up your system. When you open the box, you'll find a pair of tangle-free headphones, a multifunctional docking station, and a charm call indicator. The docking station wirelessly charges your phone and activates Dock Mode, making your HTC Rhyme an all-in-one alarm clock, music player, and picture frame. The stylish Charm call indicator goes with anything, and it sits atop your bag and alerts you of incoming calls, missed calls, and messages.

In addition to 3G connectivity, you can also share the built-in Mobile Hotspot via Wi-Fi among up to five devices--laptop, another phone, MP3 player, and more (additional service charge).

The HTC Rhyme has a 5-megapixel rear camera that also captures HD 720p video. Shoot professional-looking portraits with the Portrait scene, which makes skin look smoother without significantly altering other parts of the photo, or capture life on a grand scale with the Panorama scene. When life is in motion, savor it with slow-motion video or capture the perfect moment with Action burst. The phone also includes a front-facing VGA camera for video chat.

Other features include Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, included 8 GB microSD card (with expansion up to 32 GB via optional cards), GPS for navigation and location-based services, full HTML browser with support for Adobe Flash, access to personal and corporate e-mail, and up to 7.3 hours of talk time (see full specs below).

HTC Rhyme Experience

Boasting the latest HTC experience, the Rhyme features a customizable active lockscreen that transforms the lockscreen into a real-time window to the most important information and content, such as social updates, photos, weather or stock updates that are viewed by simply waking up the display.

Additionally, the new active lockscreen becomes a customizable gateway that lets your quickly jump to your most used features--whether it be making a call, sending an e-mail, or taking a picture. For example, the camera can be launched right from the lock screen with a single motion, saving precious seconds when you're trying to capture the action.

Vital Statistics

The HTC Rhyme weighs 4.77 ounces and measures 4.69 x 2.39 x 0.43 inches. Its 1600 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 7.33 hours (440 minutes) of talk time, and up to 410 hours (17+ days) of standby time. It runs on the CDMA 800/1900 frequencies as well as EV-DO, Rev A 3G frequencies.

What's in the Box

HTC Rhyme handset, rechargeable battery, charger, docking station, headphones, charm, 8 GB microSD card, quick start guide, user manual

Included charm, headphones, and dock.

Verizon Wireless Services

Reliable 3G Network: With support for the EV-DO high-speed data standard, you'll enjoy fast access to the Internet and Verizon Wireless multimedia services (additional charges applicable), with average download speeds ranging from 400 to 700 Kbps and peak rates up to 2 Mbps. (Learn more about where EV-DO coverage is offered.)

VZ Navigator Capable: With this GPS-enabled phone, you'll be able to access the Verizon Wireless VZ Navigator service (additional charges applicable) for voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions, heads-up alerts, local search of nearly 14 million points of interest in the US (such as landmarks, restaurants and ATMs), and detailed color maps.

Visual Voice Mail: This innovative service enables you to delete, reply, and forward voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice instructions. Visual Voice Mail is the ideal tool for the busy mobile professional who may need to prioritize which messages he or she listens to first. Features include on-screen access to voice mail message status, save up to 40 messages for 40 days (or archive permanently), create up to 10 different caller ID-based greetings, and reply via call back, text or even voice mail.

VZW Backup Assistant: Automatically back up your mobile contacts to your online address book. If your phone is lost, stolen, or damaged, or you decide to upgrade, easily restore your saved address book to your new phone. You can also add, delete, edit, and print your contacts online and send the changes to your mobile phone.

Android Gingerbread Operating System

Android Gingerbread

The HTC Rhyme runs the Android 2.3 operating system (dubbed Gingerbread) which features a cleaner, more refined interface with new icons, improved top notification bar, and more intuitive navigation.

Multitasking in Gingerbread allows you the ability to run more than one app at a time. If you're playing a game, you can easily switch to an incoming e-mail and then switch back to the game without losing your place. And like the previous version of Android ("Froyo"), Gingerbread provides support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web.

A new onscreen keyboard makes it easier to type thanks to additional spacing between the keys and larger font sizes. And the more you use the keyboard, the easier typing will be as the enhanced suggest feature records previous input history to make better suggestions.

The HTC Rhyme also brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services you use every day. It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

Google Integration
  • Android Market for browsing and downloading thousands of free and paid apps
  • Pre-loaded Android apps: Browser, Calculator, Calendar (Google or Corporate), Camera, Clock, Contacts, Email, Gallery, Messaging, Music, News & Weather, Phone, Settings, Video Player, Voice Dialer, Voice Search, YouTube
  • Google applications: Gmail, Google Search, Google Voice Search, Google Latitude, Google Maps, Google Places, Google Talk
  • Google Maps Navigation with spoken turn-by-turn directions showing real-time traffic and 360° views of the destination


  • Fast 3G connectivity thanks to the reliable Verizon Wireless EV-DO, Rev A network
  • Onboard GPS for navigation (via integrated Google Maps and optional VZ Navigator service) and location-based services
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • Mobile Hotspot capability allows you to create a Wi-Fi hotspot using your 3G connection, which can then be shared among up to 5 Wi-Fi-capable devices.
  • Next-generation Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity backward compatible with older Bluetooth-enabled peripherals and includes stereo audio streaming.


  • 1 GHz single-core processor speeds up everything--from playing games to watching shows to opening files from work.
  • 3.7-inch multi-touch display (480 x 800 pixels)
  • Onscreen keyboard
  • Removable battery

Communications & Internet

  • Full HTML Web Browser with Flash 10.1 Support
  • Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video, and IM instant messaging
  • Personal and corporate e-mail access with support for Exchange ActiveSync as well as personal e-mail accounts (Google push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP).
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  • Included 8 GB microSD card with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
  • 4 GB internal memory


  • 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash
  • HD 720p video capture capabilities
  • Front-facing camera (VGA) for video chats and self portraits


  • Music player compatible with MP3, WMA, and AAC/AAC+/eAAC+
  • Video player compatible with MPEG4, WMV, H.264, H.263
  • Access to V CAST Music and V CAST Video services (additional charges applicable)

More Features

  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Speakerphone for hands-free communication.
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility: M4/T4


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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 2.4 x 0.4 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B005PT550Q
  • Item model number: Rhyme
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,664 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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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:

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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.
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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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