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Apple iPhone 7 vs HTC 10: Which is best for me?

Apple’s latest iPhone 7 handset sports all kinds of sexy new features, but how does it compare to one of the best Android mobiles of 2016, the HTC 10? Here’s our HTC 10 vs iPhone 7 spec and feature comparison review, to see which flagship phone is best for you.

Also check out our iPhone 7 vs every other iPhone guide to see if the latest Apple mobile is a worthy upgrade compared with previous models.

iPhone 7 vs HTC 10: Specs at a glance

Phone iPhone 7 HTC 10
Screen size 4.7-inch 5.2-inch
Screen resolution 1334×750 2560×1440
Water resistant? Yes No
Processor A10 Fusion Snapdragon 820
Storage 32/128/256GB 32/64GB
MicroSD? No Yes
Cameras 12MP + 7MP 12MP + 5MP
Price From £599 £499

iPhone 7 vs HTC 10: What’s the difference?

The HTC 10 is HTC’s best phone in ages, although that chamfered metal unibody design isn’t a massive break from tradition. It’s chunkier than the iPhone 7 and heavier too, not to mention a bit trickier to operate with a single mitt. But it’s also attractive and rugged as hell, putting up with all kinds of abuse.

That said, the iPhone 7 has an advantage when it comes to water. The iPhone can survive a dunking for half an hour or so, while the HTC 10 is merely splash-proof.

If you want super-gorgeous visuals, either phone will do the job. The HTC 10 is better on paper with a Quad HD 5.2-inch screen that’s sharper than Apple’s Retina display. However, the iPhone 7 produces crisp images too, with a more powerful maximum brightness.

Both phones are also strong when it comes to audio. The HTC 10’s BoomSound speakers can pump out a quality, powerful bit of sound, while Apple’s all-new stereo speaker setup is a step up from previous iPhones. However, the iPhone 7 ditches the 3.5mm jack, so you’ll need to use wireless or Lightning headsets instead (unless you use the fiddly Apple adapter).

Gamers and demanding users will be happy with either phone too. The iPhone 7 packs in Apple’s new A10 Fusion processor, which is fantastically powerful, while the HTC 10’s Snapdragon 820 chipset can also run the latest apps and games with perfect frame rates and nary a stutter.

We’re yet to test the iPhone 7’s battery life but you can expect a full day with solid use. The HTC 10 is almost certainly the winner here, offering closer to a day and a half of operation on a single charge.

The HTC 10’s camera is almost a match for the best snapper of 2016 (the Galaxy S7’s excellent camera), capturing detail-packed snaps in almost any conditions. It isn’t quite as strong in low light, but it’s very dependable for everyday shots. You can also shoot perfectly sharp video up to 4K in resolution, with decent stabilisation.

Check out our HTC 10 camera review for more info.

Apple’s iPhone 7 camera should be superior to the HTC 10’s in low light conditions, thanks to its new 4-LED flash and super-smart Image Signal Processor. We’re yet to fully test it (stay tuned for our iPhone 7 camera review), but early signs are that the iPhone 7’s 12-megapixel shooter could be one of the best smartphone cameras of all time. And you can once again capture video in up to 4K UHD resolution.

Check out our iPhone 7 camera preview for more info.

Both the iPhone 7 and HTC 10 are a similar price, and boast a strong set of specs and features, making this a tricky choice. The iPhone wins out for us though, with its boosted camera tech, water resistant design and general desirability.

Check back soon for our full iPhone 7 review.


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