Sep 29 AT 11:59 AM Nick Gray 17 Comments

HTC Rhyme now available; good karma or six thumbs down?


The hotly debated HTC Rhyme is now available from Verizon for $199 with a new two-year contract. While the price of the HTC Rhyme is high for a phone that only features a 1 GHz single-core processor, 3.7-inch WVGA display, 5 megapixel camera and 768 MB RAM, the phone does include a pair of tangle-free headphones, a multifunctional docking station and a charm indicator.

It’s hard to say if Verizon’s and HTC’s strategy to create a niche handset for women with dedicated accessories will pay off, but we have a feeling the new marketing campaign will alienate more than a few people. Check out the new commercial below and let us know if it does a good job capturing the essence of the new HTC Rhyme. Does this ad appeal to the goddess within? Or is HTC just being creepy?

HTC Rhyme Specs

  • Processor: Qualcomm® Qualcomm MSM 8655, 1GHz
  • 3.7” WVGA (480×800) Display
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 5 MP rear—facing camera with autofocus & F2.2, 28mm lens
  • VGA front—facing camera
  • GPS/AGPS E911
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility = M4/T4
  • Dimensions: 4.69” x 2.39” x .43”
  • Weight: 4.77 ounces (130 grams)
  • Wi—Fi capable —Wi—Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Mobile Hotspot (connect up to 5 devices)
  • 4GB eMMC/768MB DDR1 (Actual formatted capacity is less), 8GB micro SD

Source: Verizon

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Courtney

    Ew what’s with the charm thing? Talk about annoying.

    • snowbdr89

      Eww talk about annoying

    • jbrandonf

      It’s for notifications. Good thing you don’t need to use it.

  • silverfang77

    Not something I’d get. Was it designed by women, or by men who think they know what women want?

    • pitacrisps

      Probably the latter. As I woman, just give me a powerhouse phone in different color than black, and I’d be first in line. Nexus Prime in purple? Now that would sell handsets.

      • icedtia

        Exactly! It is such a horrible stereotype that women don’t care about having a phone with high end hardware and a massive screen.

        My Eris was adorable, but as soon as the Incredible came out I upgraded because I can appreciate that boost in performance (from better hardware, more ram, etc.) and a larger screen size. Give me some impressive beast with just a few choices for some interesting colors and I would be a happy lady.

    • heeros

      I have to agree, this really looks more like something men think women want. It’s way over the top. (At least that’s my opinion as a guy)

  • Jess Blanchard

    Yeah, that looks like a kind of stupid way to integrate the indicator. It looks to me like it plugs in, which means it will just get unplugged in my purse. Even if it is permanently affixed, it would just break off. Why didn’t they just put a little light in the body somewhere?

    • Nick Gray

      My wife looked at the charm and asked if she could use it on her Nexus One. She has a few dozen purses that are bigger than my carry-on suitcase and she can’t ever find her phone since it get lost in all the clutter.

  • Andrew

    for 199 on contract they’re smoking something. Why would you get this low end phone when you can spend the same amount or a bit more and get a powerhouse phone.

    • Mark

      No, they’re going to say it is normally $299, on sale for $199 and the women will be lining up — look honey, I saved $100!

      • Kev

        Lol, I could see that happening. On a side note, I wonder how long it will take for xda and the dev community to hack that charm into something a little more useful.

  • Mike

    Man, a lot of haters in the comments section today… A man myself, I have to say that I’m kind of in love with the accessories included in the box with this phone. I think HTC should include these accessories with all of their future phones, and just drop Sense instead (now THAT’S a differenteator if you ask me!) . I personally haven’t owned a alarm clock in several years, and think that the “drop-in” dock is excellently designed with it’s use in mind. Like Bezos said, cables are for chumps. As for the charm, I’d gladly use it until a acceptable bluetooth connected watch that fits my needs became widly available. Too bad it doesn’t come with a customizable LED with user selectable colors and a more gender neutral design. Save the polarizing color (WHY only make it in only that gawd awful purple HTC?!?) and it’s equally inflammatory marketing campaign I think HTC could have had hit on their hands accross the isle with both guys and gals.

    • Kelli

      You tell’m Mike…finally a useful comment. I’m a woman totally not interested in a gaudy PURPLE phone! However, you’re suggestions are awesome. PLEASE go to work for Verizon in R&D!

  • Melissa

    I think it’s a cute phone. $199 is a reasonable price considering the fact that you get headphones, a docking station, and the charm. Nowadays, you are lucky if your phone even comes with headphones. I would love to have a charm for my EVO 3D.

  • Breanna

    I love it!! :] but then again I am 18… I cannot wait until I can get one

  • Kerstynn

    Im hoping to get one for Christmas & im wanting to know if its a good phone.. because i have a env3 & the battery is messin up & so is the sscreen.