Interface

HTC nails clean and common Sense in the ragtag Android overlay business.

The newest Sense 8 interface on the HTC 10 is wrapped around Android Marshmallow, but doesn't change it all that much in terms of looks and functionality, as HTC has taken a more minimalistic approach than in the LG G5's UX 5.0 interface.

Besides flat and colorful Material Design styling, à la Google Nexus, HTC cleaned up the annoying duplicate essential apps that most other manufactures still have in their overlays. You don't get two galleries, to say the least. It still left plenty of customization options, though, like a rich Themes app, and the BlinkFeed homescreen, which integrates news, social media feeds, and contextual awareness, while running smooth as silk. Another interesting new take is the Freestyle layout that allows you to customize the home screen theme by assigning app shortcuts to different stickers, as well as hide app labels altogether and create a sleek theme with shortcuts hidden in plain sight. Cool.


LG introduced a revamped user interface with the G5 and its latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow build, and now calls it UX 5.0 home screen. The whole UI feels a bit more polished than before, but it's not particularly inspiring just yet.


Besides the new coat of paint, LG has tinkered with the functionality, too. There is no app drawer by default, meaning all your apps will be plastered over your homescreen à la iOS. The Dual window split-screen multitasking has also been nixed, as we have a smaller screen real estate to work with now.

Processor and memory



The processor inside the LG G5 and HTC 10 is the same – Snapdragon 820 – and both devices sport 4 GB of RAM. Both phones feel quite speedy, and thanks to the cutting-edge CPU and GPU ticking inside, they can run easily run whatever you may think of.
There are 32GB of storage inside the G5, plus support for a microSD card of up to 200GB, which, however, eschews Android's adoptable storage option, so the phone will always display the internal and added memory as separate entities. The HTC 10 does support adoptable storage, while internal memory can be either 32, or 64 GB.

AnTuTu Higher is better
HTC 10 131088
LG G5 134074
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
HTC 10 3578
LG G5 3515
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
HTC 10 4418
LG G5 4498
JetStream Higher is better
HTC 10 46.453
LG G5 52.218
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
HTC 10 47
LG G5 54.33
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
HTC 10 13
LG G5 17
Basemark OS II Higher is better
HTC 10 1806.33
LG G5 1913
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
HTC 10 2094.33
LG G5 2344
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
HTC 10 4381.33
LG G5 5442

Browser and connectivity

LG and HTC both went with Android's default Chrome browser, and we can't blame them, as Google is constantly working to improve Chrome.


As for connectivity – well, the handsets are loaded with network compatibility and support for most Wi-Fi, Bluetooh, GPS or NFC wireless radio standards under the sun. HTC's phone is the first to support AirPlay, though - an Apple streaming technology – integrated on the system level instead of via a third party app. The HTC 10 does have LTE Cat. 9, though, giving it up to 450 Mbps download speeds, instead of 300 Mbps. Still, the number of LTE bands it covers is less than on the G5, at least for the US carrier versions, where AT&T is conspicuously absent, unless you buy the unlocked 10 version straight from HTC itself. That unlocked version won't grant you access to the Sprint network, too, so you'll have to grab the dedicated carrier version.

Both LG and HTC equipped their flagships with the modern USB Type-C reversible connector, so don't forget to always carry the cable with you when traveling, as you can't charge them with a regular microUSB one. LG, however, supplied a connector with the latest USB 3.1 standard, so file transfers to and from it can be faster.

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26 Comments

1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Can someone tell how these two statements are not contradictory ? 'Outdoors, the HTC 10 tends to be just a bit brighter than its counterpart, but both could do a lot better.' HTC max brightness 372 nits LG G5 max brightness 816 nits Get your sht together, PA.

2. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I was going to jump on that too. Maybe HTC does a better job filtering reflections? Or it was just a typo.

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Highly unlikely. Both are LCDs both are using GG4 and there is not a huge difference in their contrast as well.

7. Dr.SamX

Posts: 240; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Other reviews I have read say the HTC 10'a display is pretty bright. I am starting to wonder if there might be something wrong with how PA measured the 372 nits...

9. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Same with S7 review indeed. Low brightness while other sites report very bright display.

4. Shocky unregistered

I don't understand why they bother testing devices when they completely ignore their own results. It's a clear contradiction which throws the rest of the review into question.

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

PA's testing methodology were never reliable to begin with. They somehow always give lesser brightness score to Super Amoled screens. The score of S7's max brightness is laughable. Much more reliable sites such as DisplayMate gave them almost double in max. brightness. Displaymate said S7 is 24% brighter then S6 while on PA S6 is 25% brighter then S7. Even their battery score for S7/Edge is unbelievable. Almost all the big tech sites have given excellent battery life score to the duo but PA continues to live in denial.

14. talha_16

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

A normal lcd has air gap between glass and the element. In slcd there is no air gap so it looks brighter and increases the visibility

6. talha_16

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

It is because of super lcd .... search the difference between super lcd and ld then you will know

8. Dr.SamX

Posts: 240; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

"Super LCD" is just stupid marketing term like "retina display".

12. talha_16

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

No dude you are totally wrong. Both are good inventions just search about super lcd and you will know. Its not a gimmick and we can see that in Htc 10.... Its brightness level is less than half of what lg offers but still it looks more brighter. Once you know how this technology works you will not find it a gimmick

13. Dr.SamX

Posts: 240; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

So it is brighter by being less bright... Aha^^

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

maybe its some HTC's magic, just Apple's magic that make people said iPhone screen is better than superAMOLED, lol if photometer detect that screen is brighter and give it higher nit score, than human eye will see it brighter too.. and photometer doesnt care about superLCD, OLED, superAMOLED, retina, or whatever, it only care about brightness

18. talha_16

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

Noooo.... it appears to be more bright even when it isnt

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Reflections matter most. No matter how bright in testing conditions it can get, if you go outside and the glass is reflecting much brighter sun and other reflections back, it kills the photons leaving the screen and makes for a muted look, or you cant see the screen at all. Now take a screen that is better at getting the screen photons to your eyes...and even with less brightness it will 'look' brighter.

10. talha_16

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

Htc has serious focus problems with the camera. Someplaces where the focus is accurate the pictures come out real good but i can see that in some places it looks like its not even focusing

15. perfectnine

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

Not sure if you saw Pocketnow's review of the camera with the new update but it seems like they have improved more, although focus at night is still pretty bad.

19. talha_16

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

yes that in the review it is actually pretty good but in this comparison it is pretty bad i would say. Only a few shots are accurate

11. IOSANDROID

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

This is a really bada review specially in the display section. Guys besides your contradictory outdoor visibility statement, there was a lot more to talk about in this fisplays, like how good their contrast levels are and the new technology htc implements on it, this is a seriously unreliable comparison/review

17. jsdechavez

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Faster/Lower logged times both for taking a pic and hdr pic for the LG G5 but lower camspeed scores than the HTC 10? Somebody please enlighten me.

21. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Design/Build- HTC, Display- HTC, UI- HTC, Performance- draw, Camera- LG (but HTC is not too far off), Multimedia- draw (LG Friends vs. HTC's more flexible multimedia capabilities and better built in audio), Call Quality- draw, Battery- HTC (but LG is swappable) scores: HTC- 5 ; LG- 2.5

25. ph00ny

Posts: 2030; Member since: May 26, 2011

How is performance a draw? It looked like it got creamed. Hopefully that's not due to half baked drivers or throttling

22. greenfieid

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 22, 2016

I rarely read their reviews, at this PA is pretty bad..

23. ajith25

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 07, 2016

design of g5 sucks when compared to htc 10. its looking like a body of midrange phone. i liked the features of g5 though.

24. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

I will wait for GSM ARENA's HTC 10 review!

26. paralepiped

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 16, 2015

It is already available.

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