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HTC 10 Review: The Best Android Phone You’re Not Buying

HTC 10 Review: The Best Android Phone You’re Not Buying

– [Michael] It’s one of the most tired cliches of the tech world. This year’s phone is what last year’s phone should have been. But as worn out as it is, seldom has a trope fit quite as well. This year’s HTC flagship
is head and shoulders above last year’s tepid offering. So why isn’t helping this company? I’m Michael Fisher and this is the Mr. Mobile review of the best Android you’re not buying. The HTC 10. (techno music) A word about my time with the 10. I’ve carried it far longer than the week I usually spend with a review device. In fact I’ve been using since just after its release in May. Over a month before the first ever Mr. Mobile video went live. For awhile I flirted with the idea of splitting business and personal phones. And the 10 was always
my preferred sidekick for getting things done. Why? Because for all the other
things you can say about it, the essential truth of the 10 is that it’s an all around terrific every day phone. Part of that is specific
to my line of work. Periscope and Facebook Live and Snapchat are how I talk to you
guys behind the scenes. And the 10’s optically stabilized front-facing camera makes it perfect for shooting that kind of stuff. Also you might have
noticed that my reviews usually touch on how well a phone handles in one hand. That’s because whenever I’m out doing something I’m usually carrying a tripod or a bag or another device. So I often have only one hand to spare. The 10 strikes the perfect balance between a screen big enough to see what you’re doing and a casing small enough to let you manipulate it single-handed. And why your thumb is darting all around the screen, the software has no trouble keeping up. Even after three and a half months with 116 apps on board and no resets to its name, my review unit still flies. The 10 is the phone I would recommend to someone who doesn’t give a damn about specs or cutesy features because he or she is too busy trying
to get things done. The 10 gets things done. And yes, it does have its drawbacks. HTC to remove its trademark front-firing speakers is understandable. It makes room for a fingerprint sensor among other things. But I hate it. Every time I fire up Netflix and have to cup my hand around the woofer on the bottom to make it sound right. Every time I take a call
on the speaker phone and realize only the
bottom port is actually doing the work. I long for yesterday’s HTCs with their big brassy grills flanking the screen. (tinny music) Also RAM management isn’t always what I’d expect a phone with
four gigs of the stuff. And this fingerprint scanner feels a little pokey next to some other devices of this generation. But most of those are nit picks. And they’re easy to forget when I pick up the 10 and feel that reassuring aluminum unibody. That lock button with its aggressive texturing and clicky feedback. The mass of the 3000 mAh power pack that usually gets me through a day, if I’m careful. And the camera. Well look it’s still not
the best one out there. But it’s also not the worst. That sounds like a cop out until you remember that last year’s HTC camera was one of the worst. I used the 10 to shoot much of the behind the scenes stuff leading up to the Mr. Mobile launch, and I never got one complaint about the shooter I was using. Let me shut up for a few seconds so you can see for yourself. (techno music) On the video front there’s something worth mentioning here. The 10 can record in four K and when you toggle the high res audio that sound will be
recorded in FLAC format. That means it’s lossless, basically perfect audio. And it does sound incredible. Sadly you’ll need to take my word on that because the resulting videos are packaged in the MKV format, which introduces a whole host of complications if you
want to edit those files without compromising quality. That’s a little techier
than I usually like to get, so this is all very well explained in a video by Jerome Ortega, which I’ll link in the description below. Point is, the 10 has more capabilities than you’ll probably need on the video side, and the sound quality will amaze you. Finally the 10 finishes strong on the day to day details. A micro SD card slot for
all that four K video, Quick Charge 3.0 for some of the fastest top ups around, clear voice calls with
ample noise cancellation, and a discreet DAC for the
music lovers out there. That stands for
Digital-to-Analog Converter and it along with the headphone amplifier makes sounds sound better. HTC has been okay keeping up with Android security updates too, and it offers a hell
of a warranty package. As you can see from my unit, the 10 can take some pretty serious drops on concrete without shattering, but if you do manage to demolish that display within the first year, HTC will replace your phone for free. The same deal with water damage. So with all those thumbs up for the 10, why don’t more people
seem to be buying it? Well first, in a word, Galaxy. As usual Samsung has sucked all the air out of the room with
its marketing this year and for the first time, it’s also built a few phones that live up to the hype. The Galaxy S7 has wireless charging, a brighter display, water resistance, and a better camera. And it can even be had for cheaper. That’s the 10’s real Achilles heel. HTC built a great phone for 2016 but it priced it like it’s still 2013. This is the age of OnePlus, Alcatel, Honor, phones with solid specs and pretty nice reviews that you can pick up for $400. Do I prefer the HTC 10 to those? Absolutely! But the existence of those cheaper phones, coupled with the added features of Samsung’s higher end, are a one-two punch
that’s tough to get past unless you’re a die hard HTC fan. That’s a shame because it means a lot of people out there are missing out on owning a fantastic smart phone. But it’s also just one of many mean realities of this
ultra competitive market. Fun fact Pushing the subscribe button on Mr. Mobile videos is shown to increase happiness. Okay or it just lets you know when new videos go live. Until next time, thanks for watching, and stay mobile my friends.

100 thoughts on “HTC 10 Review: The Best Android Phone You’re Not Buying”

  1. A simply fantastic review of this android phone I love that you did something exceptionally well that other youtubers have failed to capitalize on and it's the way you compared it to other smartphones in a brief but efficient way around this time frame 6:00 to the end of the video good job Michael fisher I love your videos they are simply a fantastic result of your hard work and effort

  2. Galaxy s5 has a incredibly horribly user unfriendly GUI… HTC and Sony`s GUI reminds me very much about my iPhone and I feel right at home with them.

  3. "hell of a warranty"? HTC just told me to get bent when i sent them my 10 that overheated while charging, resulting in a color bloom in the screen.

    I fully intend on replacing the screen myself and carefully observing the battery for any deformation.

  4. I subbed just because you are a genius who has a trek communicator and made me laugh out loud with the "other devices" moment.
    keep up the entertaining great work, reviews this good are a rarity. humor goes a long way and was perfectly used.

  5. I really loved this phone and wanted to buy it asap when I saw your review. But when I went to shop and saw that it was priced same as Galaxy S7 Edge, which has better resell value and reliability, I had no choice but to get the S7 Edge.

  6. Not sure why "an aluminium unibody" is plugged as a plus? HTC have been losing their way for awhile. I've had a Wildfire and One M8, both had cameras that arent responsive. (Slow to focus) The Wildfire was great due to a rubber body, and a battery you could remove, so you reset the phone easily. With a shiny body, these larger phones are gonna slip through your fingers and I think the manufacturer knows this… (This reviewer even shows how thats happened with his HTC 10). The later phones have no removable battery, so you cant reset. Plus side, these are solid, fast phones with good call quality. I'd like to support HTC , but they aint listening to their customers… So, that's why their phones aint selling, folks.

  7. Well I listen to Pandora through my Sony earbuds at work on Saturday and Fridays so sound is more preferable to picture, yet Android is a must have. I was with Ntelos and well that was sold to Sprint. They tell me that due to towers being brought down, I have to switch to an HTC 10. I currently have a Galaxy S5. I love the shit out of my S5 and love that it is waterproof. But the switch is free and I get to keep it as though I paid off my Galaxy. Nice sense there is only 5 months left of my contract. I just hope that the HTC 10 is justa s good, if not better than my Galaxy. I am spending my last month with it now. 🙁

  8. it would have been absolutely my next phone if it had front facing speakers, until they make them come back im sticking with my Z Ultra

  9. thank u thank u thank u!!!

    i thought i was the only one having a problem with the new speaker position. i would have bought it if they had not changed it this way. feels wrong to support a backstep after loving the m7. it would have been so close to perfect 🙁

  10. What a huge fail here. Now for me there is nothing that makes me wanna buy this. Imagine if it had front facing speakers. Here is what the problem with Htc is.
    1. HTC Sense looks dated. There is no need anymore unless you really make the skin stand out like Samsung UX.
    2. If you gonna make the notification stock looking why not make the whole UI stock?
    3. LCD? Are you freaking kidding me. This should of had an Amoled screen.
    4. No front facing speakers there is no excuse to buy this phone. This was Htc stand out formula.

    What a huge fail. This phone will not sell, especially at $749

  11. Hey Michael, i was wondering why isn't HTC releasing a decent flagship device like every other company is i mean their latest device is something no average consumer would want to buy considering the fact that there are better and a lot cheaper flagaships available in the market
    Why isn't htc just so ignorant about it?

  12. HTC is boring.
    It makes nothing new (anymore).

    People either love it ONLY because it is an HTC, or hate it, ONLY because it is an HTC. It has no real feature that would set it apart from the overpriced meh category.

  13. This guy is like the Jim's Review Room of Phones. SO so classy, with a just a touch of quirky. You're absolutely KILLING it bro, keep it up!!

  14. HTC ended when they abandoned the real SENSE. The last nice sense iteration was on HTC X ONE. The Sense on Sensation or older devices was THE THING what we all loved. It was one of its kind. Its was gorgeous to look on it. Those widgets, homescreen, whaeter app. And what left now? Strictly the same shit like pure android offers. I dont say shit as negative. Its just the same. Even the icons are not so nice like they where in 2011 or 2010. The old Sense was the best thing they made and what was outstanding. If they would reboot sense, thay might win more than lose. Because human eyes like nice things 😉

  15. I look at four important things when choosing an Android handset, especially a flagship…1) Heavy use durability (time between factory resets – if needed at all – to get rid of compiled garbage that slows down operation – This is you, Samsung, LG, Google, and Motorola!)… 2) Multitasking speed (especially now with upcoming Nougat split screen functions)… 3) Support for adoptable storage (in Marshmallow and Nougat – Are you paying attention, Samsung and LG?)… and 4) Superb on board audio quality output through standard headphone jacks (without installing a third-party EQ app – See this too, Sammy?)… The HTC 10 fills those shoes for me!

  16. hello,
    as a continue to what you have said in the end,
    you still prefer the HTC 10 over the OP3T?
    in my country their prices are almost the same, what should i buy?

  17. just bought the phone but about to return it. please tell htc not to use aluminum on a phone this size again. it makes the phone heavy for its size. and its bulky a 9mm thick. feels good in the hand but as soon as you put a case, even a thin one, on it……and its slippery as hell too. and the bottom bezel is big enough for a front facing speaker. and the screen is lifeless with not so great viewing angle with that purple/pink tint. but the battery on this thing is good though. recommend this phone if you can find it at $200 or less in good condition.

  18. why htc is not best seller? just because you have brain washed marketing sucker people, they will buy shit in a can.

  19. #MrMobile I apologize. I did not know you before today.
    You're making planty of amazing videos, good job!

    So, do you think still worth to buy this htc10? I can't get rid of my M8: everytime I look for other smartphone, he look at me with his redish sparlky metal-frame like he's saying "C'mon, you know I'm better than him!".

  20. Hi there could You compare HTC 10 and HTC 10 EVO? As I am thinning to buy one of it but I don't know which to chose

  21. Looking forward to see the the phone HTC U. Did here about edge Sense feature on it. Someone else heard about this?

  22. Hi Michael, great video! I'm looking for changing my current Nexus 6 and I'm between the HTC 10 and the OnePlus 3T. Assuming the price is the same… Which one would you pick today?

  23. UPDATE: MrMobile's HTC 10 Review has been revised and refreshed for 2017! Check it out here:

  24. I miss the efing speakers soooooo much also. Why would they even think about taking one of HTCs best aspects away. this is dumb gambling!

  25. Michael Fisher, I have a question, what shall I buy between Lg g5 and Htc 10 ??? I really need help for choosing one, can you also explain your point? thanks !

  26. The video that made me love my new phone. Thank you much for all the details and reasons. You were the reason i had no doubts in buying my HTC 10 so thank you again. 😁

  27. FILED A COMPLAIN. I've been a loyal HTC client for 6 years. Had an HTC One 7 and an HTC One 8. Both phones were great. This year I would an HTC 10. It turned out to be simply an awful experience. I contacted the HTC Support Team to request an exchange for another HTC 10 or, even better and my absolute preference, an HTC U11 -I was willing to pay the difference for the upgrade. To make a long story short, I was only given the option of repairing the defective unit I got. Very wrong. HTC, know that you have lost a loyal customer. I have been disappointed by HTC.

  28. FILED A COMPLAIN. I've been a loyal HTC client for 6 years. Had an HTC One 7 and an HTC One 8. Both phones were great. This year I would an HTC 10. It turned out to be simply an awful experience. I contacted the HTC Support Team to request an exchange for another HTC 10 or, even better and my absolute preference, an HTC U11 -I was willing to pay the difference for the upgrade. To make a long story short, I was only given the option of repairing the defective unit I got. Very wrong. HTC, know that you have lost a loyal customer. I have been disappointed by HTC.

  29. it is now $345 in Hong Kong ! it's super worth to buy it~ thanks for the video and i will buy it to my Dad to replace his REDMI note2 !

  30. Hey guys. I got an important question to ask and I'd appreciate it if anyone could help me .

    I just bought the HTC 10 and so far, it's been a wicked phone.

    The thing is, when I cover the bottom firing speaker with my finger, the sound coming out of the front facing one, is very low.

    Is that normal?

    Thanks in advance.

  31. Because it's ugly design. folk doesn't care about performance especially when htc is not really a big deal of name like samsung or apple.

  32. What this review fails to mention is that HTC's warranty department is very backed up. My HTC phone has been languishing there for over 6 months. The company does NOT stand by their products, and they are a disorganized MESS. There's also no way to get in touch with them… you're phone call goes straight to voice mail, and they never return calls. At best you can get on the phone with someone in Colombia or the Philippines (their two support centers), but these people are not empowered to do anything to actually help you. STAY AWAY FROM HTC.

  33. watching this video in 2018 and missing the amazing design htc came out with back then. Wish they would bring it back.

  34. I HATE how they added back the physical home button. WHY??? It looked much more sleeker and simple with on screen capacitive buttons….

  35. I have a htc10 and I love it I've dropped it so many times and is only got a couple of searches and one inner vertacal crack on the top of the screen but u hardly notice it.

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