HTC One M9 Review

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Pros:

  • Premium design
  • Powerful

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  • Camera
  • Gets uncomfortably warm

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_empty_space][vc_btn title=”Buy the HTC One M9″ shape=”round” color=”primary” align=”center” css_animation=”appear” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2FB00TX5QRAA%2Fref%3Das_li_tl%3Fie%3DUTF8%26camp%3D1634%26creative%3D19450%26creativeASIN%3DB00TX5QRAA%26linkCode%3Das2%26tag%3Dtechn0b-21||”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_separator border_width=”2″][vc_column_text]The HTC One M9 looks very similar to its predecessor the M7 and M8, but why change something that works? The design of the HTC One has slightly changed since the release of the M7 and this is a formula that seems to work with Apple’s iPhones devices too. Although they look very similar, the HTC One M9 is a more refined and thoughtful device than its predecessors.

Hardware

Let’s start with the camera of the M9. The company ditched last year’s duo camera setup and replaced it with a single, sapphire-covered pod that hosts a more traditional 20-megapixel shooter. On the device you will also find  the nano-SIM and microSD card slot, that can take cards up to 2TB (even though such cards don’t exist), on the left and right top edges of the phone – the same place they were on last year’s model. The volume button has been slit into two buttons and the sleep/wake button has been moved below them.

The body’s metal has a “Jewlerry-grade” finish that resists scratches and involves 70 steps and takes 300 minutes to complete. Inside that body you will find a Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 810s (2.0GHz quad-core processor with another 1.5GHz quad-core unit), 3GB of DDR4 RAM, 32GB of storage and support for super-fast LTE Cat 9 data speeds where they’re available. The specifications are on the line with other flagship devices such as the S6 and LG G4.

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Display and sound

While rivals like Samsung and LG have a Quad HD screens, but HTC decided to stay with a 5-inch Super LCD 3 display running at 1080p, putting the device behind the competition when it comes to screen pixel density. The device has 441 pixels per inch where its competitors have somewhere around 550 ppi.

But the main aim for HTC is how to create a better display than the M8 and we can say that is a success. The M9’s LCD is altogether much better than the M8’s, much crisper and with better colour temperature.

When it comes to smartphone’s speakers HTC is an ‘expert’. BoomSound is here for the third year and the dual speaker setup just sets the bar higher for any other smartphone maker. The HTC also has Dolby Audio running in the background to help the speakers produce a better quality audio.

Software

HTC has done a great job with their custom UI, the Sense 7. The Sense 7 has a big clock widget on the top as it always has and now BlinkFeed lives to the left of the home screen. HTC has expanded BlinkFeed’s capabilities too. As always it give you a grid of news and social updates and now it offers you Yelp recommendations when it thinks is time for coffee or dinner.

Another nice feature is the widget that recommend you apps depending on your location. After a few days of using the HTC the device know when I was at home or at work and suggested specific apps I was using more at that specific time and place. That was amazing but at the same time frightening – you need to share your location 24/7 with our device!

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Camera

Here is where things get a little tricky for the phone. The M9 has an UltraPixels front facing and back camera. Although the rear facing camera has an impressive -on paper- 20 megapixel sensor, the pictures are not so impressive. The first time I used the camera I wasn’t overly impressed. The camera looked worse than the one year old M8 and the pictures has much less detail in them. The camera got a little better after HTC release an update that change some of the basic setting of the camera software is still not as good as the camera on the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.

On the other hand, the app software is one of the best out there with a lot of manual settings. You can control the ISO, exposure and white balance but you can also just select ‘Auto’, which is is what i do! The camera supports shooting RAW photos and can also shoot video in 4K  – only 6 minutes in a go-.  The video was too, as expected, not the best of its class as the colours seem washed out!

Performance and battery life

Performance is the stronger card that the M9 currently holds. The device comes with a powerful octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor and 3GB RAM. It handles games very easily with is lightweight software and speedy hardware, but sometimes it get uncomfortably warm especially when you are playing intense games such as Dead Trigger 2. 

Now lets check some numbers and compare the M9 with the iPhone 6 Plus and LG G Flex 2. With AndEBench Pro the M9 score 7,400 where the LG 7,150. With the 3DMark IS Unlimited the HTC score 21,400 the LG 22,207 and iPhone 6Plus a not so impressive 17,900. The device is pretty powerful and you can see that just from those numbers.

Now lets talk battery. The device comes with a 2,840mAh battery. In out test the M9 manages to keep going for roughly eight hours which is less that its predecessor the M8 with 10 hours. If you want to svae buttery and keep the M9 last much longer you can fie up its Extreme Power Saving mode. This will give you an extra 1-2 hours.

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Conclusion

All in all, the HTC One M9 is a really nice device with a powerful processor that can handle the most intense of games but at the same time is going to get .. uncomfortably warm. The battery is OK but it charges fast which is really useful! The camera is the weakest point of the M9. The colours of the pictures and videos look watched out but personally I am not so bothered! If you were looking for high-end pictures you can buy a D-SRL!

Competition: Galaxy S6, S6 edge and LG G4 with a better camera and display!

This review was made possible by Vodafone. You can buy your new tablet or smartphone by clicking here!

 

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