Android manufacturers have come stronger with recent releases, and it’s only right to know how they stack against the Apple boys at the moment.
The HTC 10 is launching a tad later in the year than the competition, and that means we have a great slate of phones to compare it to directly. The Galaxy S7 is already out in the wild, the LG G5 has been on sale for a bit, and of course we have the Nexus 6P and iPhone 6s Plus still making waves from the end of last year.
Though there’s a ton to look into when it comes to actually using these phones and comparing them, we can at least start with a look at the specs. We do that right here.
When it comes to 2016’s phones, it’s all about looking and feeling good. Every phone features a prominent dose of metal of some sort. HTC is the pioneer in this area, though, with the company emphasizing metal unibody construction since the original HTC One’s launch. The HTC 10 improves on that concept with chamfered edges which make for nice comfortability and looks.
LG’s approach is unique: their metal unibody is coated in metallic paint to hide the antenna strips needed to allow proper attenuation through metal. Samsung’s metal is sandwiched between two plates of high-quality glass. Apple, meanwhile, goes with the tried and true metal unibody approach with exposed attenuation lines.
The HTC 10 marks the first HTC flagship with a Quad HD display. Many will like to hear that, but others are adamant in their belief that 1080p was actually the better resolution as it’s less taxing on performance and battery life. The 5.2-inch display also uses Super LCD 5 technology. It won’t produce true black like AMOLED, but the blacks are deep, and it’s just as vibrant and crisp.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 both come in at that same Quad HD resolution, albeit it at slightly different screen sizes. Meanwhile, the iPhone 6S comes in at a mark higher just higher than 720p, though with a 4.7-inch display size it’s just as sharp as it needs to be.
With the disappointment of previous HTC phones in this department, the Taiwanese company was pressured to change this with the HTC 10. They did, or so says early analysis, as well as innovations such as having optical image stabilization in both the front and rear sensors. The 12MP/5MP duo also both enjoy wide open apertures of f/1.8. That’s lesser than the Galaxy S7’s f/1.7 aperture, but not so much that you’ll notice a big difference.
While the iPhone 6S and LG G5 can’t really compare to the Samsung Galaxy S7 in terms of overall low-light performance, the HTC 10 comes very close.
Inside the HTC 10 is a Snapdragon 820 chipset. That’s the same silicon that was quality enough to get Samsung back on board as a customer with the Galaxy S7 (they’re using Exynos in other markets, though), and LG uses the same in the LG G5, as well. With HTC Sense’s history of being light on system resources there’s little doubt the HTC 10 has enough juice to drive a stutter-free Android Marshmallow experience.
In terms of RAM, HTC didn’t decide to go overboard with anything. There’s a comfortable 4GB sitting inside, which is matched by both the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5. The only thing separating any of these phones in terms of raw performance are things that can’t quite be judged this early on, such as file system optimization, memory speed, and software.
The HTC 10 has plenty in terms of bells and whistles, with a new era of BoomSound speakers, NFC, a fingerprint scanner and a USB Type-C port adding to the experience. Like the LG G5 and iPhone 6S, though, the HTC 10 is missing out on something that Samsung does really well in the Galaxy S7: wireless charging. If that doesn’t bother you, though, then there shouldn’t be much more for you to want.
HTC tried some new tricks with HTC Sense 8 on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The biggest is the addition of the Freestyle UI which lets you move icons and widgets however and wherever you want on your home screen. Those icons can even be stacked or layered on top of each other if you so wish. They’ve also included new tools to help you catch misbehaving apps and App Lock to protect your privacy while others use your phone.
Of course, Samsung’s phones aren’t without a ton of extra software additions, and the LG G5’s UI is better these days, albeit a bit basic without downloading the company’s advanced launcher.