We are taking a look at the HTC 10 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 today and these are both two handsets that couldn’t be any more different.
The 2015 handset from HTC fell short of competing with the Samsung Galaxy S6 but this year things are different. This is due to the fact that both companies are devices that are contending for the Smartphone of the Year. So which handset comes out ahead?
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have been out for over three months and the HTC 10 for around two months and both are superb devices. Both are also almost flawless but there are some minor differences to the two.
The HTC 10 offers support for hi-fi audio and it comes with an amplifier built in along with 24-bit DAC and this means that you get sound that is superb with any connected headphones.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 also has some quirks and one is that you can take your phone into the bath tub or Jacuzzi without having to worry about it. This is something that you wouldn’t dare do with the HTC 10. The handset also offers up wireless charging. The S7 also comes with support for VR by way of the Samsung/Oculus Gear VR.
When it comes to design this is going to come down to whether you want an all-metal build of the HTC 10 or you prefer the glass and metal design of the Samsung Galaxy S7. Both feel great in the hand and there is no plastic in sight.
The HTC 10 comes in-between the sizing of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge and the S7 is 6% lighter than the HTC 10. While it is larger the S7 Edge comes in 2.5% lighter.
Both of the devices have displays that are superb and HTC have gone to the QHD resolution and this now matches the standard of Samsung. The S7 has AMPLED and the HTC 10 comes with IPS. The colours on the S7 are rich and eye popping and the colours of the HTC seem more realistic.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge offers the 5.5 inch display and this is the largest. The display of the HTC 10 is 5.2 inches, while the S7 offers a display of 5.1 inches. The S7 Edge comes with a display that is curved and slopes off on both sides.
The cameras on both the HTC 10 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 are great. However, the S7 offers punchy highlights and colour saturation and the HTC 10 is more subtle. There is nothing to choose from between the two handsets.
For battery life the Samsung Galaxy S7 is a little ahead and both handsets offer quick charging support. However, only Samsung offers wireless charging.
So will you go for the Samsung Galaxy S7 or would you choose the HTC 10?