5 reasons why you should get the HTC 10 over the Samsung Galaxy S7

The HTC 10 (left) and Samsung Galaxy S7 (right) sitting alongside, clean and ready for beauty shots

The HTC 10 (left) and Samsung Galaxy S7 (right) sitting alongside, clean and ready for beauty shots


The HTC 10 is the latest high-end phone to arrive before a spring and summer lull in new smartphone releases.

But being last comes with its advantages: the HTC 10 is a well-refined phone that has managed to impress us not with gimmicks, but with solid all-around performance. And while there is nothing all that exciting as separate features, it's the overall package with the HTC 10 that catches the eye and the subtle improvements to the quality of the smartphone experience.

Of course, this being the fiercely competitive smartphone market, the HTC 10 has plenty of competition. Its biggest Android rival, without a doubt is the Samsung Galaxy S7. Samsung's greatest phone, however, has some slight shortcomings in areas, where the HTC 10 manages to deliver. And while it's hard to say that there are some huge reasons why you should get the HTC 10, here are five nuances that we find important enough to consider that might tip the scales in favor of the HTC rather than the Samsung.

Design: no fingerprint mess


The usual smudgy and messy real-life look of the Samsung Galaxy S7

The usual smudgy and messy real-life look of the Samsung Galaxy S7


Let's face it: the Samsung Galaxy S7 only looks that shiny on press pictures: pick it up and just hold it for a few seconds in your hand, and instantly - especially with the otherwise beautiful black version - it gets all covered in fingerprint stains. After using it for a few minutes, it just becomes a greasy piece of glass, and at that point, you might just forget about the beautiful design and put a case on it.

That's not what the experience with the HTC 10 is like. Quite the contrary, it's a solid feeling phone with a body that has its distinctive visual style, but also does not get quickly covered in smudges. You would still need to wipe clean the screen every once in a while, but that's something that you have to do with every phone out there.

Much less bloat and cleaner Android


Unlocked HTC 10 strips the poor practice of having two browsers, two mail apps and so on

Unlocked HTC 10 strips the poor practice of having two browsers, two mail apps and so on


HTC has made one decision that was long due in the Android world: in the unlocked version of the HTC 10, it has removed many of the duplicate apps. There is no longer two mail apps and two browsers on the unlocked HTC 10, and this simplifies the experience a great bit. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S7 still ships with two and in some cases even three apps that do one and the same thing. Dealing with that many apps that serve the same function is definitely an annoying inconvenience.

Great for selfies


A 5-megapixel optically stabilized

A 5-megapixel optically stabilized


The times of the first-generation HTC UltraPixel cameras are gone, and this might be a good thing as the new HTC 10 features what's most likely the best camera on an HTC phone ever. The 12MP main snapper is good, but we're particularly fond of the quality of selfies with the 5-megapixel front shooter. The Samsung Galaxy S7 also captures good-looking pictures, but tends to blow up contrasts and saturations, resulting in a somewhat artificial look for people, while colors on the HTC look more natural looking and the HTC 10 camera captures plenty of detail. Another advantage of the HTC 10 selfie shooter is that it does an awesome job even in complete darkness. It's worth noting that the HTC 10 is the only mainstream phone to feature optical image stabilization (OIS) for the front camera, which allows for longer shutter speeds and sharper-looking selfies.

High-quality DAC that delivers great audio


In some market (not the US, regretfully), HTC even ships its high-res headphones in the box with the HTC 10

In some market (not the US, regretfully), HTC even ships its high-res headphones in the box with the HTC 10


Those who care about high-quality music and have a pair of nice (and likely, expensive) headphones know that why the headset itself might be one of the most important elements in the audio chain, it's not the only one. It's very important to also have a high-quality DAC to drive the signal to those headphones, and the HTC 10 has got just that as it takes pride in its ability to deliver great sound to your good headphones.

USB-C port is a nice, small convenience


Samsung Galaxy S7 on top with the old microUSB port and HTC 10 below, with the new and reversible USB-C

Samsung Galaxy S7 on top with the old microUSB port and HTC 10 below, with the new and reversible USB-C


Finally, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 supports Samsung Fast Adaptive charge and is able to replenish its battery quickly, it still uses the old microUSB port and you have to be careful to insert microUSB cables the right way. With USB-C cables being the new standard and much more convenient with their reversible plugs, the HTC 10 is the more future-proof device and the less annoying one. After all, having USB-C is a small, but appreciated convenience.

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  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
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68 Comments

2. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

1- Don't care. I'd rather have a smaller phone. 2- I actually prefer Touchwiz. Bloat can be disabled. 3- Don't care 4- Don't care 5- Don't care. I'd much rather have wireless charging. As always, YMMV.

11. maherk

Posts: 6657; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They will eventually follow up with another article stating the S7 pros over the HTC 10, so chill. All these pros mentioned in this article are on point, they are legit advantages that you wont find on the S7. I am satisfied with my S7 Edge, but if I was to pick another phone, it will undoubtedly be the HTC 10.

21. Shocky unregistered

Agreed. Most of us use cases anyway so smudges are not an issue

53. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Don't bother replying. This is another "bloated" article from phonearena. The reason why phonearena is considered B-grade is because of articles like this. They will create even S7 vs S2 article just for people to troll needlessly. I just read every artcile filled with non sensical discussions and trolling. Now I have come to realize that the editors and the readership of this site is a perfect match. They like trolls to infest every article. And BTW since I despise sites like this, I always put them to ad blocker list. Won't allow them to earn money of me.. I put all better websites that I enjoy in whitelist, not worthelss sites like Androidauthority, phonearena, verge etc.,

61. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

When it comes to Samsung it's bloatware, it makes me wonder wonder are force touch on 6s considered bloat as well? Though we probably know the answer. Tbh i prefer touchwiz cuz it's more functional, they kinda slow on update but even after few update i'm sure touchwiz still carry a lot more feature compared to iOS or stock (look at how much time they both need to introduce multi windows multitasking).

62. cheetah2k

Posts: 2146; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Yeah. I need a good selfie camera. Thats gonna make me buy HTC over Samsung.. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA.. Seriously iPA WTF? so much trolling these days..

69. talha_16

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

How the f**k is wireless charging useful... You still need to put the phone on cord and you need to connect the cord to a power supply. How is that different from connecting a usb-charger to your phone

3. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Why didn't anyone talk about the huge advantage of "uh oh protection" with HTC USA?

16. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

Because people already complain that USA get all the perks from Google already such as app discounts and free music, so this would just be one more reason for others to hate on the US.

29. rubyonrails3

Posts: 368; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

But US don't get High Res headphones that is so sad.

35. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Why don't you put a shirt on. This isn't grindr.

42. aveese

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

i don't mind ahaha

49. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Sorry if it bothers you, But I use an app to link many accounts to my Facebook account. So, once I change my Facebook profile pic, it would change here as well. Follow your advice and put a shirt on LOL.

4. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

The foremost reason is some years later when you look at your phone you can remember that once there was a talented company called HTC.

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3088; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

HTC : Here To Change.

6. Shivamjuneja

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

Just 5

7. dennisfurlan

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Some people like to focus on the S7 fingerprint smudges. Well, guess, what, the glass fronts of all these phones attract all kinds of fingerprint smudges, too. My S3, made of plastic, was a smudge magnet on the back, too. I see people's iPads with all kinds of smudges on them. Even the backs of metal phones attract fingerprint smudges. It comes with the territory for personal devices constantly being handled by people. Having said all that, the S7 design and build is still great — even with occasional smudges.

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Agreed, though it can be amplified compared to other devices.

17. dennisfurlan

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

I have an S6 edge, which is supposed to be even worse because of its reflective coating, and it's not that bad. I tend not to rub the back of the phone with my fingers all the time.

34. dbmcelroy

Posts: 44; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

The back of my v10 does not have any smudges and is easy to hold.

48. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

guess what... most of screen glass nowadays has oleophobic coating that prevent fingerprint smudges

9. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

1) the htc 10 design is meh at best i prefer the smooth curvy edges of s7 2) i root my device anyway and that bloat can be disabled 3) your right at this point 4) actually i could not hear the difference between them it is not noticable at all 5) i prefer wireless charging over USB C especially that htc dose not use the 3.1 stranded

63. cheetah2k

Posts: 2146; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Wireless charging is so much win. To not have to plug in that USB port every night is bl00dy brilliant. All phones with non-removable batteries should have wireless charging. I hope Sony finally get their act together and to it with the X Premium....

12. JMartin22

Posts: 2312; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

The HTC prop machine is trying to dig up the dead ghoul again. 4 out of 5 these are entirely subjective anyway. If type USB-C becomes mainstream, it'll be when this phone doesn't matter, as it stands, not being apart of the current and abundant standard also has its potential trade offs in certain situations. I don't like the poor design cues of the HTC device either, you can tell not a lot of thought and research capital went into making it happen. Simply being a metal phone nowadays shouldn't constitute the whole definition of what "premium" is

18. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

1. There are back covers. Not to mention the HTC design is ugly if not boring. 2. There are Google Bloatwares. Touchwiz is very good. 3. Dont care. 4. I have a Walkman and Hi Fi speakers. 5. Today is Wireless charging era. Type C is not that big deal yet.

19. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

1) Most people put a phone wrapped in glass inside a case in fear of dropping it. So this really isn't a issue. 2) TouchWiz has been slimmed down and still has some nice features. Sense seems to be completely stripped down with no added features. 3) Besides teens and girls starving for attention, who takes selfies? 4) Just BT to a jambox or surround system. 5) Samsung will have USB-C with wireless charging in a few months with the Note 6.

22. WPX00

Posts: 509; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Love my S7, but seriously can't stand how many Samsung fanboys there are here. How does "having it in the next one" count as a win for Samsung, or make HTC's advantage any less, well, advantageous?

44. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

As it stands, HTC's version of USB-C is not exactly a win since they breached the USB-C standard by upping the vbus line by more than double, which means they used a different standard than the normal USB-C spec standard. I never said it counts as a win for Samsung, but I dont think it counts as a win for HTC which is what the article is stating. Having said that, Im not a Samsung fanboy per say. I do own an S6, but honestly I prefer the looks of the 10 over the S6/S7.

20. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

I do agree with this list, and yes HTC 10 is a phone that you don't need to have a protective case. I mean whats the point of beautiful design when you have to wrap it in plastic! the only flaw in my opinion is the rather small battery! it's a pain carrying your charger everywhere you go, plus the USB C is not that common and if you run out of juice, chances are high you are not gonna be able to borrow suitable cable from the students at the next table in Starbucks! not to mention the absence of wireless charging! ahhhh HTC yet again you failed me!

23. JMartin22

Posts: 2312; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

So you're telling me if you drop the HTC without a case, the unibody won't chip and scratch, the lens and front glass panel wouldn't shatter either on impact whatsoever?

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