HTC U ULTRA:Review
five or six years ago HTC was a Titan of the smartphone world, but the past half-decade hasn’t been kind to the Taiwanese company it’s lost money market share and several high-profile designers and executives along the way .
Nevertheless’ HTC still here and still making pretty good funds both under its own brand name and for Google under the pixel contract. The latest high-end as a come out of HTC is this the U ultra the first phablet size HTC flagship for more than three years so does HTC still have some of its old magic left or at 750 u.s. dollars is it asking too much for too little let’s find out this is our review of the HTC U Ultra.
So the HTC U Ultra is a giant glass slab of a phone we’re used to 5.7 inch device is becoming Worf’s felt and hand friendly thanks to the late galaxy note 7 and the just launched LG g6, but this thing is a big bezel eat a little tougher to one hand and other phones in this display category quick size comparison here that’s the Huawei mate 9 there with a 5.9 inch display and even that is more than ultra so true you lose some of our space to the on-screen buttons on the mate.
What we’re dealing with here is essentially a super-sized HTC 10 with a really unique and highly reflective polished glass rear and one or two weird quirks up top thanks to an LG be 20 styles second screen for as physically huge as this phone is it is at least a good-looking piece of hardware.
- Released 2017, February
170g, 8mm thickness
Android OS, v7.0
microSD card slot
- 5.7″1440×2560 pixels
- 4GB RAMSnapdragon 821
- 3000mAh Li-Ion
HTC still knows how to design a phone and the bill Cortese excellent with flawless joins and a comfortable with slightly slippery in hand feel and the back of this thing looks stunning especially the blue model that catches the light like wet metallic paint.
Around the front HTC stuck with capacitive keys freeing up some display space arranged around an excellent super fast fingerprint scanner which doubles as your home key and the slice and fairly aggressive sharpening effects on a display which I don’t particularly mind but may well bug you.
The screen itself is impressive with daylight visibility much in who from HTC 10 disappointing 5.2-inch panel.
okay so let’s talk about the second screen for a bit LG fans remember it from the v10 and see 20 and HTC’s implementation this feature is basically a carbon copy inheriting all the same pros and cons for me the second screen never really goes beyond being slightly useful with some areas of the software like being decidedly half-baked.
The second screen can show you notifications, music controls, shortcuts to your favorite apps and contacts and upcoming weather conditions , but notification side of things moderately useful as it doesn’t work perfectly with some apps.Same deal with music widget which hilariously doesn’t work with anything besides google play music and the contact shocker lets you create shortcuts to call people rather than text or instant messages.
It’s like HTC put the bare minimum amount of work just to get this feature done without really making sure.It was fully baked.The same goes for the much-vaunted sent companion feature which is supposed to use AI because everything is AI now apparently to show you weather conditions that might affect your plans as well as traffic updates and something to do with Fitness that never seemed to appear on my phone.
If this sounds like a poor man’s version of Google now that’s basically because it is I didn’t find it particularly useful after a week of the phone so, I ended up turning it off thankfully the rest of HTC Sense software is a little more competent. The experience is just as lightweight as on the HTC 10 with a handful of HTC apps complementing an otherwise Google- centric software suite blink feed is still there to bring social updates and news to your home screen. There’s nothing too crazy later top angle at 7.0 new good which is just fine for those of us app who recite minimal clutter and a stock Android aesthetic on the inside you.
Alter packs some small upgrades over last year’s HTC 10 let’s not dragon 821 four gigs of ram 64 gigs of bass storage plus SD and a slightly upgraded 12 megapixel camera around the back and the 3000 milliamp hour battery now 3000 isn’t a huge number for a phone with such an enormous display or I guess displays in this case but I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much mileage this fun gets me.
They also certainly isn’t a multi-day phone but those anywhere near are anemic as some past HTC efforts like the one a9 I’ve been getting a good solid day jumping between Wi-Fi and LTE with around four hours of screen on time there’s no wireless charging they’ll disappoint for a glass back phone but at least you get quick charge three for rapid refills, however, don’t expect to plug anything else into the ultra sport while it’s charging.
There’s no headphone jack here and I really don’t understand why it’s not like there isn’t room down there now HTC does include a set of excellent use sonic USBC earphones in the box which sound great because they use sound to map your inner ear and tune things accordingly that’s all well and good but there’s no headphone dongle in the box so you’ll have to order one separately to use with your existing cans this in a phone which costs 750 US dollars.
At least HTC continues to nail the basics of the smartphone experience though day-to-day performance is just as gracious who come to expect from the company speedy across the board with fast upload times and no problems with apps getting pumped out of memory prematurely.
The HTC 10 12 megapixel ultra pixel to camera was the first really great HTC camera in years and the U also builds on that with a slightly upgraded IMX through 78 sensors behind the same f 1.8 lenses along with 0, but it’s clear that while it is good it’s not up to the level of service and media competitors like the Google pixel and LG g 6 to me it seems like.
The issue isn’t the optics on paper the ultra beats both the pixel and the g6 in this area but google and LG have better processing which means sharper low-light photos and better dynamic range.Do you also sucks in a lot of color detail in darker scenes, but fine details are blotchy and the phone is a tendency to overexpose night shots which only exacerbates things .I’m pretty happy with you ultras camera overall.
But I hope HTC steps things up a notch in a direct successor to the HTC 10 which is on the cards for later in the spring again.
It’s not necessarily the hardware that needs an upgrade but HTC is processing the ultra is a difficult thing, to sum up, it’s not a bad phone by any stretch and yet it doesn’t quite feel fully formed there’s maybe eighty to eighty-five percent of a fantastic handset here but I think there’s also a lack of focus gimmicky half-baked features like the sense companion the secondary display don’t add much the experience meanwhile on the hardware side.
we have gigantic phone with a relatively small battery and giant bezels that go against the grain of the rest the smartphone world with 2017. While the back of the author looks great the front looks decidedly dated. When you compare to the almost bezel free galaxy SI plus. I really hope you see if you can build on the positives here’s it prepares its successor to the HTC 10 the more than that I want the company to figure out what’s special about an HTC phone in the market where everyone has great build quality and decent performance because the few gimmicks of the U ultra simply aren’t going to cut it so on the HTC U Ultra.