These are the best HTC smartphones of the present and the past

These are the best HTC smartphones of the present and the past
The term “best HTC smartphone” says a great deal about a phone coming from one of the most iconic smartphone makers, a company with deep ties to the evolution of the smartphone since its introduction as a new device category. 
Obviously, picking out a single device and slapping it with the title of best HTC smartphone would be a fairly subjective approach. As such, we’ll provide several interpretations, which vary depending on the era, price, and importance.

Since this is a rather subjective topic, we’d like you to chip in and let us know which is the best HTC smartphone from your point of view.

The best HTC smartphone in years: the new HTC 10

In our eyes, the HTC 10 is the best smartphone that HTC has launched in years. Following a series of unimpressive handsets, the new HTC flagship is a breath of fresh air for the Taiwan-based company. 

While HTC was one of the first smartphone makers to adopt premium all-metal builds, the precedent flagship was often criticized as lacking in innovation in the design department. Although the HTC 10 still makes use of a familiar design language, the new HTC flagship features notable refinements. 

The double chamfered edges of the phone are not only charming to look at but they also help with the overall grip of the phone, although the curved back is obviously even more useful in this regard. Strictly in terms of build quality, the can be no denying that the 10 is the best HTC smartphone in history. 

With the One M series, HTC opted not to make the jump to QHD display, sticking with FHD panels instead. This year, however, the company pulled all stops and equipped the 10 with a 5.2-inch Super LCD5 panel running at 1440 by 2560 pixels. While the notion that equipping a smartphone with QHD display isn’t the most efficient use of battery juice and processing power, at least the HTC 10 is on equal footing with current-generation high-end Android phones. 

The HTC 10 draws its processing power from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, the standard SoC solution for high-end Android phones in 2016. The CPU consists out of a pair of Kyro cores running at 2.15GHz and a pair of Kyro cores running at 1.6GHz. Paired with 4GB of RAM, the Snapdragon 820 runs buttery smooth on the 10. In terms of processing power, the 10 is the best HTC phone for number and pixel crunching tasks. 

In some ways, the camera setup has been the Achilles’ heel of previous HTC flagships. In 2014, HTC has equipped the One M8 with a rather inefficient 4MP Ultrapixel primary camera. This was the first camera to adopt physically larger pixels in an attempt to capture more light, which would improve the quality of nighttime photos. While the larger pixels featured by the Ultrapixel camera turned out to be a good idea, HTC’s low-resolution implementation has failed to provide the desired results. 

With last year’s One M9, HTC boosted the resolution. However, the 20MP Toshiba sensor turned out to be another uninspired choice. While the detail was there as a direct consequence of the resolution, pictures taken with the HTC M9 showcased poor color reproduction even in perfect light conditions. At night, the One M9’s primary camera produced smudgy shots.

This year, HTC’s flagship finally comes with a primary camera that can compete with any other flagship smartphone in a blind test and still have a chance of winning. 

The HTC 10 comes with a 12MP primary camera with a sensor size of 1/2.3” and a (comparatively large) 1.55µ pixel size. Paired with optical image stabilization, laser autofocus, and dual-LED flash, the camera on the HTC 10 is a perfect solution for both pictures and videos.

It’s also worth noting that the HTC 10 comes with a 5MP selfie sensor with OIS. Interestingly, the HTC 10 is the first smartphone to feature OIS on both the front and the rear cameras.

Best HTC smartphone that doesn’t break the bank: HTC Desire 626 

If you’re on a budget, the best HTC smartphone that you can currently purchase in the US is the HTC Desire 626. At the moment, you can get an unlocked HTC Desire 626 for $179 from the manufacturer's website.

The display of the phone is a 5-inch panel running at 720 by 1280 pixels. That’s good for a PPI of 294, which is actually decent. Sure, videos will not look as sharp as on a QHD panel, but most people will probably take no issue with the crispness of the display on the Desire 626.

Although the Desire 626 doesn’t come close to rivaling the build quality of HTC’s recent flagships, the design and the build are very good for the price. Our impression is that in terms of design, the Desire 626 is not only the best HTC smartphone that you can purchase at the sub-$200 price point but one of the best-designed affordable smartphones on the market as well.

Under the hood of the HTC Desire 626 beats the heart of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset, a SoC that features a 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU. Outside of the US, the Desire 626 is equipped with a Mediatek MT6752 chipset with an octa-core 1.7GHz Cortex-A53 CPU. 

In the memory department, the Desire 626 features 16GB of expandable internal storage and either 1 or 2GB of RAM, depending on the model. The difference between 1GB and 2GB of RAM is usually worth the price difference, and this is the case here as well.

Although the Desire 626 is an affordable smartphone, the handset comes with a decent camera setup. The main shooter is a 13MP sensor with autofocus and LED flash. The selfie shooter is a 5MP sensor that can capture 1080p videos. 

Best HTC smartphone in history: the original HTC One

Judging on the impression that it made with us at the time of its launch, the best HTC smartphone in history is the original HTC One (M7) from back in 2013. While the new HTC 10 has earned 9 out 10 points in our review, the original HTC One fared a little better, earning 9.1 points out of 10. 

The raw specs of the original HTC One (M7) included a 4.7-inch display running at 1080 by 1920 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset with a 1.7GHz quad-core Krait 300 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of non-expandable internal storage, a 4MP Ultrapixel primary camera, and a 2.1MP secondary shooter on the front. All of this hardware was packaged inside an all-metal body that was no less than impressive at the time of its launch. 

For much more details on the handset, head on over to our HTC One review.



1. gs200

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

We tried the Desire 626. It was decent, but a bit sluggish, which ended up being too much to bear. I had the HTC Droid Incredible back in the day, and that phone really did seem to live up to its name back in the day.....

2. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Had a HTC Desire S, was good for its time

5. b0wzer

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

My favorite HTC phone was the HTC Touch Diamond.

6. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

The one m8 was the best flagship they released. It still remains as my favorite smartphone to date

8. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

The camera ruined the phone for me. The HTC One M7's camera was actually able to somewhat compete with the S4's, but the S5 left the M8's camera in the dust.

11. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Even though many people online(tech people) bashed it. In real life, my friends were amazed so much by how the camera performs, they would always borrow my phone to take pictures saying that it's so much clearer than their iphone

7. shnibz

Posts: 517; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

I wanted the HTC Hero SO bad some years ago..then I got it l, and it was pretty terrible lol (mostly due to android 1.6 and 1.8) followed that with an HTC Arrive which was fantastic!

9. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

The HTC One S was the first android phone that appealed to me - almost made me ditch my iPhone to get one.

10. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

It's not that hard to compile this list... I mean, how many phones have the released?? Try making one for Samsung.

13. likha

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

here you go ... all the phones that the company released ... since you are asking :) 1 Android devices (Smartphones, Tablets) 2 7 Series (Windows Phone 7) 3 8 Series (Windows Phone 8) 4 Brew MP phones 5 S Series (Windows Mobile) 6 T Series (Windows Mobile with Touch) 7 P Series (PDA phones) 8 X Series (Mobile computer, Subnote) 9 Contracted devices HTC Desire HD HTC One A9 HTC Rhyme[28] A8181, HTC Desire[4] A3333, HTC Wildfire A3232, HTC Tattoo Droid Eris HTC J Butterfly, HTC Droid DNA[48][49] T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide[24] A71XX, T-Mobile G1, Era G1 HTC One X[36][37] T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide HTC One XL[36][38] Droid Incredible 4G LTE[45] T-Mobile myTouch 4G,[10] HTC Panache[11][12] HTC Desire C[44] A6380, HTC Gratia A62XX, HTC Hero HTC One M9 HTC Raider 4G,[27] HTC Vivid 4G, HTC Velocity 4G HTC Desire 620 HTC Salsa[22] Droid Incredible HTC Evo 4G LTE[41] HTC Evo Design 4G,[29] HTC Hero S A6363, HTC Legend ADR6325, HTC Merge[19] A6366, HTC Aria HTC One Mini[55][56] HTC One mini 2 HTC One[51][52] HTC One M8[59][60] HTC One M8s HTC Wildfire S[16] ADR6400, HTC ThunderBolt[14] HTC First[50] HTC 10 HTC Explorer[31] HTC One V[36][40] HTC Desire V[46] HTC Desire X[47] HTC Sensation[20] HTC Sensation XE[33] HTC Evo 4G+[25] HTC Amaze 4G[30] HTC Sensation XL[34] S510e, HTC Desire S[17] A61XX, HTC Magic, T-Mobile myTouch 3G HTC Evo 3D[23] HTC Evo 3D[26] HTC Evo Shift 4G HTC Inspire 4G HTC ChaCha[21] A9292, HTC Evo 4G HTC One Max[57][58] HTC J,[42] ISW13HT[43] ADR6425, HTC Rezound[35] HTC One S[36][39] HTC Desire Z, T-Mobile G2 HTC Incredible S[15] Droid Incredible 2[18] HTC Evo View 4G HTC 7 Mozart HTC HD7 HTC 7 Pro HTC Arrive HTC 7 Trophy HTC 7 Surround HTC Radar HTC Titan HTC Titan II HTC Titan 4G HTC Windows Phone 8X HTC Windows Phone 8S Smart Freestyle Canary Tanager Voyager Typhoon Feeler Sonata HTC Amadeus Hurricane Tornado Faraday Douton Startrek Breeze Oxygen Monet Excalibur Vox Libra Cavalier Iris Phoebus Wings Rose Converse Willow Maple Cedar T727X, Touch Pro T222X, Touch Viva T323X, Touch 3G T727X, Touch Pro T828X, Touch HD T829X, Max 4G T424X, Touch Cruise T5353, Touch Diamond2 T737X, Touch Pro2 T738X, Touch Pro2 Pure T7377, Tilt 2 T8585, HD2 T3333, Touch2 Imagio T8388 T5399 T555X, HD Mini Wallaby Falcon Himalaya Blue Angel Harrier Magician Alpine Gemini Apache Galaxy Wizard Prophet Charmer Hermes Trinity Artemis Herald Census Love Gene Panda Atlas Elf Titan Vogue Wave Kaiser Nike Elfin Sedna Polaris Neon Pharos Diamond Fuwa Victor Imagio Universal X7500, X7501, X7510, Advantage X9500, Shift Compaq iPAQ H38xx HP iPAQ H19xx HP iPAQ H221x HP iPAQ H435x HP iPAQ hx470x Fujitsu-Siemens Pocket LOOX 7xx HP iPAQ hw651x HP iPAQ hw69xx Fujitsu-Siemens Pocket LOOX N100 Palm Treo 750, 750v Palm Treo Pro Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Google Nexus One

12. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I loved my first smartphone, the original HTC Droid Incredible. I still have it and power it up now and again. I can't believe they do an all time best of list and only have these three devices which are only from the last 4 years. How about the EVO, the HD2, and the Nexus1?

14. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The HD2 will always be the best. There would be no XDA without it.

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