HTC U11 review: Surprisingly good

Posted:  June 2, 2017   By:    18 comments   


Intro

“What were you thinking, HTC?!” was the first thought that ran through my head when I saw the Taiwanese company announce the U Ultra and U Play smartphones. HTC, the manufacturer that set the gold standard for the metal bodied smartphone, was ditching the one thing they did better than anyone else.

I thought they had lost their minds. I was certainly disappointed to find out that HTC would also be sticking with the glass design for their 2017 flagship, especially since they made such a comeback with last year’s almost perfect 10.

So, clearly, I was going into this review with a little more disdain than usual. By the end of this review, I was confident that all I would get was confirmation that HTC had completely lost the plot. HTC wasn’t going to win me over, not after they killed what I loved so much about their flagships.

But here’s the thing, after spending some time with the HTC U11, it did win me over even if it was only a little bit. It impressed me just enough that I might recommend this to people looking for a flagship Android device.

The Good

+ Build quality is solid
+ Camera is awesome
+ Speakers are great

The Bad

– Screen and design feel dated
– Looks garish
– Sub-par battery life


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18 Comments for HTC U11 review: Surprisingly good

smart455

Does HTC pay reviewers worlwide or is it really good device?

    soyacincau

    In case you’re wondering, we would never do paid reviews on this site.

      S8+ Kaki

      chill la Soyacincau…..

    Crasher7

    Usually HTC phones during April May releases quite good. Just that their subsequent release in the year are questionable

jojopanmee

Not bad from HTC this year, but i will go for the s8 as the price are not much different and it's 8mm wider than the 6.4inch s8. Alternately go for the mi6 if wan 2 save 1k to buy a flagship phone.

rats

I read a few of this site’s reviews (I am from Philippines). it seems to be not consistent.

a pros in one phone can be a cons in another.

and the phone review is neither technically In-depth enough or from a user experience is also lacking. the author didn’t do a picture to picture comparison and draw conclusion for picture qualities? that’s an opinion that nobody cares, unless the author is some famous photographer.

is this site sponsored by phone companies?

    soyacincau

    We would never do paid reviews on this site as it is unethical. If there is sponsored content, it would be declared upfront so that our readers will be well informed. We will doing another round of camera comparison, so do stay tuned for that.

      mahalsangat

      that wasn’t his/her question.

      his/her question was, “is this site sponsored by phone companies”.
      he/she didn’t ask whether this review is a paid review.
      If you still don’t get it, meaning, is a large portion of your income contributed by phone companies? either from advertisement or other reasons. Even if they don’t pay you directly for a favourable review, how do you stay “independant” if they indirectly pay your salary?

      And I agree that In the world of tech, performance and (camera) qualities are all relatives. what’s cutting edge today may no longer be so tomorrow. the only way to anchor what you deem is good now, is to have it compared with its rivals. And by doing so, helping us to choose a device in the market.

      We don’t want school boy opinions. we want both sides of the story backup by sound facts. and based on our individual needs, we will decide for ourselves what’s good for us.

        soyacincau

        We do get advertisements from various industries such telcos, e-commerce, apps, entertainment, IT products, and of course, smartphone brands. Having diverse advertisers allow us to maintain editorial independence and we have a clear separation when it comes to commercial content. We are free to report/review as it is and we have always pointed out the positive and negative without any influence from brands regardless if they are our current advertiser. If brands wish to have their own say, it would be clearly marked as sponsored and we would never comply any request to mask "sponsored" content.

        Our reviews are always based on our actual experiences with the device. Our writers are free to write both pro and cons but they must be backed up by facts. If there's anything wrong, please point it out and we would gladly make any amends if any.

    walauweh

    on thw picturea side,the author praises the camera with diaclaimer that he didnt do back to back comparison yet to make full conclusion,but based on the photos,u can see it clearly one of the best.

    even zooming in the photos u can see the details is pretty much preserve. same as the cloud,u can see a well exposed photos.

    well,if u care to read untill the end,the author also mentioned that he will hold the ultimate judgement on the camera when he do comparo next time.

    for technical details,i think anandtech,tombshardware,notebook check will do it.

    but most of reviews i read on most sites didnt do technical details except that i mentioned above.

    but its a good recommendation if soya cincau can do technical details review such as sites i mentioned above.

    Dave

    If you’re looking for in-depth technical reviews and be geeky or techie enough to cc are about the differences in benchmarks and whatever scores, you’ve come to the wrong place. I prefer overviews and layman reviews because in the end, I use a phone like a layman, so too much technical details is just a waste of reading time to me.

    S8+ Kaki

    Hi Rats,

    you are right, basically most reader (if not all) dislike this writer from this tech blog. This tech blog was my number one tech blog pick, but not anymore.

YKK

Invitation to launch events and gaining early access to review units are good enough for most bloggers and reviewers. And of coz, there’s nothing wrong with that too.

lalala

this is actually a fair and good review.

DC

Do camera comparison with Google Pixel.

kyo90

If compare with HTC U Ultra camare? Is that about the same ?

    yusry

    ultra are using ultrapixel 2.0, compared to htc u11 are using ultrapixel 3.0.

YES

Have you tested the 3D audio?