The HTC U11 design is something that is quite different from your array of phones that are on the market at the moment. With light gorilla glass and curved the metal backplate, it feels a little less premium than say the Samsung S8 or HTC 10.
Although I can’t say it ‘feels’ like the best phone on the market, the build quality is very well designed and sturdy, after a couple of days you will probably get used to it.
The colour choices for the U11 however, are extremely pleasing to the eye. HTC opted to go for a shiny metallic backing which reminds me of “shiny Pokemon cards” that come in one of five different colours; Amazing Silver, Brilliant Black, Sapphire Blue, Ice White and Solar Red. We looked at the Amazing Silver but really depending on the light it’s more of a two toned bluey-purple colour.
Changing of the colours for the back of the phone is really impressive, the colours shift between a range of hues of blues and purples making it really stand out. The U11 is not a phone you want to put in a phone case. Its only downfall is that it is a fingerprint magnet which ruins the sleek look of the design straight away. You could put the phone in a case but for one that you need to squeeze this adds a layer of complexity to it considering as a phone minus the “squeeze” it does not do anything mind shatteringly new.
It is a phone that has refined all the parts of today’s smartphones and makes sure it does them well. The fingerprint and home button works perfectly for something which is a touch sensor instead of an actual clickable button. The buttons all react with a decent tactile click with the power button and volume controls on the right side and sim slot sitting on the top.
Sitting in one hand, you can use the phone quite easily, the placement of the volume controls is precise to make this work. The curved design fits in your palm and is a rectangular design probably to be easier to make it IP67 water resistant that makes throwing it into water keep it from becoming an expensive paperweight. Real life means you can drop it in a puddle, toilet or in the shower and it will function perfectly fine. No bowls of rice needed to dry it out.
Taking a page from the iPhone book, the headphone jack has been removed with the extension cable thrown in for good measure. For the sake of a few millimetres, it is a shame new phones keep taking away something which is still so widely used in the world. Yes, you can still use a jack cable with the USB-C adapter but it means one more thing you need to carry on your person at all times if you want to spontaneously connect it up to something a little more old school.
As the USB-C port acts for both power and audio it does mean that you can’t charge your phone while listening to music but luckily the phone does last a decent amount of time off the wall.