HTC 10 Review
Call quality with the HTC 10 is okay. The earpiece in particular proved inferior than the microphone, with voices being accompanied by occasional cracking sound artifacts, and overall sound as if the caller has a sore throat.
Kind of surprisingly, the situation on the other end is highly similar, if slightly better. Once again, our voice was transmitted as if we were just getting over a cold, though our callers were spared the sound aberrations that we had to live with on our side.
Given the measly competition in this area, it's fair to say that the HTC 10 nevertheless did better than the average.
While flagship HTC devices have never been the best when it comes to longevity, they've been consistently middle-of-the-pack. Not a compliment, sure, but neither is it something to hold against them.
In everyday usage, you can expect the HTC 10 to handle anywhere between a day/day-and-a-half, depending on how much you stress the device. If it's just light browsing and some IM here and there, no games, you can probably even make it to a second day. If you game regularly, however, you'll feel like overnight charges are a must for peace of mind. These impressions are corroborated by our custom battery life test, which had the HTC 10 dead after 7 hours and 10 minutes—a highly competitive result in the current climate.
Speaking of these overnight charges, the HTC 10 comes with a Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0-compliant, 2.5A charger. In our testing, it takes 100 minutes for the HTC 10 to get from zero all the way back to full, which isn't as impressive as the LG G5's 76 minutes or the Galaxy S7's 88 minutes. For what it's worth, however, HTC's claim that you can get 50% of juice in 30 minutes held up in our testing, as long as we're talking about the first 50% of course.
Battery life (hours) Higher is better
HTC 10 7h 10 min (Good)
Huawei P9 6h 51 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 6s 8h 15 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S7 6h 37 min (Average)
LG G5 5h 51 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
HTC 10 100
Huawei P9 146
Apple iPhone 6s 150
Samsung Galaxy S7 88
LG G5 76
How did we get here? 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? And when did we stop caring about great execution—great execution in all matters?
Despite bleeding money, HTC continues to refuse to play that game, and reminds us that it's a company that has its own style, its own way of doing things. Some may be quick to argue that this is proof of inability just as much as anything else, but we disagree. No matter how much pessimism we try to infuse into our thinking, the HTC 10 strikes us as a device built to specification. HTC wanted it to be that way.
What the HTC 10 isn't? It isn't a toy. It's not pretty or flashy. Instead, it's a tool. And it's built like one. A tool to get the job done and then stay out of the way instead of wasting your time with gimmicks. This cut-through-the-nonsense approach is seriously a breath of fresh air, and a departure from the cookie-cutter Android mentality of the day. And as paradoxical as it may come across as, the HTC 10's lack of 'innovative' features is the basis of its allure for us. Sue us, we'd be happier being seen flipping the 10 out at a business meeting than any other Android phone on the market right now.
- Alluring, macho design
- Great build quality
- Leading fingerprint scanner implementation
- No-nonsense software
- Extremely smooth performance
- Default keyboard disappoints
- No LTE support for Sprint (yet)
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- Battery 3000 mAh(27h 3G talk time)