HTC 10 $648 and up
Features stand out among Android phones
The HTC 10 has the best design and feel among three flagship Androids, including its competitors the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the LG G5. The HTC phones have had a metal body since their introduction, and they have given the 10 a new design with a few nice touches to make it stand out.
Most of today’s phones look alike from a distance, and the internals have sort of plateaued. So most of the specs of the HTC 10 will sound familiar — a 5.2-inch display, 4 gigabytes of RAM, 32 gigabytes of internal storage, a 3,000 mAh nonremovable battery, a fingerprint sensor.
What makes it stand out? The design has evolved to be curvier, and the added bevels allow for a more refined design that is easy to pick up and comfortable to hold. The buttons are all on the right side of the body with a rocker button for volume above a sleep/wake button that is serrated like the edge of a coin to make it easy for your finger to find without looking.
The HTC 10 has one of the best cameras on a phone. The main (rear) camera has a 12-megapixel sensor made up of “UltraPixels,” which is a fancy word for bigger pixels. Bigger pixels can collect more light, making for better images in low light. The 1HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition speakers also are top-notch, especially when you’re using headphones.
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XBOX One S Starting at $299
New generation system is 40 percent smaller
Xbox One is shrinking in size and growing in power.
At last week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, Microsoft unveiled a new, slimmer version of the video game console coming later this year and a more powerful one that is due in 2017.
The company says the white Xbox One S is 40 percent smaller than the original black Xbox One and will feature support for 4K high-definition video. Other changes include moving the USB ports to the front of the console, adding a built-in infrared blaster and eliminating the port for the motion-detecting Kinect camera system.
Microsoft says the console will go on sale in August for $299 to $399 depending on the hard drive size.
The company also detailed Project Scorpio, a more powerful Xbox One that will feature 4K gaming and support for virtual reality. The new console will feature six teraflops of power.