Rafe Firmani, 04 May 2017Rockstar,
It's 7.00 pm here, just get back from work and lay in my bed when writing this l... more
You're very welcome! Yeah if you ever have any questions on that stuff let me know. Yes it is a software thing, correct. Haha........the AKG K550 or K551 will WIPE THE FLOOR with any Beats headphones or earphones. THAT'S a promise! lol You should just check on eBay or Amazon etc and see if you can find a good deal on one. You said you buy One phones from the U.S., so you should consider checking US eBay and Amazon too then perhaps, if interested. I actually just took a quick look now, and I found 2 sellers on eBay who are willing to ship those 2 headphones (in brand new condition) to Indonesia. See links below, again, if interested. Go to US eBay and search for "AKG K550 MK II". Choose "New" on left side filter menu. Then look for seller "damannn20" who's selling it for $126.99. Then open up another tab and do same thing (make sure to choose New again) but this time search for "AKG K551". Look for seller "techronics-store" who's selling black/silver K551 for $169.95. Both sellers looks reputable to me.
Note: The K550 and K551 headphones sound like 99% the same, so let's just say they sound 100% the same. lol Also, the difference between the K550 and K550 MK II is really only the model name. The K550 was the U.S. version, while the K550 MK II was the UK/British version. I prefer the K550 MK II only because I like how the model name is written vertically on the side earcups vs. horizontally (the eBay pic shows it incorrectly. Google "AKG K550 MK II" for actual look.). Very minor thing. The difference b/t the K550 and K551 is that the K551 costs more but has a shorter cable (4 feet vs. 10 feet) + its cable has an in-line remote & microphone in it for calls, pause/play, volume adjustment, etc. But I think the K550 MK II looks SLIGHTLY cooler plus you can simply "twisty tie" the longer 10-foot cable.
Oh I see. Ok. Kinda like how people do it here in a party. lol
Yeah they got rid of that stuff so they could say there's less bloatware. lol You can just get a a third-party Gallery app or else a File Manager app and just go to the "Pictures" folder in it, which is what I do on my 10. For music............you should seriously consider Poweramp. It's the ONLY music app I've been using for years now, even though I'm constantly trying out other ones. But they never quite hit the mark the way Poweramp does. Either they don't sound as good or are not user-friendly. You should get Poweramp for both phones! lol (But you only have to pay for it once!) There's just some magical about how music sounds when played via Poweramp. It makes it sound better somehow than other apps.
Yeah like my cousin's wife got a Blackberry and it didn't have a Gallery app on it either so also no photo editing software. She didn't like that cuz she constantly likes to edit photos I guess. For me I don't care cuz I rarely do edits on pics and if I do I can just send it to my PC and do it from there if I actually need to, which is like NEVER. lol
RockStar2005, 04 May 2017Rafe,
Yeah about........ it's 8:55PM now........STILL Wednesday here! lol
Oh I see, ok... moreRockstar,
It's 7.00 pm here, just get back from work and lay in my bed when writing this lol.
Thanks for your thorough explanation about the audio, you have sound knowledge in that dept.
I think it's a software, just like beats audio on m7,
I still have a pair of beats from it lol.
In my office we listen to music collectively, not private.. So we can listen together. if the songs pick suck, then all the people would suffer together lol.
One thing I miss from HTC m8 is sense 7 where you still have htc music player, htc gallery, etc which missing on htc 10.
Htc try to de-sense its UI and make it stock android. I know a lot people praise it, but not me.
Rafe Firmani, 04 May 2017Hi Rockstar,
It's 7.45 AM here and I guess it's late evening in chichago :)
About Sprint, ... moreRafe,
Yeah about........ it's 8:55PM now........STILL Wednesday here! lol
Oh I see, ok. Didn't know Sprint had locked GSM capabilities! Sux they don't also offer 4G in your country, but wait so you can still get 4G LTE if you use the CDMA operator though?? Not sure I understand.
Yeah that's good that Verizon's phones are easy for you though at least.
Ok......if you MAINLY listen to music via the speakers, then yeah I'd prob go with M8 too. Usually ppl who listen at work do so on earphones or headphones, but that's cool you don't have to do that. That's cool about the Hi-Res headphones. Yes that is correct.......no Hi-Res earphones with my 10. It seems like we never get the "cool extra bonus stuff" that other countries do. At least not ALL the time. Yes, I got the HTC 10 for example but NOT Hi-Res earphones. To be honest with you I'd never use them anyway cuz I prefer headphones. I feel like you get better sound from them, but I've never tried really pricey ones though. Only pricey headphones. My AKG K551s are not that pricey though (about $170 now though I paid $200 for mine months ago), yet I found they sound better than some $300-$400 headphones I've pitted them against! If you ever get headphones, and want INCREDIBLE quality for not too much money, get the AKG K550 or K551. You may never go back to earphones again. LOL
Yeah when I had the rooted M8 with that H/K mod in it, I used Clari-Fi like 100% of the time. It definitely made the music sound better. My Sony phones had a feature like that too called DSEE HX. It essentially did the same thing.........it "guessed" how the mp3 song would sound if it were a CD-Quality of Hi-Res file, and made "intelligent choices" as how to render it. But it only works on mp3s as usually CDQ and Hi-Res files already sound better. But that's more to do with the fact that those other 2 (especially Hi-Res) always get BETTER masters than the mp3 versions get vs. the higher resolution. Not a lot of people know (or believe) that. But it's the truth. I've read studies and did my own blind ABX tests so I know it's true. Yeah I believe that too........the H/K mod made my regular M8 sound better and I'm pretty sure louder too, especially after reading what you just said.
Wow. You had a nice little SIDE business goin' on there it sounds like! lol Yeah I mean I didn't even KNOW that HTC made red One series phones before the 10. News to me! Well the enthusiasm going down for HTC is because of Samsung's rise but also because HTC doesn't do enough to ADVERTISE for itself anymore. I remember the M8 having MULTIPLE commercials on TV here. I haven't seen ANY ads for the M9 and definitely 10 on TV here AT ALL. People aren't gonna buy what they don't know, so when ppl see Samsung ads which are on all the time, of course they're gonna go with Samsung. It sux because I love HTC and Sony's phones THE MOST but they both are bad about marketing their phones here. HTC at least still has SOME carrier involvement. Sony cut all ties with the carriers here after the Z3, and now they not surprisingly sell LESS phones than they were before they stupidly did that.
On the 10 you mean? I dunno...........I don't even keep track anymore. It does go VERY fast though IMO. I guess Google is trying to use something different to replace QC, which is why the S8 is only QC 2.0 compatible and U 11 they say only 3.0, even though the 835 chip IS QC 4.0 compatible. Blahh whatever. QC 3.0 is just FINE for me! lol
RockStar2005, 03 May 2017Rafe,
Oh ok. So you went from Red to Grey/Black. Nice! Yeah those updates made a differenc... moreHi Rockstar,
It's 7.45 AM here and I guess it's late evening in chichago :)
About Sprint, they have GSM capabilities but locked, so people here unlocked its GSM capability, and we can use it with Indonesian sim cards, but its LTE freq doesn't match, so we are limited to 3G only.
We can get LTE using indonesian cdma operator tho. The GSM LTE freq here is 900/1800.
On the other hand, Verizon handsets are world phone, we don't need to unlock it, just insert the GSM or cdma SIM Card and voila, the signal is there :)
But to use tethering feature you need to root the phone.
I listening to music thru external speakers A LOT, so the m8 wins over HTC 10 no question (I owned them both). However while using earphones, I agree with you that HTC10 have advantages over M8. I have hi-res earphone in the 10 box, and it delivers great sound. I heard US version don't have hi-res earphone in the package?
The great feature of H/K m8 is Clari-Fi, it essentially restore the quality of compressed audio.The sound is crisp and every detail is clear. And H/K version have louder audio output than regular M8, I compared them side by side that's why I moved from RED verizon M8 (which colour i like most) to Sprint M8 h/k lol.
Yeah I sold m7 sprint RED everytime I can buy them. Essentially I emptied the market and buy every mint condition m7 RED available lol. Back then, HTC is quite popular and many use them, quite easy to sell them because RED is also RARE stuff. Now only few people using HTC flagship here in Indonesia and that trend is world wide that's why HTC is in trouble. People can list HTC10 camelia RED in OLX for days and it hasn't sold. The enthusiasm isn't there anymore.. :(
And oh, regarding the QC 3.0 I only manages to get 50% after 1 hour of charging. How is your experience?
Rafe Firmani, 03 May 2017Dear Rockstar,
Nice to know about your city, I'm sure it's beautiful at downtown, and the l... moreRafe,
Oh ok. So you went from Red to Grey/Black. Nice! Yeah those updates made a difference. lol When I compared the 10 to S7 and X Performance, pics I took of like blu-ray movie cases didn't come out as detailed as the other 2 phones' did. Like when I zoomed in on the cases the words were blurry, but were in focus on the other 2. But when I took similar pics on the 10 the 2nd time around (in January, after 2 of the 3 updates had been deployed), the detail was there which made me very happy.
That IS odd, because here the Verizon and Sprint phones are ONLY available as locked. HTC states their unlocked phones for the US are GSM network-based, which means AT&T and T-Mobile (I have T-Mobile). Verizon and Sprint are CDMA network-based, so it's different there. My assumption then is that in Indonesia you guys MUST run on CDMA then if you're using phones designated here for Verizon & Sprint. Interesting. What's more odd is that you're getting the "unlocked only" color choices on those phones for Verizon and Sprint, which always have LIMITED color options here. Very strange!! I really can't explain that one.
Interesting...............I would suggest though that you use the HTC 10 for music listening. The Harmon/Kardon (or H/K) M8 was great for 2014, but the 10's audio capabilities are FAR more advanced. Just see the article below. I'd compared my 10 to my $299 Oppo HA-2 premium amp/DAC device ( https://www.whathifi.com/oppo/ha-2/review ), and it matched if not outdid the HA-2 in both sound quality and volume. So I sold off my HA-2 and now just connect my headphones (AKG K551) DIRECTLY to the 10. The audio is THAT good on it, so seriously consider what I said.
http://www.androidcentral.com/htc-10-audio-testing-boomsound-evolved (If the U 11 DOESN'T have this level of sound quality or better, then I'm 100% NOT getting it! lol. See headphones section and parts in bold too.)
Then again, if you're ONLY listening from the speakers, then the H/K M8 MIGHT be better? Not sure. You should compare the speakers on both phones and see, or maybe you already did that? For headphone listening though, 100% for sure go with the 10. Funny you mention the H/K version. When I got the M8 3 years ago, it was the regular one, but I found out the only difference b/t that one and the H/K version (which was a Sprint only "exclusive" here, and I had T-Mobile) was with the software, NOT the hardware. So someone came up with a mod which if you root your phone, you could install to make the regular M8 an H/K version. So for the first (and last lol) time ever, I rooted my phone and installed that mod, and DID notice a difference in quality from the regular one. I was very happy with that phone for like 6-8 mos, then the Sony Xperia Z3 came out which was better so I upgraded. Now Sony's phones are only better on camera. For battery life and especially audio, they have fallen way behind HTC. HTC is even catching up on camera, especially since they switched from the Toshiba camera sensors (which Sony bought that business out from them) to the Sony ones........starting with the 10.
How did you get the extra units to sell?? lol Did you just buy them and resell them at a higher price there in your country? I see about Sprint and no LTE vs. Verizon having it. Yeah I switched to T-Mobile about 3 years ago (February 2014), and never looked back. They have grown SO quickly here and give you so much more value for what you pay for (pay less, get MORE) than Verizon did, so I have NO plans to ever go back to Verizon again. The reason why Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint are more competitive now with pricing and features has A LOT to do with T-Mobile, so people here should appreciate that.
Haha yeah I knew you didn't have Uh-Oh, so I guess it's more of a risk for you. Not sure how it will work if someone wants to put a case on it. Maybe HTC will offer "special cases" to people that are custom-made for the U 11? The newest leak indicates that the body may not be metal but perhaps either glass or else I'm HOPING a glass/metal hybrid. It says: "Fluid and reflective; designed to be quiet no more." The "quiet no more" part indicates they may be trying something new since the U Ultra DOES have a glass back, so hopefully if it's not metal it's metal/glass. I just hope if it is that it's shatterproof.
JOSHHH, 02 May 201750% in 30 minutes ! is that really quick charge 3 ???in my experience charging htc 10 with it's qc 3.0 charger, in around 60 minutes I get 50%
RockStar2005, 02 May 2017
Yeah Windy City. I actually live in a northwest suburb of Chicago, about 25-30 min... moreDear Rockstar,
Nice to know about your city, I'm sure it's beautiful at downtown, and the light is spectacular at night.
Regarding the color choices, I have different experience.. My first HTC 10 is red (sold it because camera is bad), and now is carbon grey. I found it the camera is totally better because of the 3 improvement update.. Luckily I havent given up on it lol.
It's the most complete package of HTC handset I ever owned.
Funny thing is, my HTC handsets are always from your country (sprint/verizon).
They're originally locked but the seller have them unlocked for sim card of Indonesia.
I'm still using HTC m8 sprint Harman/kardon, mostly for listening music in the office, it's stereo speakers is crisp and good enough.. While HTC10 is my daily driver for working.
reviously I had the RED m8 from Verizon, and RED m7 from Sprint.
And for the record, I manage to sell 7 units of RED m7 Sprint and got some profit from it lol.
The downside of Sprint is no LTE compability for use in my coutry, while verizon is locked the tether functionaity, I never use T-mobile handset :)
Move forward, I agree with you that U11 is better used without casing, since it comws with touch frame, but must be careful here because we don't have uh-oh protection :)
Rafe Firmani, 02 May 2017Hi Rockstar,
Okay so you're from wind city yeaah,, perhaps I cant survive there because chi... more
Yeah Windy City. I actually live in a northwest suburb of Chicago, about 25-30 min away, so I'm not actually in the city, but very close. Yeah it can get pretty cold here in the winter, but since I've lived in this general area all my life, I'm somewhat used to it I guess. Somewhat. lol But Chicago is so amazing (3rd largest city in the U.S.) that every time I go into the city I notice something new. The downtown area is spectacular. Definitely something to see at some point. I'd recommend coming in the summertime for you though. lol
Oh nice! Camellia Red looks very nice too. I didn't know they had Red ones for the previous One phones though? That's cool. I'm guessing you always buy unlocked then? Or did they well the previous phones in red locked there? Here we always get less color options if we buy locked (or "through the carrier"). The Topaz Gold HTC 10 I own now was only available if I bought unlocked, so I did. Only other phone I bought unlocked before this one was the Sony Xperia X Performance. Which was seemingly great but over time I realized the 10 was better so in January I sold my X Perf and got the 10 I have now.
Yeah I'm with you to a point on the size. I also dislike phablet phones, so I wasn't too thrilled to hear the U 11 would have a 5.5" screen. Depending on a few factors (definitely audio), I may or may not get it. But the problem is the TREND seems to be for flagships that they are getting bigger and bigger, so if I want to continue having flagships, then I may not have a choice? 5.5" isn't THAT bad I guess if you don't use a case. I used cases for years but last month or two I've been trying my 10 without the case. I like it better overall this way. As long as I don't "rush" when picking up my phone then I don't end up dropping it. Plus the backside is metal which doesn't damage easily and also I got Uh-Oh Protection which is nice. I guess we'll see what happens with the U 11 on May 16th!
Until then, see my post on Head-Fi (audio lovers site). It appears that a seemingly OFFICIAL leak of the back of the U 11 box has been posted. Doesn't show battery size, but everything else is pretty much there. Enjoy!
RockStar2005, 01 May 2017Rafe,
Indonesia eh? That's cool. I'm in the Chicago area myself, so probably even farther ... moreHi Rockstar,
Okay so you're from wind city yeaah,, perhaps I cant survive there because chill factor lol.
Never been to places with snow YET.
Anyway I own red htc 10 previously, also m8 and m7 red.
I think red HTC isn't a phone.. They're like jewellery so beautiful :)
Back to U11, I think htc 10 is better size for me, considering that htc phone has quite a bezel, so it would be to tall for my jeans pocket. But we'll see on May 16...
9ja, 02 May 2017Been using this beast for over a month.... Everything is perfect, very smooth UI and fast afte... more
Try turning OFF "Automatic Brightness" when outdoors and putting it to max brightness manually. When you turn AB off, the screen will be able to get brighter at max than when AB is on.
Been using this beast for over a month.... Everything is perfect, very smooth UI and fast after Naugot update.... Only downside about the 10 is poor outdoor visibility against Samsung s7.... HTC 10 software customisation is very stable compared to other OEM.... I'll wait for the HTC U11 to see if they improve the sunlight legibility.
Rafe Firmani, 01 May 2017Hi Rockstar,
I live in Indonesia, half way round the world from you. Since my city and NY h... moreRafe,
Indonesia eh? That's cool. I'm in the Chicago area myself, so probably even farther away than 12 hours from you.
That sux that the HTC division there closed down, but at least you have other sellers there who are still able to sell new HTC devices to people.
Oh NICE on Hong Kong trip! Yeah the U 11 is being announced on May 16 (so 2 weeks from tomorrow!) and I'm guessing will be available to purchase sometime in early June. I'm hoping my phone carrier (T-Mobile) will have it available to check out, or else Best Buy. But I'd only want to buy it unlocked cuz then you get more color choices (there will be FIVE color choices to choose from too if you get the unlocked version)! lol
ADI, 01 May 2017Htc 10 is the most beautiful smartphone of 2016. Its perfect in almost everything, especially ... moreADI,
Yeah 10 is the BEST!!! It's fast, takes great pictures now, has the BEST AUDIO (next to LG V20, though I'd still take 10 over that cuz i hate phablets + the LG bootloop issue lol), 2K screen, FAST performance, awesome premium look/body/design, battery life is pretty good (not great but pretty good), has lots of nice features like Auto Answer Calls, Sense UI/Settings are easy and simple to use, very little bloatware, etc. I owned the S7 and Xperia X Performance last year and to me the 10 outdoes them both.
You have silver listed there twice ADI. The 4 color choices for the UNLOCKED 10 were: Camellia Red, Glacier Silver, Charcoal Grey, and Topaz Gold. I like all of them, and Glacier Silver is probably my 2nd fav (had it for a week last June but returned it for Xperia), but the one I love the most is the Topaz Gold one. To me it just looks the most classiest. And the shade of gold they used looks like REAL gold, unlike my gold S7 last year which looked more like silver/platinum under certain lighting conditions.
I'm very interested to see the FIVE color choices we're going to have for the HTC U 11. Hopefully that phone doesn't disappoint!
RockStar2005, 30 Apr 2017
Yeah SOME people do complain about it, but the HTC 10 is a FANTASTIC phone IMO... moreHi Rockstar,
I live in Indonesia, half way round the world from you. Since my city and NY has 12 hours difference :)
I always buy my htc from seller who brought inside my country personally, because htc Indonesia always LATE bringing in flagship device. And early this year htc close their official business here.. sad.
Anyway I'm going to hongkong in June, and by that time I try to grab U11 which should already be available there... Cheers! (:
What colour would you guys choose for Htc 10:
Htc 10 is the most beautiful smartphone of 2016. Its perfect in almost everything, especially the camera on 10 is excellent. I bought this phone just after a month n half of its release last year. I loved it so much since then.... in my opinion till now the 10 is 10.. :)
I realized that it's vibration turned suddenly two buzz or metal vibration and searched it in internet and I found many people suffering from the same problem so I wonder what the solution ?
Rafe Firmani, 30 Apr 2017Hi Rockstar,
Reading your comments here is like an oase to me
You know everytime news on g... more
Yeah SOME people do complain about it, but the HTC 10 is a FANTASTIC phone IMO, and is the best overall phone in my opinion (IMO) vs. the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Sony Xperia X Performance, 2 phones of which I ALSO owned last year and were both not as good IMO, especially the garbage S7.
I think the pressure sensitive U 11 will be an interesting phone. Even if it ends up seeming "gimmicky", I STILL applaud HTC for thinking OUTSIDE the box and coming up with something new and interesting. I don't know WHAT IDIOT thinks the HTC phones have "slow RAM" in them. I own the HTC 10, and it is SUPER FAST at loading things up, downloading and installing updates, etc. So whoever thinks that is either crazy or has a defective HTC phone. lol
Yeah HTC needs to calm down and lower the prices of their phones a little. They should sell the U 11 at $600-$650, NOT $700-750. HTC doesn't have the same kind of presence that Apple and Samsung do, but if they sold their phones a little lower, they could GRAB more attention to their phones and most likely sell more phones and make a nice profit as well. They need to start doing more to market/advertise their phones to here in the U.S. People won't buy phones they've never heard of, at least most won't. But if they saw ads for HTC then they would I think respect them more and be more open to buy their phones, especially if they're at a slightly lower price.
I've never tried the midrange HTC phones, and never will. Unless the U 11 MEETS my expectations, I'm PERFECTLY HAPPY just keeping my HTC 10 phone, which I only bought 4 months ago anyway.
Yeah the speakers thing on the 10 isn't a big deal. But I think I still prefer the Classic BoomSound style (aka, front-facing dual STEREO speakers) vs. the 10's Hi-Fi BoomSound format. Yes, the camera on the 10 is BY FAR the best camera the HTC One flagship series has ever had, especially now that the 10 has had 3 major camera updates deployed to it.
What country are you in? Here in the U.S. our HTC Customer Service is based in Colombia actually, but they all speak English very well and are super nice and helpful when I speak to them on the phone or else via chat on HTC.com.