The HTC 10 was introduced by HTC in April of 2016. The HTC 10 is the most feature rich phone announced by the company to date. For music enthusiasts, the phone features a dedicated tweeter and woofer. Photography enthusiasts will appreciate the 12 MP rear facing camera featuring optical image stabilization, face detection, BSI and autofocus. The phone runs Android 6 on a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4 GB of RAM. The storage comes in at 64 GB. This compares favorably to the best phones available from Samsung, Apple and other manufacturers.
Sporting a 5.2″ display, the physical dimensions are 5.74 x 2.83 x 0.35 inches (145.9 x 71.9. x 9 mm). These specs are very important because they are needed for selecting the right mount. There are no custom mounts that we are aware of for the HTC 10 so we are going to recommend some good mounts with universal cradles. The measurements given in this article are for a bare phone without a case or skin, so be sure to measure it if you are adding a case or skin.
Speaking of a case, this is an expensive phone, so splurge for a good case. We are big fans of Otterbox and Spigen when it comes to cases, but there are a lot of good brands out there. Select a dual layer case that combines a plastic case with a flexible outer skin.
The most popular place for mounting smartphones in cars continues to be the windshield. The Arkon Slim Grip Ultra Travel Mount is a mount that we have recommended before and will again for the HTC 10. The cradle opens to over seven-inches which is easily large enough to hold your phone with or without a case. The included cradle has a spring loaded feature and legs which can be moved from side to side to leave any port on your phone available for a charger or audio cable. The mount will allow the phone to swivel into landscape or portrait mode. A useful included feature is an adhesive dash disk used to turn your windshield mount into one for the dash. This is nice for states that may not permit mounting to a windshield. We wrote a detailed article on this topic which can be read here.
Another good mounting option is the car dash. The Arkon Friction Dash Smartphone Car Mount is an excellent choice for this location. This mount includes the same cradle as we just discussed. The one that opens to 7+ inches. There is an included heavy dash mount that is removable. This weighted dash mount is different from others in that it includes a safety anchor to maintain stability. The safety anchor is a small hook with an adhesive base and the weighted dash mount has a small loop that fits over the hook. The use of the safety anchor is optional but I recommend using it for added safety. Another terrific feature on this mount is the ability to use it on a windshield as well. Just remove it from the bean bag and you have a suction cup mount.
Combined with an application like Waze on your HTC 10 creates an excellent GPS. I continue to like using a car vent for mounting a smartphone in GPS mode. The Arkon Magnetic Air Vent Mount represents some new thinking in mounts. It’s the one in the photo with this article. The mount combines a magnet with a very thin metal strip that will attach to the back of your phone or case. Attaching your phone is as simple as holding it up to the vent mount. The vent mount will attach to horizontal and vertical vents. There is an adjustable mounting base that can be turned to orient it to either variety of vents. This is an unusual feature for a vent mount as most are made to only fit horizontal vents.
For motorcycle use, it’s important that you select a mount that has a well constructed cradle that is going to hold your HTC 10 very tightly so that it stays put through the vibration of a ride. We continue to be big fans of the RAM X-Grip line. Most motorcycles can use the RAM X-Grip Handlebar Mount. These are heavy-duty mounts mostly constructed of metal. The mount has gone through some rigorous shake tests and holds up well on a motorcycle. We wrote about X-Grips extensively on this site and you can view that article here. This cradle will open up to 3.25 inches which is large enough for most cases or skins. In this case, the phone will be held by the sides. We always recommend tethering your device for added security and these cradles now come with an included tether from the manufacturer. This particular mount comes with a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer.