The HTC U11 Life has the generic phonebook/dialer app with the list of favorites, the call log and the contacts are all tabs within the same app. The dialer is summoned with a tap on a button. Smart dial is supported too.
The HTC U11 Life, unlike the rest of the U11 phones, has just one speaker positioned at the bottom. It scored an Excellent mark in our loudness test, though, which shows HTC's dedication to the entire U11 series. Its sound quality is very good, but not as impressive as on the U11+. The sound is a bit shallow, but we've heard a lot worse, so for the mid-range class we'd say the U11 Life does just great.
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HTC has retired its app suite and now it's up to Google's default apps to handle everything. Those are more than capable, of course. You get Photos for pictures and videos, Play Music for your audio files, YouTube for online streaming, and Chrome for web browsing.
HTC first introduced its USonic headphones on the HTC 10 evo (a.k.a. Bolt), which was coincidentally the first HTC device without a headphone jack. With the U11 series, HTC is debuting a new feature to its USonic earbuds: active noise cancellation. The included earbuds can actively cancel background noise thanks to all the processing of extraneous noise taking place on the phone rather than in the earbuds.
In addition to ANC, the USonic earbuds can be tailored to any person wearing them. Sonar sensors in the earbuds detect the echo in your ear canals and create an optimal profile. The calibration process involves a short static noise emitted through the earbuds. The whole process takes about 5 seconds.
The sound quality coming from these earbuds is stellar.
Unfortunately, our review unit did not come bundled with a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter. This means we couldn't test the audio quality properly because it very much depends on what kind of headphones or adapter you have - each has its own DAC and has to be tested individually.