If youre looking forward to picking a high-end Android smartphone right now, you have three options: Samsung S7, HTC ONE M10 or LG G5. Were not saying that other brands don’t have excellent devices in their portfolio, but these three manufacturers are simply the best. Continue reading “HTC ONE M10 vs LG G5, Which Is The Best Android Phone Of 2016 ?”
HTC is the last of the big boys which launched flagship smartphones this spring and, according to the first impressions, they pretty much nailed it, the HTC 10 being considered the best Android phone of the moment.
Its no secret that the last year was a total disaster for the Taiwanese manufacturer, as 2015s flagship was far from what everybody was expecting, resulting to surprisingly low earnings. So, they did their best, spotting the One M9s minuses and improving them.
Besides the Snapdragon 810 chip from under the hood, which was heating like crazy, one of the other minuses was the camera, which was performing very poorly, no matter the conditions in which a photo was taken. HTC considered a simple principle when they designed the One M9s camera, the more, the merrier, loading the phone with a 20 MP rear-facing sensor. Still, the principle was wrong, as in most cases, its not just the number of megapixels that makes a camera great.
Now dont get us wrong, the One M9 was a good phone overall, but one of the main aspects the common consumer looks at when buying a phone is who good the photos taken with it are. And when were dealing with a flagship, which doesnt come for cheap, well…its mandatory to shoot some flawless images.
After receiving a lot of negative feedback, the folks over HTC decided that its time to put their resources into this and develop a great camera, able to make everybody forget about last years disaster. Because yes, it was a disaster. But enough with the stories, lets move on to the technical details!
Last years HTC One M9 featured a 20 MP rear camera, with an f/2.2 aperture lens and autofocus. It also had a few decent tricks in its sleeve, like a dual-LED flash, smile detection and, of course, the ability to shoot 4K videos. The optical image stabilization was missing, by the way. On paper, everything sounded good, but it was an average snapper for a flagship.
Everything changed this year, as the HTC 10 is packed with a top camera, able to compete with the likes of Samsung Galaxy S7, Nexus 6P or iPhone 6s. Despite having a lower megapixel count – 12 instead of 20 –its the lower aperture, f/1.8, giving us a hint about the flagships improved photography capabilities.
The pixels are also bigger this year, meaning that more light will fall on each of them, improving the cameras results in low light. Its aided by laser-assisted autofocus and optical image stabilization, while the dual tone LED flash should help you in those moments when the light is at its lowest. Finally, the phone offers 4K video capture and 24-bit audio capture.
To sum up, we can say that its obvious that the HTC 10s camera beats the one from the M9 from all points of view. If the snapper mounted on last years flagship was decent, satisfying most users, this year HTC nailed it, with a camera able to impress even the most pretentious smartphone enthusiasts!
HTC 10 was the last important manufacturer to launch its new flagship this spring, but after a first impression, it was totally worth the wait, as the handset has all the chances of becoming this year’s best Android.
If you’re one of those users who wanted to give the Taiwanese company a chance after last year’s fail, with the One M9, and already got your hands on the new HTC 10, you’re definitely curious about what your new phone can do. We’ve put together a list with the first things you should do, after the first boot, in order to get the best out of your phone.
Get yourself a microSD card
All the major manufacturers brought back the microSD card slot this year and HTC is no exception. The 10 is able to support cards up to 2 TB, but a 128 or 200 GB one should do the trick nicely. Oh, and after fitting one in, don’t forget to set your camera in such way that all the photos you take are saved on the microSD card, in order to as much internal storage as possible.
Set the fingerprint scanner
Yes, the HTC 10 has a fingerprint scanner too, placed under the physical home button. Personally, I think this is a way better option that placing it on the back, since you can use it even when the phone is resting on a table.
Head over to
Settings > Fingerprint scanner
and make sure to save both your thumb and index finger, from the hand you’re using your phone most with. By this, you will be able to easily unlock your phone while holding it in your hand and when it’s on a table.
Set up the motion gestures
One of the coolest features of the HTC 10 is the set of motion gestures it comes with, which can be really helpful in various situations. By default, the phone gives you the possibility to wake it up by double tapping on the display or through a short touch on the home button, launch the camera with a double swipe down or go directly to the home screen through a swipe up.
If you want to customize all these, just go to
Settings > Display > Gestures > Buttons > Motion launch gestures
and set them in the way you want and fits your needs best.
Reorder your apps
Unlike the LG G5, the HTC 10 does have an app drawer by default, but the apps are a total mess, being arranged randomly. For some users, this can be a bit frustrating, but fortunately, there’s a way to solve this issue.
Open the app drawer and in the top left corner you can notice a Settings icon. Tap it and select the Alphabetically option. That’s it, your apps are now arranged like they should’ve been from the beginning.
Set the Power Saver
HTC thought about those moments when your battery is almost over and you desperately need your phone as well. When you’re at just 5%, it will automatically activate Extreme Power mode, which will limit the phone’s functions to the basics, like making calls and sending texts. Also, when you’re at 15%, it activates the Power Saving mode, which limits your phone’s overall performance, in order to get you as much juice as possible.
Like mentioned above, 5% and 15% are the default values, but you can easily change them by going to
Settings > Power > Power saver
Pick a custom theme
Finally, one last thing you should do, in order to properly set up your new HTC 10, is to change the default theme with one that fits your style and personality. We’re not fans of bloatware apps, but this year, HTC tried to offer a user interface as close as possible to stock. There are some pre-installed apps, of course, and some of them are pretty cool.
One of these apps is HTC Themes which allows you to totally change the look of your phone’s menu. There are a lot of themes you can choose from, changing your colors, fonts, wallpapers and so on. In the end, it’s up to you to pick the one that looks the best.
And there you have it, guys. Some of the most important things, in our opinion, that you should do after unboxing your brand new HTC 10. If you have other suggestions that could expand this list, tell us about them, using the comments section below.