HTC One M9by HTC

  • HTC One M9
  • HTC One M9
  • HTC One M9
  • HTC One M9
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
81%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The screen on the One M9 isn't best-in-class, but it's nothing to scoff at either. Measuring 5 inches, it's 1080p HD offering is more than sufficient.
  • HTC's latest proprietary Android skin, Sense 7, adds just enough customization to Android to be useful without being overbearing.
  • The One M9 is one of the last flagship devices to still offer expandable storage with microSD support.

CONS

  • The camera is the least impressive part of the One M9. It offers more megapixels, but don't expect better performance.
  • The battery life of last year's model, the One M8, didn't make its way to the One M9. Don't expect this device to last all day.
  • HTC didn't change much on the One M9's exterior, except for some color options and a slight downsize.
HTC used to set the bar for Android manufacturers when it came to design, but this year the One M9 looks nearly identical to last year's model. Gone is the UltraPixel approach to the camera--the M9 has a full 20-megapixel camera-- but if you're looking for a big upgrade from the M8, you're likely to be disappointed.
NameHTC One M9HTC One M8DROID Turbo 2G Flex 2Onetouch Idol 3
ManufacturerHTCHTCMotorolaLGAlcatel
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The M9’s screen is great. It doesn’t match up to the LG G3 or Galaxy S6 in terms sheer pixel count, but you won’t feel short-changed.

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