HTC is known to have major issues with its products whether it is poor sales, lack of management or some rather interesting design choices. Nonetheless, with HTC’s newest flagship device, the company looks to change that experience for the better.
The HTC 10 retains the premium look and feel from its predecessors featuring chamfered edges and well built tactile buttons. The brushed metal finish and attention to detail outclasses every other smartphone in terms of build quality with the back staying relatively fingerprint free. Even so, the use of a DBrand skin or case is highly recommended because the phone tends to slip out of grip at times.
As far as specifications are concerned, there isn’t much HTC have done to differentiate the 10 from any other flagship of this year. A standard Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4GB of RAM and an Adreno 530 GPU power the Sense UI draped Android 6.0 Marshmallow software experience on the 5.2″ Quad HD IPS Display (565 pixels per inch). In fact, the HTC 10 even features a fingerprint scanner like the other flagships which performs just as well. A noticeable omission is definitely the lack of front facing BoomSound speakers which is made up for with a unique speaker system, using a tweeter and subwoofer on the device. The results are spectacular as can be seen in the video but this setup is more prone to getting covered up when in use as opposed to the original BoomSound.
But the real improvements lie in the software and camera department of the device. The HTC 10 features a Sense UI that is slimmer and faster, and blazes through most applications and tasks just fine. HTC have paired up with Google to keep bloatware to a minimum but the device from Verizon does come with some applications and tools pre-installed that are not nearly as intrusive as with previous generations with them being tucked neatly into a small folder. The duo of BlinkFeed and News Republic is also present and although unpopular to many, some may find it convenient to collate various social media feeds and news into one through the services.
The camera too sees a significant improvement. The device does away with any gimmicks to produce a camera unit comparable with other flagships unlike previous years. The 12MP unit features larger pixels and a bigger sensor producing images very fast. In most lit conditions, the images produced are sharp and clear but the image quality drops in low light with images producing more blur and noise as compared to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6S lineup. Video is also great at 4K resolution coupled with optical image stabilization (OIS) with plenty of storage available via a micro-SD card slot up to 200GB to store all the content.
The front facing 5MP unit does better than its competitors in dimly lit scenarios and true OIS support on the front unit may make this a popular choice among vloggers. The software to control the camera lacks the features on a typical Samsung flagship but most useful features are found, including HTC’s Zoe. Some samples produced by the HTC 10’s camera are seen below:
In what seems like a solid package, the 3000mAh battery is also very good. Most light users may keep the phone running for up to 3 days with heavy users needing to charge overnight. The USB-C charging port supports Quick Charge 3.0 allowing for charging on the go if required on the rare occasion. Unfortunately, the price for an all metal design is the lack of wireless charging on the HTC 10, which may be a disappointment for many.
With the HTC 10, the company has gone back to its roots and has delivered a truly good phone. Gone are the gimmicks and half-baked features from other smartphone manufacturers in favor of a much more polished and appealing flagship. But does it score the perfect 10? Let us know with your thoughts in the comments section below!