Updated HTC Sense UI 3.5
If you like the plum color, then you should take a look at the HTC Rhyme, as it offers a lot, including the new HTC Sense 3.5 interface, 5MP camera, good call quality and battery life. But we can't help but think that some people will be turned-off by the plum color, and would not consider the Rhyme because of it, despite it being a good phone otherwise. Because of this, it would be nice if the Rhyme were available in a few other color choices to appeal to a broader audience.
Speaker dock is a nice addition
At its most basic level the HTC Rhyme is a nice handset. It's simple design is lovely, it has enough performance to get by, and the included speaker dock is a nice addition. However, the Charm accessory and headphones don't really add much to the package, and given you do pay a small premium for them it becomes hard to recommend this phone. It's a perfectly decent mid-range handset, but no bargain.
Sleek and stylish Android phone
The HTC Rhyme Android phone might have intended to target females, but this sleek and stylish Android phone is good enough to appeal to a broader gender base. Excellent build quality, slick software and a generous amount of included accessories -- the best being the docking station make the Rhyme an excellent smartphone for anyone, though we do wish it was a tad faster.
Hardware is beautiful
When the HTC Rhyme first arrived on the scene, Verizon's major focus seemed to be on the marketing angle rather than the meat of the phone. Widely understood to be a lady phone, the Rhyme's promise as a piece of hardware got lost amid stereotypes painting women as ditzes who need a sparkling light to find their phone underneath tubes of lipstick. Surprisingly, HTC has adamantly denied that this is a phone geared towards women.
Very good battery life
I really wanted to love the HTC Rhyme -- even though the techie in me wanted to be insulted by the idea of a phone specifically aimed at women, my heart did melt a little when I first opened up the box and saw that sleek purple exterior. The charging cradle, headphones, and call indicator dangle are great additions to the overall package, but unfortunately the phone itself failed to deliver in key areas.
Impressive processor speed
The Samsung Wave III feels like a quality smartphone in the hand and it has plenty of clever stuff going on. The build is impressive, and we like the big, bright, responsive screen. We begin to see how Bada could rival the best smartphone ecosystems out there. But to do so it will have to become excellent and win the battle of hearts and minds to take customers away from the current market leaders. It's a tall order, and Samsung has work to do in the UK to make it work.
Excellent Super AMOLED display
The Samsung Wave is an excellent test bed for Samsung's new smartphone platform. With TouchWiz 3.0 lending a strong hand, bada shows great promise. The hardware design is elegant and modern, and the display is outstanding. The biggest obstacle for the Samsung Wave is the new OS that needs not only to be fortified but elevated by a strong app store and a thriving development community that Apple and Google are so enjoying.
Slick and responsive
Let's be clear: the Samsung Wave 3 is a very classy piece of work. It's fast and responsive and has a great screen, it's easy to use and personalise, and it looks rather lovely. If that's what you look for in a phone and wouldn't know an app from a hole in the ground then you could do much worse than the Wave 3.
But when we put the phone down and walked away, we found ourselves scratching our heads about what the point is of the Wave 3 -- or more specifically, of its Bada software.
Excellent laid-out keyboard
Currently, the Samsung Stratosphere is your only choice if you want a Verizon 4G LTE smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard. We like Super AMOLED display, though we wish it were the "Plus" version, and the 5-row keyboard has a nice layout and is great to use, but can feel like it is sticking when trying to open and close it. The only real issue we had with the device is with the 4G connection drops, which are also present on the Samsung Droid Charge as well.
A good phone
There were few surprises in our assessment of the Stratosphere, if any. It's meant to be a budget offering on Verizon's LTE lineup, and certainly includes specs indicative of that fact. However, we still couldn't shake the idea that this is little more than an LTE-enhanced version of a device from the Galaxy S era, with just a few minor improvements in UI and performance. It's still a good phone, but it's more or less a rehash of a handset that's already 15 months old.
Full QWERTY keyboard
This device represents a unique choice, as all good smartphones should. Again, this is the only 4G LTE device on the market with a full QWERTY keyboard on it, and itâ??s the second of two Samsung smartphones on the market today running on that same network. This device is neither the most powerful nor the most sleek device in any category, but it DOES have a keyboard.
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