A thorough review of the HTC U11 life. We evaluated how easy it is to use for various purposes

Created date: 02/24/2018, 21:47:34, Updated date: 04/04/2020, 09:07:49

Detailed review of HTC U11 life's features

We did a detailed review of the HTC U11 life's capabilities, specs, features, and ease-of-use. You can check our reviews on each aspect of this device, and our how much we recommend it when compared to other smartphone. This is a consolidated and detailed review of the HTC U11 life's features.

Summary of HTC U11 life performance and functions

The size and weight of the HTC U11 life

The body of the HTC U11 life is 2.9 inches (73 mm) wide, 5.9 inches (149 mm) long, and 0.3 inches (8.1 mm) thick. Also, the screen size is 5.2 inch, and it weighs 142 oz (142 g). Holding the phone and viewing the screen is as easy as for an average smartphone. It weighs roughly the same as an average smartphone. Though noticeable, the weight is acceptable and easy to handle.

HTC U11 life
Android One X2
Google Pixel 2
HTC U11 lifeAndroid One X2Google Pixel 2
Color/ ー/ー/Blue/Jet Black/Cleary White
Dimensions (width x height x thickness)2.9 inches (73 mm) x 5.9 inches (149 mm) x 0.3 inches (8.1 mm)2.9 inches (73 mm) x 5.9 inches (149 mm) x 0.3 inches (8.1 mm)2.7 inches (69.3 mm) x 5.7 inches (145.3 mm) x 0.3 inches (7.8 mm)
Weight142 oz (142 g)142 oz (142 g)143 oz (143 g)
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Display of the HTC U11 life

The HTC U11 life has a Super LCD 3 screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. Compared to normal smart phones, its screen is relatively beautiful. It shows great images even when up close, such as when using it for VR.

HTC U11 life
Android One X2
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HTC U11 lifeAndroid One X2Google Pixel 2
Display size5.2 inch5.2 inch5 inch
Display typeSuper LCD 3Super LCD 3AMOLED
Screen resolution (width x height)1080 x 19201080 x 19201080 x 1920
Pixel density423 ppi423 ppi440 ppi
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The battery life of the HTC U11 life

The HTC U11 life has a battery capacity of 2600 mAh. The battery's capacity is slightly larger than standard smart phones.

The processing capability of the HTC U11 life

The HTC U11 life uses the Snapdragon 630 SDM630 CPU with 2.2GHz×8(OctaCore). The memory capacity is 4GB. With a CPU of quite high performance, it has processing capability way above normal smart phones. It is hard to find cases where its performance is lacking from the perspective of CPU performance, and you can even say it is excessive. In addition, it has way more memory compared to normal smart phones. From the perspective of memory, I don't think you will ever feel there is not enough memory. Conversely, it is way too capable for uses such as searching the Internet and messaging.

HTC U11 life
Android One X2
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HTC U11 lifeAndroid One X2Google Pixel 2
ChipsetSnapdragon 630 SDM630Snapdragon 630 SDM630Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998
CPU specs2.2GHz×8(OctaCore)2.2GHz×8(OctaCore)2.45GHz×8(OctaCore)
RAM size4GB4GB4GB
Storage size64GB64GB64GB
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The camera of the HTC U11 life

The HTC U11 life has a back camera with 16 MP. The front camera has 16 MP. Its rear camera has slightly better performance compared to normal smart phones. While there are times when I feel it is lacking, it is able to take pictures with satisfactory quality almost all the time. In addition, compared to standard smart phones, its rear camera has quite high performance. It is great for scenery photography and such as it is able to take photos of quite high resolutions. While great for taking photos of things far away, I feel it may be lacking when photographing near objects.

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HTC U11 lifeAndroid One X2Google Pixel 2
Rear-camera resolution16 MP16 MP12.2 MP
Front-camera resolution16 MP16 MP8 MP
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Review of the product design of the HTC U11 life

Rating of the ease of carrying it around and getting it in and out of bags or pockets

When deciding whether to buy an HTC U11 life, the first important factor is its size. Smartphones are used daily, and so it is important how easily they can be carried around and pulled out of bags or pockets. This review assesses how easy it is to carry the HTC U11 life around and put it away.

Ease of grasping it in your hand to carry around

The HTC U11 life is a size that can easily be held in one hand. Even when holding it along with other things such as a wallet, its size makes it difficult to drop accidentally.

Ease of carrying it around when placing it in your pocket

It doesn't feel strange even when you put the HTC U11 life in a pocket. In addition, when sitting on a chair with the phone in a pocket, it can be kept comfortably as it doesn't get caught on one's clothes or body.

Ease of getting it in and out of your pocket

The HTC U11 life has a size that makes it relatively easy to keep and take out. While it sometimes get caught when sticking out of the pocket, I think it is just a matter of getting used to it.

Ease of getting it in and out of your bag

The HTC U11 life is a size that allows you to take it in and out of your bag and use it with ease. Also, since it is compact, even if your bag is small it won't get too bulky which is convenient.

Assessment of user-friendliness and ease of handling

It is important to consider the ease of using the phone in one hand. It can be said that it would be very useful if it is easier for you to send emails and instant messages or answer calls using one hand while cooking or using your computer. Here, we have reviewed the HTC U11 life by focusing on the ease of using it in one hand and the ease of typing in letters.

Ease of grasping the phone in one hand

The HTC U11 life is a size that allows you to have a firm grip even while using it. Since your hand is kept stable, it is difficult to accidentally drop the phone, and it is very easy to use. Since the original body size is small, the phone is still easy to hold even when using a case.

The weight you feel when using the phone with one hand

The HTC U11 life is light, and I think it can be operated with one hand for a long time without feeling tired. However, it may be a bit heavy for those who are not used to using smart phones. Also, as it is not a heavy smart phone, its weight does not really change when a case is added.

Ease of pushing the upper button on the screen using one hand

Holding the HTC U11 life with one hand tends to feel unstable when buttons are displayed on the edge of the screen. The size of the buttons doesn't make it impossible but it does make it more likely that you will drop it so take care.

The size of the buttons on the App

The buttons displayed on the HTC U11 life are large, and therefore it is difficult to press the wrong ones. While some buttons may look small depending on the app, you probably won't feel that stressed when you actually use it.

Ease of typing in letters using the flick function

Keys on the HTC U11 life can be pressed even when held with one hand, but your grip may weaken when trying to flick the buttons at the edges. As a result, it may become unstable in the hand when flicking quickly, but it won't be easy to drop as long as you are careful.

Ease of typing in letters using the keybord funtion

If you aren't being careful it is really easy to mistype when using the HTC U11 life with two hands since the buttons are so small. In addition, typing at high speeds is pretty difficult and I can't say its very suited for it.

Assessment of whether it is suitable for standard use

Assessment of whether it is suitable for standard use

For people who use their smartphone on a daily basis, high performance is a rather important factor. When the performance is not good enough, then, for example, applications don't work as they should or the screen is difficult to see, and this causes stress. This review looks at whether the performance of the HTC U11 life is suitable for making phone calls, messaging, or using SNS.

The size of the letters and the ease of operation

In general, the HTC U11 life displays characters and pictures in sizes that are easy to see. While some characters may look small depending on the app, they are not really difficult to see. Therefore, it can be said to be more than adequate for uses such as searching the Internet and messaging.

Ease of reading sentences

Since the HTC U11 life displays characters smoothly, it can display them beautifully. Even when viewing small characters, the jaggedness of the character outline is not at a level seen during normal viewing and is displayed very naturally. Because of this, it is difficult for your eyes to become tired and make the phone suitable for reading long bodies of text.

The beauty of the overal screen

The screen of the HTC U11 life can display pictures and videos quite vividly. This makes it great for enjoying videos and games dynamically. It has a very beautiful screen.

Ease of writing sentences

For the HTC U11 life, the on-screen keyboard covers part of the screen when typing, but there is sufficient space for operation. Its size is suitable for entering long sentences, but I feel it may be a bit clumsy when editing office documents.

Does it have sufficient performance to make calls and send emails?

Whether it be a phone call, mail, or during a chat, the HTC U11 life provides smooth performance. Even when using the phone in demanding situations, you can use the phone comfortably since there will usually be no lag.

Does it have sufficient performance to search for things and using Social Networks?

If it is just SNS such as Facebook and Instagram, and some internet searches, the performance is enough. As a result, you will hardly ever find yourself frustrated or annoyed when using this phone.

Does it have sufficient performance to do other tasks while searching for things and using Social Networks?

Even if you start multiple apps at the same time or switch between apps frequently, you will have smooth performance. It can be said that the performance is more than enough if you just do research and SNS.

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