HTC 10 Evo - Battery life and verdict

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HTC 10 Evo – Battery life

The 3,200 mAh cell inside the HTC 10 Evo is a mixed bag, ranging from quite impressive in some areas to pretty dismal in others.

General battery life is fine: throughout the course of my time with the phone it made it through the day with normal use, but it’s easy to quickly drain the battery.

Streaming an hour of HD content from Netflix ate through 17% the first time – which is about as bad of the iPhone 7 – but fared slightly better when I did the test again. The second time it used 13% and the third 14%. None of those are overly impressive, though.

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It’s a similar story with music streaming; an hour of listening to Spotify over a Bluetooth speaker used 22%, which is again very poor.

It fares better with gaming and there wasn’t any major drops, but it’s odd for a battery of this size to struggle with basic streaming.

Another slight annoyance is that because of the old processor used, it doesn’t support any fast charging standard over Quick Charge 2.0. A full juice-up took about 2 hours, and you can get to 50% in about 40-minutes.

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Should I buy the HTC 10 Evo?

It’s a tough one this, because the HTC 10 Evo is a fine enough phone. It looks fine, the camera is fine and the battery life is fine. But there are some bizarre decisions that really drag it down. HTC has taken a design I really like with the 10, and made it bigger and much tougher to hold.

HTC has also ditched the headphone jack, but without having a real reason for doing so. It’s not super-thin and it doesn’t seem to use that extra space for anything worthwhile. There’s also no 3.5mm headphone jack dongle included, something that seems like a given during the transition phase. The only silver lining here is the included pair of USB-C headphones, but not everyone will want to use them.

And then there’s the price. It’s in the same range as an HTC 10 from Amazon (a far superior phone) and an LG G5, plus it’s pricier than the again superior OnePlus 3 and newer (and yet also cheaper) OnePlus 3T. At this price, it’s a tough sell in the face of strong competition.

Verdict

The Evo is a phone that does most things ok, but fails to excite and makes bizarre choice along the way. There are better options out there’

Score in detail

  • Performance 6
  • Camera 7
  • Design 7
  • Battery Life 7
  • Value 7
  • Software 9
  • Calls & Sound 8
  • Screen Quality 7
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