A Review of the HTC U11

We can think of the HTC U11 as a “middle of the road” model when compared to high-end phones such as the Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 8.  In fact, many feel that the U11 represents the answer to the Galaxy S8.  Let’s quickly examine some of the hallmark features of this phone as well as why it may indeed be an excellent alternative for those who might not have the money to spend on more expensive models.

The Design

HTC has always embraced a rather shiny exterior and this is one of those qualities which are either loved or hated.  While not offering the appeal of a brushed metal finish, the fact of the matter is that “liquid surface” somehow seems to fit in line with the other streamlined aspects of the U11.  Although a glossy surface is a magnet for fingerprints, the fact that the hue of the phone will change depending upon the viewing angle provides a unique twist.  At a thickness of 7.9 millimetres, the model is not too chunky for most requirements.

Display Screen

It can be argued that the most impressive feature of this phone is its 5.5-inch screen.  Not only are these dimensions larger than some of its major competitors, but its bevelled edges provide a streamlined feel that will serve to offset the thickness of the frame.  Offering a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, most users will not have any issues whatsoever in regards to clarity.  The use of LCD technology also enables the display to pick up on fine shadows and finer details; critical when viewing UHD or 4K videos.

Performance and Software

The HTC U11 follows the trend of this company cutting out superfluous applications and providing the user with a streamlined platform.  It currently employs the Android Nougat 7.1 OS although users will likely be able to upgrade to the latest versions are they are released.  There is much less bloating when compared to other models and the overall user interface feels much cleaner.

One of the most interesting features is the addition of a system known as Edge Sense.  Essentially,  the user can activate certain apps within the phone (such as the camera) simply by squeezing the edges of the housing.  While this might not sound too appealing at first, settings can be adjusted so that various lengths of time and pressure will activate specific programs.  This can come in quite “handy” when one suddenly wishes to grab a video while out and about.  We should also mention that Amazon Alexa is included within the initial bundle and this is one of the first phones to support Amazon Echo.  So, users are getting even more for their money.

Speaking of money, the U11 is considered to be a more economical choice when compared to the Galaxy 8 series and yet, it offers many of the same functions (although they are fashioned in different ways).  All in all, this new model should prove itself to be very popular for those who have been looking for all of the latest in interactive technology wrapped up within a glossy package.