This is HTC's best smartphone of 2017. However, it's not coming to the U.S. Also, it was originally supposed to be the Google Pixel 2 XL. Could the two be connected? Either way, HTC is looking to stay alive moving into 2018, and the U11+ is a step in the right direction! Let's see what they have up their sleeves!
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If only the HTC U Ultra launched in late 2016 rather than early 2017. It would probably have been received much better. In all actuality it probably was supposed to launch earlier but was held up for some reason.
I've got the U11 life not too long ago, and I love it. Before this phone I had the HTC M8. Great phone as well, had it for 3+years. My only issue with it is the missing AUX jack but the only reason I need it is to connect my phone to my car to play music, but I got a AUX to USB-c adapter so I don't mind. Great phone, I'm only going to pay 360$ for it as well.
Black fronts are too anonymous and dull for my taste. I see the appeal, but not for me. I want my smartphone to shimmer with elegance, as shimmering smartphones tend to be immune to newer phones getting released. You know that feeling of jealousy after your phone is 6 months old and the honeymoon fades when a brand new smartphone gets released.
The same color and material on the back should be the same for the front.
Examples: Galaxy S6, Note 5, Galaxy S7, Galaxy Note 7, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Asus Zenfone 3,.
They'll all age gracefully compared to dull front smartphones with the typical black and white colors.
I am surprised that you did not mention the weakest point of the phone which is the display...it is an LCD that is pretty dull and that has one of the lowest brightness out there. I had purchased the HTC U11+ from Hong Kong and I actually returned it because of the lackluster display. If it weren't from the display, I would have acclaimed this as the best phone of 2017, but alas... I bought in 2017 the Pixel 2 (i gave to my son), the Pixel 2 XL that I returned because of blue shift, the Samsung S8+ that I hated because of the bloatware and the fact that the phone was stuttering once in a while, the HTC U11+ that had it all except the display and then got the best phone for the money, which is the OnePlus 5T (128/8 GB) as my main driver.
HTC is garbage. Got a U11, loved it, then tons of small problems. Certain apps crash at least once a day, usb c port gets stuck in headphone mode even when they are unplugged, DAC won't work, fingerprint scanner constantly reads as dirty, and front facing camera basically useless on snapchat. It'd all be forgivable but what ruins the phone is that repairs are all but impossible. 7-9 weeks to repair the USB port to enable the DAC?! If you even get your phone back, so many people on HTC's fb page say they've waited months with no feedback.
protectionism is consumers loss...this phone - not really available with big carriers, worse, Huawei was banned just a few days ago in the US; congrats, Apple and samsung fucks - you can milk your tard customers as much as you want
You don't need it. You have that connector in the box and you can plug any 3.5mm earphones or headphones. Also sound is amazing on this phone especially when you listening music with earphones. Phone is almost perfect.
Andrew Clement .....some people do show off a bit.....I always ignore em.......OK bye.....gotta go study...........
My exams r here n am still watching videos....was nice to talk to u...hope for d best in ur life........
Btw where r u from???....if u don't mind??
Kamal LB most people used to not look at phones as expenses. I have a Galaxy S7, in Ontario, it retailed new at $900. Doesn't matter whether you buy a phone outright, or get it "free" through contract. It's still a $900 phone. Same with all phones. But not everyone grew up poor like myself, I learned to treat my expensive things well.
Andrew Clement ....yeah....like if it's not an emergency.......am a social bug who loves to have face to face conversation u know......yeah even phone covers help a lot....
Btw my phones never had a deep scratch
Kamal LB never use your phone outside? Ok that's weird. I take care of my phone, but I always buy an Otterbox Defender. I take care, clean and so forth. The average person doesn't. A few years ago, most people didn't case their phone... Because they're idiots
Problem of all those phones is out there is the LG V30, the Note 8 and the Oneplus 5T, that are very powerful and water proofing and of the very important jack port, and in the case of the 5T it's affordable.
Totally agree I had a S8+ it was so slow that it was barely faster than my Moto X style (nearly stock android), after root and installing Google edition rom the S8+ got another life and became finally a true high end phone, Samsung creates very good phones and then ruins them by installing their useless software.
How to perfect the HTC U11+:
1. bring back real boom sound with Front Facing stereo speakers
2. bring back the headphone jack with a high quality 24-bit dac and amp
3. bring it to the US in carrier stores
4. color the front glass as well as the back glass
To be honest No..!
The only reason I used to buy HTC was for that awesome Audio Dack from headphone jack and Solid metal build.. And guess what! Both are gone.. There is no headphone jack and has same slippy glass backed fragile phone every manufacturer is going for....!
LG took HTC's place for audiophiles!.
They need to learn how to market. Phone wise, they usually have one of the best performing devices out there, they don't slow down,and deliver a great user experience. I'm a little bit biased because I'm a pro audio engineer, and HTC has the best headphone experience out of any phone, but it still has a lot going for it.
Lewd Bandana maybe. It's hard to say... It seems over the years, HTC has become "just another phone company"and their not putting any effort into advertising... In fact, the only phone adverts I see on TV are apple and Samsung.
I got 2 of these at launch here in Taiwan (HTC's home country) got the Silver/Blue which is beautiful but then 2 weeks later the Translucent was released and I just couldn't resist.
Paid $700 and if purchased at a HTC shop you get an extra year of warranty plus there was a launch event where you get 80% off accessories so I got an extra kit of charger + cable
and a USB Type-C 10,000mAh power bank with QC 3.0 support of course all HTC branded. Even though I got two 128GB/6GB models I went for the new SanDisk 400GB MicroSD
and it still cost less than an 64GB iPhone X. Like the reviewer said, if you get a chance do get it, it's an awesome phone! worth every penny IMO. One of the few phones if not the only
one capable of wireless 24bit audio with Qualcomm's aptX HD and Sony's LDAC (3x speed for higher stability and quality). The Edge display wheel is the real one hand use with all apps,
functions and contacts at thumb's reach, my home screen is CLEAN! the quad mics are insane, you can choose 3D or Hi-Res audio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfiXTGc09-A
Great phone ! There are so many great android phones out at the moment. Unfortunately the masses are blinkered by iPhone and Samsung, so many other manufacturers don't get the sales they deserve. At least that's my view in the UK.
I have not seen one HTC ad in the UK which just says as much. I love them and they make innovative designs. I hope they can continue to sell phones because competition is good but they just cannot compete with Samsung or HTC. I guess they can live on in the Pixel lineup but sadly I think they will soon go out of business or maybe just cater to the Asian and lower to midrange phone market. They also do make some daft decisions here and there which just doesn't help.