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

47. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Stephen, just listen to what you said: *Noise-canceling earbuds aren't quite as impressive as they could be *Edge Sense feels over-engineered (for what could be just a button) *Fancy audio-recording features difficult to appreciate How many and what phone come bundles with earbuds like that? Yes and no Fancy? No other phone has done that and implemented on a little device as smartphone. Maybe the problem lies in appreciation in general after all. Ok I don't fancy much design. Hate they took out the jack, because Iphone did the same but at least there is way to implement simultaneous charge and music stream through adaptor. This phone has best in class camera. In top 3 Pixel, HTC and Samsung. It has best in class audio experience. Maybe best in class selfie camera which I don't use anyway a lot. I am too hansom. Combined with good screen this phone is superb package. And look to the battery management, performance to. phone arena reviews famous for being inconsistent, nonconstructive and favourable. A stage where mystery takes the stage over the logic and reason. I would give it 8.8 if not 9 for all very strong points for HTC U11 has. I am glad none reviews can dodge on specs. The rest will show off in time via social media, forums personal user experiences.

50. sumpil

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 02, 2016

how can it score lower than the HTC One M9 ?

51. Iyus76

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

Serius... I though u11 easyly get above 8.5 score!

122. snoopy831002

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 02, 2017

u11 should get 9

53. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I'm torn... Edge Sense seems like a ridiculously overthought gimmick, but it doesn't detract from the rest of the device which seems pretty darn good. I'm not quite sure how this scores lower than the G6 which is $100 more expensive (at least here in Canada).

55. Hama22

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Did they just turn a bunch of pros into cons just because why not?

59. Vagabondjonez

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

How would they even know how impressive realtime noise canceling headphones could be like they've seen the future? These cons are pretty forced.

64. SmartTech

Posts: 2; Member since: May 15, 2017

All The Camera Comparison You Need Are Here : youtube.com/watch?v=u-53p9Ld16o&list=PLrG0weJF_uB-​q8himb_aF0FltfJRrsfV2

66. Hoomanr

Posts: 2; Member since: May 18, 2017

Look,u11 s benchmark is more than s8and its about 178000...check it in youtube...an i can't understand if s8 is better than u11 how u11 is faster than s8?and i can't believed your information about display... Beacuas u ultra was better than u11...how it can possible?? U r htc and sony s hater...

67. sintruder

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

How the f**k is design a con??? So if I like the design and buy the phone, then is it a con for me? It's f**king personal preference. The most misleading review I have seen

72. TechGirl90 unregistered

I agree, it's completely and utterly stupid!

71. DBoss

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 18, 2017

In an ERA of total revamping of phone design, 8.2 rating is still a good rating for HTC U11 with a boring form factor. no 3.5mm jack, no dual camera, not even an attempt for bezelless display... in my opinion 8.2 rating is more for HTC U11.

75. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Love me some bezels. I need bezels in my life. Screw slim bezels.

108. jeffreymais1013

Posts: 5; Member since: May 24, 2017

are you sure it's the ERA? think about millions of handsets in China, none of them are actually trying this. The only influential company that makes bezelless flagship is Samsung, one model only. G6 can't even make any difference to the market right now. So i'm pretty sure it isn't the era yet.

76. derywine

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 01, 2017

Honestly @PhoneArena this is absurd!! How shameless can you be to post such a biased review?? Why cant you give credit where its due??? A phone this good should atelast get a 9 but 8.2....!!!! U guys should be ashamed and should pull down this review or more appropriatelt the s**tty shallow minded wit reviewer who put this up. For a compant that is innovating to get such a bashing surely its absurd. Just so you know.......THE JOKE IS ON YOU!!!! Read the Comments and judge for yourselves!!!! Mtsswhhh

77. Joms_US

Posts: 200; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

Put that worthless Cr@pple logo and this will easily get 9.5. Am I right iCrapArena?

81. rakel.kiki83

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 01, 2017

This is like the worst review ever. You say the design it's not enough other competitors. Did you see the phone for real? Are your eyes ok? Which device have a surface like the one of the U11? Maybe CUT THE SCREEN with rounded corner it's futuristic, it's not. It's lay to people cutting videos and photos. If that's the future, I am out! The phone is full of innovation, camera, sound, material, squeeze,... but look like you think it's not important and other phones with less great things are better. Definitely you don't have a criteria at all.

87. waazzupppl

Posts: 4; Member since: May 16, 2017

Is it just me or do they need to seriously look at making an "adjusted rating" system for older devices. I keep seeing people say that the M8 got a 9 and the iPhone blah got a 10, etc... The problem is, back when many of these reviews were done, 3.2MP cameras were the rage and we were lucky to see a 800x480 screen in a device. Face it, a review number doesn't mean anything anymore, it's all about the pro's and con's to the device and how it works for you. Take a look at what you use the device for the most. If it's the camera, the U11 needs to be at the top of your list. If it's enjoying music, the U11 needs to be at the top of your list. If it's watching movies, the U11 needs to be at the top of your list - wait, what? Yes, due to Samsung and LG's 18:9 profiles, your 16:9 content is actually LARGER on the U11 than it is on the S8 or G6... Check the numbers if you don't believe me. Overall the U11 checked so many boxes for my needs that I can't imagine another phone working so well for me.

90. darksantacruz

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 09, 2014

I am not a fanboy but PA come on this phone deservers clearly a 9. The cons are ridiculous just an example: "Noise-canceling earbuds aren't quite as impressive as they could be" -> and probably no other smartphone brand will show better...

91. darksantacruz

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 09, 2014

And come on it has the best battery on flagships, one of the best cameras if not the best, the best audio but PA gives it a 8.2 this is really strange and as I have seen one of the best roms out there but for Samsung ( and I am sick and tired of seeing only news about samsung s8 and s8+ here) and iPhones as well the scores are really high. This for a website specialized in smartphones is really bad.

92. shamrock_sean

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

There is nothing 'dated' about this phones looks

97. illregal

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Guess I need to stop coming to phonearena.

98. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

8.2? - This LCD is better than one on iphone 7+ - Better photos and videos than S8 - Way better sound - Nice UI - Phone looks nice - Edge Sense seems nice and useful, better than edge screen

99. larrywhorley

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 14, 2016

Oddly, no mention of the two IAs with the phone. Or how you can wake up the phone from across the room. Just a couple of small items to leave out. And yes, your cons are laughable.

100. hazard1

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

These days, I look past the numerical score and look at the comments of the reviewers. Even if I don't think the cons deserve to be flagged, I at least will know to expect that perhaps the noise cancelling ear buds aren't what they are hyped to be, for example. I also compare reviews. But I am not criticizing. I think, score aside, HTC has a good phone here. Perfect? no of course not. But it's amazing what we criticize (bezels?).

103. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

So you trust this guy's ridiculous opinion about headphones..? It's not that hard to watch other reviews and they all say that they produce the best sound you can get inbox. From my expierence, if they are as good as last generation HTC headphones and I'm sure they are and for sure they are also improved and now offer noise cancelling feature they have to sound great. I ditched my 150$ sennheisers for these earbuds. Just don't need to buy them anymore.

104. hazard1

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

Not really. I might be on guard that the headphones are not up to scratch, for example. But as you note, HTC does a good job with headphones. I am trying not to be hypercritical of PA reviews these days, though sometimes they deserve it. It's because my trust is limited that I also read elsewhere.

106. ed_mz1

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 01, 2017

I think HTC deserves credit for making a very good device. The battery, screen, camera, AI's installed is more than enough. The No bloatware is an awesome option on this phone. Too many haters, we'll see which devices hold up better during a drop test. It does deserve a 9.0 at least for features. I don't care for the 18:9 aspect ratio, I think the 16:9 ratio is the best for videos and games. To harsh phone arena, other review sites are not as bias.

107. jeffreymais1013

Posts: 5; Member since: May 24, 2017

LOL iPhonearena. I've never seen such a review could turn a phone's revolutionary pros into cons, and score it rather low compared to other 2017 flagships. admit it, you're just too obsessed with either Apple or Samsung to take HTC objectively.

110. eemix

Posts: 2; Member since: May 06, 2015

Doesn't care much about reviewer's rating. But comparing to G6 (at least) and by what the reviewer say about U11 ,it is clear he is not objective giving 82... Personally i need as better camera as i can have, visibility under Greek sun, battery which can hold a heavy duty day... Without having any of those 2, (i don;t like S8 (at all) because of fingerprint sensors position and edge screen) HTC will be a clear choise..... LG G6 has a slightly better look. Where else is it superior?
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