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Mate 10 Pro or HTC U11+

1,015 142 February 13, 2018 at 07:54 PM

Awesome camera (even in low light),
Root/ROM ability,
Lean Android but don't need total stock,
phone I can have for 2-3 years

Picked both up on Swappa for a decent price, understand I can tinker with both and see what I like but wanted to get some user feedback. I've got an HTC U11 and really enjoy it coming from an OP5 but tempted by the Mate 10 Pro's camera.

Living in the USA



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Bestbuy now has the Mate 10 Pro on display. I'd go check it out.
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Those are both brand new phones. There won't be any rom's available from the aftermarket for some time. The phone has to be "jailbroken" first. If your brand new to android why are you wanting to run a Rom? For most people this need has totally gone away. It's unlike 7+ years ago when Android was lacking features you could add via a Rom.

As for the camera your going to most likely find the best cameras in the more flag ship brands because of the R&D costs associated with the software optimization side of things.
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As and HTC fan that went from an HTC 10 to a P10 and briefly used a OP5, I say go with the Mate 10 Pro.

The U11+ camera is a small step up from the U11 and the Mate 10 Pro is better than both, but at that level of phonetography, they're only significant if you plan on using the pictures for something like the wallpaper of a 27"+ monitor.

Both companies make it easy to unlock bootloader, but HTC has a better development community in my experience. When I got my P10, Huawei had made the ridiculous decision of removing ROMs from their website, screwing over pretty much anyone who needed RUUs. My first P10 was actually irreparably bricked because of this, and the only reason I went back to another P10 was because it is the perfect combination of features that I need in an android phone (5+" screen with a body that is 2.75" or less in width, physical buttons, and a great camera) that isn't Samsung and Huawei's rom is tolerable (best battery life I've ever encountered in an android, and I've been through Samsung, LG, Motorola, and Xiaomi). I loathe Samsung, but more on that when I'm actually asked about it.

HTC's Sense ROM is one of the leanest Android ROMs out there, and I think the only ROM leaner from a major manufacturer is Motorola. This is why I generally stuck to them even though their cameras were garbage, up until the 10 where they finally got it right but also made it just wide enough for it to not be comfortable in one hand (2.83 inches) and I honestly would have stuck with it if the P10 didn't feel so much better in hand.

TL;DR: In my experience, Huawei phones have better battery life, better form, better performance, and a better camera. The only real drawbacks I've had with Huawei phones are internet connection problems, some compatibility with apps (frequent crashes but never really lagged), and them randomly cutting software support.
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