A lot is riding for HTC on their new flagship phone the 10. So does it stand out from the crowd?
Wow, this is one good looking phone! HTC have produced a beautiful premium phone which unlike its rivals (Samsung S7 & iPhone 6S) actually feels like it’s worth the money. It is easily the best HTC phone in years. The metal chamfered edges look great and the smooth polished back make it very comfortable to hold in your hand. It feels reassuringly expensive and solid, which is something I just can’t say about the LG G5. But when has buying a smartphone been all about the looks? Under the casing this phone packs an excellent punch too.
It’s grown slightly to 5.2-inches, but the bigger upgrade is the resolution. It’s much more pixel dense now, thanks to the 2560 x 1440 quad-HD resolution. This pixel-packed display makes browsing the web, playing video games and editing your photos a joy. Colours are punchy and bright, without being oversaturated, and they’re accurate too.
The audio is even more impressive. HTC received a Hi-Res audio certification from the Japan Audio Society, it's amplifying tunes through a 24-bit DAC, and even continued the dual-speaker theme of HTC’s previous flagships by including both a tweeter and a woofer. This is a serious audio machine that also happens to be a smartphone.
The camera is miles ahead of anything HTC have tried before. It’s 12MP but runs OIS, laser autofocus and a dual-LED flash. Add that to touch focus, face detection and panorama and you can start to see they’ve put some serious thought behind the camera. The 5MP front facing camera is perfectly adequate for any selfies.
Then there’s the storage. It comes with 32GB as standard but while the Galaxy S7 and LG G5 also have microSD slots, only the 10 gives you the option of formatting the card so the phone doesn't differentiate between it and internal storage. Get a fast microSD with 200 GB of storage and you basically have a 232 GB phone. That’s a real game changer in terms of speed.
It runs on the latest v6.0.1 Marshmallow with a qualcomm snapdragon 820 processor making moving between apps etc a breeze. Battery life, while not stunning, is certainly solid enough for a day and a half of heavy use. The last thing going in its favour is that, unlike other manufacturers, HTC care about keeping their customers up to date and so you will regularly receive push updates to keep your phone at its optimum. Something both Samsung and Apple lag behind on.
It’s too early in the year to call this the phone of the year and the Samsung S7 is a serious contender but as it stands right now, for me this is the strongest candidate. Stunning to look at it backs that up with some really impressive technology making this the premium phone you should want to buy.