HTC U11 Review

Does HTC's U11 prove to be a worthy successor to one of the most loved smartphone lineages around? You're about to find out.
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149 Comments

95. illregal

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

You mean the samsung ones that come with the s8? Because those are crap samsung headphones. Not akg, that was a samsung lie.

16. c.y.a.n.i.d.e

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 08, 2014

8.2?!?!?!?!?! I would give it 100000 out of 10 and I was expecting something around 9.3 or so!!!WTF!!!

17. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

iPhone 7S will come out with its dated looks and it will get 8.8+ iPhone 7S will come out with its truly s**tty earbuds which are never mentioned in any review but somehow HTC's are and even considered a con. You have give the phone a con for a feature that works but because it wont be appreciated much its a con. Seriously, your reviews are going from bad to epicly s**t.

34. Bankz

Posts: 2545; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The ip8 will most probably obliterate every other phone on the market come september, weather you like to believe it or not.

54. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

There still will be iPhone 7S with its outdated looks and PA will definitely give it an 8.8+ Read what I am writing.

43. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

Yeah. Iphone looks dated since i6, very ugly. Iphone SE looks nice. Avarage cam, avarage sound, no stereo for videos ...

18. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Htc U11 is uniquely great. It has very practical and unique features compared to S8 and G6 but those two got 9 and 8.7 respectively. You can't give so much points to design as it is completely a user preference factor. But you can't deny that BOOM sound is better than single weak speaker, No bloatware vs full of bloatware, great camera equal or better to S8, edge sense is better than Bixby or edge display menu, Price $750 vs $650. And strictly speaking I guess HTC U11 is very stable and smoother than S8 or G6. Oh the G6 only has SD 821 ans 32GB storage yet it got 8.7??? And what about 4 microphones which gives you sound focusing capability compared to only 2 mics on S8 and G6??? And U11 has the best battery life between those 3 phones. PA, get your s**t together..

27. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Piyath , how is your dream of owning a galaxy S8 coming along? maybe 2022 youll definitely be able to buy one. Like how you purchased the iPhone 5s in 2017. LOL

42. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

No matter how much u hate S8, touchwiz or the so called bloatware, touchwiz is still better than the stock android. It just seems like one different OS.

20. chhau

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 01, 2017

So one of the cons is the noise cancellation earbuds aren't as impressive as it could be? Tell me which other phone comes bundled with earbuds with noise cancellation at all?! Also 'fancy audio-recording features difficult to appreciate'....really? Again, which other phone has actually tried to innovate in this regard? The cons you have listed sounds alot like trying to find faults with a near perfect phone, in order to justify giving it a lower score than it deserves. This phone has the best camera, best audio, battery life outlasts even the S8+ in your own tests, and yet it's still only a 8.2? How about giving us some transparency on how you scored that 8.2?

23. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Exactly, I don't understand how is it possible that nowadays so many reviewers, who should be objective are clearly Samsung or Apple fanboys. You can't trust those reviews anymore.

26. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

PA is based on diehard samsung and apple fans. Its clear that lately they arent allowed to give any other phone a better or equal review score than their beloved Apple and Samsung. I used to come here a lot and comment a lot. Lately I might come once a week. Now I am sure I will be coming once a month just to see if anything is improved. From its s**tty website layout, from its s**tty mobile version, from its s**tty photo gallery, from its s**tty ads spam, from its s**tty fully biased towards Apple and Samsung reviews. PA you have become a s**thole of phone websites. You can ban me, delete me, I will give 0 f**ks anymore.

44. TechGirl90 unregistered

Did you ever get a warning in your email from these Neanderthals too?

85. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Samsung phones get lower scores vs Apple phones...or are you blind to that fact? Nothing on the market beats the Galaxy S in everything, except the Galaxy Note. But on PA, the S and Note both score lower than the iPhone. So why you bitchin?!

135. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

Depends on which area is, high end Xperia come with noise cancelling. Even old Z2 has noise cancelling support.

136. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

I mean , noise cancelling earphones...

21. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

And this normal 16:9 very popular aspect ratio has it's own advantages over new 18:9 ratio. And this phone doesn't look large by any mean. That's also personal preference. The fact that there are separate capasitive buttons along with a front mounted very fast and accurate finger print alone makes it even or better than the S8 or G6 design where on screen buttons eat up the usable screen real estate in my opinion. And the fact that it has 2 speakers (one in ear piece and one in the bottom) also well worth for me rather than having a weird elongated screen which is not even optimized to content yet. The glare coming from edge display on S8 is very unattractive and annoying too.

86. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What advantages does 16:9 offer over 18:9?

93. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Literally every single tv show, youtube video and any other platform like youtube is based on 16:9

96. illregal

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The question is what does 18:9 offer over 16:9... Absolutely nothing. And im ditching my couple month old g6 for the u11.

102. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

additional app icon in the app drawer. LOL

115. zeus4466

Posts: 21; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

the s8 5.8" 18:9 is equivalent to 5.2" 16:9 for viewing videos and photos, the width is way less than 5.5" 16:9, which is equivalent to 6.2" s8+ size theoratically, and the zero bezels will oblige you to hold the phone from the sides to be able to see all the screen, which is really not that comfortable, and you will have black bezels on all videos and photos, not to mention that the overall area for reading is only around 4% bigger if you don't account the on screen buttons. the 18:9 is just a gimmick and phonearena review did not mention in this article, and did not mention those disadvantages. the 18:9 ratio is the biggest lie of 2017 and reviewers are falling for it. Try to watch a youtube video in normal size on both u11 and s8 and you will understand what I am talking about.

22. arsaliqbal

Posts: 5; Member since: May 16, 2017

pathetic phonearena ....stop these kind of biased review .... get your sh** together .... htc has moved in a right dire ction this time ... now i know why most people dont take your reviews seriously ..thankfully i am one of them

28. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

8.2? Bitch please this at least deserves a 9. The cons are laughable, complaining about noise cancelation and the only ones offers this feature are Sony and HTC? Sure people love to complain for the heck of it. I'm less disappointed now with the U 11 because the one that will be available in my country will come with 6gb ram and 128 gb storage. This phone got amazing specs but omission of the headphone jack is a tough pill to swallow.

31. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

PA writes an article about Bezel-less drama (Bezel-less is not a thing, and here's why it shouldn't be) and it's negative aspect http://www.phonearena.com/news/Bezel-less-is-not-a-thing-and-heres-why-it-shouldnt-be_id94609 and then they have bashed this awesome phone in the following day... What??? LOLZZZ

68. Bankz

Posts: 2545; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Lmao, PA!!! SMH.

33. chaddlesokc

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 18, 2017

8.2 is deplorable ...dated look? Better phone for 2016? What phones look like this in 2016? Getting carried away with the whole bezel-less thing, which no phone is BTW ....This improves on the HTC 10 in pretty much every area. This phone deserves a much better score than this, and you know it. What a joke.

35. Itiskonrad

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

Lol "it has better audio, better camera, better battery life, but the G6 and S8 are better because PRETTY!"

40. TechGirl90 unregistered

LOL IKR!

37. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 151; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Seriously considering this phone
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