Call quality

The HTC 10 call quality is nothing to shout from the rooftops about, but it does the conversational job. The earpiece in particular proved inferior than the microphone, with voices being accompanied by occasional crackling and static. The mic, on the other hand, while relaying cleaner sound, leaves something to be desired in terms of strength pick-up.

Call volume with the G5 is very good on both ends, and people's voices are recognizable even if one were to blindly answer calls. On the downside, these voices sound a tad flat and robotic. Thankfully, the earpiece is large enough to ensure that even as you shift the G5's position over your ear, you're still getting audible convos.


With a 3000 mAh battery, the HTC 10 scored 7 hours and 10 minutes in out proprietary test, which is a commendable achievement, especially compared to the previous editions in the line. That result is not far off the Galaxy S7, and will have your phone last the proverbial day and a half with moderate usage. You can perhaps eke out HTC's promised two-day battery, but only if you tap the phone occasionally.

The HTC 10 does comes with a Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0-compliant, 2.5A charger, but that gets it 100 minutes of charge to full – hardly an outstanding achievement, but not too shabby either. For comparison, the G5 is able to juice up for 75 minutes only, though it does have a smaller, 2800 mAh battery.

That smaller juicer, and the powerful components, make LG's phone battery prowess quite middling. It eked out only 5 hours and 51 minutes of screen-on time in our standardized test, so it will probably get you through the day, and that's that. On the plus side, you can carry a spare, and swap at convenience.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
HTC 10 7h 10 min (Good)
LG G5 5h 51 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
HTC 10 100
LG G5 76


The HTC 10 is the finest phone in a line that was getting a bit long in the tooth, with no real weaknesses that are worth mentioning. It's well-designed, with fast software, much improved camera, and a traditional stress on audio prowess. The LG G5, however, often does better in most scenarios that matter, save for the battery endurance, which is an issue that its modular design may help overcome.

HTC priced its creation a tad higher than the G5, but given that LG has had its puppy on the market for a little while, the tags will likely even out later on. Overall, HTC produced a very good all-around device, while LG tried a bit too hard to set the G5 apart with the modular design concept. Of the two, the HTC 10 is the smartphone we'd go for, but most of the time, the G5 offers a pretty comparable experience.

HTC 10


  • Clean Android overlay
  • Better build quality



  • Well-balanced photos
  • Swappable battery



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


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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