Review: HTC Rhyme for Verizon Wireless
Sense and Android together offer a wide range of messaging options on the Rhyme, with all the basics covered and then some.
There are several different avenues to get your email. First, there is the generic email program. It offers a nice user interface for sorting through messages and works with pretty much any POP3/IMAP4 or Exchange email account you could throw at it. Then there's the native Gmail client, which continues to be one of the best mobile email experiences available.
The Rhyme skips the native SMS app in favor of HTC's version. The main difference is that the HTC app is skinned to look like the software on the rest of the phone. It also offers a dynamic widget that lets you page through your messages from the home screen.
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The native Google Talk IM app is on board and functions exactly as it does on other Android phones. The Rhyme skips support for third-party chat apps, so you'll have to seek them out in the Android Market.
There are a number of ways to connect to social networks with the Rhyme. First, there's HTC's FriendStream. The FriendStream app reaches into your Facebook and Twitter accounts and pulls down status updates in a stream that you can look at quickly. You can also use HTC's Peep application for Twitter, though I prefer the official Twitter application. The native Facebook app is also better than FriendStream for more fully interacting with your account. Facebook is preloaded; Twitter isn't.