HTC One (M9)
HTC's 2015 flagship was designed to feel more premium than previous models, but it runs the risk of feeling dated two years on. It's sturdy and plenty powerful with its Snapdragon 810 chipset, but the M9's 20-megapixel camera doesn't seem any better than the UltraPixel shooter HTC ditched, and the occasional software quirk raises eyebrows.
- Great performance
- Top-tier build quality
- Sense 7 is lightweight and thoughtful
- Quick charging works well
- Main camera is lackluster
- Screen isn't as vivid as last year's model
- BoomSound speakers lack some oomph
- Battery lifeishit-or-miss
- Critic Reviews (10)
- User Reviews (11)
- 81AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsZDNet100HTC One M9 review: Iconic metal dual tone design wHTC continues to improve its iconic One design line and the One M9 is its best. HTC listened to customer feedback on the One M7 and One M8 with the M9 better in every aspect, from hardware to software.Gizmodo70HTC One M9 Review: A Great Phone That Can't Keep UHTC played it safe this year instead of pushing things further. Honestly, if you're willing to settle for the M9, you should also look at the M8 while you're at it. It lasts longer, it feels just as fast, and it costs less.Engadget80HTC One M9 review: Another year, another modest step forwardHTC's 2015 flagship ... runs the risk of feeling dated two years on. It's sturdy and plenty powerful with its Snapdragon 810 chipset, but the M9's 20-megapixel camera doesn't seem any better than the UltraPixel shooter HTC ditched, and the occasional software quirk raises eyebrows.SlashGear80HTC One M9 Review â€“ Gambling on QualityIn short, I’m not entirely sure there’s enough to the HTC One M9 to address what has long been HTC’s biggest issue: clawing enough attention out of the gate from its well-heeled, well-marketed rivals.Pocket-Lint80HTC One M9 review: Distracted by refinementThe M9's focus on manufacturing precision feels like ... a distraction: were smartphone fans demanding increasing precision in manufacture, or were they calling for better battery life and an improved camera experience? ... the HTC One M9 doesn't feel like it's taken a big enough step forward.Forbes80HTC One M9 Review: Ample Upgrade, Serious FlawsThe fact is that I enjoyed using the One M9, which is probably the most important metric to measure anything against. But some glaring mistakes means HTC missed an opportunity to make this the complete smartphone.TechSpot80HTC One M9 ReviewThe HTC One M9 is a great smartphone. With an awesome design, top notch performance, great software and an improved camera, it should suit most users just fine. But at the same time it no longer sits at the top of the flagship smartphone pecking order.The Next Web80HTC One M9 review: An incredibly capable handset tThe M9 is easily one of the best Android smartphones out there, and just like the M8, it’s still not one of the most exciting – it is totally competent, however, which should be the more important consideration for people who aren’t interested in the frills offered elsewhere.Techno Buffalo70HTC One M9 review: The best One, but not the bestThe HTC One M9 is a great phone, but it’s so much more of the same. In a lot of ways, this is simply a One M8+.BGR90HTC One M9 reviewThe HTC One M9 is among the best Android phones the world has ever seen, and smartphone shoppers in the market for a new phone would be crazy to not consider it.
- 79AVERAGE USER SCORE11 ReviewsEngadget Reader70May 19, 2017Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader70October 10, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Good phone. Phenomenal potential. An HTC letdown. Could have been their advertising slogan. JK. but seriously. Great design. But, has a mediocre camera at best. It doesn't do awful, but if you compare to even budget phones cameras, it can look a little disappointing. It doesn't even have a fingerprint scanner, which is something we almost take for granted now, as all other flagships have them. It lacks a distinguishable feature other than the boom sound speakers, the something as last year just beefed up a tad bit. They need to make a true flagship. Steve Jobs was so successful at selling products because he understood that in order to sell a product, there has to be something about that product that makes consumers say "I have to have that." or "I want that." Ex. Siri. It sold the 4s, the fingerprint sold the 5s. the larger screen sold the 5, and so on. HTC needs to stop playing Microsoft and put a phone worth getting out their. If I suggest things I would suggest ditching the name of the series altogether. Nobody trust the one M series name anymore. Secondly use your advantages. Software. People love HTC Sense. It has almost no bloatware and is simple but elegant to use. Put a fingerprint scanner in it. Beef up the camera. And I mean by a lot. Make the screen size bigger with a better ppi. Then find something to make it even better than the competition.Engadget Reader20September 9, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I bought an HTC One M9 directly from HTC's website. Before doing so, I was assured they offered a 30 day, no questions asked return policy.After receiving the phone, but before opening the box, I returned it to HTC for a refund (I was getting uncomfortable with the reviews on its camera performance). I followed HTC's return instructions exactly.Nearly 1 month later, HTC still has not refunded my money. I now have to spend countless time on hold.I will never again purchase anything directly from HTC. They do not honor their own return policies and make it very difficult to get money refunded. Don't fall into the same trap that I did.Engadget Reader100August 28, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I needed to make a switch from iOS to Android and at first I went for the LG G4. However, I didn't like the lag in screen touch response and the sound quality at all. The camera was excellent though, but I needed a smaller form factor and I found the HTC M9. To me it's currently the best Android phone currently available if you consider all the different parameters. It's very responsive, the screen is excellent although some may say it's only 1080p, in reality I'm very content with it. The sound quality is top notch, the Sense shell experience is as close to stock Android as it gets. The design is probably the best among Android devices. I wish the camera was on par with iPhone 6 Plus and LG G4 though as well as the average battery life. Still an excellent phone. Highly recommended at this period in time.Engadget Reader100August 28, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - Engadgetcmattick90July 5, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Figured out where the ON button is - in the middle on the right! Whew, problem solved. Seriously, so much trash-talking this excellent phone regarding non-issues (including the power button placement). I moved from the M7 to this M9 and couldn't be happier. No huge design change because HTC got it right a couple of years ago with the M7. That's a compliment to their design team, not an indictment. Other supposed issues include: overheating (not a problem), 1080 LED3 screen (love it - very natural tones & colors), battery life (no problem), camera (much improved over the M7, low-light especially). Dual external speakers, already the best-rated in previous One models, are better than ever with plenty of volume (another common complaint) and easy access to "theater" vs. "music" modes). This is a great phone. HTC doesn't deserve the bad press it gets due to subpar marketing.Engadget Reader40June 14, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A poor product that's more likely to be frustrating than useful. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100June 10, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A lot of people will look a the HTC One M9 and think "it's too similar to the old one", or "there aren't enough improvements over the old one". Which is 100% great and correct. I completely understand where you are coming from. If you have the M8, there is literally no need to upgrade to the M9. But that isn't the M9's fault. It's just a testament to how brilliant the M8 was and still is. Easily the best phone of its generation, it can still hold a light to this generations phones. Now, the M9 is literally better in every way. How much better is open to interpretation and will certainly dictate whether you choose to upgrade or not. However, please, please, please don't listen to the overly damning reviews about this phone from the critics. They are comparing it to the M8. If you are not moving from an M8, then this phone is a million miles better than anything you've ever had or tried. Ok, the Samsung has it on the spec's sheet, but that's where it ends. The HTC's overlay is a million miles better than Touchwiz ever has been or will be. It's lightweight, fast and responsive, simple to understand and use, and really just awesome. It doesn't come with bloatware, it doesn't slow your phone down, it doesn't make you frustrated. It's just neat, tidy, and does anything you want it to and, unlike iOS, it does actually "just work". It's like your mate is your phone. When you first get it and when you feel like having a play, it asks you "what would you like me to do?", you tell it, it does it. Brilliant.In tests the battery life isn't as good. But in reality it's actually better. The problem with tests is that they test the phone at maximum or high capacity for protracted periods of time; which is great for establishing a baseline. However, this phone's battery lasts longer than the M8 during normal use. My M8 would run out of juice towards the end of a day, this one will carry on way into the night. That's simply down to the power in this phone.The create-a-theme is so cool. There are hundreds of themes online for you to download that allow you to change icon colours and shapes, backgrounds during separate stages of operation, gestures and more. If there's none you like, just choose a picture and make one around it.The upgrade to 32GB internal space is perfect. If I had one criticism about the M8, it was that after all of my apps and Spotify music (God damn you Spotify and your inability to produce an app which allows you to save data to an SD card!) was on the phone, there was only about 2-3GB left. This was close to the mark. Now the 32GB is available, I have loads of space available.My few criticisms are:HTC logo bar at the bottom is a waste of real estate that could be taken up with something useful (like MOAR SCREEN), but I have heard the reason it is there is to fit part of the speakers in. I miss the duo-camera. It was awesome and innovative and only selfish, inconsiderate, number chasers have ruined it. Everyone that had one like it. There was more than enough pixels for anyone. VERDICT (TLDR)Genuinely the best phone on the market. Despite what you've heard, it is better than the M8 in every single way. Don't read the critics reviews as they are comparing it about the M8 which was so far ahead of the last-gen game, it would still not look out of place in this-gen's crowd. Read the user's reviews as they offer a far more balanced account of the phone. If you're moving from an M8 then the upgrade may not be worth it, but that's not just an upgrade to the M9, that's an upgrade to ANY phone. If, however, you are upgrading from an S5, Oneplus One, Xperia Z2, or LG G3, this is the daddy, the best, the One.Engadget Reader100June 4, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I love my HTC One M9.The HTC One M9 does not deserve a lot of the flak that critics and reviews give it. I assume a lot of comparisons are drawn from improvements made from the M8 and M7. Coming from an S5 ex-owner, I'm very very happy with my M9. The camera works wonderfully when I do not have my Canon with me (provided I tinker with Manual Mode) and there are loads of new features like filters/effects/apps (like the Zoe apps) that make it a lot of fun for my family and I to play with. The phone takes a little longer to boot-up than my old Samsung, but it runs very fast and can handle all the apps and the fast switching. I love the music player and Boomsound and i'm very impressed with the speakers compared to my old phone.The phone is tough and can take a beating, apps are great, camera is awesome and I'm glad they decided to keep an SD Card slot (which makes or breaks a phone or me).The phone does get a little warm when I'm running a lot of high-intensity apps and the battery life isn't as long as I'd normally like.Even if critics/reviewers find the phone lacking - I find normal people would LOVE the phone.10/10. Not bad HTC.pbstrickland90April 9, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Not sure why there is a lot of criticism surrounding this phone, I love it. I loved the M7 and returned the M8. This one meets all of what I was looking for, although the camera is still in question. HTC I'm sure there is a software fix for this. I will look forward to the HTC MX.Engadget Reader90April 8, 2015Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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