Which is the best HTC phone?

28th Nov 2012 | 17:22

Which is the best HTC phone?

All the information on the HTC smartphone range

Best HTC phone: 8-5

So you've decided that HTC is the brand you want to spend the next 24 months of your life with - but that's not the end of the quest.

You have several devices, price points and operating systems to choose from and it can all get a little bewildering. But which is the best HTC phone for you?

Like Huawei and ZTE, HTC started life by building network-branded handsets, and has branched out and made their own name. The HTC Desire was the phone that truly launched it, and the Android OS, into the mainstream.

With the launch of the Android 'One' line, and Windows Phone based '8' line, alongside the continuation of the Desire range, how does HTC's new slim lined range stack up?

Thankfully TechRadar is on hand to help you out - check out our run down of all the HTC phones around at the moment:

8. HTC One Max

HTC One Max

OS: Android Jelly Bean

If you're fully committed to HTC and are desperate for a supersized screen to rival the likes of the Galaxy Note 3 and Xperia Z Ultra then you'll want to be picking up the One Max.

With a full HD, 5.9-inch display there's a lot of screen on offer here, plus you get a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of internal storage, 4MP Ultrapixel rear camera and Android Jelly Bean.

Thanks to the sheer size of the display and its full metal body though the HTC One Max is big and heavy, very heavy in fact.

There is a fingerprint scanner on the back to soften the blow a little, but it's nowhere near as good as TouchID on the iPhone 5S.

7. HTC 8S


OS: Windows Phone 8

THe HTC 8S is an attractive, highly portable Windows Phone handset offering style and substance in a package which is intuitive.

It's surprisingly slick and fast for a mid range phone. It's even got the edge over some top-end Windows Phone 8 handsets in at least one area - specifically the inclusion of a microSD card slot.

The battery in the HTC 8S is average at best, web browsing can be a little slow and it doesn't do much to stand out in the apps or media department - but for the price it's a decent handset.

6. HTC Desire C

HTC Desire C

OS: Android Ice Cream Sandwich

The lowest specced model of the HTC range is the HTC Desire C. This might seem a little odd, given that the Desire range was once the jewel in the HTC crown.

The big selling point of the HTC Desire C is the low price, so you might forgive the 600MHz processor, or the HVGA 3.5-inch screen. Looking at it though, you'd fool just about everyone as the HTC Desire C looks like a high end device.

It's not got the grunt or the clout of the new One Series, but the big advantage the Desire C has over the competition is the addition of HTC Sense, an overlay which supercharges the device compared to the boring stock Android.

5. HTC 8X


OS: Windows Phone 8

The recent Windows Phone 8 launch means that new devices such as the brightly coloured HTC 8X are the hot topic of conversation.

The HD display with 342ppi easily matches the iPhone for clarity, and the dual-core 1.5GHz processor powers WP8 along with aplomb. Like the One X, it doesn't come with microSD support, which is a little frustrating given that this is now supported by WP8.

However, it's a strong handset with a number of top features, including Beats Audio and a dedicated internal amplifier... plus we're digging the alternative design.

Best HTC phone: 4-1

4. HTC One SV


OS: Android Jelly Bean

A low(ish)-end 4G smartphone? Don't mind if we do. The HTC One SV fuses together 2012's One S and One V and adds a splash of superfast internet to create an attractive proposition.

You get a relatively average 4.3-inch, 480 x 800 display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and Android Jelly Bean on board the One SV, and while those specs won't set the world alight they are ample for this handset.

Internet browsing speeds are impressive and the battery manages to last a whole day without issue, but the poorer screen tech and pedestrian camera are a couple of compromises to consider.

3. HTC Desire 500

HTC Desire 500

OS: Android Jelly Bean

Coming in just above the Desire C in the spec race the HTC Desire 500 is the latest handset to make it out of the Taiwanese firm and into the UK, offering up a mid- to low-end experience.

Rocking a 4.3-inch display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera and Android Jelly Bean the Desire 500 is well equipped for most of your smartphone needs.

There is an issue with low internal storage, but the inclusion of a microSD slot alleviates that and while the screen may not be HD the Desire 500 has a low enough price tag to make that acceptable.

2. HTC One Mini

HTC One Mini

OS: Android Jelly Bean

If you hold both the One and the One Mini, you'll struggle to tell the difference, apart from the fact one is smaller than the other (obviously).

The aluminium build quality pervades, and it's hard to believe that you're not holding one of the premium devices on the market.

We love that the functionality of the One Mini isn't compromised from its larger relative, with the likes of UltraPixels and BoomSound all involved without being watered down.

In short, it's a cheaper version of the larger phone that scales down the processor and drops the price. Good combo, HTC.

1. HTC One


OS: Android Jelly Bean

No surprises who's occupying number one spot here, only the third smartphone ever to get a five star TechRadar rating - the HTC One.

Its combination of impressive UI and stunning aluminium build means that it's not only the best HTC phone around, it's the best phone around, period.

The supreme aluminium chassis, the Full HD screen and the simplified version of Sense 5.0 sitting on top of Android Jelly Bean means it's a pleasure to use and recommend this handset.

With power, poise and beauty all combined in this innovative phone, HTC has proved it can still cut it with the big boys when it comes to a lust-worthy flagship smartphone - and it's also proved that it still knows how to beat the Samsungs and LGs of this world with ease.

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