In terms of audio quality, most people think of the boom sound speakers when it comes to the HTC one line. However, I chose the HTC 10 not because of its speakers (in case you're wondering, they're pretty damn awesome and second only to the M8) but because of its 24 bit DAC. Now, I'm not an audiophile by any means, but I love music and appreciate good audio. I expected the HTC 10 to sound better than the Samsung Galaxy S7, which I had before getting the 10, but I didn't think the difference would be significant. However, when I plugged my headphones into the HTC 10, I was pleasantly surprised. It is significantly louder and the audio is more rich. If you're really into music, I'd strongly suggest looking into the HTC 10.
The User Interface
I've always preferred sense over other OEM skins, but HTC really stepped it up this year. The user interface is simple, and insanely fast. It is probably the fastest phone I've ever used. I have experienced zero lag and the fast transitions look great while browsing through the OS.
Even HTC apps, such as the camera, are very nice. The controls are very simple to understand and everything can be accessed on side. It really makes for a seamless experience.
While the battery life isn't the longest, I am happy with its longevity. The S7 spoiled me with its amazing battery so I was very reluctant to switch to the 10, but the HTC hasn't given me a reason to complain so far. The phone easily lasts a full day and I am left with around 30% charge by midnight. This is pretty awesome for about 3 hours of Spotify, 4 email addresses set to push, Asana, Slack, and lots of Facebook and Messenger.
Swiping from the Left
I could include this in the UI section, but I wanted it to have its own section because this has been becoming an issue as phones keep getting bigger these days. While the S7 is smaller than the HTC 10 in every way, I wasn't able to swipe from the left side of the screen with my right hand. I am not sure if this is the case, but I think HTC tweaked the software to recognize when you're trying to swipe from the left even when your thumb is not entirely there. Almost every time I swipe from the left, I have been able to successfully open the menu of any app I am in.
Jon Rettinger from TechnoBuffalo is the only reviewer (I think) who mentioned how smooth the screen of the HTC 10 is. It is SUPER responsive and it almost feels like it moves almost before I touch it. Also, the viewing angles are great, colour saturation is as vivid as I would like it to be, and it is perfectly viewable in direct sunlight. It is not as bright or vibrant as the S7's screen, but I don't feel like I am missing out on anything. The screen is beautiful!
I love that HTC went back to basics with the 10. The phone really nails what a phone should do. It is, however, not perfect by any means. There are some things I do not like about the phone, but I'll talk about that in a different post. If there is anything you'd like me to talk about in detail, feel free to send me a message and I'll be happy to provide my opinion on it.
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