The HTC U12+ has plenty of qualities that make it worth considering before your next smartphone purchase.
It has a solid, and occasionally stellar, rear camera. It’s a gorgeous, unusual-looking phone. And it’s forward-thinking, thanks to USB-C charging, touch-sensitive edges, and a large screen.
But the HTC U12+ also has a few main issues. Its front-facing camera is subpar, the display is dim, and it’s simply too slippery.
I also had some frustrations on the software side. HTC insists on including something called BlinkFeed, a newsfeed-like module that appears when you swipe left on the home screen. The feed is essentially useless — on phones like the Google Pixel 2, you’ll see a personalized Google News feed there instead — and this week, it actually served me fake news about the NBA draft (Draymond Green is not being traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, thank goodness).
All that aside, the HTC U12+ starts at $800. That’s not much of a surprise given that we’re living in the age of sky-high smartphone prices, but it feels like a high price to pay for a phone with a lot of shortcomings.