Call quality


We have no major has complaints about call quality on either phone: both sound sufficiently clear and loud to be able to carry out conversations with ease.

However, if we had to pick the nits, we’d point out that the earpiece on the HTC 10 produced slight occasional cracking sound artifacts, sounding as if the caller has a sore throat. The iPhone does sound slightly clearer on both ends, but the difference is really not all that significant.

Battery life

The iPhone 7 lasts a bit longer than the HTC 10, but it lacks any form of fast charging, while the HTC does support Quick Charge 3.


Apple’s iPhone is able to squeeze some seriously impressive battery life out of the smallish for Android standards size of its battery, but how does the iPhone 7 compare against the HTC 10? The iPhone 7 features a 1960mAh battery, larger than before as Apple has freed some space with the removal of the 3.5mm headset jack. The HTC 10, on the other hand, sports a vastly larger, 3,000mAh battery.

In our custom battery test, the iPhone outlasted the HTC by a small margin: the on-screen battery life score of the iPhone 7 stood at 7 hours and 46 minutes, while the HTC 10 scores 7 hours and 10 minutes.

In real-life use, you will get through a day even with more intense use on both phones, even day and a half with moderate usage, but we’re not yet in two-day battery life territory here, so overnight charging is likely a must.

Speaking of overnight charges, the HTC 10 features a Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0-compliant, 2.5A charger. The phone recharges fully in 1 hour and 40 minutes, while the iPhone 7 lacks such fast-charging capability a much longer 2 hours and 21 minutes to fully charge.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Apple iPhone 7 7h 46 min (Average)
HTC 10 7h 10 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Apple iPhone 7 141
HTC 10 100

Conclusion


At the end of the day, the Apple iPhone 7 and HTC 10 are two great choices for those looking for a stylish phone that is also fast and has a good camera.

On these fronts, both phones deliver.

There are some important nuances, though: the iPhone 7 with its iOS 10 platform runs smoother and has a superior selection of games and even some apps, it also boasts slightly longer battery life, and the water-resistance comes as a very nice bonus feature.

The HTC 10 is not a slow phone by any means, but 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 and it lacks that nice water-protection feature, but it does have quick charging that the iPhone lacks.

Then, there’s the 3.5mm headset jack: put shortly, if you use it currently, you will miss not having it on the iPhone. Not everyone does, though, and the built-in adapter alleviates some of the pain of the missing jack.

Putting the two phones on a scale, the advantages of an iPhone seems to weigh things in its favor, but if you like clean Android skins, the HTC 10 will not disappoint either.

Apple iPhone 7

Pros

  • Great-looking display
  • Water resistance is a nice extra
  • Faster than any other phone on the market
  • Improved main camera with great stabilization
  • Rich ecosystem
  • Very good battery life

HTC 10

Pros

  • Stylish metal design
  • Clean and generally fast Android build
  • Well-performing camera
  • Quick Charge support




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