Introduction


Apple’s iPhone 7 is the one device that gets all the attention right before the busy Holiday season starts. No matter whether you prefer Android or are infatuated with Apple, the iPhone - the world’s best selling phone - will likely be at least something you consider before buying a new phone.

Then there's the financially troubled HTC. Financial trouble is bad for a company, but might be good for customers: for a device maker, it usually means that it pulls all stops to deliver a great new device. The HTC 10 is one such effort.

It’s only natural, then, to compare Apple’s latest iPhone 7 against the HTC 10. In fact, both companies share a common DNA with design playing a crucial role in their devices. Both phones are made of metal and have stylish appearance, but they do differ in terms of their platform and actual specs. Let’s see if there is one clear winner in this clash of flagships.

Design

Two solid metal phones and two refined designs, but the HTC 10 is a bit too heavy. The iPhone 7 also has water-protection that the 10 lacks.

For years on end, HTC has been known for bringing refined and stylish handsets on Android. In days when most phone makers made cheap-looking plastic phones, HTC stood tall with its sleek aluminum handsets. The HTC 10 is certainly one of that kin: a solid, well-put together device with an aluminum body and a characteristic trim on the back side giving it a more comfortable in-hand fit. The Apple iPhone 7 also feels somewhat similar with its monolithic metal construction: it’s the more compact of the two, though, and replaces the sharp edges for a slightly curved sides that add to its in-hand comfort.


The HTC 10 is surprisingly heavy for a 5.2-inch phone: it tips the scales at 161 grams, and that heft is felt, so if you’re looking for a lightweight handset, the HTC 10 is not it. The iPhone 7, in contrast, is much lighter: it weighs 138 grams.

For the first time on the iPhone 7, Apple uses a touch-sensitive area rather than a physically clickable home button. That’s another similarity with the HTC 10, which also uses a capacitive home key. However, feedback from the iPhone 7’s home button comes via Apple’s proprietary vibration motor, the ‘Taptic Engine’, and it mimics the feel of a real button quite successfully (but is not fully convincing). HTC’s button does not feature such tactile feedback. Both devices have fingerprint scanners built in the home key and on both we found them to be fast and accurate, but the one on the iPhone seems to have the more suitable round form and to get right reading a bit more often.

Apple is also upping the ante by adding water protection to its iPhone 7. The handset is IP67-certified for water- and dust-resistance, which is a great feat, but do keep in mind that Apple won’t cover water-related damage in its warranty. Nonetheless, we consider this a plus against the HTC 10 which completely lacks such water protection.


Apple iPhone 7

Apple iPhone 7

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches

138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm

Weight

4.87 oz (138 g)

HTC 10

HTC 10

Dimensions

5.74 x 2.83 x 0.35 inches

145.9 x 71.9. x 9 mm

Weight

5.68 oz (161 g)

Apple iPhone 7

Apple iPhone 7

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches

138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm

Weight

4.87 oz (138 g)

HTC 10

HTC 10

Dimensions

5.74 x 2.83 x 0.35 inches

145.9 x 71.9. x 9 mm

Weight

5.68 oz (161 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


Display

The 4.7” iPhone 7 display is a bit on the small side, but it features outstanding colors and the support for the wider DCI-P3 color gamut. The 5.2” Quad HD display on the HTC 10 is super sharp and also looks good.

There is an obvious difference in screen size between the iPhone 7 and HTC 10: Apple’s device features a noticeably smaller, 4.7” LCD display with a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels, while the HTC 10 has a mid-sized, 5.2” screen with a much higher, 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution.

Yes, the HTC 10 is the one that has the much sharper display on paper: it has pixel density of 565 pixels per inch (ppi) of screen space, while the iPhone has 326ppi, but in real life that difference is hardly even noticeable. The places where you do see it the most is when reading text and looking at it from very up close, but it’s a very subtle difference and in most places both screens will appear equally sharp to the average user.


When it comes to color, these are two of the finest displays out there. Certainly, two of the finest LCD displays. Not having AMOLED on either of these two means blacks do appear slightly grayish rather than perfectly black, but for all else the displays are excellent. The iPhone 7 is the first phone to support the DCI-P3 color space with native color management, meaning that the phone is able to show the wider, richer colors of DCI-P3 when they are there, but also fall back to sRGB when it needs to show sRGB content.


The HTC 10, on the other hand, lacks such fancy color management (no Android phone so far supports native color management), but does adhere to the sRGB color standard that is currently the de-facto caliber used for the majority of media. It is not perfectly balanced: it features slightly colder, bluish colors, but those are fairly minor complaints.

In terms of brightness, the HTC 10 reaches a peak of 432 nits which is below average and makes reading the display outdoors a bit of a challenge. The iPhone 7, in contrast, achieves an impressive 632-nit maximum brightness, and it is easy to read its screen even on a sunny day outdoors. Night owls won’t be happy with the minimum brightness level on the HTC 10: if you use your phone at night, you want brightness to go as low as possible in order to avoid eye fatigue, and the HTC 10 only goes down to 7 nits, which is still too bright. The iPhone 7 not only has the useful Night Shift option, but also reaches a minimum brightness of only 2 nits.

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32 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Winner: HTC 10!!!!!! GG :D

3. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3097; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

No competition hands down.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

HTC 10 hands down.

17. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Yeah anyday!!!!!!!!

2. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

"Not everyone does, though, and the built-in adapter alleviates some of the pain of the missing jack." Built in adapter?

5. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yeah, it's there. You just need to drill a bit out to reach it.

4. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Best 2 phones on the market imo.

6. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Very good battery life. Bwahahahahaha

25. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

The battery test is GOOD, and the pros is VERY GOOD. iPhonearena is not that bias.

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3097; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

"its performance seems a bit janky, lacking the smooth animations and calm appeal of iOS, it is a bit on the heavy side, and it cannot stand its ground in a direct benchmark and gaming comparison. Its interface also feels weird in certain places" that's some fine quality weed you got there.

9. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

As always totally Apple biased. Too many

10. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

no word on dedicated DAC, 24 bit audio, makinging htc one of the best on the market in sound department. no word on the worst screen to body ratio on the market in iphone - 65% but reviewers still complain about Pixels bezels "htc cant keep up in gaming", like there is a game to slow down sd820 4,7 screen with 1960 mah battery vs 5,2 with 3000 - "htc is much heavier" - no $hit "in most places both screens will appear equally sharp to the average user" - i can clearly see pixels on my girlfriends iphone 6. "HTC’s button does not feature such tactile feedback" - well it vibrates like any other phone. almost every one hates apples new home button, but hey, lets forget about it and pretend its great and groundbreaking. "HTC 10 which completely lacks such water protection" - can you lack something not cempletly? anyway htc is ip53 so there is some kind of splash resistance "its performance seems a bit janky, lacking the smooth animations and calm appea" - seriously? - "Its interface also feels weird in certain places" - what? "HTC 10 reaches a peak of 432 nits which is below average" - it is not the best but not below average. iphone 6 and 7 have more or less the same brighness according to PA but still when i put iphone 6 and htc 10 side by side, htc is clarly the winner "Android skin is fast and support themes, but lacks any remarkable special features" - yeah like ios has some remarkable features. "...while on the HTC 10 it’s brusque, with zero animations" - are you blind? lol, just lol.

12. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3097; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Keep it real hyperreal

15. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

The funny thing is water resistance was no big deal before but now it's a must. Lol

20. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

Even funnier, you have water resistant, but warranty doesn't cover water damage. Then you have the Moto X Force, they are so confident that the screen wont break that you get 4 years of warranty for the screen

26. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

give him some rest.... he took weeks to write this article, he thinks really hard to write something that make iPhone7 looks better... lets take a look at i7 Pros - Great-looking display (totally subjective... 750p win over 2k screen? seriously, lol...) - Water resistance us a nice extra (as above said, HTC10 also had some water resistance) - Faster than any other phone on the market (faster at what? who did the research?) - Improved main camera with great stabilization (HTC10 also have OIS and great camera) - Rich ecosystem (what? lol..) - Very good battery life (yeah, we all know how great battery test in this site /s meanwhile HTC10 won on gsmarena battery test)

31. Vagabondjonez

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

You're like my doppelganger

11. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

iPhone compared to an HTC!!!!! Seriously!!!!!!

13. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Lol barely noticeable sharpness difference but jarring accuracy, DCI3, and brightness differences? Funny stuff iphonearena.

32. dazed1

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

What is the benefit of DCI-P3? give me an example?

16. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

the way they used words against every other phone and the way they tried to minimize every weak points of iphone is just ridiculou, not only on this particular article but every other smartphone comparison including iphone

18. MRWINDOWS

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 01, 2014

Stop with the stupid rocket on every page ........

19. robyumzz

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

''Yes, the HTC 10 is the one that has the much sharper display on paper: it has pixel density of 565 pixels per inch (ppi) of screen space, while the iPhone has 326ppi, but in real life that difference is hardly even noticeable'' when it is an apple device 326ppi is enough

21. robyumzz

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

same thing goes for the bezels.. when its an iPhone, the bezels are okay

22. Vivvvy

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

I'm sorry I have the HTC phone and it's amazing it's 2ay more advanced than Apple could ever bring out. I was waiting toned if the new IPhone was a contender for the HTC10, once again ANDROID wins with the HTC10.

23. Vivvvy

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

I'm sorry I have the HTC phone and it's amazing it's way more advanced than Apple could ever bring out. I was waiting to see if the new IPhone was a contender for the HTC10, once again ANDROID wins hands down with the HTC10.

24. contra

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

I'm usually just a lurker here in these articles but this one is so bad I just have the need to comment. The author is so biased he's not even trying to hide or be subtle about it. To the author of this article, do you know what site you are writing for? This is phonearena, pretty much almost everyone that comes here knows a lot about phones. You keep making up information and putting in wrong specs and facts to try to mark up your phone, you really think the people here wouldn't notice? We know you are iphone fan and that's ok, but why write an article on this and write with such bad journalism?

27. wereallbiased

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

so many iphone haters...which always amuzes me. If you all consider PhoneArena to be "iphonearena", then why do you even bother coming here? go somewhere else if it bothers you so much. Haters are like mosquitos...buzz off if you don't like it.

28. krakmh

Posts: 33; Member since: Feb 21, 2015

For Sure iPhone is gonna beat here.

29. strikerchooooo unregistered

The 7 kicks ass! HTS is just...good. But runs Handroid and that makes it lagging.

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