The best and worst HTC smartphones we've ever reviewed

Last week, we showed you the best and worst Samsung devices that have ever ventured into our office for a full and thorough review. As HTC is one of the larger and more popular manufacturers, it has churned out a hefty amount of devices during the years. As you might imagine, many of these have passed through our hands.

While a lot of HTC devices have successfully wooed us with their design (the HTC One & One M8), certain features (the Desire EYE with its potent selfie shooter), or simply by being well-honed and polished devices as a whole, many products that bear the HTC logo have turned out to be quite disappointing and under-performing in one or many areas.

Below you'll find five of HTC's Android-powered devices that we've rated the highest and another five that have received the lowest ratings in our reviews. Check them out and feel free to discuss in the comments section right below!


Back in the day, we hardly found any cons for the device despite its slightly thicker silhouette and the not-so-impressive video recording quality. On the other side, we commended this 2010 phone for its A-class build quality, good performance, and impressive 4.3-inch display. 


The "father" of the HTC One (M8), 2013's HTC One was truly a phone to behold. Its stunning aluminum design, display, performance, and front-facing speakers secured it a pretty high review rating. As a whole, the device was close to perfect, though the UltraPixel camera that debuted alongside it was somewhat dragging it back.


The 2012 HTC Droid DNA is among the devices HTC aced. Save for the non-expandable on-board storage and the hardware keys, the device was as good as it got. Definitely one of the trend-setting Android phones from 2012, it was unfortunately a bit over-shadowed by Samsung's equally-impressive Galaxy S III.

HTC Amaze 4G

What else to say about the HTC Amaze 4G apart from praising its build, display, and commendable performance (as per 2011's standards)? Well, we have to be fair and mention its downsides: the sub-par battery life and the under-performing camera. 

HTC Sensation 4G

The Sensation 4G is another notable HTC device that suffered from certain issues (unimpressive battery life, sub-par viewing angles, and somewhat bulky build), but is still among the better phones the Taiwan manufacturer has released.

HTC Desire 200

As a device released in 2013, the HTC Desire was quite a disappointing offering. Yes, we should mention that it was an entry-level device, but its single-core Snapdragon S1 chipset and outdated Android OS that shipped by default (Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) were quite disappointing.

HTC Salsa

HTC so-called Facebook phone did not live up to the hype built around it and turned out to be, well, a flop. Sporting a dedicated Facebook button and integration for the popular social network, the device was marred by issues that prevented it from being the smartphone HTC had certainly hoped with would be.

HTC Tattoo

Welcome to 2009, when HTC decided to re-invent the "low" in low-end and released the HTC Tattoo, a device that was nothing to write home about. On the contrary, the limited amount of available apps and dissatisfactory resistive screen were quite a let-down.

HTC Desire 601

Although the 601 was a mediocre handset that does the job, it failed to impress us with anything, yet generally disappointed in almost any area. Indeed, we are dealing with a mid-ranger, but this should never justify the existence of such unimposing handsets.

HTC Desire 310

By far, the worst HTC device to ever venture past the front door of our headquarters. Blame it on the awful display, the misshapen concoction that HTC called an user interface, an inferior rear camera, and the excessively-high and totally uncalled for price tag of roughly $220. We hope HTC never releases a device of the Desire 310's ilk. Ewww.



1. ankitp

Posts: 138; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

my favourite was htc hd7

18. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Htc one X gets my vote for a terrible phone. Constant wifi dropouts, phone crashed constantly, build quality was bad - lcd screen ripple. Good looking phone but terrible to use.

26. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

My bestie was the One S Great screen (They used AMOLED), great performance by S4 dual core but the best part was its awesum ceramic metal built!! Never experienced such unique feel and color. Just fantastic

2. Derekjeter

Posts: 1576; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Best HTC phone was the Droid Incredible.

5. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

I guess we can say it was... incredible.

7. Derekjeter

Posts: 1576; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

It really was. I moved from blackberry to the incredible and never looked back. It was such a good phone I still have it in the box and all.

9. ankitp

Posts: 138; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

did you forget htc first first flop facebook phone :D

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Evo 4G hands down was their best phone yet. I was literally about to switch from Verizon I Sprint just for that phone. Good thing I didnt. HTC M8 would be my second choice.

8. Derekjeter

Posts: 1576; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I had this phone as my work phone since my company was with sprint at the time. It was really fast and I loved the white and black one.

4. frustyak

Posts: 249; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

My first ever Android handset was the HTC Aria, and it still has a place in my heart to this day. One of my favorite features was that it had a trackpad which doubled as the home button. It made moving the cursor within text a breeze. Even with larger screens today I still have problems sometimes moving a cursor around with my thumb.

6. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

HTC Desire 200 and 301 are the worst phones that HTC have released. Both are crap, with outdated specs and outdated Android version and also overpriced.

10. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

I sometimes still use my 5years old HTC Desire . Just changed the battery 2 years back and it still gives me 3 hours of sot which is very impressive. Never going to let this phone go till its motherboard gets dead :D

11. hohoho

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

"The Sensation 4G is another notable HTC device that suffered from certain issues (unimpressive battery life, sub-par viewing angles, and somewhat bulky build)" Sensation also has a wifi death grip. Exactly how is this the best of HTC?

12. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

"The HTC EVO 4G is the HTC device that we've rated ever" wtf does that mean. iphonearena putting journalism back with every article.

13. pcangel

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

where is htc hd2 ??!!

14. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3187; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Again with Android-only models. The Leo (HD2) is the best phone ever. A five year-old phone that can run a modern OS is not something to be taken lightly. I'll also throw the Touch Pro 2 and the Imagio in to the mix.

15. djinn911

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

I've praised HTC since the day I used HD2, it was one of the best phone I'd ever used until I started using well none other then One M8. In my opinion both the phones I've used are best. I would also include Desire HD, One X and its pro One X+ in the list and let's not forget the duo of Hero and Legend.

16. Yaldabaoth

Posts: 42; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Rhodium/Touch Pro2 fan here. Great? It needed more RAM, a faster processor, normal USB, and a flash for the camera. But the keyboard! And the screen! And the speaker! I bought it on a Black Friday special back in 2009 and only replaced it earlier this month due to reasons unrelated to the phone. Less than a month in, and I am still missing the keyboard.

17. mrnnec

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

@Djinn911, exactly like you! At firs I wanted to get the first Iphone until I put my eyes on that HTC HD2 at Barcelona... Since then, I'm in love with HTC. The HD2 is the BEST phone ever! I had it twice by the way... So I'm dispointed not see it in the list of the bests from HTC... What a shame... :(

19. Tooluka

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 27, 2014

HTC phones with conveniently excluded Windows Mobile devices, how nice.

20. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3187; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Not to mention all the Palm Treos that HTC built.

21. NickPeters

Posts: 74; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Where on Earth is The One and Only: Original HTC Desire?

22. Colombianmax

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

Are you kidding me with this list?? I've had only HTCs since 2010, starting with the G1 and MyTouch3G and the slide version. I've had the MyTouch4G and the slide version, Sensation 4G and now currently on the One S which I refuse to let go. The Sensation has been the worse of all of the mentioned devices, making the MyTouch 4G and the One S my two favorites. Not sure how the hell that piece of crap made it on the list, I believe the One S deserves to be on the list not that!

24. Jack58221

Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

I feel the HTC Dream / G1 should be on this list... Not only was it a good HTC phone, but it was the best android phone at the time. Not that there was really anyone for them to compete against at the time.

27. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Dude! the One S... Designed like a dream.. I am even a big fan of the sense version that came with it

23. aleant36

Posts: 71; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Droid DNA paved to way for the ONE series

25. GeekMovement unregistered

HTC EVO 4G... ah, the good ol days.

28. bohdan4ik13 unregistered

HTC HD2 and HTC Legend are missing

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