iPhone 4S vs HTC Rhyme | HTC Rhyme vs iPhone 4S Speed, Performance and Features | Full Specs Compared
Apple has finally released iPhone 4S on 4 October 2011, and it will be available from 14 October 2011. The external appearance of 4S seems identical to iPhone 4. The much anticipated iPhone 5 has been delayed for 2012 release. iPhone 4S is the first dual core smartphone from Apple. Though it is not huge as some of the other phones, it is very appealing. Siri is a new feature in iPhone 4S; it is an intelligent assistant that enable user to manage the phone with voice. iPhone 4S will be compatible with wide range of networks. It will be available in US for all major carriers except for T-Mobile. iPhone 4S carry a price tag similar to that of iPhone 4 at release; 16 GB model is priced at $199, and 32GB and 64GB are price $299 and $399 respectively, on contract. Apple has brought down the prices of iPhone 4 now. HTC Rhyme is one of the latest Android smart phones announced by HTC. HTC Rhyme was officially announced in early September 2011. The device was released in some parts of the world in October. This Android phone comes with many accessories and it’s marketed by HTC with the tag line, “Accessories to fit your life”. HTC Rhyme is available $200 only, on contract.
The much speculated iphone 4S was released on October 4th 2011. The iPhone which has bench-marked standards in the smart phone hemisphere has raised the expectations more. Will iPhone 4 deliver to the expectations? Having one look at the device one can understand that the appearance of iPhone 4S remains similar to iPhone 4; the much raved predecessor. The device is available in both black and white. The glass and stainless steel built that most find appealing remains intact.
The newly released iPhone 4S remains 4.5” of height and 2.31” of width the dimensions of iPhone 4S remains similar to its predecessor iPhone 4. The thickness of the device is 0.37” as well regardless of the improvement done to the camera. There for, iPhone 4S remains the same portable slim device everyone love. iPhone 4S weighs 140g. The slight increase of device is maybe due to the many new improvements that we will discuss later. iPhone 4S includes a 3.5” touch screen with 960 x 640 resolution. The screen also includes the usual fingerprint resistant oleophobic coating. The display marketed by Apple as ‘retina display’ has a contrast ratio of 800:1. The device comes with sensors such as an accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate, three-axis gyro sensor, a proximity sensor for auto turn-off and an ambient light sensor.
The processing power is one of the many improved features on iPhone 4S than its predecessor. The iPhone 4S is powered by a Dual core A5 processor. According to Apple, the processing power is increased by 2 X and enables graphics that are 7 times faster and the energy efficient processor will improve battery life as well. While the RAM on the device is still not officially listed the device is available in 3 versions of storage; 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. Apple has not allowed a micro SD slot to expand the storage. In terms of connectivity, iPhone 4S has HSPA+14.4Mbps, UMTS/WCDMA, CDMA, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. At the moment, iPhone 4S is the only smart phone which can switch between two antennas to transmit and receive. Location based services are available through Assisted GPS, digital compass, Wi-Fi and GSM.
iPhone 4S is loaded with iOS 5 and usual applications one can find on an iPhone, such as FaceTime. The newest addition to the uniquely designed applications on iPhone is ‘Siri’; a voice assistant which can understand certain keywords we speak and virtually do everything on the device. ‘Siri’ is capable of scheduling meetings, checking weather, setting timer, sending & reading messages and etc. While voice search and voice command assisted applications were available in the market ‘Siri’ is quite a unique approach and sounds more user-friendly. iPhone 4S comes with iCloud as well, enabling users to manage content across multiple devices. iCloud wirelessly pushes files across multiple devices managed together. Applications for iPhone 4 S will be available on Apple App Store; however it will take some time for the number of applications supporting iOS 5 to increase.
The rear facing camera is another area improved on iPhone 4S. iPhone 4S is equipped with an improved camera with 8 mega pixels. The mega pixel value itself has taken a huge leave from its predecessor. The camera is coupled with LED flash as well. The camera comes with useful features such as autofocus, tap to focus, face detection on still images and geo tagging. The camera is capable of HD video capture at 1080P at about 30 frames per second. In cameras it is important to have a larger aperture since it allows the lens to collect more light. The aperture in the lens of camera in iPhone 4S has been increased allowing more light to come in however, harmful IR rays is filtered away. The enhanced camera is capable of capturing quality images in low light as well as bright light. The front facing camera is a VGA camera and it’s tightly coupled with FaceTime; the video conferencing application on iPhone.
iPhones are generally good on their battery life. Naturally, users will have higher expectations for this latest addition to the family. According to Apple, iPhone 4S will have up to 8 hours of continuous talk time with 3G on while on GSM only it will score a massive 14 hours. The device is rechargeable via USB as well. The standby time on iPhone 4S is up to 200 hours. In conclusion, the battery life is satisfactory on iPhone 4S.
The preorder of iPhone 4S starts from 7 October 2011, and will be available in US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Australia, and Japan from 14 October 2011. Worldwide availability starts from 28 October 2011. iPhone 4S is available for purchase in different variants. One will be able to get their hands on an iPhone 4S device starting from $199 to $399 on contract. The price without contract (unlocked) is Canadian $649/ Pounds 499/ A$799/ Euro 629.
HTC Rhyme is one of the latest Android smart phones announced by HTC. HTC Rhyme was officially announced in early September 2011. The device was released in some parts of the world in October. This Android phone comes with many accessories and it’s marketed by HTC with the tag line, “Accessories to fit your life”. In addition, it is a very colorful and attractive device, and sure to attract the women.
HTC Rhyme is 4.68” tall, 2.39” wide. With a thickness of just 0.43”, HTC Rhyme will appear portable and slim in the hands of any user. With battery, the device weighs only 130g. Among the other devices announced during the same time, HTC Rhyme is smaller and light weight. HTC Rhyme is complete with a 3.7-inch super LCD capacitive touch screen with 480 x 800 resolution. The screen resolution is average for the current smart phone market, but the Super LCD display should suffice for the quality output. The HTC Rhyme comes with Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate, Proximity sensor for auto turn-off, a digital compass and a light sensor. The user interface on HTC Rhyme is customized with HTC Sense 3.5.
HTC Rhyme is powered by a 1GHz Scorpion processor with an Adreno 205 GPU. The processing power and the hardware configuration for graphics manipulation remain sufficient for an Android smart phone with multi tasking capability. It will be a suitable phone to improve life style and add accessories, but maybe not the device for heavy gaming, video watching etc. HTC Rhyme includes 768 MB RAM and 4 GB internal storage. The device ships with an 8 GB micro SD card. However, storage can be extended up to 32 GB with the help of a micro SD card. In terms of connectivity, the device supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G connectivity as well as micro-USB.
HTC Rhyme is complete with a 5 mega pixel rear facing camera with auto focus and LED flash. The camera has features such as geo-tagging, as well. The rear-facing camera is also capable of capturing video at 720P. The front facing camera is a VGA camera allowing video conferencing. A common feature in the HTC camera of many devices released/announced with HTC Rhyme is the instant capture. The feature is available with HTC Rhyme, as well. The lag between pressing the button to take the picture and the time the picture is taken is reduced by instant capture.
HTC Rhyme has considerably decent multimedia support. The supported audio playback formats are .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav and .wma, while supported audio recording formats are .amr, .m4a and .aac. HTC Rhyme supports video playback formats such as .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3) and .xvid (MP4 ASP and MP3), while video recording formats such as .3gp and .mp4 are also supported. HTC Rhyme also has Stereo FM radio with RDS. The device ships with a stylish headset, as well (wired). The 3.7” super LCD display will allow users to have a go at a movie when they have some time in hand.
HTC Rhyme is powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The user interface is customized with the latest version of HTC Sense for smart phones, HTC Sense 3.5. The clock widget has been given a new look, and the layouts have been slightly modified. Friend feed will allow users to be up to date about their friends over multiple social networking sites. When receiving a call, users will be able to see the caller’s latest status, or if it is his/her birthday, it will be displayed, as well. More applications for HTC Rhyme can be downloaded from Android marketplace and many other 3rd party android markets. The browsing experience is also pleasant in HTC Rhyme with pinch to zoom, smooth video playback, flash support and multi window browsing.
HTC Rhyme has a 1600mAh battery, and there for users can expect a continuous talk time over 6 hours easily. HTC Rhyme has a cool accessory called the “Charm Indicator” which can be plugged into the headphone jack of the device and which will blink when a call is received. The idea is to enable the user to find the phone inside a bag easily.
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