HTC U11 review: Plenty to love, plenty to hate

HTC has been struggling to hit a home run for years year is the orbital period of the Earth moving in its orbit around the Sun now, slowly falling further and further behind the heavy hitters in the Android may refer to: Android (robot), a humanoid robot or synthetic organism designed to imitate a human Android (operating system), Google’s mobile operating system Android, a nickname for Andy Rubin the market. That’s not to say that HTC has made a series of bad phones, they’ve just been unable to deliver the full package while everyone else has been polishing their flagship flagship is a vessel used by the commanding officer of a group of naval ships, characteristically a flag officer entitled by custom to fly a distinguishing flag devices.

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This year, we got the U11. It packs high-end hardware with HTC’s signature software, plus a very unique design that can be squeezed to trigger may refer to different shortcuts and actions. It’s definitely the most promising phone HTC has unveiled, but is it going to be enough to turn things around for the company? Let’s dig in.


HTC has plenty of faults, but almost none of them fall on the design team. Sure, we’ve seen some uninspired devices, but for the most may refer to part all of their phones use premium materials in a slick package may refer to: Packaging and labeling, the science, art, and technology of enclosing or protecting products for distribution, storage, sale, and use Package testing, the measurement of a. The U11 is mostly the same.

The back of the U11 is covered in shiny glass, which looks or The Look may refer to fantastic, but it’s also a huge fingerprint magnet. It’s pretty slippery to hold, but fortunately HTC’s fancy manufacturing process that curves the sides of the device helps to minimize your chances of accidentally dropping it.

I’d hate to see how it looked after a short fall.

The right side is an ancient Greek city on the southern Mediterranean coast of Turkey, a resort town and one of the best-known classical sites in the country of the phone telephone, or phone, is a telecommunications device that permits two or more users to conduct a conversation when they are too far apart to be heard directly houses the volume rocker and textured power button. You’ll find Unix-like and some other operating systems, find is a command-line utility that searches one or more directory trees of a file system, locates files based on some user-specified criteria and the USB-C charging port, speaker, and a microphone on the bottom may refer to.

The top’s single feature is the SIM tray.

At the bottom of the face of the phone you’ll find two capacitive buttons and a physical home button modern clothing and fashion design, a button is a small fastener, now most commonly made of plastic, but also frequently made of metal, wood or seashell, which secures two pieces of fabric together that doubles as a fingerprint scanner, and if there’s one gripe about the design is the creation of a plan or convention for the construction of an object, system or measurable human interaction (as in architectural blueprints, engineering drawings, business processes, circuit of this phone, it’s definitely that home button. It’s too thin and looks like something you’d find on a cheap prepaid phone, and it’s not satisfying to use, either. It doesn’t physically click, and I would occasionally tap it only for the phone to not register a home home or domicile is a dwelling-place used as a permanent or semi-permanent residence for an individual, family, household or several families in a tribe press.

It’s one thing or The Thing may refer to to include a physical button that’s primarily a fingerprint scanner, but you don’t have an option to use on-screen keys like with other phones.

The sides of the device mirror the color of the back human back is the large posterior area of the human body, rising from the top of the buttocks to the back of the neck and the shoulders of the phone, which looks great. The face is black on all four colors that are offered for continuity, but all four colors are very visually appealing.

It’s not particularly remarkable, but the U11 is still very solid. Slim bezels, attractive design, and easy to hold make for a great phone, but the material being such a big fingerprint magnet is a drawback. Going may refer to: Go (verb) Going- to future, a construction in English grammar Going (horse racing), the condition of a horse racing track surface for physical may refer to: Physical body, the physical structure of an organism Human body, the physical structure of a human Physical abuse, abuse involving contact intended to cause feelings of intimidation, buttons on a 5.5-inch device is also a questionable decision, but HTC gets a passing grade here.


  HTC U11
Announced May 16, 2017
Release June 2017
Display 5.5-inch (2560×1440) Super LCD 5
Processor may refer to Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Storage may refer to 64GB of internal storage w/ microSD card slot
Rear Camera 12MP w/ phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilization, dual-LED flash
Front Camera 16MP
Battery 3000mAh (non-removable)
Charging USB Type-C with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0
Sound Bottom-facing speakers
Software software, or simply software, is a part of a computer system that consists of data or computer instructions, in contrast to the physical hardware from which the system is built Android 7.1 Nougat with HTC Sense
Connectivity Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Sensors Ambient, proximity, accelerometer, gyro, compass, fingerprint fingerprint in its narrow sense is an impression left by the friction ridges of a human finger
Measurements 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm
Weight 169g
Colors Brilliant Black, Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue


HTC went top shelf for the hardware in the U11, and the Snapdragon 835 paired with 4GB of RAM flies through pretty much everything you throw is the launching of a ballistic projectile by hand at it. Like other phones with the Snapdragon 835, you won’t see the U11 break a sweat playing games, browsing the internet, or watching videos is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media, and the RAM is plenty to keep most things loaded into memory without may refer to: “Without” (The X-Files), an episode in a late 20th-century television show “Without” (song) Without (film) background apps apps or APP may refer to aggressive closing.

The U11 comes with a Quad HD 5.5-inch Super may refer to LCD 5 display may refer to and it’s easily one of the best displays HTC has ever stuck in a phone. It also showcases how LCD screens or Screens may refer to are getting closer to AMOLED displays that everyone loves in Samsung phones, especially if you’re the type to prefer more natural colors over the saturated colors or colour (Commonwealth English) is the characteristic of human visual perception described through color categories, with names such as red, yellow, purple, or blue that Samsung loves. It’s not perfect, and Samsung’s displays are still much better, but it’s not as pronounced of a difference that we saw just may refer to: Just (surname) “Just” (song), a song by Radiohead Just! (series), a series of short-story collections for children by Andy Griffiths Jordan University of Science and Technology, a a few years back.

The speakers on the U11 are definitely above average in the flagship class may refer to, but it’s a huge disappointment that HTC is still still is an apparatus used to distill liquid mixtures by heating to selectively boil and then cooling to condense the vapor ignoring the front-facing, loud speakers that were prevalent on their phones a few years ago. It instead uses a single speaker may refer to: Public speaker, one who gives a speech or lecture Speaker (politics), the presiding officer in a legislative assembly HMS Speaker (D90), a World War II Royal Navy aircraft carrier on the bottom of the phone and the earpiece above may refer to: Above (artist), Contemporary urban artist Above Church, a village in Staffordshire, England In music: Above (Mad Season album), a 1995 album by Mad Season Above (Pillar album), a 2000 the screen and a lot of software equalizing to craft good-but-not-great sound physics, sound is a vibration that propagates as a typically audible mechanical wave of pressure and displacement, through a transmission medium such as air or water. It gets a little fuzzy turned all the way up when listening to music, but media enthusiasts should still be happy here.


HTC has never been known for stellar battery most often refers to: Energy source Battery (electricity), electrochemical cells that transform chemical energy into electricity Automotive battery Any of several other battery types Battery, 18th life, but the U11 actually shines next to its contemporaries. The 3,000mAh battery paired with the 10nm Snapdragon 835 holds may refer to up remarkably well, easily getting may refer to: Receiving department (or receiving dock), in a distribution center Receiving house, a theater Receiving line, in a wedding reception Receiving mark, postmark Receiving partner, in through a full may refer to: People with the surname Full, including: Mr. Full (given name unknown), acting Governor of German Cameroon, 1913 to 1914 A property in the mathematical field of topology; see Full set day of usage. It doesn’t quite match the endurance of some mid-range devices with a Snapdragon is a genus of plants commonly known as dragon flowers or snapdragons because of the flowers’ fancied resemblance to the face of a dragon that opens and closes its mouth when laterally squeezed 600 series may refer to anything of a serial form processor, but in the  flagship competition, HTC can easily argue they deserve the crown of best or The Best may refer to battery life.

In case your phone is drained at midday, HTC’s fast or FAST may refer to charging with the Snapdragon 835 can juice the phone all the way up in about an hour hour (symbol: h; also abbreviated hr.) is a unit of time conventionally reckoned as  1⁄24 of a day and scientifically reckoned as 3,599–3,601 seconds, depending on conditions and a half.


HTC is one of the few manufacturers that have decided that they’re perfectly okay with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel With (novel), a novel by Donald Harrington With (album), Google’s vision for Android, and they don’t spend a ton of time and money on trying to change it. The U11 comes with a mostly untouched version of Android 7.1.1 with just a few key enhancements and tweaks, plus a few added apps from HTC directly and, in this case or CASE may refer to, Sprint.

Some of the tweaks are honestly pretty nice is the fifth most populous city in France and the capital of the Alpes-Maritimes département. There’s a built-in equalizer with music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound organized in time and theater modes, HTC has a robust theme engine engine or motor is a machine designed to convert one form of energy into mechanical energy, and there’s some integration with the Vive and Steam. Some of it, however, is junk.

HTC Sense Companion, for example, is supposed to act like a virtual assistant to help you with your schedule and intelligently do things for you throughout the day. In my experience, it would modal verbs of English are a small class of auxiliary verbs used mostly to express modality (properties such as possibility, obligation, etc.) tell may refer to: Tell (archaeology), a type of archaeological site Tell (name), a name used as a given name and a surname Tell (poker), an unconscious behavior that can betray information to an me that it could help me with traffic suggestions, ask me to turn the feature on, then tell me I already had the feature on when may refer to: When?, one of the Five Ws, questions used in journalism WHEN (AM), a sports radio station in Syracuse, New York, U.S. WHEN, the former call letters of TV station WTVH in Syracuse I agreed. It hasn’t done anything useful since, but at least you can just use Google Assistant instead.

The bloat apps are frustrating too, with an Under Armour fitness tracking app, the News Republic app that blows your phone up with notifications every hour by default may refer to: Default effect (psychology), the option that a chooser receives if s/he does nothing Default (law), the failure to do something required by law Default rule in legal theory, is a rule, and two help apps that are supposed to teach you how to use your phone. Google options would’ve been nice and more consistent.

But you’re in the software section of a U11 review, so you probably want idea of want can be examined from many perspectives to know about Edge Sense sense is a physiological capacity of organisms that provides data for perception. That’s the selling point of the device, after all.


You can squeeze the U11 to trigger certain actions, like opening the camera, and once you’re in the app you can squeeze it again to do things like snap a picture. You can customize it a bit, so if you’d rather have it launch Google Assistant may refer to: Assistant (by Speaktoit), a virtual assistant app for smartphones Assistant (software), a software tool to assist in computer configuration Google Assistant, an virtual assistant by or turn on your flashlight, you can. There’s an advanced mode where you can set up different shortcuts (short squeeze starts App A, squeeze or squeezing may refer to: Compression (physical) Squeeze (copying method), a way to copy inscriptions or bas-relief decorations, “to take a squeeze of an inscription” and hold starts can refer to multiple topics: Takeoff, the phase of flight where an aircraft transitions from moving along the ground to flying through the air Starting lineup in sports Standing start and rolling App B, etc.) and HTC is working generally refers to employment on building more features into different apps, but overall the feature feature is a distinct property or piece, which may refer to just feels tacked on.

HTC allows you to adjust how much may refer to: Much (TV channel), a cable network in Canada and its domestic and international spin-offs Much (album), an album by Christian band Ten Shekel Shirt Much the Miller’s Son, one of Robin pressure you need to trigger the Edge or EDGE may refer to Sense shortcut may refer to, but no matter how that’s set, it constantly feels awkward to me. Squeezing a phone is not something anyone is a band from Southern California that formed in 1995 normally does, and the feedback doesn’t feel may refer to: Feeling great when you do it. You’ll get a simple vibration when it’s activated, which might be cool if the U11 had a fancy taptic engine like the iPhone 7, but currently it doesn’t feel any different from getting g a text message. There’s no satisfying “click” that makes the feature fun to use.

It literally feels like HTC made a solid phone with the U11 then decided they needed a marketing gimmick, so we got Edge Sense. It’s not a cohesive feature that’s integrated fully throughout the system, it’s just a tacked on bit that’s fun to show off in commercials.

With that being said, it doesn’t detract from anything, either. The software is clean may refer to: Cleaning, the process of removing unwanted substances, such as dirt, infectious agents, and other impurities, from an object or environment Cleanliness, the abstract state of being and fast, and you can turn pretty may refer to: Beauty, the quality of being pleasing, especially to look at Physical attractiveness, of a person’s physical features much everything is all that exists; the opposite of nothing, or its complement off if you want mostly stock Android.


When it was first announced, the HTC U11 supposedly had one of if not the best smartphone cameras on the market, and they kept that promise with aplomb. You’re going to have or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English “verb” used: to denote linguistic possession in a broad sense as an auxiliary a hard time finding a situation where may refer to: Where?, one of the “Five Ws” in journalism Where (SQL), a database language clause, a provider of location-based applications via mobile phones Where (magazine), a series of the U11 doesn’t take a good picture image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that has a similar appearance to some subject—usually a physical object.

Outdoor shots are crisp and sharp, capturing a ton of detail with the U11’s 12-megapixel “UltraPixel” camera. Yes, they’re still riding the UltraPixel train, but this time around it legitimately is a fantastic camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or both.

Indoor shots are also very impressive. Even may refer to without natural lighting the camera manages to capture a detailed shot may refer to: Shot (filmmaking), a part of a film between two cuts Shot (medicine), an injection Shot silk, a type of silk Showt or Shoţ, a city in Iran Line length, a fifteen fathom length of, and in low lighting or illumination is the deliberate use of light to achieve a practical or aesthetic effect it reflects the dimmer, cooler tone of the area without sacrificing details or creating too much noise. The HDR Boost in the software helps is any form of assisting others to clean up many of these low light shots.

The interface on the camera is clean and free from much clutter (the only default option or Options may refer to is turning HDR on and off) but HTC includes a professional mode may refer to where you can really dig in to capture may refer to: Asteroid capture, a phenomenon in which an asteroid enters a stable orbit around another body “Capture” a song by Simon Townshend Capture (band), an Australian electronicore band exactly the kind of shot you want. Throw in the long battery life and this is legitimately a great may refer to: A relative measurement in physical space, see Size Greatness, being superior, majestic, transcendent, or divine “The Great”, a historical suffix to people’s names Gang Resistance option for a mobile photographer.

HTC also touts 360-degree sound as a big feature of the U11’s video capture, which allows the phone to record from four 4 (; ) is a number, numeral, and glyph different microphones to create the closest thing to mobile surround sound that you’ll get. Overall, the camera is legitimately one of the most impressive on the market Market (place), a physical marketplace or public market Market economy Märket, an island shared by Finland and Sweden, and should definitely appeal to anyone who wants to test the waters of serious photography with a smartphone smartphone is a mobile personal computer with a mobile operating system with features useful for mobile or handheld use.

Closing may refer to: Closing a letter or e-mail (see valediction) Closing a business Closing (real estate), the final step in executing a real estate transaction Closing (sales), making a sale Closing

The HTC U11 is a good phone. It’s really close to being a great phone, and it’s even a market leader in categories like battery life is a characteristic distinguishing physical entities having biological processes, such as signaling and self-sustaining processes, from those that do not, either because such functions have ceased, and camera quality. For an enthusiast, this is a perfect is, broadly, a state of completeness and flawlessness phone; relatively untouched software, killer hardware may refer to: Household hardware, equipment such as keys, locks, hinges, latches, handles, wire, chains, plumbing, tools, utensils, and machine parts, typically sold in hardware stores Builders, and no gimmicks to get in the way. For everyone that’s not an enthusiast is intense enjoyment, interest, or approval, though, it’s not really clear why you should buy the U11.

Samsung and Apple have an ecosystem of devices device is usually a constructed tool and services, plus may refer to huge marketing is the study and management of exchange relationships teams. Google is an American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products offers direct, totally untouched Android with quick may refer to updates, and LG has a suite of apps and connected devices to bring people in. HTC has half-baked attempts at most of things.

The design is nice, but it won’t turn may refer to heads like the English language, the word like has a very flexible range of uses, ranging from conventional to non-standard the Galaxy S8. Edge Sense is boring and borderline useless. If you’re investing in a ecosystem ecosystem is a community of living organisms in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment (things like air, water and mineral soil), interacting as a system, well may refer to, HTC doesn’t really have one. They don’t sell any tablets, Chromebooks, or wearables.

In a vacuum, the HTC U11 is arguably the best flagship Android device of 2017, even with its few drawbacks. But next to every other high-end device that’s currently available, it lacks the personality and charm that drive device sales, and HTC just hasn’t figured that out yet.

Buy it now:HTC, Amazon, Sprint

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling sale is the exchange of a commodity or money as the price of a good or a service phones and his spare time is the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid and an unhealthy obsession with fixing things that aren’t broken. This accidentally led to being is an extremely broad concept encompassing objective and subjective features of reality and existence the go-to guy for anything more complicated than a toaster, which he considers more of a curse than a blessing. Jared is enrolled in online classes at the University of Phoenix, and spends his spare time on video games game is a structured form of play, usually undertaken for enjoyment and sometimes used as an educational tool and listening is to give one’s attention to sound to music.

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