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

HTC’s 2016 flagship is a stellar smartphone from the company that brought you the aluminum unibody – but with downgraded speakers and a camera that’s just okay, it’s not quite the Perfect Ten its name implies. Still, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that the HTC 10’s shortcomings would be totally forgivable ones … if only the price was a little lower. The HTC 10 has been on the market for months, MrMobile has used it for a large portion of those months, and you wouldn’t stop asking for a review in the comments – so settle in for Michael Fisher’s HTC 10 review!


This HTC 10 review was published after approximately 90 days with an HTC 10 review device on loan to MrMobile from HTC. The device was tested on T-Mobile US in Greater Boston, New York City, and rural New York State. It was paired with an Android Wear watch for the entirety of the test period.


Android Central’s HTC 10 Review:

Jerome Ortega’s HTC 10 FLAC video:


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Bushangels says:

Very good review!

Ultra wide Benchmarks says:

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

writerNB says:

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.

Rage 9one says:

It’s hardly the best

Pradyun Setti says:

music, as always, is legendary

curhx11 says:

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?

J PALM says:

Spot on you just nailed every detail. Thanks

Canucker says:

3 hours screen time…no dual front speakers…Fail.

Goliath says:

4:05 spot the Moto Z! 😛


not enough commercials for it. But the s7, its every other commercial. . . ..


Michael Fisher how do you use the apple remote or how do you acquire it?

R King says:

What’s the phone at 6:30?

Lil Spazm says:

Why is the HTC 9 so hated? I bought it recently for 255 EUR (around 265$) and it works so damn well. Battery, camera, performance, everything. Photos come out great and there’s that very nice RAW shoot mode where you get a damn manual focus, I was looking for that in a phone for years!

Adam B says:

where is the HTC U series rewiew?

Tre Scatti says:

I love my HTC 10. best phone i have ever used

Alex Gonzalez says:

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!!

ArgaAAL says:

for me the best is op3t

Marvin Mariano says:

i subscribed to spreed happiness… great review…h.a.n.d

Md. Imran Hossain says:

Anyone please tell me, which version is better for HTC 10? UAE, UK or others?

Siper2 says:

I think it’s a pretty great phone. I just picked one up for my wife on Black Friday, it’s her fourth HTC (Evo 4G, Evo 4G LTE, One M8 Harman-Kardon). So far so good! I had a One M7 myself, HTC does a really great job, but indeed have always been understated. Nice review, Michael!

bossgamer says:

HTC sucks so bad

wim1983 says:

Very tricky review there, directly and indirectly, nice!

Rowan Surkan says:

you should have said this is the age of honor

DJ Khaled says:

Nah fuck that shit my 6p is better

madtrexx says:

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 😉

Michael Holmgaard says:

Well….. I think I will buy this phone 🙂

IGA says:

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.

wero454 says:

I wish HTC releases their version of a Moto G plus. a mid-range solid-built phone. HTC 11 junior?

Aaron L says:

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. 🙁

Calvin Page says:

I bought it you lied.

Seek for deep knowledge says:

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.

Crazcompart says:

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!

Khai Mrant says:

Dear HTC,
Remember what happened to Nokia?

Mister A 2001 says:

I’m STILL liking my HTC M10!

I had the M One 8 and upgraded. AT&T did not carry the HTC 10; so I git it unlocked and added SIM card. This a terribly underrated phone that in my opinion is 10xs better than the Galaxy 7/7 Edge.

HTC missed the mark, and should have capitalized it’s marketing when the Samsung Note 7 battery issues became really bad.

I use the multiple wallpapers with different pics of my wife. I also use the time-based wallpaper as well…

The Google based UI is very nice and simple, Google Photos is very easy to use and archive cloud based space leaving room on the device. Boombox sounds great. The memory swap / merge makes moving apps to the microSD card. I have a 256 and still have plenty of space. I plan to go up to 1TB microSD in the future.

Camera features are just as good as other phones: It annoys me when people / reviewers judge a phone’s attributes too much on camera quality. . .if the pics are fairly decent, what’s the problem??

The biggest plus is when I got Android 7.0 Nougat over Winter Break. The HTC 10 flies so fast!! NO lagging at all. Most of the apps work SO well with 7.0.

Do yourself a favor: GET THE HTC 10!!

Kim Descallar says:

why im not buying? cuz i dont have money to buy that lol

Tom Tomace says:

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.

Elite Optic says:

Good vid. Subscribed!

Jonas Wondollek says:

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 🙁

alishah Heh says:

It’s Best…! ♥♥♥

mubarak shaikh shaikh says:

can I buy this mobli now it worth for buying?

Nayemul Islam Ayon says:

OP3T or HTC 10??? regarding performance and camera.

David Dado says:

waiting HTC 11 =]

McGyver777ATGMAIL says:

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.

kufnugs says:

“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.

beastieboys3 says:

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.

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