HTC 10 Review: Key Features
Although HTC consistently makes knock-out flagship smartphones, they've done little to stand apart from the cell phone giants like Apple, Samsung, and Google. That's a shame, because the HTC 10 is in many ways better than its more popular competition, but fails to move as many phones in the market by a considerable margin.
As a third-party Android offering from Taiwan and not nearly as much brand power as the aforementioned titans of the industry, it's easy to overlook HTC.
I'm here to tell you that the HTC 10 is worth your time and, despite a higher than average asking price, worth your money. Let's dive right into why you should consider purchasing an HTC 10.
The HTC 10 has a full aluminum unibody that stands 5.7" tall, with a 5.2" display. It's thicker than most smartphones these days, and the metal chassis makes it heavier to hold (it's nearly half of a pound, but it's surprising when compared to a much lighter iPhone).
Don't let that dissuade you, however, the HTC is an incredibly stunning phone. The aluminum body and clean, minimalistic exterior make it one of the more pleasing devices to look at, especially in white. The back is cool to the touch, and the curved edges add a nice touch of class and comfort while holding.
The HTC 10 is also extremely snappy and responsive, with one of the best touchscreens we've ever seen. Using the Android Marshmallow operating system, which is relatively free of bloatware and unnecessary preloaded apps, you can expect a seamless experience. Coupled with an improved processor and 4GB of RAM, games, and apps will open in a matter of seconds and run without any sluggishness or choppiness. On the 2560 x 1440 quad-HD resolution display, anything those games and videos will look crisp and crystal clear.
An often overlooked function of smartphones is the audio. Let's be honest for a moment: how often do you watch a video or jam out to tracks without headphones on? HTC has taken that into account with BoomSound, which overhauls audio performance with or without headphones plugged in.
The magic comes with the Hi-Res earbuds packaged with the HTC 10. The device supports Hi-Res music files and attempts upscale lower resolution tunes, too, making for a fantastic listening experience. A greater degree of nuance can be heard in the audio--it's something you have to hear to really understand.
Overall, the HTC 10 comes with a lot of the standard features and capabilities you've come to expect from a flagship phone. Apps launch quickly with the tap of a finger, and there's enough customization to satisfy most. The front and rear cameras have superb auto focusing and are solid for snapping pics. The battery life is still lacking, and we wish the interface had a bit more sophistication to it.
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