Honestly, since the unboxing vid, all I did was to restore from U12+ and thats it. No time to play with the new phone. Waiting for the casing & screen protector before I start. But one thing I noticed......
As this is my 1st time seeing Android 10, and I understand there's no HTC Sense, restore managed to port over HTC wallpaper from U12+. Also, I can see some HTC DNA in A10, one obvious is the left swiped HIGHLIGHTS of newsfeed tailored to the user. It's started by HTC and now its in A10. Cool! For those not familiar with HTC might not know this.
It's been a month of use. So far so good Got used to the bigger screen & heavier weight.
Will do some user experience-reviews on the camera & some shortcomings (comparing to my HTC U12+). Will not touch on specifications since these are public available info.
- Basic earphones given (lucky U12+ earphones can be used on U20)
- Lack HTC skin, almost Google stock except cam app (I think)
- Lack customisation on the G-launcher, limited launcher features compared to HTC Sense. Can't change fonts. I'm using Smart 5 launcher, which has been great. Needs some time to get used to.
- HTC Cam app lacked Pro features, can't do ISO, White balance, Shuttle speed etc. The cam app is similar to Gcam in features.
- HTC Cam app got no 1:1 ratio, only 8x zoom (forget about zooming very far objects with clarity). HTC U12+ wins with 10x zoom.
-HTC Cam app is short on warmth. Pictures turned out a tad paler than the real thing, compared to Gcam on Pixel 4a when I compared it at Challenger. Will show some examples later.
- Power button, although in metal gold, is too easy to press. I often accidentally shut down the phone.
- Only 1 speaker, sound quality loses out to U12+
HTC Camera app
- Features on the app is very similar to Google Pixel's app. Both do not possess PRO mode but Gcam wins on the availability of slider to zoom & brightness on screen. HTC must use touching the screen to get the exposure you prefer. However, HTC cam app lacks a little bit of warmth, about 30 marks on Google Photo post processing level. Hopefully next software upgrade can tweak this.
Here's one example -
enhanced with added warmth to look nearer to reality
It is here that I suspect HTC Cam app is basically the same as Gcam.
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