In the Android world, we follow a familiar release cycle when it comes to flagship smartphones, mostly centered around the two major trade shows, MWC and IFA. This year, Samsung and LG were first out of the gate with their respective flagship offerings being showcased back during MWC 2016, and while HTC was a little late to the party, we now have all three high-end offerings to choose from.

Each device brings something unique to the table to help distinguish themselves from the other, and we’ve covered them extensively here at Android Authority with comprehensive reviews, in-depth comparisons, and feature focus articles. Which is the best of the lot? That is what we aim to find out, as we take a closer look at the HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 / Galaxy S7 Edge vs LG G5 in this unique triple-threat versus!

Design

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In design, we start with the LG G5, given its complete departure from the norm with regards to design and build quality. The G5 now features a full-metal construction, but comes with a microdized coating; this essentially means that the device has a coat of primer and has been painted, which has proven to be a controversial decision. This results in the phone not feeling like a true metal device, and you don’t get the same premium feel that you get with other smartphones boasting metal constructions.

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The unique aspect of the LG G5 is that it is a modular phone, with a bottom chin that is removable. This not only allows LG to to retain staple features like a replaceable battery – despite the move to a metal build – but you also get what LG calls “Friends,” which includes modules and peripherals. The modules include the camera grip, which gives you physical dials and buttons to control the camera, and the Bang & Olufsen audio DAC, that will offer better quality audio.

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With the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung continues what it started with their 2015 flagships, with both devices retaining a unibody metal and glass construction. There have been some refinements made along the way, such as the curves along the sides on the back – first seen with the Galaxy Note 5 – to help with the handling experience. Both are slightly thicker than their predecessors, to make room for larger batteries, but that also helped make the camera protrusion on the back far less prominent.

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The Galaxy S7 Edge, with its 5.5-inch display, is bigger than its flagship counterpart, and of course, comes with the dual curves along the sides of the display that gives it its name. The curved edges aren’t just aesthetically pleasing, but come with an improved set of features that make them more useful.

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Moving on to the HTC 10, HTC brings back the premium metal build that the company is known for. The device is bigger than its predecessor, courtesy of a larger 5.2-inch screen, and the extra size appears in the form of chamfered edges all around the back, that gives the phone a nice silhouetted look. This provides a subtle aesthetic that makes the phone look really good. The HTC 10 is relatively compact, and allows for a handling experience that is manageable for the most part, but the metal backing does prove to be quite slippery, which can take some getting used to.

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The main changes with the latest HTC flagship are seen up front, with the dual front-facing speakers no longer available, to make way for a fingerprint scanner below the display. BoomSound is still available however, with one speaker placed above the display up front, coupled with a woofer at the bottom, which adds more to the lower mids and lows when it comes to audio. Overall, the HTC 10 feels a lot like the phone HTC should have been making until now, with the dark grey version looking especially nice. If you are in the market for a metal phone, the HTC 10 is the one to beat.

Display

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All the smartphones comes with Quad HD displays, with differing sizes – 5.1-inches for the Galaxy S7, 5.2-inches for the HTC 10, 5.3-inches for the LG G5, and 5.5-inches for the Galaxy S7 Edge – resulting in nominal differences in the pixel densities. The distinction however, comes in the form of the differing underlying technologies, with the Samsung smartphones featuring Super AMOLED screens, while the HTC 10 and LG G5 come with LCD displays, Super LCD 5 and IPS LCD respectively.

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AMOLED displays are what we usually prefer, especially when it comes to Samsung’s Super AMOLED screens, that offer deep, inky blacks, and vibrant, saturated colors, that allow for a more immersive experience. AMOLED displays also see their advantage with regards to frugal battery consumption when using something like night clocks or dark themes. Overall, AMOLED screens do appear to provide the more immersive and engulfing experience.

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The HTC 10 doesn’t come with an Always On display, a feature that is available with the LG G5 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. However, the Always On display of the LG G5 is lacking when compared to the Samsung devices, mostly due to the nature of the LCD panel. It would result in significant battery drain if the brightness of the Always On display was set to higher levels, so the information on the screen is actually quite dim. While it is quite easy to see indoors, it is nearly impossible to do so when outdoors and in direct sunlight. When it comes to the information available with the Always On displays, the LG G5 does have the leg up over the Samsung devices though, with the former able to show notifications from third-party applications as well.

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With the Super LCD 5 display of the HTC 10, you do get a decent amount of saturation and good color reproduction,. With HTC is adhering to the NTSC standard, the display is certainly no slouch, even if it may not stand up to the Super AMOLED screens of the Samsung flagships. When it comes to the display, it is the LG G5 that unfortunately seems to fall behind the competition.

Performance

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When it comes to performance, every one of these flagship smartphones feature identical processing packages, and are powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, clocked at 2.15 GHz, and backed by the Adreno 530 GPU and 4 GB of RAM. As expected, the performance is fantastic across the board, and any minute differences comes down to the software optimization. The performance of these devices are as smooth and snappy as expected, but worth mentioning is the Briefing screen that returns with the Samsung smartphones. There has always been an issue with lag when it comes to Samsung’s second screen experience, but the good news is that any lag or stutter is far less pronounced this time around. Of course, the Briefing screen can also be disabled if you wish to do so.

Hardware

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Hardware is one of the most exciting sections of this triple threat versus, with every device having something different and unique to offer. Starting with the HTC 10, this distinguishing feature comes in the form of BoomSound speakers, which is something that HTC has always offered, but now comes in a different iteration. To make way for the fingerprint scanner up front, what you now get is a front-facing speaker above the display, coupled with a woofer at the bottom that helps with the low ends in the audio. These speakers don’t get as loud when compared to previous generation HTC flagships, but it still provides a nice rich sound.

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That said, the audio experience gets a significant boost when you plug in headphones. The HTC 10 comes with an AMP and a 24-bit DAC installed on the phone, that will allow for some really nice sound stages when using a good pair of headphones. When it comes to the audio and music listening experience, the HTC 10 is undoubtedly far ahead of its competitors.

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When it comes to the other hardware features of the HTC 10, 32 GB and 64 GB are the internal storage options available, along with support for expandable storage via microSD card for up to an additional 200 GB. As mentioned, there is a fingerprint scanner up front, which is as fast and accurate as expected. The device doesn’t feature water resistance, and is splash proof instead, with a rating that isn’t as high as that of the Samsung Galaxy S7. Overall, what you get with the HTC 10 is a solid smartphone with a wonderful audio experience.

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The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge also come with a fingerprint scanner, embedded into the tactile home button up front. You do have to press the button to use the scanner, but that shouldn’t be an issue for anyone, and the sensor is also as fast and accurate as can be. Samsung hasn’t made the move to USB Type-C just yet, with these phones coming with a standard microUSB port instead, next to which is bottom-mounted single speaker unit. The placement of the speaker isn’t ideal, and easy to cover up when using the device in the landscape orientation. The audio quality is unfortunately not the best either, with the sound slightly muffled and tinny.

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The poor audio quality may be because of the protective coating that the device has, which allows for the device to be dust and water resistant. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge comes with an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, which means that you can submerge the device in up to 1.5 meters of water for as long 30 minutes without a negative impact on performance. 32 GB and 64 GB are the in-built storage options available with these devices, and returning to the fold is expandable storage via microSD card, up to an additional 200 GB.

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As expected, the LG G5 also comes with a fingerprint scanner embedded into the tactile power button, which is placed on the back. Unlike the Samsung phones, you don’t have to press the button to use the scanner. The sensor itself is very fast and accurate, and requires only a few taps to set up. Looking at the back, you will notice that the volume rocker is no longer on the back, and have now been moved to a more traditional placement on the side. This isn’t really an issue, but can take some getting used to if you are upgrading from a previous LG flagship, and it does take away from the uniqueness of the LG flagship line.

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LG G5 feature focus: modules and peripherals

February 21, 2016

However the unique feature comes in the form of the removable bottom portion, that allows for access to the battery, and lets you attach other modules, such as a camera grip or an audio DAC, to further enhance the hardware features of this device. 32 GB is the only built-in storage option available, but like the other smartphones in this comparison, you do also get expandable storage via microSD card, up to an additional 200 GB. The LG G5 also comes with a bottom-mounted single speaker unit, but despite the unfortunate placement, the speaker actually gets quite loud, and the audio quality is also good, making it better than what is found with the Samsung flagships.

Battery life

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The LG G5 comes with a 2,800 mAh battery, which is the smallest of the bunch, but the advantage here is that you do have the option to carry spares. Lanh found the battery life to be pretty good, with the device able to comfortably last through a full day of use. The screen-on time numbers aren’t amazing, but with average usage that involves browsing the web, watching videos on Youtube, and playing some games, the G5 manages to provide an entire day of use.

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The same holds true for the HTC 10 and its 3,000 mAh battery. The device can comfortably allow for a full day of use, with a screen-on time of around 4 hours, which isn’t bad. I have to mention here that my usage does involve using GPS for navigation and listening to a lot of music throughout the day, which makes the screen-on time quite impressive.

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Moving on to the Samsung flagships, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge come with 3,000 mAh and 3,600 mAh batteries respectively. The battery life is as expected, and not surprisingly, these phones also provide a full day of use without any issues, with around 4 hours of screen-on time with the Galaxy S7, and 4.5 hours with the Galaxy S7 Edge.

All four of these smartphones come with fast charging capabilities via Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 technology, which means that even if you are running low on battery, charging the device for a short amount of time will bring back a significant amount of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge also come with fast wireless charging support, something that isn’t available with the LG and HTC flagships.

Camera

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The camera has become an increasingly important aspect of the smartphone experience, and while Samsung and LG have historically been at the forefront in this area, previous HTC flagships have fallen short of expectations, which is something that the company is hoping to change this time around.

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Starting with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, both smartphones come with a 12 MP rear camera, with a f/1.7 aperture and OIS, and a 5 MP front-facing unit with a wide angle lens. The cameras of the Samsung flagships have proven to be extremely reliable, and whether you are taking a picture in good lighting conditions or low-light situations, you can always be confident that you will get a good shot.

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The LG G5 comes with a unique camera setup, with two cameras on the back, one being a 16 MP primary shooter, with a f/1.8 aperture and OIS, along paired with a wide angle lens 8 MP unit, as well as an 8 MP front-facing camera. LG hasn’t gone down the same route as Samsung and HTC, with the latter opting for fewer megapixels, in favor of larger pixel sizes. As mentioned, the secondary camera is an 8 MP sensor with a wide angle lens, that allows for some incredible looking wide angle photos. This is fantastic to use, and probably one of the best features of this device. As far as the front-facing camera is concerned, the 8 MP camera is capable of taking some decent looking selfies.

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For the last couple of years, the camera has been a point of contention with HTC’s flagships, with the company going through a few different combinations to find the right fit. This year, much like what Samsung did, we get a 12 MP “Ultrapixel” camera, which essentially means the presence of larger pixel sizes, for better low light performance. The 5 MP front-facing camera of the HTC 10 also comes with OIS, which is what makes this camera setup stand out from the crowd.

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The other great addition is the excellent audio recording that is available when shooting video, regardless of which camera you are using, which is perfect for anyone into vlogging, or if recording video is a key part of your camera experience. The HTC camera app has been quite streamlined as well, and taking a shot is quite fast as well. However, the manual mode leaves something to be desired, because of the fact that if you have all the sliders open, it ends up covering the entire viewfinder.

As far as image quality is concerned, all three of us reached a consensus with regards to the performance of these cameras. The thing you will notice right away is that the HTC 10 tends to overexpose the images quite a lot, and the pictures also lack some color and contrast when compared to the shots taken with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the LG G5. The next point of note is the fact that the Galaxy S7 has better dynamic range than the LG G5. The G5 tends to crush the shadows, resulting in the loss of a lot of detail. The LG G5 also suffers in low light conditions, with the camera not coming with the larger pixel sizes that the other two devices feature.

Unless video recording and simultaneous audio capture are important for you, which is one area in which the HTC 10 camera excels, the Galaxy S7 and LG G5 do offer a lot more. That’s not to say that the HTC 10 camera is bad by any stretch of the imagination, but it isn’t the best either.

HTC 10 camera samples

Samsung Galaxy S7 / Edge camera samples

LG G5 camera samples

Software

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On the software side of things, all four smartphones are running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with their respective custom user interfaces on top. Starting with the HTC 10, returning is the Sense UI, which is a take on Android that is quite close to a stock Android experience. If you’ve used an HTC device before, you will be familiar with the various elements of the Sense UI, and also returning is BlinkFeed, which has always been my favorite news aggregation second screen experience, more than Briefing, or anything that LG has to offer. Ultimately, what is great about the Sense UI is that it remains very intuitive and easy to navigate, with everything where you’d expect it to be, and is a very functional version of Android.

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Moving on to the Samsung flagships, TouchWiz has been getting better every year, and the latest version of the UI is the best yet. TouchWiz is far more toned down now, and the color scheme has also been changed to a more subtle blue, white, and grey. Of course, you also have the option of changing the look completely via the very robust theme store. As far as the features are concerned, you get the various multi-tasking options that Samsung has always included, and the Galaxy S7 Edge also comes with improved Edge panels. The Edge panels allow for easy and quick access to app shortcuts, favorite contacts, pre-selected functions, and news and weather information. If you can leverage this feature properly, it will make the overall experience faster and easier.

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With the LG G5, you get the LG UX, which isn’t the best looking custom interface out there, but it certainly is an improvement over previous versions of the G UI. It remains a little bit cartoon-y as far as the icon pack and animations are concerned, but the overall experience is cleaner than it has ever been before, with a lot of the software features that LG used to pack into their devices now gone, or at least, better hidden, like Smart Bulletin and QSlide apps. Of course, the biggest change here is the lack of an app drawer, so the only way of keeping things organized is by using folders. However, you do have the option to bring back the app drawer by downloading the LG Home 4.0 launcher from the SmartWorld app, or by downloading a third-party launcher from the Google Play Store.

Specs comparison

 HTC 10Samsung Galaxy S7 Samsung Galaxy S7 EdgeLG G5
Display5.2-inch Super LCD5 display
Quad HD resolution, 565 ppi
5.1-inch Super AMOLED display
Quad HD resolution, 577 ppi
5.5-inch Super AMOLED display
Quad HD resolution, 534 ppi
5.3-inch IPS LCD display
Quad HD resolution, 544 ppi
Processor2.15 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Adreno 530 GPU
2.15 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Adreno 530 GPU
2.15 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Adreno 530 GPU
2.15 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Adreno 530 GPU
RAM4 GB4 GB4 GB4 GB
Storage32/64 GB
expandable via microSD up to 200 GB
32/64 GB
expandable via microSD up to 200 GB
32/64 GB
expandable via microSD up to 200 GB
32 GB
expandable via microSD up to 200 GB
Camera12 MP rear camera, f/1.8 aperture, 1.55µm pixel size, OIS, laser autofocus
5 MP front-facing camera, f/1.8 aperture, OIS
12 MP rear camera, f/1.7 aperture, 1.4µm pixel size, OIS
5 MP front-facing camera, f/1.7 aperture
12 MP rear camera, f/1.7 aperture, 1.4µm pixel size, OIS
5 MP front-facing camera, f/1.7 aperture
16 MP (f/1.8) + 8 MP (f/2.4) rear cameras, laser autofocus, OIS
8 MP front-facing camera
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS + GLONASS
NFC
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 connector
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS + GLONASS
NFC
microUSB 2.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS + GLONASS
NFC
microUSB 2.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS + GLONASS
NFC
IR
USB 3.0, Type-C 1.0 connector
Battery3,000 mAh
non removable
3,000 mAh
non removable
3,600 mAh
non removable
2,800 mAh removable
SoftwareAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow
HTC Sense UI
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
LG UX
Dimensions145.9 x 71.9 x 9 mm
161 grams
142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm
152 grams
150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm
157 grams
149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7 mm
159 grams

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Final thoughts

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So there you have it for this closer look at the HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 / Galaxy S7 Edge vs LG G5! The big question here which device each of us would pick, and Lanh’s choice is the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Samsung has really refined the design, and key improvements across the board have made a big difference. The Galaxy S7 Edge comes with a bigger display, bigger battery, and more functionality with the Edge panels, making the curved edges more than just about the aesthetics.

Krystal believes that the camera is key to the smartphone experience, which is why her choice is also the Samsung flagships. However, while the HTC 10 has slightly fallen behind when it comes to the camera, the device has certainly impressed with its BoomSound speakers and audio capabilities. So if that is something that is important to you, the HTC 10 is a great choice as well.

What do you think of these three devices and which would you buy? Check out the links above, vote in the poll and let us know your views in the comments below!

Joshua Vergara
Writer, blogger, and videographer - Josh is a former support technician that learned much about technology by fixing everyone else's. On the side, he wrote and performed spoken word, maintained his own personal blogs, and began his own video podcast. Now, he's here at Android Authority looking to put it all together!
  • Kevin

    It’s getting kind of annoying how AA talks about the same things almost every time.

    • eagles4585

      What else are they supposed to talk about? The HTC 10 just released on Verizon and I actually looked up something just like this yesterday. Today this came out and helped me with all my questions.

  • southerndinner

    S7 edge for me though you can’t go wrong with the others…. Unless you pick G5 of course, which is unquestionably the most disappointing flagship of the year so far.

    • Sammy Phillips

      I really like the G5 and enjoy it more than I did the S7. I would have definitely picked the HTC 10 if it was available a couple weeks ago when we bought phones.

      • MJ

        How come you didn’t just wait a couple more weeks?

        • Sammy Phillips

          My parents are on our account with us, and we all switched to T-Mobile when they were in town a few weeks back. Still no sign of that phone in T-Mo’s ordering yet. My device was free, so I’m not too upset. I’m using my Nexus still anyway.

  • Juan Carlos Alpizar Chinchilla

    They lost me at the camera comparison, are they seriously not getting the software updates so far or they’re not even bothering? Pocketnow released a real camera review of the HTC 10 almost a week ago already, and these shots have nothing to do with those, 10 wise

  • Ahmed Ashraf

    Generally HTC 10 is semi perfect and it has best design,audio quality,selfie camera and performance at long time

  • wiggles

    Now that we are seeing the differences in the camera’s side by side and having the handsets in my actual hand. I’m going with the HTC… The boomsound is still great, the camera is more than passable (I prefer a slightly over exposed shot.) and the ability to unlock and tweak the phone is a must for me. Now I just need to wait a week for sprint to catch up :(

    • hocobo

      I have an unlocked HTC 10 in the mail and am dumping sprint for Verizon as soon as it comes. Sprint can lick my balls.

      • MJ

        I guess you missed the fact the unlocked version will not work on Verizon.

        • MattPortland

          I don’t normally like you, but you’re right.

          • Lonewolf

            Glad you opened up to him.

          • MattPortland

            Mmhmm

          • Lonewolf

            I was having a confusion whether to go for HTC 10 or S7, don’t mind if the camera is not on par with S7 but recent article about the battery not as good as S7, also storage/write speed being below average has made me decide I will go for S7. Though I hate touch wiz, I can theme them using a launchers, other than that I don’t find anything wrong with S7.
            Is there anything wrong with S7? Please enlighten me.

          • MattPortland

            There is something wrong with every phone.

          • Eddie Hicks

            I have the Edge. My only issue is not the phone itself. My issue is that you cannot find any tempered glass sceen protectors for it that are not junk. That’s not a problem with the regular S7. Touchwiz is toned down a lot so it may not be as bad as you remember from previous versions. I’m using the pro version of Nova launcher but only because it provides options not found in touchwiz. The S7 is a great looking and great performing phone. Don’t get discouraged by people who have not used the phone. That being said, the HTC seems like a good choice also.

          • Lonewolf

            Thank you, I need these kind of personal reviews.

          • Eddie Hicks

            One way I usually check into new devices is see what the owners of the devices are saying on the xda forums. There is almost always a battery thread. Sometimes poor battery life can be resolved by settings and software changes. I get great battery life with my S7 Edge. The S7 has a smaller battery so I can’t speak on it. But there are people even with the S7 Edge that are not happy with the battery life. It also depends a lot on how you use your phone and how often. Some people spend all day on their phones and wonder why their battery don’t last. Check xda for the S7 and the HTC 10.

          • Lonewolf

            Sure ;)

          • Lonewolf

            Yes, I was leaning towards HTC until the battery reviews came. It’s not so good compared to S7. It’s really strange when HTC is having a very good software optimization and lots of the junk has been toned down. Or are the reviews favoring only S7?

          • Lbird

            I went from Samsung to htc 10 because I hated touch wit also (plus plastic and glass phones) I absolutely love my 10 I have not had any trouble with anything it’s a awesome phone and it’s beautiful metal body.

          • Lonewolf

            How is the battery?

        • PlasticPhoneHater

          The unlocked version does have all the Lte and CDMA bands for verizon, its just verizon needs to add the imei numbers of the unlocked HTC 10 in to their network. They have told numerous customers that they will work on verizon, so has HTC customer support. Just like it was with the unlocked motorola nexus 6, the nexus 6p and the 5x I think thats the one, verizon had to take time to enter the imei numbers in to their network. I have an unlocked motorola nexus 6 on verizon now and it just lists it as a non verizon nexus 6, so yes they will be allowed on verizon. People have already started filing complaints with the FCC in case verizon tries to not allow the phones to be used on their network. But verizon has told customers that they need a few days to get their imei number added to the verizon network, so they should be working on the verizon network in 3 business days putting the day as approx. wednesday 5-11-16 if not sooner. This can all be confirmed through posts on the xda forum for the HTC 10

          • MJ

            You wrote this whole essay but no link to the source at Verizon that they will be allowing the HTC 10 on their network in three business days? LOL I don’t care what phone support jockeys are saying…

            Everyone knows the HTC 10 has the band support for Verizon. The fact is the phone doesn’t work on Verizon as of today. I won’t have ordered it until confirmed it’s working on Verizon.

          • Lbird

            I wish I would have known this sooner I really wanted the unlocked version but I am SO overwhelmed with my htc 10 it doesn’t matter, it’s amazing on the inside and outside, I’ve always had Samsung phones and tablets and now after comparing them the htc10 blows Samsung out of the picture, besides I can’t believe people would spend that kind of money on a glass phone.

      • Evan Adams

        I did the same a few years ago. Best money I have ever spent. Sprint sucks in my area, California.

      • fitnesspro22

        Make sure, it is She, who llicks your balls.

        • Lonewolf

          What if he likes it to ‘he’?

    • Christian Whitmore

      Yea, the HTC isn’t over-exposed. Rather, the S7 is just dingy looking. You’d never see dark photos like that in an ad or article that was displaying something.

      • Mark k

        HTC shots were over exposed in some parts. showing detail in dark areas but washing out colour and losing details in sky or other bright areas. I am a photographer and it is important to me for my phone to have a half decent snapper on the back.
        I have owned HTC m7 and m8 and I always had the camera EV set -0.5 or -1.0 so it wouldnt overexpose the photos. HTC tends to do that. it is software based and they just cant seem to get it right. much improved but not like the samsung or LG. the samsung and LG are very close with an edge to the Samsung in dynamic range, that means you can see more detail in the dark areas (shadows) while the exposure is still showing detail in the brighter areas without overexposing them. Camera goes to the Samsung 100% second by a small fraction comes the LG with very similar capabilities to the Samsung and 3rd would be the HTC but not even close to the other two. This is my opinion as a photographer by comparing the photos available on this review and a couple other reviews I have read with image comparisons.

  • deadlock

    What’s interesting is that HTC’s camera module (Sony IMX377) is nearly identical to Samsung (Sony IMX260), the difference being slightly larger pixels. The differences must come down to software processing of sensor output.

    • southerndinner

      And still Sony phones take worse photos than either

      • ✡ Netanel ✡

        Right lol

  • JoeD

    You state all 4 smartphones have quickcharge 3.0 – they dont – the Samsungs only have quickcharge 2.0

  • JoeD

    You state all 4 smartphones have quickcharge 3.0 – the 2 Samsungs only have quickcharge 2.0.

    Also the HTC is the only one that has adoptable storage.

    • Daggett Beaver

      Adoptable storage will be a nightmare. Just wait and see. You can do it on the Samsung phones, they just don’t put the option in the settings. They know better. If consumers started playing with adoptable storage, their support lines would be ringing off the hook when things go wrong. “All I did was swap the card out for a bigger card — why doesn’t my phone work right anymore?”

      • PlasticPhoneHater

        This is a feature put in place by google, your assumptions are just that and you just seem to be a sammy fanboy just looking for a reason to bash HTC

  • Sayed ahamed

    LG G5 has a better camera even though i’m a samsung Fan.

    • Evan Adams

      It does focus fastestbof all 3

      • Daggett Beaver

        Which does? I read that the S7/Edge focuses the fastest. Phone cameras are not a big deal to me, either way, but I’d like to know which is faster. Even though I don’t use it much, the one thing I hate about the camera on the Note 4 is that it’s slow to focus, and it has trouble (it goes in and out of focus) when the subject is too close.

        • Tickle Fingers

          The GS7 is amazingly fast and accurate at focus. It is hands down the best at focus, but it isn’t the hands down best camera. The G5 is pretty good, just not as fast and the HTC has a little bit of work to do on focus times. My HTC is a little slow to focus, but I think it’s a software issue right now.

        • Evan Adams

          The lg

  • Bmore

    Galaxy S7 edge is the best phone that money can buy right now. HTC 10 is a close runner up.

    • Ish Ahmed

      certainly does have the best hardware but the software/touchwiz/bloatware kills it.

  • Eddie Hicks

    I have the S7 Edge and I’m very satisfied with it. I believe I could be happy with the HTC also. The only downside of the HTC is the lessor camera but I couldn’t care less. The camera on a phone is useful at times but the least important feature for me. My first 2 smartphones were HTC’s, the Incredible and the Rezound. They were both great phones. I would not purchase the LG. I really don’t get that module thing. It looks like something that can loosen over time and allow liquids to enter. It you need physical controls for a camera why not just carry a small point and shoot camera instead of a module. I rather have a larger battery that will get me through the day opposed to carrying around extra batteries and the hassle of switching them.

  • Patrik Nydensten

    I listen to music an hour every day. Take photos once a week at most. HTC 10 for me.

    AA: Could you tell us what version of the firmware HTC 10 photos were taken with. Also, HTC 10 supports 2 TB SD card not 200 GB.

    • williamsteven

      S7 and s7 edge also support upto 2TB micro SD and there is no manufacturer to produce that big storage micro SD in business wise as it will be too expensive. Plus i have tried out with the usb on the go for my s7 edge with 2TB external HDD. No problem ha ha :)

      • Patrik Nydensten

        Good that S7 also support 2TB. I think the spec sheet should reflect what is supported, not the current card availability. 6-12 months from now 256 and 512 GB might be available and users should be able to tell what phones work with those sizes.

        Great to hear that the USB-drive solution works. It would be very interesting to see more tests of integration with common peripherals in addition to the very spec sheet oriented tests. What is the real world compatibility with, for example: USB-drives, Miracast/WiDi/MHL, ChromeCast, capacitive pens, Bluetooth keybords, etc.

        • Charbel Habchi

          no

      • kaaaaaa

        what the fuck!!! samsung s7 and a7 edge support what??? dont tell this joke to anybody!!!

        neither samsung phones doesnt support more than 200 gb SDcart !!!

        only htc and sony phone maybe all phone except samsung phones aupport 2 tb sd card!!

        • Khalid

          the lg g4 supports 2tb sd cards too right?

          • David Martrano

            Who makes a 2tb micro s/d chip???

        • Chris Miller

          The Micro SDXC standard is up to 2TB. If the phone supports Micro SDXC (and all three/four of the ones reviewed here do) they can take up to 2TB. Most will only print in their specs what they have tested with so they may only say 200GB, but rest assured, as capacities of the Micro SDXC grow these phones will be able to support them.

        • James

          calm down

    • Charbel Habchi

      lol bro don’t worry u will have a good sound experience and a good camera htc camera still in progress the htc camera has a capability (hardware capability ) to beat both s7 and g5 so htc still working by sending updates to the phone
      few days ago they fixed some issue in HDR and some other issues …

      • Lonewolf

        Tell me anything wrong/issues with Samsung S7 other than touch wiz, please.
        Ps: I’m not a sammy fanboy. I’m using Sony Z2 and I plan to upgrade my phone to either S7 or HTC 10.

        • Charbel Habchi

          I m not saying that s7 suck or whatever…. Both phone are good even excellent.
          Htc 10 is more elegant for a man in hand but s7 tend to be a kid toy
          Anw i brought s7 to my GF and she’s fine with it

    • canali

      agree…i have the htc 10 in my sights…..have an older lg nexus 5 which i can’t wait to update….but i am still awaiting the new upcoming google nexus phone (and tablet!)…..then give it a month and there will be reviews comparing the 10 to the new nexus phone.

    • Tommy

      Yeah how did the reviewer missed the 2 TB sd card slot and adoptable memory storage? That is a big deal for a lot of people.

  • MattPortland

    How is the HTC 10 winning when it hasn’t been officially released on the US carriers? Oh I know, anything to discredit Samsung.

    • Christian Whitmore

      I have mine in-hand and many people have had theirs for a couple days.

    • HTCthe1st&Best

      I pre ordered mine on 4-29-16 and received it on thursday the 5th as many have so its been out for days and most seem to love the phones or multiple as in phones as I do as I got three and I wouldnt trade a single one for even two s7 edges HTC 10 is smoother and faster and has the best audio by far and the camera is just as good as any other if not better as HTC has already put out an update to the camera as HTC updates the camera and many other HTC apps through the play store they dont make you wait 6 months to a year to get updates like samsung does. All HTC updates blow the rest away, and HTC usually gives multiple system updates where what samsung gives one and takes so so long to put it out… I may be a HTC fanboy but with good reason I dont buy something because of the name I buy it for its build quality and the features, and everything I have listed about the HTC 10 is 100% accurate.

  • Slaughter

    Wow, 4.5h of SOT with a S7 edge? The exynos version is definitely better.

    • Vivek Rameses

      Yeah, that’s pretty awful. My N6 gets six.

    • Juan Carlos Alpizar Chinchilla

      you’re skipping the fact your usage may be different than his and that’s why he got reduced SoT

      • Slaughter

        You’re skipping all battery benchmark between SD version and Exynos versions?

        • Juan Carlos Alpizar Chinchilla

          I’m aware of that, you’re still skipping the fact those benchmarks are using the phone ONLY to consume SoT content. Background content like playing music, heavy gps intensive apps and such can lower the amount of SoT you’re gonna get

  • Falcon

    S7Edge knocks it out of the park in pretty much every category. Kudos sammy !

    • David Martrano

      I agree the edge takes it but I don’t think you can go wrong with either the 10 or g5. These companies put there best foot forward. The only thing I appreciate is that samsung listened to their consumers and produced a great phone. They all pretty much do the same thing with 4gb and the 820. It’s just a matter of choice!!!! I’d take any of the above!!!!

  • Evan Adams

    Htc10 thoughts in this article pre or post release camera software update? Hard to sort though so many HTC reviews they used the pre-release software without note of same.

  • Daggett Beaver

    I can see where there’s a niche market for the G5 and a smaller niche for the HTC 10, but the S7 Edge is the overall winner here.

  • Charlie Collins

    There is no finer smartphone than the GS7 Edge. Quibbles would be Touchwiz (4GB fixes that), locked bootloader, and no 64 GB option. In a perfect world I’d like Sammy to borrow tap to wake, rear buttons and to stand up to US carriers – no more bloatware.

  • Vivek Rameses

    I regret the S7. I should have waited for the HTC or went with the LG. Oh well. Lesson learned.

    • Tickle Fingers

      I was in the same boat and I resisted. I waited for their G5 and when it got here I was bummed. I was very serious about the edge for a moment and then I heard about the HTC 10. So I thought OK, I’ll wait a little longer…… Soooooooo glad I did. I’ve had this bad dog for two days and I love it. Don’t mean to rub it in your face brother, just glad I waited.

      Look at it this way. If HTC got this one right, which I feel they did, then the next generation will be even better if they want to survive. So the next choice might be an easy one and waiting will be easy?

    • Eddie Hicks

      Really? What are your issues? I think it’s a great phone.

  • turbonut20v

    HTC updated their camera firmware recently, from what I’ve heard it’s image quality has improved significantly

  • Battery life is always a key criterion for me and the S7 Edge is best in this department. But I don’t like edge type phones so I would go with the S7. HTC and LG have mediocre battery life by comparison, a deal breaker for me.

  • Freeflyfreak

    G5, gotta have that spare battery

    • canali

      i don’t understand the issue with the need for an extra battery, esp with so many portable power chargers out there nowadays.

      • Freeflyfreak

        Imagine a situation where you are unable to plug in for 12 to 20 hours.
        Your only options are a battery pack (large and bulky) a battery case (large and bulky) or a spare battery that is so light and thin you can put it in your pocket or wallet and not even notice it.
        I will never buy any phone without a switchable battery until they produce a phone that can last 24 hours plus with 10 hours of screen on time.
        Then I “might” think about it.

  • DaHitman

    The G5 is one ugly mother

    • David Martrano

      The modular effort is a failure on the G5. When you have to take your phone apart & reboot that’a pile of do-do. What was LG thinking. Not much thought went into it know wonder people got fired. Maybe they will make a comeback with the V20!! The problem is their still talking modular. I say leave the mods to lenovo they seem to have the better idea. Their problem is if you want the Z force the price is 720.00 plus the mods. Sounds like over 1,000 dollars and it’s exclusive to Verizon. How many people want to invest that much into Lenovo/Motororola??? I don’t!!

  • fitnesspro22

    The HTC got the majority vote. My favorite is the Next NEXUS made by HTC. I am a Pure Android fan boy. Learned that from experience.
    (Sent from my brand New NEXUS 5 / it is true/I got the 6P and found a brand new N 5, after I sold my Dec. 2013 NEXUS 5).

  • José Andrés Jurado Vadillo

    I listen to about 8 hours of music every day (I live in the library) and have a nice pair of headphones, so it’s htc 10 for me.

  • EarlyMon

    There’s no such thing as Super LCD and there never has been. Unlike terms like IPS, Super LCD is a marketing term and it was born years ago when a blog writer was trying to figure out what S-LCD stood for. (It was a company name.) The ignorance was repeated, it stuck and HTC marketing said screw it and ran with it.

    For the love of God please stop spreading the idea that Super LCD is a thing. It isn’t and this has been debunked in every previous generation.

  • The Doctor

    The S7 edge is the only phone worth anything in this comparison.

  • tonkotsu

    in your: “An evening out with the HTC 10: camera impressions” article, you claimed ” the Galaxy S7 struggled to capture anywhere as good an image”

    now suddenly “the HTC 10 has slightly fallen behind when it comes to the camera”

    umm so which is it?

  • Chris Kupsco

    Love my HTC 10

  • CrapAfee ™

    The S7 uses Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0.

  • Smitty Werben Man Jensen

    Galaxy S7 with a usb DAC. HTC BTFO.

  • caur19

    Like SGS6, HTC 10 & LG G5 is a breakthrough the next gen will a lot better.

  • raze

    is s7 edge really a concern when its about durability cuz many reviews did state that s7 edge is prone to cracks and is real costly to repair.

  • Mudassar Asghar

    Good review but camera inside s7 from Sony with 820 processor basically it’s USA version.
    Except USA all other version have samsung own processor and isocell camera sensor. Which bit under performance as compared to USA version.

  • Marco

    We own s7/s7edge/g5 in our household. like the article read they are all good comes down to personal preference.The perfect phone if I would design it would be middle size like G5 with curved screen like edge with a removable battery like G5 that has wireless charging like s7/s7 edge.water resistant like s7/s7edge.I don’t own a HTC to compare but if article correct with that speaker. so after reading my post I guess the edge would be my preference too.

  • Rushab

    A few days ago my HTC M8 fell from a height of 5 stories (~18 meters) on to the pavement. The screen isn’t cracked, just a bump on the end. Its fallen countless times from hip height and never broken. I may be lucky, but HTC makes some pretty solid phones with amazing software to go with, will go get the 10 next week.

  • James

    Is the Samsung the only one to support wireless fast charging?