Best Waterproof Phone

When I wrote the CAT S60 review, I kinda had this feeling that writing about the best waterproof phone wasn’t enough. You see, every time I do my reviews and get to the “Verdict” chapter, I realize that the definition of the word “best” is really very subjective. This is especially true when it comes to phones that come in such diverse shapes and sizes and with different specs, it’s hard for a single model to please every type of customer.

Best Waterproof Phone

In the past, waterproof phones were sort of a dream. If you dropped your phone in the bathtub, a puddle of water, spilled your glass all over it or the rain got it, you would end up with a faulty phone at best. In some cases, it would be darn right damaged and useless. But with the speed of technology, we have come to build water-resistant phones, which now means you can pull the phone out of your pocket and change the track even if it’s raining.

So here’s what I thought, why not make an article about the best waterproof phone for different categories of customers. Since there would be so many, I picked 5 types of smartphone users: the tech junkie, the Apple lover, the clumsy user, the photo enthusiast and the money-saver. I’ve reviewed the best waterproof phone for each of you, so here it goes!

Best waterproof phone for the tech junkie

Samsung Galaxy S8

90% of smartphone addicts will fall in love with the S8 at first sight. I mean, what’s not to love about it? The 5.8 inch display takes mobile gaming, internet browsing and video watching at a whole new level. Even if 5.8 inches will leave you wondering if the phone may just be too big, I can assure you it has the ideal size for the true tech junkie: the one who wants to use his smartphone for everything. With 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm (5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 in) in measurement and 155 g (5.47 oz), we agree that’s it’s not the lightest smartphone in the world. However, the specs that it comes with can more than make up for the size.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Released in April 2017, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is believed to be the best waterproof smartphone of this year. It’s available in both single SIM and Dual SIM versions. But I have to get back to its display a little bit more. Capable of rendering 16 M colors at a 1440 x 2960 pixels resolution, the display of the Galaxy S8 falls deep into the “WOW” category. It’s protected by a Gorilla Glass 5, so you know that you get the best Samsung components for the price that you pay. However, is their quest to squeeze this amazing display as best as they could, Samsung may have just compromised the location of the fingerprint reader. You can unlock this phone with your face, a fingerprint or an iris scan, in increasing order of security level, making the S8 one of the most secure phones around.

Looks are everything to Samsung and the S8 makes no exception to that rule. The volume rocker and standby switch are joined by a new button on the side.

You’d think that for a phone that has an edge-to-edge display, the S8 is sensitive and prone to damage. However, it feels surprisingly sturdy and ready for action. In order to fit such a big screen, Samsung had to compromise a little something that could bother a lot of people: the fingerprint sensor. In general, the fingerprint sensor is located on the front of the phone, combines with the Home button. With the S8, you get the fingerprint sensor located on the back, next to the camera. This could make for some accidental touching as you use the phone.

On to another big feature of this brand new smartphone: Bixby. Bixby was designed to be a voice assistant that could rival Siri or Alexa. You can tell that Samsung is really confident in the success of Bixby, since they dedicated a button solely for this function, located on the side of the phone. The only feature that’s really amazing in Bixby is that it can analyze the surroundings thanks to the viewfinder or a picture you’ve taken and can later tell you where you can buy that item or give you information about the place you’re checking out.

Android lovers will be happy to know that the S8 comes with a preinstalled version of the 7.0, namely the Nougat. This phone is powered by an Exynos 8895 Octa chipset, or an Octa-core 4 x 2.35 GHz Kryo & 4 x 1.9 GHz Kryo for USA and China buyers. There is no doubt that the S8 is one of the best phones of its generation. Some of you may be repelled by the fact that there are no more physical and soft buttons on the front of the smartphone, but that is not a downside. The S8 can compensate for the lack of these button in a dozen other ways. You have a set of virtual buttons that you can summon with the swipe of a finger each time you are using an app in fullscreen. Samsung has added a bunch of tutorials to help you with this feature.

Even if it doesn’t come with stereo sound, you can still enjoy sweet tunes, with clear lyrics and a crisp sound.

Even if it is the latest Samsung model, it does not have the best smartphone specs on the market. However, you will be more than happy with its performance. Regardless of the chipset it features, the phone comes with 4 GB or RAM, which is similar to my old laptop, so there is definitely no compromise there. While the only storage capacity on offer is 64 GB, the SIM tray has a slot for a microSD card which can handle anything up to 256 GB of additional memory. The 3000 mAh battery doesn’t really make the S8 one of the most powerful phones on the market. However, the battery’s juices will last a full day, even if it powers a high-resolution display.

Since the Galaxy S8 is believed to be the best smartphone on the market, what are the actual differences between its upgrade, the S8 Plus?

  • The S8 is priced between $720 and $750, while the S8 Plus is about $850.
  • The S8 comes with a 5.8 inch display, while the S8 Plus has a 6.2 inch one. The resolution is same for both of them, 2960 x 1440 pixels. However, if you have smaller hands, the S8 Plus can turn out to be uncomfortable to use.
  • The battery of the S8 Plus is a 3500 mAh one, more powerful than the 3000 one on the S8.
  • The size of the S8 is 5.9 x 2.7 x 0.3 inches, while its big brother measures 6.3 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches.
  • The S8 has a total weight of 5.5 ounces, compared to the S8 Plus, with a total weight of 6.1 ounces.

If you love taking pictures, you will be happy to know that the Galaxy S8’s camera has not been compromised in any way. The 12MP camera on the rear and the (upgraded) 8MP sensor on the front are both brilliant in low light as well. However, there a few minuses, only noticeable if you know your photography terms: no dual-sensor system here, no wide-angle lens or variable aperture. But for vacation photos with the family, the S8 camera will do its job just fine. What we really love about this camera is that you can access it and take photos super-fast. Double tapping the power button will open the camera app. Swiping around will allow you to access some of the camera’s features, like the selfie mode, the zoom function or the modes that you can use for your photos.

If you want your photo-capturing experience to be enhanced, you can use the Pro feature of the S8’s camera. With it, you can manually set the focal length of the image and the S8 will create green highlights to help you confirm that something is in focus.

And now, moving on to what you came here for: the waterproof feature. You will be happy to know that the Galaxy S8 features the IP68-rated water and dust resistance you’ve come to expect from Galaxy phones. Its official statistics show that the water resistant function allows an immersion in up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes. If rain ever catches you off-guard, you’ll be happy to know that the S8 is safe in your pocket.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Waterproof

Other Samsung Galaxy S8 features:

  • Integrated 3.1 USB port, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector.
  • Quick Charge 2.0, allowing for super-fast battery charging.
  • S-Voice natural language commands and dictation, making it easy to send a message even while you’re driving, without using your hands and still paying attention to the road.
  • Wide range of available colors: Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold.

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Best waterproof phone for Apple fans

iPhone 7 Plus

The IP67 certified iPhone 7 Plus highlights the reason we like Apple products so much.
Having a beautiful smartphone who is also dust and water resistant (up to 1 meter for 30 minutes) is the beauty of technology breakthroughs. There was a time when dropping your phone in the water would render it useless (happened to me with my first Nokia 3310), but thanks to the waterproof capabilities of phones such as the 7 Plus, that’s a thing of the past.

iPhone 7 Plus Waterproof

Now that you can rest assured your 7 Plus won’t get damaged if it faces rain, let’s move on to what this new phone has to offer. Right when you first lay your eyes on it, you can see that the iPhone 7 Plus is the most beautiful iPhone up to date. After touching the display, the next thing you’re bound to do is to use the Home button. You’ll notice that it no longer clicks, but it has been turned into a capacitive pad. It will recognize your fingers just as the touchscreen does. It will take awhile to get used to the new feel, but it does seem more elegant that the button you were used to pressing. Oh yes, and it also features the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, built into it.

By far, the biggest and most annoying change is the removal of the headphones jack. There has been a lot of debate on this topic, with pros and cons to whether this was a good decision. I know that it seems annoying at first, but how happy were you to untangle your headphone wires all the time. Since there is a generous number of wireless headphones to choose from, the lack of a headphones jack doesn’t really seem all that bad. Another thing we’d like to mention is that compared to the usual colors that Apple has introduced us to so far, the 7 Plus is available in a bright red, which is the mother of all elegance. Not sure about our male readers, but women will absolutely love the red iPhone 7 Plus.

That being said, we have to talk about one of the most important features of a 2016 smartphone: the display. Truth be told, there isn’t that big of a difference between what the iPhone 6 Plus and the 7 Plus in terms of display. The size is the same, with the display measuring 5.5 inches in diagonal. It renders images at a 1080 x 1920 resolution, which is really not that impressive if you consider the $900 price tag (price will vary depending on the color and memory size). Even so, the display is crystal clear, with great brightness and excellence response. Since it’s an Apple phone, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

iPhone 7 Plus

The Quad-core 2.34 GHz (2x Hurricane + 2x Zephyr) CPU will prove once again that iPhones are unbeatable when it comes to app rendering. There is no lag, no freezing and no compromise in terms of user experience. The PowerVR Series7XT Plus (six-core graphics) makes it a true pleasure to play games even on the 5.5 inch display which is not always as satisfying as it would be on a larger display.

The iOS 10 is one of the best operating systems that a phone could possibly have. In terms of looks, there is barely any difference compared to previous versions, but you can rest assured in knowing that it’s as fast as it ever was. Apple’s core apps have been improved. You can draw pictures to send to your friends, search for funny GIFs or even send people the track you’re listening to on Apple Music.

Now, I’d like to talk about one of the iPhone 7S’ best features: the camera. If I tell you that it comes with a Dual 12 MP camera, you won’t be that impressed. But let’s talk specifics, because this is where the iPhone camera really shines. The iPhone 7 Plus uses its second camera to provide zoom without sacrificing quality. By switching from the 28mm wide-angle lens to the 56mm telephoto one, it brings things twice as close while keeping detail high, like using optical zoom. While the camera is good, it’s not better than what you get from top-notch Samsung phones. Other manufacturers really try to add a whole host of modes and features into their camera apps. Apple continues to shy away from things like Pro mode, giving you just six options: photo, square, pano, video, slo-mo and time-lapse. Another important thing to mention is that the camera does need a decent amount of light to take crisp and vivid pictures.

A huge problem that smartphones bring to the table is battery life. As a general rule of thumb, Plus versions of the iPhone are better than regular versions because of the battery life. Those of you who owned an iPhone 7, know that you had to charge it before the day was over, because it drained the battery super-fast. With the 7 Plus, you can get to the end of the day and still have about 20-30% battery life, which is a pretty big deal.

Other iPhone 7 Plus features:

  • Stereo speakers that make listening to music and watching videos on your phone a real pleasure.
  • 3 GB of RAM and the possibility to choose between models with 32, 128 and 256 GB of internal storage.
  • Secondary 7 MP camera with integrated face detection and panorama functions.
  • Wide range of available colors: Jet Black, Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, Red.

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Best waterproof phone for outdoors activities

Sonim XP7

Our quest in finding the best waterproof phone would not be complete with a model that’s so rugged, you can throw it out of a moving car and it still would survive. I initially named the Sonim XP7, the best phone for “butterfingers”. I was thinking about people such as myself, who are constantly clumsy and drop their phone on the floor so often, I’m surprised it’s still working. But this is more than just a phone that withstands drops, it’s downright shock-resistant to a whole new level. Maybe it’s because it meets some military standards and you can use it in the middle of a desert storm. Does it sound like I’m exaggerating? Let’s see just what the Sonim XP7 has to offer.

Sonim XP7

Let me get one thing straight: this is not a phone that can compete with the Galaxy S8 nor the iPhone 7 Plus. It does not feature the best display on the market, it doesn’t take the best pictures and it doesn’t look like something you’d pull out in the middle of a cocktail party from a $2,000 purse. It’s an ugly phone. But once you’re out camping, mountain climbing, biking, snowboarding, pyramid sightseeing or whatever such outdoor activity, it’s a phone you can rely on. You know how there are a lot of jokes circulating the internet about the old Nokia 3310 who was often named indestructible? Those people haven’t had the chance to test XP7.

This smartphone is unlike those slim-fit models you see are being released in 2017. It’s heavy and bulky at the same time. It measures 137 x 72.1 x 20.8 mm (5.39 x 2.84 x 0.82 in) and has a total weight of 290 g (10.23 oz). That’s double the weight of the Galaxy S8. This isn’t really a phone for the ladies, unless the ladies are really passionate about hiking in harsh weather conditions. It’s a phone for firemen. For policemen. For construction workers. For explorers. For archaeologists. For people who spend more time outdoors than inside.

Since it comes with a rubberized outer casing, the phone can withstand some pretty harsh drops. Being designed for people with tough jobs, it can also withstand corrosive chemicals and oils, making it a great phone even for people who work on oil tankers and oil platforms. It can face extreme pressure and strong vibrations. With its IP69 rating, it is also a great waterproof and dustproof phone. It has been tested underwater, at a depth of 2 meters for 30 minutes and survived.

In terms of design, this phone is anything but pretty. The right side of the phone is host to the volume rocker. A nice feature is the Sonim emergency support line button, which is located next to the volume rocker. The left side is host to the camera shutter button, which is a nice feature when you’re hands are wet or greasy and you don’t exactly want to touch the phone’s display. Next to the camera shutter button, you can find a push to talk button, accompanied by a power button. On the top side of the phone, you will come across a notification light, which is pretty useful when you want to see if you’ve received any messages or missed any calls without actually powering up the display. The headphones jack and a SIM card slot are also located on the top side of the phone. However, in order to access the SIM card slot, you will have to remove a couple of screws, but Sonim provides the proper tool to do so as you purchase the phone.

If you ever forget your charger at home and you need to borrow one, bad news: the XP7 doesn’t have your standard microUSB port, but rather a magnetic port, which is not that commonly found.

Sonim XP7 Waterproof

Passionate about high-end smartphones? Then the XP7 is not the choice for you. It packs a 4 inch display with a 800 x 480 resolution which is decent at best. Colors are pretty washed out, which doesn’t really contribute to a good media experience. However, you can use the screen even if you have gloves on, which is a pretty nice feature to have when it’s freezing outside. As far as hardware is concerned, the XP7 features a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, clocked at 1.2 GHz, along with 1 GB of RAM. Even if it doesn’t have the latest processor, the performance is pretty good for a phone who focuses on durability and not on running a marathon. You will be able to play a few decent games and run applications smoothly, but don’t expect the same user experience you would get from an iPhone.

The good news is the XP7 comes with 16 GB on-board storage memory. The bad news is, there is no microSD card slot, which means that if you ever need more storage space on your phone, you’re gonna have to start deleting some old files and apps. Thank God for cloud storage! Since this is the best waterproof phone for outdoors lovers, battery life is one chapter where it excels. In a combination between a mid-end processor and a 4,800 mAh battery, the XP7 provides enough juices to last you for a very long time. You can get about 48 hours of battery juice with a single charge. Unless you keep checking your Facebook and email, that is. The battery life is still decent even if you plan to listen to a couple of tunes and watch YouTube videos. It really should be a problem, even on a 2-days hike.

If you want a phone to take amazing vacation photos on your trip in the mountain, the XP7 is a bad choice. The rear camera only has 8 MP, compared to modern smartphone camera that pack 12 MP. As for the camera features, you pretty much get the basics, just as HDR or panorama. The picture quality is nothing to brag about. However, pictures taken outdoors, in mid daylight and with good and natural light are pretty cool. They’re definitely worthy of showing your friends when you’re back from your trip. You will notice that the photos have a sort a blue-ish trend. HDR is always recommended in order to get better photo details, but that will add extra noise to your pictures.

Other Sonim XP7 features:

  • 1MP front-facing camera.
  • Android’s 4.4 KitKat operating system
  • 4.0 Bluetooth.

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Best waterproof phone for the money-saver

LG G6

The reason why I chose the LG G6 as the best waterproof phone for people who want to save money is because it has often been called “the cheaper Samsung Galaxy S8”. We’re going to determine if it can indeed be compared to the latest and most beautiful Galaxy phone.

If LG ever had a plan to reinvent itself, the G6 was surely an attempt at that. Being a combinations of looks, feel and performance, the G6 delivers in almost every aspect we’re interested in. As an IP68 certified phone, the G6 is capable of withstanding water emerges of up to 1.5 meters for about 30 minutes. IT is also dust resistant, which provides extra safety and peace of mind to its user. However, take note that its waterproofing capabilities only go so far as fresh water. Dropping it in a pool filled with chlorine is not exactly recommended.

LG G6 Waterproof

Now that we’ve established that the L6 meets the standards to make it to our “best waterproof phone” list, let’s see what this baby is really made of. Most regular smartphone comes with a 16:9 aspect ration. The G6, however, packs a 18:9 ratio display. What does this mean? That you have a taller screen panel in a smaller body. The G6 excels at its display if we compare it to the G5, its predecessor. It comes with a 5.7 inch display, which is quite a plus compared to the 5.5 inch display of the iPhone 7. With a resolution of 2880 x 1440, video streaming and multimedia user experience are top notch. Even if you plan on watching YouTube videos or binging on your favorite Netflix series, the G6 is going to become your best friend. Train rides won’t seem that long anymore, because you now have a high-quality mean of passing the time.

If you’re used to right angles at the corners of your phone’s display, the G6 will be a bit weird to get accustomed to. The round corners were a nice touch that made the screen fit just right in the phone’s casing. Since the bezel is very thin, the G6 is gorgeous looking phone. A weird choice is the Gorilla Glass, since it packs a Gorilla Glass 5 on the back of the phone, but only a 3 in the front. Turning the phone around, you will notice a stand-by switch, combines with a fingerprint sensor inside. The volume rocker is placed on the side.

Now that we’ve established it looks good on the outside, can the inside justify the $700 price tag? There are some question marks regarding the chipset choice for the G6. The G6 comes with Qualcomm’s older Snapdragon 821 chipset rather than the latest 835. We can only assume that LG was rushing to release the G6 before the Galaxy S8 and that’s why they went with this Snapdragon version. In business, timing sometimes is everything. Truth be told, the 821 does just as good of a job as the 835. When I bought my new PC, people asked me why I went with the GTX 980 instead of waiting for the new 1080 to come out. To be honest, I’m not really sorry. The 980 delivers exactly what I need for gaming and it was considerably cheaper. Same thing can be said for the Snapdragon 821. You know how the Google Pixel is considered to be the fastest phone for daily use? IT packs a 821, so we’re pretty happy with LG’s choice nevertheless.

LG G6

Combines with this chipset, you have 4 GB of RAM for whatever daily tasks you want to perform with your phone. You can choose between 3 versions, the 32 GB one, the 64 GB one or the 128 GB one. Even if I’ve never needed more than 32 GB of storage, there are people who may find that the 128 GB version is not enough. In that case, they’ll be happy to know that the integrated microSD card slot will allow them to add more memory, up to 256 GB.

One thing we absolutely disliked about the G6 is that the European version is missing some features that were really cool. For example, the European version has no wireless charging. There’s no Quad Hi-Fi DAC for improved sound quality either. While it’s true that these features are not vital, it’s frustrating that LG provided no explanation as to why some continents have these features, while others don’t.

Since smartphone cameras have pretty much replaced the smaller digital cameras we used years ago, this chapter is super important when you decided to choose between one smartphone or another. What’s really the point in carrying a digital camera with a 14 MP sensor on vacation, when your smartphone already packs a 13 MP camera? There are two camera lenses on the back of the G6, both with 13 megapixels. One boasts a wider-angle lens than the other. The 125-degree wide-angle lens doesn’t have optical image stabilization and it has an f/2.4 aperture, while the 71-degree standard lens has OIS and a far better f/1.8 aperture.

Even if the cameras are quite impressive, they’re far from being perfect. Often times, pictures will lack depth and sometimes, colors can look a bit dull. One thing to love about these dual cameras is their night-time performance. Pictures taken at night have a very dramatic effect to them, allowing you to get really creative with those night shots in Venice (or Rio, whichever vacation destination you prefer the most).

Because it went with a water-resistant design, LG was pretty forced to sacrifice the removable battery. While this won’t affect a lot of people, since there aren’t many of you who just carry around spare batteries and prefer to use battery packs, some users may be frustrated with the impossibility to switch between batteries. While the 3300 mAh battery will get your through the day, it won’t provide more juice than that. To be more specific, an hour of Netflix streaming will consume about 10% battery life. If you love the Quick Charge 2.0, the Quick Charge 3.0 will be your dream come true. It will only take 1 hours and 25 minutes for a full battery charge, which pretty much means that you can stop for coffee and lunch and charge your phone in the process.

Other LG G6 features:

  • Capability to record amazing videos, of 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps.
  • Latest technology 4.2 Bluetooth, allowing super-fast file transfer.
  • WPC & PMA wireless charging (US version only).
  • Available in a wide range of colors: astro black, ice platinum, terra gold, marine blue, mystic white.

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Best waterproof phone for pictures

HTC U11

When I first laid eyes on the Sapphire blue version of this phone, I was mesmerized. Of course, I’m being biased, since I own a Huawei Honor 8 in the same color scheme. But there’s more to the HTC U11 than just a pretty color palette. Does it have enough to beat the other big names in this article? I can tell you one thing: HTC has really made a comeback with the U11 and the improvements made from the HTC 10 are visible from outer space. First of all, we have to mention that this phone has just been released, so there is a lot to be said about it.

HTC U11

In visual terms, the U11 is a good looking phone. While the glass back is a nice feature, metal would have been a more practical choice. Even so, a nice feature is how the glass changes color depending on your viewing angle. For instance, if you opt for the silver version , you will notice the hues of silver and blue. While the phone looks great, the back is a fingerprint magnet. Sad part is, you don’t even need to have greasy fingers to leave smudges all over the back of the phone. You are in great need of a case, preferably a transparent one that can still show your phone’s good looks. One big no-no is that thick screen bezel. That might have been fine in 2013, but compared to the Galaxy S8, it looks fairly ugly.

We were surprised to see that the U11 has no headphone jack. However, the included adapter and a surprisingly good pair of in-ear USB-C “USonic” headphones were a really nice touch. Leaves me wondering what else they’ve copied off the iPhone. The fingerprint scanner is located in the front home button and does a very good job of securing your phone. The fact that the U11 has been designed to meet IP67 certification standards will be a boon for accident-prone users, and means the phone will be able to survive accidental submersions in liquid at depths of 1 m and below for 30 minutes.

Surprisingly enough for a phone launched in June 2017, there is not much to be said about the display of the U11. It’s not really something out of this world, but I guess that it’s the thick bezel talking… it just doesn’t make it look like a 2017 smartphone. The U11 features a 5.5 inch display which renders images at a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. While the display looks good, it’s not as crisp as AMOLED ones, so there’s nothing to brag about. If you’ve ever laid your hands on a Galaxy S8, you will notice that the maximum brightness on the U11 is lower. In fact, in very bright lighting, the phone’s screen is pretty glossy, making it difficult to read. But let’s not be too harsh: a lot of modern smartphones have this glossiness problem.

HTC U11 Waterproof

Let’s talk software. The U11 does a really good job at this chapter, packing the Android 7.1 Nougat in an excellent manner. We absolutely loved the lack of bloatware and annoying preinstalled apps that just take up memory and screen space. There aren’t any duplicates, which translates into less time deleting annoying apps. I want to talk a bit about Edge Sense, a nice feature of the U11. It allows you to interact with your phone by squeezing it. It’s cool to use Edge Sense to take photos fast, since you need one squeeze to open the camera app and the second squeeze to take the actual photo. As cool as it may sound, that second squeeze can result into you shaking the device and thus taking blurry photos. And since we’ve already mentioned it, let’s talk about the phone’s nicest feature: the camera.

In the past, HTC has been really struggling with providing decent camera specs. However, the 12 MP camera on the U11 will blow your mind, especially if you’ve used previous HTC models in the past. Using regular and natural light, your photos will look nothing short of amazing. There is no over-exposure and no over-saturation. The shutter is extremely fast and responsive and colors are crisp and beautiful. Thanks to the 4 microphones integrated in the U11, the 3D sound quality of video recording with the U11 is excellent as well.

In general, photos taken in low light are not that great. However, taking photos in low light with the U11 is quite a nice experience and the results are above average. The Pro mode is really awesome to use and you have manual controls for some of the most important features of the camera, such as ISO or white balance. We have excellent news for video calling and selfie fans. The U11 is packed with a 16 MP frontal camera, which is more than you’ll find on other similar smartphones, making the U11 the ideal choice for people who are looking for a solid phone with a great camera.

But how long will the battery last with all this picture-taking frenzy? The 3000 mAh battery is pretty small for a phone this size, making the battery life average at best. Without any heavy usage, you can squeeze about a day, a day and a half of battery life. That means that you can listen to some music, make a few calls and browse the internet lightly, with some social media and email checking. Even if it packs a 5.5 inch display, the battery life can get in the way of you enjoying some Netflix watching. One hour of video watching will drain about 12% battery life. Even if it doesn’t use the latest 4.0 Quick Charge, the included 3.0 is still pretty decent.

Other HTC U11 features:

  • Available with 64 GB and 4 GB RAM or 128 GB and 6 GB RAM.
  • Dual speakers, making the phone really awesome when it comes to listening to music or watching videos without the headphones on.
  • Available in a wide range of color schemes: Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White, Solar Red.

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Jenny Foster

I'm Jenny. I moved to rainy Ireland several years ago and I had to learn how to be prepared for the constant spring/fall that is the weather on the Emerald Isle. If you're always cold, always miserable because of the rain, maybe it's not the weather at fault (all the time 😀 ). A wise man once told me that there's no bad weather, just bad clothes. So I acted accordingly 🙂