Poor Use of Space
30 Mar 2017 by Review
The HTC U Ultra is the latest and greatest from HTC , and it is certainly the most expensive , both from the brand , and the other competition . The price goes way higher than it is supposed to be. At over $700 , the phone is on par with the other flagships , but , it doesn't seem to have anything special going for it , apart from that secondary display , which is really more of a gimmick in my opinion. Speaking of displays , the phone has one of the best IPS displays on the market , and it seems to be getting really close to AMOLED , especially with the 2K resolution at 5.7" , giving a superb 515 ppi . It has one of the worst screen to body ratios on the market now , at 69\% , and the bezels really give the phone a huge foot print , despite the average size . The camera on the U Ultra is a mixed bag , of lemons . I found the overall performance of the camera to be rather disappointing , with poor night shots , and average day time shots . Video recording is decent , with 4K @30 FPS and 720p @ 120FPS , along with OIS , making for pretty good overall video performance . Unfortunately , the HTC U Ultra comes with last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 , rather than the latest and greatest 835 . The performance is not the best , but it is really good . However , things start changing when you compare the phone to what is most likely the best overall comparison , the S8 , which has the Snapdragon 835 in it , it really falls short . Gaming is great , and everyday performance is excellent , however the 821 is not nearly as power efficient as it's successor . as always , the interface is a really subjective topic , but honestly , i really like the skin HTC has put on the U Ultra, its really close to stock android , and is consequently rather smooth and light . The design of the phone is absolutely gorgeous , however , it is when you look into the details , that you notice some needless things HTC has done with the phone . on top of that list is the lack of the headphone jack , which does not seem to be due to a reason . The reason most other companies remove the headphone jack is to make space for other components , however , there is plenty of space for one , and this shows just how much HTC wants to be like other companies . The same goes for the camera hump , which is just excessive , especially when you consider the thickness of the phone . At 3000mAh , the battery is really small for this size display , and the results are just as expected , horrible . The phone drains a lot of battery , even with the simplest tasks , such as checking email and social media feeds . One thing that is good , however , is the stand by time , with the help of Android Doze , which shuts off unneeded processes when the phone is idling . Well , That concludes my review of the HTC U Ultra , Let me know in the reply section below what you think of it , and I , will see you in my next review !
Pros Great Display Great Skin Great Design and Build Quality Cons Poor Camera Bad Battery life Performance Not up to Par With Competition