HTC 10 Review, Running with the Beast

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The brand new HTC 10 is every geek’s dream, the nec plus ultra of modern technology and engineering. Basically, the HTC 10 is a dream come true, at last, everything a fanboy of the company has been longing for in the last year.

This is the full package, a flagship smart-phone offering the ultimate Android experience, with zero compromises.

Even if it comes as a no brainer, I mean there will always be a better phone with a better camera or a larger/better display given enough time, it doesn’t matter right now. Because the HTC 10 just entered the building.

With this latest gadget, HTC is back from the shadows. But what’s all the hubbub, you may ask? Well, check this out:

The latest and greatest HTC 10 comes with a cool full metal uni-body design, a state of the art Boom Sound speaker setup, an ultra vivid 5.2 inches wide display, the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 system on chip, featuring the best Kyro  CPUs on the market (quad-core that is), a twelve megapixels shooter with HTC’s proprietary/patented Ultrapixel technology, the first ever featurint optical image stabilization, 32 gigs of internal memory and a finger print reader, in good Big Brother fashion, which is all the rage these day. Big Brother, I mean.

On the not so happy side of the news, the latest HTC doesn’t come with water/dust proofing, the infrared sensor is gone and it’s relatively heavy and “fat”, compared to its direct competitors. But, fat girls are making a come back this year, so maybe the “thickness” issue is not an…issue after all, right? We’ll just call the HTC 10 big-boned.

Now,let’s take a closer look. THe design of the HTC 10 is nothing short of beautiful, with a heavy/solid built and an industrial design, resembling the early smartphones running on Android, like the Evo 4G and the Nexus One. Long story short, I really like it, with its sharp, minimalist design, which offers a secure grip, and making for a powerful yet slick smartphone.

The display makes for another premiere for HTC, featuring a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, unlike the other flagships which only offered 1080p. The 5.2 inches wide display comes with curved edges, manufactured using Gorilla Glass 4, which is as tough as nails. The pixels per inch density is an astounding 565 ppi, and the viewing experience in the Vivid mode is nothing short of spectacular.

In terms of connectivity, the HTC 10 doesn’t disappoint a bit, offering all the bells and whistles you would expect from a flagship: Wi-Fi in all flavors, Bluetooth 4.2, LTE Cat. 9, HSPA, USB Type C, NFC, almost anything except an infrared port and an FM Radio. But seriously, who needs that after all, your grampa?

On the brighter side of the news, the HTC fully supports Display Port output for providing a TV out connection (via the USB Type C), also Apple’s Air Play casting, right out of the box, which is pretty rare for a droid.

The battery is a solid 3000 mAh unit, with a 66 hours endurance rating, offering almost ten hours of web browsing or almost nine of video playback.

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The user interface is obviously a Sense UI, and considering the fact that the HTC 10 runs on the latest Snapdragon 820 CPU with quad core Kyro cores, everything runs smooth and beautiful. Also, HTC threw a Adreno 530 GPU into the mix, alongside 4 gigabytes of RAM, making a beast of a smart-phone, performance wise, to say the least!

Another thing that makes the HTC 10 to stand out from the droid-crowd is its Boom Sound speaker system, offering an absolutely impressive output, both in terms of quality and loudness, SQ and SPL in the same package.

The camera can be described as an Ultrapixel 2.0, and the sensor is basically identical with the ones in the Nexus 5x and 4p, being 1/2.3″ 12MP units with similar  1.55µm (size) pixels.

We must note the OIS thing, which is a first for HTC devices, and the great and accurate pictures this baby produces, with vibrant, deeper colors than any HTC smartphone to date. The video capabilities are there (720p, 1080p, 4K), but just @30 frames per second.

However, the videos are ultra smooth, especially 4k ones, which look great, with excellent details, and I must confess that in the video/optical department, there are no complaints whatsoever.

Bottom line, should you stay for the next iPhone or should you go for HTC 10? Well, I don’t know. What I know is that the HTC 10 is a hit, taking the best part from previous flagships and refining them into a droid-monster, which offers high end processing power, a cool design, a great screen, excellent audio quality and a pretty good camera.

Now it’s up to you.

 

 

 

 

 

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