Although you can find low cost Android smartphones, those of us who need our phone to serve as a communications platform, MP3 player, digital camera, GPS navigation system, and more on a daily basis still look to the flagships for the best quality and ultimate experience, even at the premium price.
Now that my HTC 10 review is live, we can take a look at the three current Android flagships from HTC, LG, and Samsung and attempt to crown one the king.
Comparison of specs and features
All three of these flagships share common high end specifications so I won't list all of them in the table, but instead will focus on the differences and unique features. My review rating and links to the full reviews of each are also included.
|Feature||HTC 10||LG G5||Samsung Galaxy S7|
|Screen size/type||5.2 inch Super LCD 5||5.3 inch IPS Quantum||5.1 inch Super AMOLED|
|Rear camera||12 megapixel UltraPixel 2, f/1.8||Dual 16 megapixel (f/1.8) and 8 megapixel wide-angle (f/2.4)||12 megapixel dual pixel, f/1.7|
|Front camera||5 megapixel with OIS, f/1.8||8 megapixel, f/2.0||5 megapixel, f/1.7|
|Materials||Aluminum back/sides and 2.5D glass||Coated aluminum back/sides and glass||Glass front/back, aluminum edges|
|Unique features||Stunning audio experience||Modularity with removable battery||Water resistant, Samsung Pay|
|USB port and tech||Type-C with Quick Charge 3.0||Type-C with Quick Charge 3.0||microUSB with Quick Charge 2.0, wireless charging|
|T-Mobile price||$699.99 (estimated based on HTC.com price)||$629.99||$669.99|
There are not many differences between these three and to be honest I think the majority of buyers will be pleased with any of the three. I've been using each for at least a couple of weeks, more than a month with each of the G5 and S7, and it really comes down to your specific needs and which one feels better in your hand and pocket.
As good as the LG G5 appears on paper, it takes third place in my personal ranking. Like the LG G4 and LG V10, the camera is excellent, but there's just nothing here that makes me desire to carry it as a daily driver.
Choosing the first and second place device is tougher, which is why I purchased both. Actually, I went with the S7 Edge for the larger battery and display, but it is essentially the same as the Galaxy S7 in all other aspects.
I've personally always liked HTC's use of unibody aluminum that gives its devices a substantial feel in the hand. However, Samsung's design changes last year offer up a very compelling design as well and the water resistance puts me at ease when I run in the rain with my phone.
The HTC 10 camera let me down a bit as it currently is not consistently performing as well as the Galaxy S7 or LG G5 in full auto mode. The camera is the primary reason I have it at 9.5 instead of 9.7 or higher.
My current top pick for an Android flagship is the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The only negative I have with the S7 is its tendency to collect fingerprints, but I just slapped a skin on the back and am completely satisfied with the S7 Edge.