HTC 10 smartphone comes with a 5.2-inch S-LCD 5 display with a 1440x2560 resolution and 565ppi density. From within its surface, the device runs on a Quad-Core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM, the Adreno 530 GPU, and an internal storage of 64GB. There is a microSD card slot for up to 2TB memory expansion. On the back of the device is a 12MP camera with 4K video recording. In front, there is a 5MP camera. The device comes with a non-removable Li-Ion 3,000 mAh battery. Color options available include Carbon Gray, Topaz Gold and Glacier Silver. Upon release, the HTC 10 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS.
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The HTC 10 may have a very generic and unexciting name, but it is definitely headed in the right direction for the usually sidelined cell tech company. Compared to previous HTC models, the 10 knocks it out of the park. While the 10 is an overall solid phone with powerful speakers and a sleek design, it does not really knock out the competition from Apple, LG, or Samsung just yet.
Outer Design: Sleek and Refined
In the hand, the 10 feels solid and sleek. It has an all metal back and curved edges. The only downfall to the metal design is that the phone back and battery are not removable. On the front of the phone, there is a 5.2 inch display encased in gorilla glass and a finger print scanner/home button at the bottom. A unibody design makes it water resistant but not water proof.
Hardware: What's Under the Hood
This Android phone is running Android's latest Marshmallow operating system. The quad core Snapdragon 820 inside can run speeds of 2.2 GHz. Paired with Adreno 530 CPU and 4 GB of RAM, this phone can run smoothly at comfortable speeds. While it has a solid configuration, the speed is really nothing special compared to like models, but it will do what is required of it. 32 GB of storage with a microSD slot give users plenty of storage space.
For some, the lack of built in software is nice because they like the choice of choosing from different types of music and messaging apps. HTC, however, has decided to integrated more closely with Google and offers one music player, Chrome web browsing, and only one photo gallery. This reduces the drain on the phone's storage and operating system, however, it limits the choices the user will have in basic software.
The home page interface allows users who do not like the built in design choices to choose the "freestyle" option that lets them move design elements around the page to create a unique background. Still, each page will only hold 20 apps, so there is a lot of empty space around the thumbnails that can be irritating to some users.
The 5.2 inch Super LCD 5 display is the first 2K HTC phone to be released in the US. The text and picture is sharp with good saturation levels. A quick jump to the settings allows a user to switch the color options for a vivid display or one that is a little more conservative. Viewing angles are great except for the tendency of the screen to take on a reddish hue when it is viewed off center.
Audio: Boom Sound
The audio quality is one of the HTC 10's strongest attributes, and is probably one of the only things that can set it apart from its closest competitors. The dual speakers themselves are forward facing and configured with the BoomSound system. This system is louder and clearer than most of the other phones on the market, and it contains options to switch the speakers from music and movie modes. The different modes, however, do not often provide very differing results. Although the speakers are less thin and tinny like other models, headphones are still a better option for the best listening experience.
When users put headphones in the HTC 10, the phone will prompt them to create a listening profile. Setting up a profile is easy, users simply walk through the prompts asking to listen to different tones in each ear to adjust to the best listening experience. Have several sets of headphones? There can be multiple profiles to accommodate a change in headsets and speakers. The audio profile allows users to create an overall brighter and each level of instrumentation becomes clear.
Besides containing great audio options, the phone also is the first Android to support Apple AirPlay right out of the box and connect and play music through the TV system. The connection is fairly stable, but there is not currently a way to stream video. Even though Android and Apple are two competing companies, it is nice to seem them play nice in order to bring a better product to the consumer.
Today's cell phones most often double as cameras to catch all of life's moments. That is why it is so important for phones to have easy to use cameras that produce a clear picture in variable conditions. The 10 produces clear pictures in good quality light, but it has a hard time in back lit conditions. It is very difficult to get the light settings to illuminate objects in the forefront when the lighting is coming from behind it. Even tapping on the object and adjusting the light selections does not remedy this problem.
Overexposure is also a common issue with the HTC 10's camera. This leaves some pictures too bright with bland colors. There is, however, a bar at the bottom of the camera that allows the user to adjust the brightness. Still, the camera likes to produce an overexposed image.
Focusing in light conditions is fairly simple. There is an auto focus feature that works well in bright conditions. Occasionally it acts up and it is difficult to focus on the correct objects. Darker conditions make it even more difficult to focus. While the camera is functional overall, it does not quite outstrip its competitors.
Battery Life: Inconsistent, but Workable
The battery in the 10 is not removable which means that battery life is a very important factor to consider in the 10's performance. While the 10 has much better life than the previous HTC models, it still does not quite stack up to comparable competition. The 10 clocks in at about 11 hours and 15 minutes on continuous video playback in airplane mode and about 10 hours during moderate use. The HTC's biggest competitor, Samsung Galaxy S7, lasted 16 hours during the airplane mode test.
Even though the battery life is fairly good, it's not always consistent. Sometimes the battery usage spikes dramatically for seemingly no reason at all.
While the battery life may not quite outstrip its competitors, the 10 does include a fast charging cable. HTC boasts that this cable can charge the phone 50 percent in half an hour. Tests confirm that this is quite close to accurate. A full charge does take about an hour and forty minutes.
By all accounts the HTC 10 is a solid, good-looking phone that users would feel comfortable using, and music lovers would especially enjoy the audio profile. It has solid performance and great sound. However, the HTC 10 comes in at the same price as other brands' flagship Android phones like the Galaxy S7 and the LG G5 and it just is not quite prepared to take on the stiff competition.
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