HTC rhyme review

The HTC Rhyme's connectivity capability is very good, but exactly the same as the HTC Desire S, at 14.4Mbps 3G, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) Wi-Fi hotspot enabled.

HTC rhyme review

The pre-loaded Android browser works reasonably fast on a Wi-Fi connection, but often has trouble with loading speed on 3G. Once a page is loaded, however, the 252ppi screen is crisp and clear, with good colour contrast.

HTC rhyme review

Text reflows at a tap and there's no pixellation text-wise when zoomed in but images do get a little fuzzy.

It also copes brilliantly with Flash, with smooth clear playback, though full-screen video reached through the browser (such as BBC iPlayer) does get a little pixellated too. Still, there's no juddering.

HTC rhyme review

The browser can handle several windows at once, with a nice scroll view to click between them.

HTC rhyme review

Thanks to the dedicated touchscreen menu, back and search buttons, navigating is easy and flows well. It's also incredibly easy to reach the bookmarks and history screens, the first of which is set out in thumbnails to create a rather fetching bookmarks screen.

HTC rhyme review

If you're looking for something a little sleeker, Dolphin, Opera and Mozilla all offer different browser experiences, available to download from the Android Market.

HTC rhyme review

These offerings don't render images any better but Dolphin loads pages marginally quicker on a 3G connection than the standard Android app, and is a full-featured browser with tabs and touch-navigation.