HTC 10 Review

With the 10, HTC must prove to the world that its wares are worth the dough. And theirs have been a tough sale lately, largely because of objective shortcomings that the HTC 'style' of doing things—a style we've always been attracted to—wasn't able to cover for. So the 10 needs to be rock-solid both on the inside and outside, while also doing a splendid job getting us through a busy day of life acrobatics...
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236 Comments

166. Niteowl360

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 21, 2016

I'm a huge Htc fan and certainly for the first time since the HD2 and HTC One X I find justification to return. However this review looks at 2 features, in call quality and battery. The former leaves you far from impressed and yet you still end your review stating this to be a 'business' device of your choice. Apologies but that makes no sense to me, pardon the pun, especially as HTC is renowned for their in call quality. More detail required here please! I really liked the fact you explored this area, which is almost never mentioned in any other review I've read. Thanks

168. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

Chris, I wanted to ask if you tested the phone with other high-end headphones, and what was your feedback on the audio quality and loudness?

217. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

I haven't. But I do know that with the Hi-Res ones, loudness can be absolutely painful at maximum. To the point of completely ruining sound quality with artifacts.

173. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Battery test is tricky, on the other site the s7 have almost double of video playback time than ip 6s..

175. riteshrkm

Posts: 155; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

So after all the smartphone coming in 2016 .... its iphone which leads the batterylife department. Thats really strange..... are the S7 , G5 battery that bad??? or its just PA which always favour Apple.

182. Nolte99

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 18, 2016

When it comes to shooting in daylight so the differences are negligible even if you compare an expensive mobile phone with a cheaper. However such differences may be greater if it is about shooting in the dark, and presently there is no beating Huwaei P9 in that regard.

183. Nolte99

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 18, 2016

That many of us feel safe, when it comes to the reviews on this website is that you do not love to put high scores on cell phones if they come from mainland China. We remember the mediocre recentionen on one plus two other sites where the rated significantly högre.Webbsidan GSM Arena is usually more objective and a more detailed examination when testing as the Web, I can warmly recommend.

185. jeevanand88 unregistered

1. Screen is not so bright... 2. Benchmark results shows its behind s7 which is said to be having 100s of bloatwares and repetitive apps 3. Camera is not so impressive than S7 though it is launched 4months after 4. Is it really a good looking mobile than s7 edge? with that huge bezels? 5. there is no dramitical change other than the sharp chamfer at the edge I know, most of the manufactures copied HTCs design language such as HTCs ultra pixels concept in s7, the whole body design for iphone 6 and much more.. As a common mobile enthusiatics, i would say HTC 10 is a few edge behind samsungs s7 edge, but its far better than G5.

202. Shocky unregistered

Shush you! reviewing them objectively is not allowed, it's HTC!

209. bassembm

Posts: 143; Member since: Dec 27, 2015

far better than g5 !! tell me exactly how far better is it from G5 ?

222. jeevanand88 unregistered

Give a child S7 edge , HTC 10 and G5. I dont know it will keep other two after. But it will first throw G5 away!! 100%... :D

187. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Awesome awesome review :) #HTC :D

190. sasch

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

I dont know what it is about this phone but I like it, you cant compare it to my s7 edge (Euro) but it has its appeal , its like comparing and Ferari (S7Edge) to the Bat mobile (HTC10). pretty cool even thou the bezel are too big. butt at least you know you can drop it without shattering the back too quick (no guarantee for the front) a it does look robust. it is not special in the spec department even thou i do love some good speakers on my phone, but compromising the size 5.5.to 5.2 is a bit of a difference. then there is the LCD Panel that is incomparable with Samsung panel. camera of cours is not at par with the s7 but it probably better then M7,8or 9, so thats ok. i think i will give it a go for a little while and see how quick i get bored. i still believe they only tested the design and specsheet as a dry run for the Next Nexus Devise. they will likely listen to consumers and make the right changes to build the perfect googlephone this year., well if they are smart that is!

194. chopperpl

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 21, 2016

I have no idea what HTC 10 model you got in US, but the one in Europe topped Antutu benchmarks, and the sound quality blew competition out of the water including iphone 6s. That includes call quality, which was achieved with two mics w/ noise cancelling. The battery was good for day and a half during the review, and most likely would last for two full days for the typical user. There must be something wrong with devices going to US market. The S7 you used for camera testing has lower 1/3 of the sensor all washed out. Your picture comparison table shows S7 as the worse in quality (in lower 1/3 area) from them all. This is wrong! The S7 should be first!

195. chopperpl

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 21, 2016

Forgot to mention... The camspeed app in your table shows the fastest result, and that matches the review of EU model. In the real life test, the reviewer couldn't distinguish what is faster iphone6s or htc 10. I can only think that based on your overall results the HTC unit you were testing must had something running in the background effectively bugging it down. Perhaps the euro version with 4GB of ram makes that much of a difference... Going back to your picture comparison... HTC proves it needs more work with the software, so their pictures look more competitive in camera comparison. But, in your test, pics taken by competitors produced a lot of artifacts that resulted from over sharpening by built-in software. They may look better when you look at them first, but when you look closely on the edges you can tell they actually loose a lot more detail than picture taken by HTC. To be honest, I rather sharpen images myself and retain necessary details than have camera's algorithm do the work for me. I think HTC deserves better score for their effort in this area.

199. drderp

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 21, 2016

Waited a couple months for this phone and it turns out to be crap. Bad display, bad performance, bad speakers, bad camera. Guess I'll head out and get the S7 now. Thanks for the detailed review phonearena.

205. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Actually one heck of a phone. But I would never buy what's available in here, seems to be an understandable move but it is indeed very stupid for me.

208. bassembm

Posts: 143; Member since: Dec 27, 2015

"When did flashy gimmicks become more important in driving sales than a solid foundation? Why did removable batteries, modules, and questionable 'innovations' like edge screens become a more compelling reason to buy one phone over the other? " Removable batteries and modules are questionable innovations by writers standards ,, shame for such an uneducated racist writer to write a review for bunch of great devices .

211. bassembm

Posts: 143; Member since: Dec 27, 2015

How the hell that Geekbench 3 multi-core score near SD810 and ip6s ,, far behind s7 and G5 !! I think this performance review is not accurate since the device scored 5257 Geekbench 3 multi-core on gsmarena.com and 154031 antutu .

213. ozzzy

Posts: 18; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Chris, it's not Sense 6, it's Sense 8! LOL

216. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

LOL, I wasn't even close there, was I? :(

215. GeekMovement unregistered

Glad to see that HTC's back!

220. leftheodo

Posts: 108; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

HTC gave life to Android back in the early days. They produced legendary phones like the HD2, Nexus One, G1, EVO 4g etc. I'm glad they are back. As much as I love my S7 edge, I think the HTC 10 is the better phone...

224. szaboagoston

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

Looks like the screen is a bit dim. I don't understand - HTC has made great LCD displays in the past. I don't care about quadHD but the screen has to be bright, and by that I meen 500+ nits.

226. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Making conclusions on outdoor visibility based on brightness alone is a lot alike to concluding that more megapixels necessarily mean better detail with cameras. It's more complicated than that, which is why these measurements are meant to be used as guides, not a be-all, end-all. I'll give you an example with a popular misconception about our measurements as far as Super AMOLED displays are concerned. Whereas Samsung has previously advertised those as capable of over 800 nits of brightness, we've been trying to set the record straight in this regard for a long while now. The only way a Super AMOLED display can get this bright is when a tiny portion of it is lit on, meaning the rest of the panel is displaying black (pixels are turned off). I know because we've specifically tested for this. It's a bit like saying that you can do a double somersault but only if it's a full moon on the third Saturday of May every other year. It's so unlikely as to be irrelevant. On the other hand, given that we use 100% white to test for brightness, there's an implicit disadvantage for AMOLED displays compared to LCDs, as the former require a lot of power to display so much white (the costliest color for an AMOLED to display). Now throw in other variables, such as display reflectivity and technologies like Samsung's dynamic-contrast-whatever-they-call-it feature—which tweaks a whole crapolla of stuff when the sun is bright—and you can see how hard data can be misleading. That's why we use baselines when commenting on outdoor visibility, such as using an incredibly outdoor-friendly phone for comparison. In the end, as with any benchmark, the numbers can only get you so far in understanding performance.

235. lynzb86

Posts: 3; Member since: May 10, 2016

yes.. and it seems to me the selfie camera have not enough resolution

225. itsrajib

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

move the fingerprint scanner to the back and put the htc logo here. I'll go HTC...

227. johnny_cypher

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

One solid phone from HTC since classic M7, I can't wait to have it!

230. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Interesting that the HTC 10 is rated at 9 here while the Xiaomi Mi 5 is only 7.5. I would prefer the Xiaomi myself for 2 reasons: 1. Much better battery life. 2. Much less expensive to buy outright, which is my preference. Just shows that these ratings reflect personal preferences rather than anything objective. Obviously if your criteria are different than mine, such as wanting a high end camera or whatever, then you will rate the HTC phone higher. Personally, I would never give a very high rating to phones that are so expensive yet deliver only average battery life.

234. lynzb86

Posts: 3; Member since: May 10, 2016

the overall life with xiaomi is not good. cheap things have reasons to be cheap.

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