Best HTC Phones As Of July 2014
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This month's #1 best HTC phone is the Desire 816, a phablet. HTC makes only smartphones, essentially Android and Windows models, so Phonerated periodically gathers review scores for each HTC phone and computes the average rating each one gets to sort this list of the very best HTC phones 2014, updated at least once a month.
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#1. The HTC Desire 816
The HTC Desire 816 flaunts its 13-megapixel camera (joined by a 5-megapixel front-facer) and its 5.5-inch main display (among the largest main displays for camera phones).
It is equipped with an impressive 2600 mAh battery (up to 1260 minutes of talk time), a respectable 1.6 Ghz quad-core processor, a 1.5GB RAM and 8GB of storage space (additional storage is up to 128GB). It is also 4G-capable and it comes with HTC´s BoomSound system (dual front speakers and a built-in amplifiers) allowing users to view a lot more content with supposedly good quality audio.
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#2. The HTC Desire 700
The HTC Desire 700 probably longs for a good spot in the mid-range category, with its quad-core 1.2GHz processor, Android OS with HTC Sense, 5-inch 960 x 540 display, and 8-megapixel camera. It is even packed with some of HTC´s flagship features such as the BlinkFeed personalized homescreen, the BoomSound technology with dual front speakers and built-in amplifiers, and the Zoe photo function that can (among other things) transform up to 20 photos into a 3-second video. The dual-SIM smartphone also comes with a 1GB RAM, a 4.6GB user-available memory, and a 2100mAh battery - but LTE support does not seem to be available.
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#3. The HTC Windows Phone 8S
This lower-end cousin of the HTC Windows Phone 8X sports lesser specs: A 4-inch Super LCD display, a 5-megapixel camera, a 1000Mhz dual-core CPU, and 512MB of RAM. It seems to be targeted at younger people with a variety of colors available and with features such as Xbox gaming and Beats Audio technology.
#4. The HTC One Mini
This simpler HTC one model might be called mini, but is thicker and heavier than other mini phones, such as the Galaxy S4 mini. The features set is typical of a lower-priced smartphone: a 4-megapixel camera with some special features like VideoPic and the Smart Flash, which adjusts its intensity based on its distance from the photographed subject. A dual-core 1.4 Ghz processor completes the picture.
#5. The HTC One Mini 2
The One Mini 2 is obviously a simplified version of the latest 2014 range of HTC phones. It offers the usual HTC feature set, with a 128GB memory expansion capacity that the first Mini lacked. While not sporting any Ultrapixel lenses, it does have a better selfie-cam (5MP) than the first Mini and a surprisingly-high (for mid-range smartphones) 13-megapixel camera. And both of its cameras are capable of 1080p video recording. It cuts down on processing speed (from 1.4GHz to 1.2GHz), - perhaps hinting to a cheaper price tag in order to cater to tight-budget HTC fans as well.
#6. The HTC One M8
HTC's flagship phone for 2014 bets on a new kind of camera called Duo Camera, which records capture depth information to allow focus change (and other tune ups) even after the picture is shot. Its memory expansion limit is a hefty 128GB and it promises a talk time of 20 hours and on-board memory can be up to 32GB.
#7. The HTC Desire 300
The HTC Desire 300 probably aims to feed a hankering for a low-cost basic smartphone with respectable specs. Its Android Jelly Bean operating system partners with the HTC Sense UI, which features the HTC BlinkFeed homescreen and the HTC Music Channel visualizer. It also has a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 TFT display with 217ppi, a 5-megapixel camera, a 1.8GB user-available onboard memory, a 512MB RAM, and a 1650mAh battery, but it does not seem to have LTE capability.
#8. The HTC Butterfly
A close relative of the Droid DNA (HTC´s flagship quad-core smartphone), the HTC Butterfly sports roughly similar features. Its specifications are generally high-end, including a 5-inch Super LCD 3 display with a 1080p HD resolution, a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, an 8-megapixel camera with a dedicated image chip, and a 2GB RAM.
#9. The HTC Droid DNA
The HTC Droid DNA is one of the first smartphones to feature a 5-inch screen with a full 1080p HD resolution (a resolution usually associated with HDTVs and monitors). Add this up with a quad-core processor, Beats Audio technology, two (front-facing and main) 1080p HD video recorders, and 4G high-speed data, and you get a high-end mobile entertainment device. Other noteworthy specs are a curved uni-body design and an 8-megapixel camera with HTC ImageChip (can take up to 99 continuous shots).
#10. The HTC 8XT
Breaking off from their conventional formula, HTC tries to pack their usual features into a Windows 8 phone. The result is the 8XT that offers the BoomSound Audio technology together with an award-winning physical design. It sports an 8-megapixel BSI camera with a multi-shot burst mode. It also adds a 7GB cloud storage through SkyDrive, enabling you to store and share your files online (by the way, it is 4G-enabled). Although it only has a WVGA resolution, it does sport a Gorilla Glass panel.
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