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HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Introduction


We've come to know the HTC 10 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge pretty well, and it's been our pleasure pretty much every step of the way. These are two of our favorite Android phones right now.

They're quite different, though. Real different, in fact. High and mighty, the Galaxy S7 edge continues along the tangent of established Samsung philosophy in terms of hardware and software design, and the same goes for struggling HTC and its flagship 10.

How do they differ, and can we conclude that one bests the other overall? Dig in to find out.

Design


Featuring an aluminum body, the HTC 10 is a sight to behold in a rather mannish type of way. It honestly feels like a man's tool, not a toy. It's also different from its predecessors, with capacitive navigation keys, and none of them front-firing BoomSound speakers.

HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

If we were to extend the macho metaphor a little bit further, we could say that while the HTC 10 feels like your typical, American muscle-type car, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is the slick, electrical BMW i8 that has a more futuristic, but also unisex appeal. A blend between glass and metal, the S7 edge is thinner and a bit lighter, but also bigger and offering perks such as IP68-certification, meaning it's dust-tight and water-resistant. While not as protected, the HTC 10 is at least splash-resistant. 

When it comes to objective factors, such as ergonomics, we're conflicted. The S7 edge offers better grip due to the glass backplate, but it's also larger and the edge screens don't help ergonomics at all. The HTC 10 also has a nicely ridged power button on the right, and its volume rocker is more easily accessible. In comparison, reaching the volume keys on the S7 edge may be a bit of a stretch.


HTC 10
5.74 x 2.83 x 0.35 inches
145.9 x 71.9. x 9 mm
5.68 oz (161 g)

HTC 10

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
5.94 x 2.86 x 0.3 inches
150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm
5.54 oz (157 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Display


HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

After years of sticking to smaller displays with lower resolutions than its rivals—which wasn't necessarily a bad thing—HTC is finally beefing up on the specs with the 10. Packing a 5.2-inch LCD display with a Quad HD (1440 x 2560) resolution, the HTC 10 nevertheless doesn't offer as much screen real estate as the the Galaxy S7 edge and its spacious, 5.5-inch AMOLED panel with the same pixel count. Rest assured that both provide an incredible level of detail – more so, in fact, than needed.

The Galaxy S7 edge wins out in terms of brightness —both at the top and low end. Peaking at over 490 nits and managing as little as 2 nits, Samsung's flagship overshadows the HTC 10, which is slightly dimmer when it has to be bright, and brighter when it has to be dim.

Finally, it ought to be mentioned that the Galaxy S7 edge has an Always-On display feature, meaning it will display information even when the phone is sleeping—information such as the time and date, or your calendar. However, since this drains the battery and is of questionable use, we're unwilling to shoot some extra points over to Samsung's camp over this one.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
HTC 10 432
(Good)
7
(Good)
1:1594
(Excellent)
7442
(Good)
2.13
2.62
(Good)
5.11
(Average)
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 493
(Good)
2
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
6586
(Excellent)
2.03
1.47
(Excellent)
2.62
(Good)
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posted on 09 Jun 2016, 07:42 1

1. osanilevich (Posts: 286; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)


Can't recall the last time I've seen a phone comparison with a clear cut winner. Both great phones though, can't go wrong with either

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 07:55 8

3. Chris.P (Posts: 567; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Exactly. Personally, I'd go with the HTC 10, but that's just my subjective preference. Objectively, the Galaxy S7 edge is just as good, and even better in some areas (e.g. I really like its camera).

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 07:54 2

2. jeevanand88 (unregistered)


"HTC 10 feels like your typical, American muscle-type car, the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge would be the slick electrical BMW i8 that has a more futuristic, but also unisex appeal. A blend between glass and metal, the S7 edge is thinner and a bit lighter, but also bigger and offering perks such as IP68-certification, meaning it's dust-tight and water-resistant"
It pretty much says everything!! indeed i8 is sleeky, futuristic & feels nice, but no one can hate american muscle cars never!! Sometimes being rough is the sexiest!! ;) I Love s7 edge, at the same time I can't hate HTC 10, never ;)...

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 08:02 2

4. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 586; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


S7 for usefulness.

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 08:07 1

5. Jimrod (Posts: 1447; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


That's a strange reason, how is it more useful? Not being a weirdo or anything but it's not like it can do the dishes or iron your clothes, aside from that both phones run Android and pretty much do exactly the same thing?? I understand styling preference etc...

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 08:21 8

7. ibend (Posts: 6675; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


its much more usefull for me, since it have:
- better camera
- wireless charging
- water-resistant
- always on display
- tons of extra feature from touchwiz

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 08:42 9

10. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Because S7 packs much more features inspite both being android.

Water & Dust Resistant

Bigger and better battery. (check Gsmarena for more true-er battery life stats)

Bigger and better display.

Much for feature packed software ie Edge screen, multi-window, easy to access quick toggles, UPSM, Custom skins, Samsung Pay etc. Plus loads of freebies Samsung gives.

Arguably better camera.

Wireless Charging.

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 09:28 5

14. FluffyBled (Posts: 542; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


Even Vulkan API right out of the box (Even though not many games use it yet!)!

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 09:32 3

15. Jimrod (Posts: 1447; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


Water resistance is a big bonus for sure.

Battery life, I'll go with iPhonearena's results since GSMarena said the S6 Edge had great battery life and my friend's one is far worse than my iPhone 6. It really made me doubt the validity of many of these tests... People now say the S6E has bad battery life and that the S7 is much better - but they were saying the S6E was great when it came out so I don't really trust the fanboys to be honest.

Bigger display - but bigger phone, my iPad has a bigger display too, I wouldn't call it a plus, just what's expected from a bigger device. It may well be better but it doesn't seem to be a huge difference and many say having the "Edge" isn't exactly all plusses either, reflections etc.

Wireless charging - it just charges through the air? Or do you have to put it on a charging mat, plugged in with a wire? Because if that's the case then it's pretty redundant and saves about two seconds over plugging the phone in with a cable.

Better camera I'd agree, not sure what the firmware updates have done to the HTC though and I didn't notice any mention of having them done in the review.

Software I'll take your word on, not used Android aside from on some tablets that family use. Is the latest Touchwiz as good as HTC's more stripped back Android though? I'm interested in the HTC 10 mini to replace my iP6 if it's as good as rumoured, shame there's no S7 under 5", I did try the A5 when I was looking before I bought my iP6 but it felt laggy as soon as I picked it up in the shop so I put it straight back. :\

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 11:48 1

22. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Bigger display yet smaller phone. The 5.5" S7 is smaller than the 5.5" iPhone. So you have an iPhone per your own admission, yet the S7 is smaller and you're saying its bigger? I'm confused!

Wireless Charging? ALL WIRELESS CHARGING option will require something to be plugged into the wall. Every-time you say what you say, it sounds dumb. I am not saying wireless charging offers a huge benefit over wired charging. But what you are saying is unfair and unreasonable. Is it redundant? Sure in can be. But lets say you go to a cafe and you dont have your charger and your phone is dying, then what? Many of them have wireless chargign pads and since the Galaxy S is compatible with both standards, there is a 99.9% change you can still charge it up.

As far as battery-life? I agree with you someone on the S6 Edge battery-life. However from my experience when I had it, it was terrible at first. After I reset the phone, I turned off things I don't need. For example, Samsung installed an app that optimizes apps, I also had an app installed that did the same. I turned off the Samsung one. I also turned off redundant apps. Like, I use Outlook for all my email. So I turn off syncing for GMAIL and the built-in client because all 3 were checking my mail.

After removing apps, that has lots of services, that were redundant, I managed to get a full 13 hours of usage.

Also consider this. I spent last summer at Disney. AT 3 of the parks we spent 12hours. Now I tried my best to conserve as much battery as possible knowing I couldn't charge my edge up. I lowered the display to its lowest setting, I turned off WiFi and Location Services. All I did was snap photos and I recorded all my videos in 4K. And yet it managed nearly 13 hours of being on only dropping to 10% after doing a last video one night.

Some people just install everything on their phone even if they dont need it. Most people I see could use the S with what it comes with, without adding anything other than a few games.

On my Note 5, I removed ever possible app I didnt need that was redundant. I turn off sync for apps that I dont want using location services all the time and pulling notification. I dont need all that stuff updating until I actually open them. I get 2 full 24hour days of usage from my Note 5.

The phone usually isnt the problem, the user usually is. Why not help your friend with his S6 and find out where he could be loosing so much power.

Also, using someones elses experience with a product as a metric for your own usage is dumb. No 2 people use a product the same. Just because they are having dismal battery-life, doesn't mean you will.

There are thousands of articles and videos on how to save battery-life, without hampering the usefulness of yoru phone. Also comparing a full-fledged phone with an iPhone as far as battery drainage is also dump. The iPhone doesn't offer the features, hardware prowness or capabilities as the Galaxy S.

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 11:29

20. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Sounds like - I hate Samsung please explain your reasons for liking a better phone.

All Samsung phones are more useful vs most other Android brands because Samsung offers features "no other phone can match".

I dare you to show many any Android phone for the same price which pack all the same features. In fact, no one should even have needed to answer the question you asked, because I know you read PA everyday and you know full well what features Samsung phones have.

No phone sold by ANY OEM period, offers all the major benefits in one device. The Galaxy S with its features is easily an $800+ phone, yet starts at $649.

NONE of the phones at $640, I don't care the brand, doesn't matter if they are local or otherwise offer what the S7 does:

Largest battery in its class with only the S active being larger
Largest display with highest resolution and PPI
Wireless charging
Wireless fast charging
IP68 Dust/Water proofing
Splitscreen
floating windows
expandable storage
fast auto-focus in the world
best camera phone in its class
comes with over $200 in free apps
and the list can go on for days if you mentioned everything.

I mean if you really don't like Samsung, why are you always in their articles?

Oh and before you play the "I hate Apple card"? I don't hate Apple. I do hate their cheap, hypocritical ways and how they rip off customers with pricing vs what they give.

Considering, Apple costs for an iPhone is $220 while the S7 is $280. Look how much more $60 gets you. Even if Apple did much of the same, at similar costs, they would still have insane profit margin due to lots of factors...like the fact they source out everything.

I don't fully support pricing gouging tech companies. Example, after Windows 98SE and Office 2000, I refused to buy another version of Windows/Office until MS changed their pricing to be reasonable for the very vague upgrades of either. I didn't BUY Windows until 7 and office until 2014.

This is what we all should do, no matter what brand we like. When brands don't listen to the people who buy their products, the don't keep buying them. Send a message with your wallet. All OEM's have failed in this matter, but none are as bad as some of them.

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 08:11 1

6. jellmoo (Posts: 2035; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


For my money: In the US, the HTC 10 is the better device. Elsewhere, the S7 edge is the better device.

That being said, the margin of difference between the two is so small that it largely doesn't matter.

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 08:21 1

8. Eclectech (Posts: 253; Member since: 01 May 2013)


Both phones are great. I previously had the Galaxy S6, but opted for the HTC 10 as its replacement. I have absolutely no regrets. I love it!

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 08:24

9. Usualsuspect (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jun 2016)


As someone who owns both I tend to lean towards my HTC 10. The level of customization paired with an unlockable bootloader and expedient updates insures that I'll always have a good experience with it software wise. Plus on a day by day usage the 10 just zips through everything without a hiccup, and since I listen to music for about 8-10 hours a day it helps that the audio on the 10 is noticeably richer.

I've found that in my S7E the one thing I use it most for is pictures, but I do the same with my 10 as well. While I'm the eyes of most the Samsung will win the beauty pageant to me the HTC 10 takes it with its industrial look. Plus in my mind it looks more professional. Nothing like pulling out a sleek all metal phone that isn't overly big, or have a UI that looks toyish. Not to take away from the S7E, the 10 just looks better overall. Plus it feels more durable, and although people say the price is high forget that the HTC 10 comes with a killer warranty that also covers rooted phones, Samsung doesn't even cover water damage even though it claims the S7E is water resistant and pushes the hell out of that feature in all their advertisements, plus glass to me just isn't durable, regardless if it's GG4, it still is prone to cracks and thebS7E isn't a cheap phone to repair unlike HTC and their warranty.

I know it's not really an issue but I've gotten higher multiform scores on geek bench than what you guys got mine averages in the 5k srea consistently.

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 08:44 1

11. Dr.SamX (Posts: 191; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)


After sticking with Samsung for many years, I decided to go with the HTC 10 and I must say i really LOVE HTC's software-approach!
It is minimalistic and very close to stock, yet with perfect tweaks here and there!
WELL DONE HTC!

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 08:58

12. PhoneCritic (Posts: 923; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Both ( along with the Nexus 6p) are the cream of the crop, for Android powered devices, and no one will be let down by either, As a former HTC M8 owner I must say what I really liked about the M8 was "Boom Sound" but I hated its 4mp Camera set up. Also, as a former Samsung S4 owner what I loved about it was it's camera and what I hated was Touchwiz. However I found that I could live with a heavy skin as long as I had a superior camera.

When the S6 Edge was release and I actually got to use it and saw how much lighter Touchwiz became and the beast of a Camera it had I was sold and actually sold my Lovely M8 for the S6. I love the S6 but I must admit I do miss "Boom sound" If I had one wish for the android manufactures that could be granted is that Google would commission a device that would use HTC design language, Samsung SoC's, memory and Displays, Sony's camera sensors, Hauiwau (I know thats spelled wrong sorry) price point, Motorola's toughness and so on and son on. Imagine if the best of all the oems were combined to make a super device. However, all in all both Manufactures have done a excellent Job. May I say welcome Back HTC and Samsung keep pushing the R&D, the innovations because it has paid off big time.

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 09:11 2

13. RichBrownsDesk (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Jun 2016)


I'm quite sure that with either phone, I would find reasons to love it and brag about it being the best. However, given a choice, I've grown so accustomed to wireless charging, I could never choose the HTC without wireless charging over the S7 Edge with it.

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 11:29

19. Vagabondjonez (Posts: 98; Member since: 21 Jan 2016)


Wireless charging is neat, but in practice it's not as practical as traditional charging .

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 12:57

23. RichBrownsDesk (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Jun 2016)


In my practice, yes it is. Because I keep the wireless charger on my desk, after noticing that when I'm working, I always took my phone out of my pocket and placed it on my desk. So it occurred to me, why not let the phone be charging while it's sitting on my desk? The charging platform makes that possible.

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 09:56

16. XDAdam (Posts: 210; Member since: 03 Feb 2016)


Anyone have the blue/orange wallpaper thats featured on the HTC10 in this article?

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 10:09 1

17. Shocky (unregistered)


HTC 10 display brightness is pathetic for a 2016 phone.

I'm more interested in the OnePlus 3 with 128GB internal, 6GB Ram, 3650 mAh battery with SN820.

Seems like a much better deal than any of these, I just hope the cameras good.

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 13:04

24. RichBrownsDesk (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Jun 2016)


I had the original Oneplus One and loved it. But, while tempting, I think the things that would keep me from buying the Three are: no wireless charging (which I've come to depend on) and a 1080 p screen. I've gotten to be quite fond of VR, and a 1080 p screen has to be just horribly grainy with any VR goggles.

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 14:35

25. Shocky (unregistered)


1080p is fine for for 5.5" display.

I'm not interested on their VR solution, Gear VR was fun for a bit but it got old fast and barely gets used now.

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 19:04

28. RichBrownsDesk (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Jun 2016)


I never said you cared about VR. I said I do.

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 11:05

18. Vagabondjonez (Posts: 98; Member since: 21 Jan 2016)


Yeah the brightness is unacceptable for a 2016 flagship, but in practice the 10 still quite usable outside. Considering that the m9 has an overall higher brightness, the 10 has a low reflectivity. My battery life actually hasn't really impressed me yet. I'm guessing that because of the heat generated by such a sharp and large display they had to make a compromise on the output. This actually cam be fixed with a software update.

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 11:34

21. jeroome86 (Posts: 2100; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


2 great phones. One has water resistant but fragile glass. The other has premium build but falls short in other areas. Like what HTC did with the software. Still prefer a 5.5 screen though.

posted on 09 Jun 2016, 15:22 1

26. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 2176; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


I'll go with the HTC 10 because of unlocked bootloader and custom roms and overall user experience.

posted on 10 Jun 2016, 00:57

29. chebner (Posts: 236; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I think your HTC 10 is defective. In all your reviews and shootouts you say the call quality on the 10 isn't that great with occasional crackling of the voice on the other end. I definitely can't say the same about mine. I've had the EVO 4G, EVO 3D, EVO 4G LTE, One M8, and now the 10. All of them, except for maybe the 3D had great call quality, especially the M8 because it was using one of the stereo speakers.

The call quality on my 10 is better than all of them, even the One M8. When the other end is ringing it is kind of quiet and difficult to hear in a noisy room. But once the other end connects, it comes through loud and clear.

posted on 10 Jun 2016, 08:33

30. RichBrownsDesk (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Jun 2016)


Glad you got a good one, but this isn't the first I've heard of this. I've seen at least two other reviews that say the call quality on the HTC 10 is sub-par.

posted on 13 Jun 2016, 08:05

31. Schmao (Posts: 365; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


Now if they could sell these for $200 cheaper, we'd be in business. Smartphones are great pieces of technology, but they are incredibly overpriced.

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