Reasons to upgrade from the One M9 to HTC 10

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HTC’s 2016 flagship is finally here. Following last year’s losses, the company’s aim was to redefine what its premier device is all about. With the HTC 10, the company touched upon every single area, making it better than ever before. By refining last year’s One M9 in just about every way, the HTC 10 is surely a robust smartphone, putting them right back into the game.

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The HTC Vive gets the teardown treatment

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It’s been a long time coming, but the HTC Vive is finally in the hands of consumers, and we all know what that means. Yup, breakage. Regardless of how hardy the HTC Vive is, Joe Public will find a way to break it. Which then means a repair bill, resulting in a lot of angst. Luckily, the guys at iFixit have taken a look inside the HTC Vive to access its repairability, giving it a surprisingly good score.  Read more

This Google employee doesn’t want you to buy the LG G5 or HTC 10

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Updated (4/25/16): Qualcomm supplied Talk Android with the following statement:

“Qualcomm Quick Charge is designed to be connector-independent. It can be implemented in a device that supports a variety of connectors, including USB Type-A, USB micro, USB Type-C, and others. When an OEM chooses to implement Quick Charge into their device, they can configure the voltage to fit within the specifications of the USB Type-C standard. We have received no reports of user experience or device malfunction issues with or without USB Type-C connectors. At Qualcomm Technologies, we are continuously working to provide the best solutions for our customers and consumers. Qualcomm Quick Charge is a leading edge fast charging solution with more than 70 devices and 200 accessories supporting one of the two most recent versions of Quick Charge, with even more currently in development.”

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HTC 10 camera samples

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For the last three years, HTC’s phones shipped with underwhelming cameras. It was until last year’s One M9 and One A9 that the disappointment became clear for the company. With the HTC 10, it’s all different. The 2016 flagship’s camera is actually tied with Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge in DxOMark’s rankings. When you’re tied with Samsung, you’re sitting pretty.

Wondering what results the HTC 10’s camera produces? We put together a little gallery of camera samples from the phone, showing you various outdoor and indoor shots in different settings.

Hit the break to go through the gallery.

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Qualcomm responds to Quick Charge vs USB Type-C concerns

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Consumers in search of extra USB Type-C connectors that work with some of the newer devices hitting the market have discovered some pitfalls along the way that could potentially ruin a device. Those problems led at least one Google employee, Benson Leung, to set off on a crusade to test Type-C connectors and try to inform the public about this new technology. Recent targets of Leung include the LG G5 and HTC 10, which he says he cannot recommend due to the use of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology. Qualcomm has now responded to the issue. Read more

Rundown: LG G5 vs HTC 10 vs Samsung Galaxy S7

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So it’s time for you to choose your next phone. LG, HTC, and Samsung all have new flagships for 2016 that are worthy of your consideration. The word “premium” is associated with these three, but each holds unique qualities. With the G5, you’re getting an innovative modular design that has never been implemented for a mainstream device. The Galaxy S7, though, goes back to what you’re familiar with by including a big battery and a microSD card slot within a sleek glass and metal body. Then there’s the the HTC 10, boasting a gorgeous design that masks the beastly internal specifications. It really makes it seem like you just can’t go wrong with any of these.

If you’re finding it difficult to decide which phone is right for you, check out the rundown we put together. It’s a straightforward comparison of the G5, HTC 10, and Galaxy S7.

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Updated Connect app adds AirPlay support to HTC’s older flagships

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The HTC 10 may be a stunning smartphone with its metal unibody and distinct chamfered posterior, but there’s more to a smartphone than just the hardware. HTC has a bunch of its proprietary apps available from the Play Store offering unique features, perhaps none more so than the HTC Connect app, that has just been updated with native support for Apple’s AirPlay streaming technology. Read more