Well, that diverted quickly onto internals and specs, then onto other phones completely, then slightly towards subject. You did slightly brush the thing I dislike most about the phone, mainly the positioning of the home button/finger print scanner… That one sticks out like a sore thumb, bugged me from the first renders! I have a OnePlus two at the moment and, overall, the proportions there are great and I have never had any issues with the button being in close proximity to the screen (in fact the OP2 has much less bezel space than the HTC 10). Overall the phone could be mistaken for an iPhone at first glance (certainly follows all basic apple design cues) but then the detail is horrible, as follows:
As already mentioned, placement of physical button, this is the main standing out point why I wouldn’t want this device probably.
This is a flagship phone. If HTC can’t align their sim/card tray with the rest of the buttons, why should I pay €700 for a phone that fails with the simplest of details…?
Top layout could have been much better. Simply placing the sensors in line with the speaker to the left would have made everything much more symmetrical, things would fit in place better.
The back is probably the side I dislike least in this phone, chamfer is a nice touch, although quite a weak effort given all the hype they put into marketing this new feature. It’s not like they revolutionised the whole electronics industry with this chamfer thing eh…
Then your phone gets delivered and the back actually has a little poem and CE logos at the back like below. That’s the back ruined then! Again my OP2 does away with this, probably satisfying legislation by putting these logos and notices under the removeable cover. But again that’s a much smarter solution on a phone that’s half the price of this! I noticed the same thing for the Galaxy S7 & S7 edge and the iPhones where marketing images don’t have these logos, but the final delivered phone has them. I believe that adverts should show devices as they are delivered!
In my opinion the HTC one M7 and M8 generations were the best design wise, from then on they just apple-fied their designs to become more mainstream. The HTC 10 definitely does not deserve any high position design wise and it definitely is not HTC’s best phone in years.