Latest HTC phone reviews

HTC U12+ initial review: More than meets the eyes
HTC U12+ initial review: More than meets the eyes By Chris Hall

HTC, having offloaded a hefty portion of its talent to Google's Pixel programme, is back with a fresh offering for 2018, the HTC U12+. Where's the HTC U12 you might ask? There isn't one, it's coming straight out of its corner with a plus size model.This... Read more

HTC U11+ review: Big, bold, but a bit late to the game
4.0 stars HTC U11+ review: Big, bold, but a bit late to the game By Chris Hall

Having released the HTC U11 in the early stages of 2017, HTC announced an update in late 2017 in the guise of the HTC U11+. The biggest change is a shift in design to an 18:9 display, making for a less wide device that's easier to hold.This design move... Read more

HTC U11 Life review: The ups and downs of Life
4.0 stars HTC U11 Life review: The ups and downs of Life By Mike Lowe

One of 2017's best - and perhaps most underrated - phones is the HTC U11. With its top-spec innards and unique two-tone colour rear, it's one of the most striking phones on the market. And it has a baby brother: the HTC U11 Life, a mid-level equivalent... Read more

HTC U11 review: Flagship glory, with a gimmick squeezed in
4.5 stars HTC U11 review: Flagship glory, with a gimmick squeezed in By Chris Hall

HTC's big play with the HTC U11 is being able to squeeze the phone as a new method of interaction. It's a natural motion and works well for one-handed use is the argument, giving the company's new flagship something different.Apple doesn't have squeeze.... Read more

HTC U Ultra review: Are two displays better than one?
4.0 stars HTC U Ultra review: Are two displays better than one? By Chris Hall

HTC has kicked off 2017 with a new family of devices called HTC U. The logic is simple enough to follow: they are designed to be all about "you" (see what they did there?) and advance the connection between you and your device, for a more symbiotic relationship. It's... Read more

HTC 10 review: Welcome back to the premier league
4.5 stars HTC 10 review: Welcome back to the premier league By Chris Hall

If there's any smartphone manufacturer that deserves a second chance it's HTC. We can credit HTC for much of what we love about smartphones today. It popularised Android, it pushed premium metal design and build quality, and focused on user experience.HTC... Read more

HTC U Play preview: Mid-range specs, but plenty bling
HTC U Play preview: Mid-range specs, but plenty bling By Chris Hall

HTC has made an early move on its 2017 updates, launching a new set of devices under the U name. The U Play is the smaller of the pair, sitting in the shadow of the larger U Ultra, but offering a similar design and build.The U aspect is easily explained... Read more

HTC 10 Evo review: The bigger one falls slightly flat
3.5 stars HTC 10 Evo review: The bigger one falls slightly flat By Chris Hall

If the HTC 10 Evo looks familiar, that's because it was recently launched as the HTC Bolt as a Sprint exclusive. Well, it's exclusive no more, as it lands in the UK under a different name.The Evo recycles a name used by HTC in the past. There was the... Read more

HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle: A Desire handset never sounded so good
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle: A Desire handset never sounded so good By Chris Hall

As you might gather from the title, the HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle has a trick up its sleeve. Launched alongside the HTC Desire 10 Pro, the Lifestyle version offers the same body design as the "Pro" version, but makes some key changes.Pitched into the mid-range,... Read more

HTC Desire 10 Pro preview: A Smartphone Named Desire
HTC Desire 10 Pro preview: A Smartphone Named Desire By Chris Hall

HTC has announced a pair of new handsets, going under the name of HTC Desire 10.The name is designed to evoke memories of the HTC 10, the company's excellent 2016 flagship handset and the colourways are designed to stir your passions. Best smartphones... Read more

HTC One X9: Boosting the mid-range with A9 design
HTC One X9: Boosting the mid-range with A9 design By Chris Hall

The HTC One X9 was originally launched in Asia in December 2016, and now this handset is spreading its wings and making its way to Europe, fusing design close to the HTC One A9, with a larger display, and the restoration of BoomSound.This probably isn't... Read more

HTC One A9 review: Could it be magic?
4.0 stars HTC One A9 review: Could it be magic? By Chris Hall

If there's one trend that's emerged in 2015, it's that the mid-range or sub-flagship category of Android phones is arguably more exciting than those right at the top.We've had the strong endurance of the Moto X Play, the incredible pricing of the OnePlus... Read more

HTC One M9 Plus review: Plus and minus
4.0 stars HTC One M9 Plus review: Plus and minus By Chris Hall

The HTC One M9 was met with a muted response. HTC's efforts in refining design felt like a distraction and the new flagship felt like it was slightly adrift, facing completion from all sides.It was only a few weeks later that HTC announced the HTC One... Read more

HTC One M9 review: Distracted by refinement
4.0 stars HTC One M9 review: Distracted by refinement By Chris Hall

The HTC One M9 is, in every sense, an evolution of the flagship M8 smartphone that came before it. It offers a similar design, a similar feature set, similar specs and a similar user experience.It is, therefore, a similar overall experience. But the HTC... Read more

HTC One M9 Ink hands-on: We've come a long way since the HTC Tattoo
HTC One M9 Ink hands-on: We've come a long way since the HTC Tattoo By Chris Hall

HTC has teamed up with Jourdan Dunn to create a body art inspired, limited edition of the HTC One M9.Dunn is known as a fashion icon and supermodel - something that the HTC One also aspires to - and has worked with artist Cally-Jo to come up with the... Read more

HTC Desire 820 review: Mixed performance mid-ranger
3.5 stars HTC Desire 820 review: Mixed performance mid-ranger By Chris Hall

One of HTC's surprise successes over the past year has been in the Desire family. The Desire 816 sold well in Asia, was updated in the Desire 820 on review here and has a newer model waiting in the wings, the Desire 826. The success of this handset -... Read more

HTC and Android 5.0: How well has Lollipop been integrated?
HTC and Android 5.0: How well has Lollipop been integrated? By Chris Hall

With every iteration of Android, we're moving closer to platform perfection. That might sound like an opinion served with a healthy dollop of bias, but consider this: in 2009 we'd have baulked at native Android Eclair, but HTC made that palatable with... Read more

HTC Desire 826: UltraPixel comes to the front of HTC's affordable monster (hands-on)
HTC Desire 826: UltraPixel comes to the front of HTC's affordable monster (hands-on) By Stuart Miles

We might not have even got the HTC Desire 820 in the UK, but that hasn't stopped HTC announcing the Desire 826 at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, as it makes a quick-step change through one of its most popular devices in Asia.The previous model was launched in... Read more

HTC Desire Eye review: A real eye-opener
4.5 stars HTC Desire Eye review: A real eye-opener By Chris Hall

The HTC Desire Eye is an odd device. Its headline feature is the 13-megapixel front-facing camera, which - let's get straight to it - is a little extreme. That's paired with a dual-tone front-facing flash too, so on paper it out-specs rival handsets easily.But... Read more

HTC One (M8) for Windows review: Same genes, different DNA
4.5 stars HTC One (M8) for Windows review: Same genes, different DNA By Chris Hall

When the HTC One (M8) for Windows was announced, there was something of a cheer. It's no secret that we think the HTC One is one of the best handsets of the year thanks in no small part to its solid design, now available to a Windows Phone 8.1 market... Read more

HTC Desire Eye preview: A phone that wants to redefine the selfie (hands-on)
HTC Desire Eye preview: A phone that wants to redefine the selfie (hands-on) By Chris Hall

HTC has grabbed selfies by the proverbial with the launch of the HTC Desire Eye. The new handset hits the headlines by offering a front-facing 13-megapixel camera with dual LED flash.This cyclops phone may be a knee-jerk reaction to the latest social... Read more

HTC One E8 review
4.0 stars HTC One E8 review By Chris Hall

The HTC One E8 is the plastic-bodied cousin of the M8; a stripped down version of the flagship device that has proven popular with both customers and critics alike. It's designed to be a cheaper handset than the M8, available online for around £330.However,... Read more

HTC One E8: First impressions of the plastic One
HTC One E8: First impressions of the plastic One By Chris Hall

The HTC One E8 is a plastic version of the HTC One M8 that's been widely lauded for its design. The HTC E8 has launched in China, but we've managed to get our hands on one to see what's on offer. Here are our first impressions.This handset is closely... Read more

HTC One mini 2 review
4.0 stars HTC One mini 2 review By Chris Hall

The HTC One mini 2 sets off to an unsteady start, with name that's almost impossible to say sensibly, and a 4.5-inch screen that isn't really as small as the name suggests.It's also pitching into a mid-range smartphone market that's now dominated by substantially... Read more

Hands-on: HTC One mini 2 review
Hands-on: HTC One mini 2 review By Chris Hall

The HTC One mini 2 wants to capitalise on the good looks of the HTC One (M8), if not the good name. There's been no shortage of confusion around what HTC is going to call its devices: the HTC One and the HTC One mini made sense last year. The HTC One... Read more

HTC One M8 review
5.0 stars HTC One M8 review By Chris Hall

The HTC One (M8) is HTC's play for the high-end. It's a flagship device that HTC has poured all its design prowess into. Announcing the HTC One (M8) and making it immediately available in stores, HTC was looking to get this device into the hands of people... Read more

HTC One (M8) Dot View cover pictures and hands-on
HTC One (M8) Dot View cover pictures and hands-on By Rik Henderson

The HTC One (M8) is finally official and it's a gorgeous looking phone. However, should you fancy protecting it from the elements, while you might be covering up some its nicest aesthetic features, the Dot View cover is a clever and intuitive way in doing... Read more

HTC Desire 816 pictures and hands-on, distinct lack of capacitive buttons noted (updated)
HTC Desire 816 pictures and hands-on, distinct lack of capacitive buttons noted (updated) By Britta O'Boyle

HTC has announced the Desire 816 at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona but while we weren't allowed to turn the device on, we did get our hands on it.The design is great, following a very similar style to the award-winning HTC One, but softened... Read more

The One you can buy: HTC One Gold pictures and hands-on
The One you can buy: HTC One Gold pictures and hands-on By Stuart Miles

We've previously seen a gold HTC One as part of a very limited run specifically created for winners at the MOBO Awards in the UK, but now the Taiwanese company is to bring a more widely available model to the UK and Europe and we've tracked one down... Read more

HTC Power Flip Case for HTC One max pictures and hands-on
HTC Power Flip Case for HTC One max pictures and hands-on By Chris Hall

HTC has lined up a run of accessories for the new HTC One max, including the HTC Power Flip Case.As case is a case, right? Wrong. In this case, it includes a 1200mAh battery, which brings you HTC One max up to 4500mAh in total, which sounds like a weekend's... Read more

HTC One max review
3.5 stars HTC One max review By Chris Hall

The HTC One max is the third member of the One family, joining the HTC One and the HTC One mini. This time, however, HTC pushes well into phablet territory with a device that offers a 5.9-inch display, wrapped in the aluminium body that characterises... Read more

Gold HTC One pictures and hands-on
Gold HTC One pictures and hands-on By Chris Hall

"What do you know about gold, Moneypenny?" A lot more having got our hands on the gold HTC One.The limited-edition gold HTC One is one of five devices that has been specially created in partnership with Goldgenie, in celebration of HTC's sponsorship of... Read more

HTC BoomBass hands-on: Bringing bass to BoomSound
HTC BoomBass hands-on: Bringing bass to BoomSound By Stuart Miles

Whether it's the front-facing speakers of the HTC One, or the tie-in with Beats Audio, HTC always prides itself on producing a good sound on its phones when it comes to listening to music.It's surprising then that we recently found ourselves in a private... Read more

Blue HTC One and blue HTC One Mini pictures and hands-on
Blue HTC One and blue HTC One Mini pictures and hands-on By Stuart Miles

We first broke the news that HTC would launch a blue HTC One in May. Now three months later HTC has made it official, launching not only a blue HTC One but also a blue HTC One mini ahead of IFA 2013.The new blue version, or should that be turquoise,... Read more

HTC Desire 601 pictures and hands-on: A mid-ranger that sounds good?
HTC Desire 601 pictures and hands-on: A mid-ranger that sounds good? By Stuart Miles

The HTC Desire 601 is the latest mid-range Android smartphone from HTC and sits above the recently announced HTC Desire 500, but below the HTC One flagship range and in particular the HTC One mini. In many ways the HTC Desire 601 could be seen as the... Read more

Hands-on: HTC mini+ is a bluetooth handset and remote for your larger phone
Hands-on: HTC mini+ is a bluetooth handset and remote for your larger phone By Stuart Miles

As smartphones get ever bigger the idea of putting them against our head gets even sillier.HTC, perhaps realising that the company's 5-inch Butterfly model is a tad on the large side, and even presumably pre-empting the concerns of putting the rumoured... Read more

Hands-on: HTC Fetch lets you find your HTC One at the press of a button
Hands-on: HTC Fetch lets you find your HTC One at the press of a button By Stuart Miles

Normally accessories for your latest smartphone consist of speakers, or smart cases, or at a stretch, a docking station, but not at HTC. It's created the HTC Fetch, an accessory that you attach to your keyring that allows you to find your phone if you've... Read more

HTC Desire 500 pictures and hands-on: Sense 5.0 on the cheap
HTC Desire 500 pictures and hands-on: Sense 5.0 on the cheap By Chris Hall

The HTC Desire 500 is pitched at the entry-level, bringing the latest look and feel of HTC Sense 5.0 at a more affordable price than the premium flagship HTC One, or the step-down HTC One mini.That means it brings you the likes of BlinkFeed, and HTC Sense's... Read more

HTC One mini
4.5 stars HTC One mini By Chris Hall

The HTC One is an excellent handset, a device that puts the design of practically all other smartphones into the shade. For several months, it was the only handset that HTC had given us, as rumours swirled about a smaller model.Off came the covers and... Read more

HTC One mini hands-on: Same great quality, smaller package
HTC One mini hands-on: Same great quality, smaller package By Chris Hall

The HTC One mini has been officially announced, bringing much of the HTC One love to a smaller, more compact, more affordable handset. The big brother is a fantastic Android device, but can the HTC One mini measure up? We got our hands on the new handset... Read more

HTC One Glamour Red pictures and hands-on
HTC One Glamour Red pictures and hands-on By Chris Hall

How do you make the hottest phone hotter? You paint it red, that's how. Today we got our hands on the HTC One in "Glamour Red", one of several special coloured editions that we told you would be coming.In the UK, the red HTC One is an exclusive to Phones... Read more

HTC One camera
3.0 stars HTC One camera By Mike Lowe

When a smartphone shouts about its camera as being something special it turns a lot of heads. We've already seen and reviewed the HTC One and love it as a smartphone. It's an ace device. But what of its "Ultrapixel" camera - is it really as "ultra" as... Read more

HTC First
3.5 stars HTC First By Jake Smith

We’ve got smartphone fatigue. It’s always a new iPhone, new Windows Phone, new Android phone with Samsung’s latest TouchWiz UX, or a lifesaver the folks at BlackBerry are trying to cook up, dominating the news cycle on a daily basis.This is why... Read more