HTC One M9 brings along a number of improvements as well as some flaws. The new design is the highlight of M9 as it gives the phone an incredible look and makes it easier to handle with one hand. The most notable downside is that the camera has shifted back a bit and the battery timing is not that good either. Let’s discuss each of the contours mentioned above along with other features of the phone in our HTC One M9 review.
HTC was strongly criticized by different outlets due to the lack of changes made in One M8’s design, and it seems that the company has learnt its lesson. Although the outlook of the new phone is quite similar to its predecessor, there are just about enough tweaks and changes to make the phone look and feel amazing. There are some changes that will take some getting used to though. The power button has been switched to the right, while the volume buttons have been pushed a little up on the left. So don’t be too annoyed if you find yourself increasing the volume every time you try to unlock the phone.
Being one of the latest phones in the market, HTC One M9 comes with the latest version of Android, i.e. Lollipop. Users making the transition from the previous OS to the new one will start to notice the minor enhancements right away. Some of the major changes and improvements made with the latest Android version include a fresh interface and layout, faster connectivity, better battery management, improved notifications, and a whole lot more.
HTC One M9 excels in delivering a great performance. Everything works at a pretty fast pace and you will start to notice the difference from previous phone almost immediately, courtesy of the 1.5 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A53 + 2 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A57, Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 processor. Furthermore, there’s also the integrated Adreno 430 GPU to improve your gaming experience.
HTC One M9 supports full HD display, i.e. 1080p, but to increase the sharpness in the phone, HTC has added a pixel density of 441PI, which provides an incredible display as all icons and background look awesome. The screen size however, hasn’t changed as it is still 5 inches.
Ultrapixel, which was present in the previous iterations of HTC smartphones, has been removed from the latest offering in favor of higher megapixels. One M9 comes packing a 20 megapixels camera. This camera is not bad by any means, but the absence of Ultrapixel is strongly felt. The primary camera does its job quite well and provides pretty sharp results, but it just isn’t up to the standard that we have come to expect from HTC smartphones. Moreover, you are allowed to record videos in 4K resolution. The secondary camera is 4 megapixels and is able to provide resolution up to 1080p at 30 frames per second.
Despite having 2840mAh battery, HTC One M9 lags behind its competitors. The battery goes down at a pretty frantic speed even when you are performing mundane functions. The situation gets even worse when you are playing games on it. Just after 15 minutes of gameplay, battery is drained by more than 10%.
There are a large number of people who do their gaming on mobiles almost all day and they surely wouldn’t want their phones to die just in a few hours. Although you can improve your battery timing a bit by trying out different battery management apps, just don’t expect a miracle.
Unlike most of the smartphones in the market nowadays, HTC One M9 comes with just 32GB of internal storage capacity. If you want more storage, then worry not as the phone supports microSD card of up to 2TB.
Bluetooth, USB, 3G, 4G and WLAN, HTC has ticked all the boxes on One M9.
Overall, HTC One M9 is a great phone as it does its best to stay competitive with other phones in the same category. However, those of you looking for innovation will not find it here. The battery seems to be the biggest issue in the phone, but if you can get past that, then M9 comes highly recommended.