Review: HTC One M9
HTC has crafted a fine phone in the One M9, but it's not without significant shortcomings. The classy industrial design and leading-edge specs are impressive, no doubt. A single flaw, however, might sink the entire ship.
HTC refined last year's phone to make a more precisely-engineered piece of hardware. The M9 is made from top-grade materials and fitted together in impressive fashion. I'm not sold on the band that circles the outer edge of the phone, however, and wish HTC had differentiated the M9's design more. The phone has a great screen, and the cellular radio performed well on AT&T's network despite the lack of LTE and proper optimization. The BoomSound speakers sound great for both music and phone calls, and battery life is just about good enough for this class of device.
HTC's Sense 7 user interface mostly compliments Android 5.0 Lollipop, and it offers far more customization options than most other handsets on the market today. The phone is packed with media options, and the Peel app, with its remote control, is a nice tool to have in hand.
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Sadly, the camera isn't up to par, at least not yet. (HTC hasn't said if it intends to tweak the camera further — we can only hope that it will.) Though HTC improved the sensor compared to the M7 and M8, it simply doesn't perform well enough with the current software. If imaging is important to you, stick to HTC's competitors.
Companies that only make one flagship smartphone per year can't afford to make mistakes. HTC is in a precarious position with the One M9. Flagships have to fire on all cylinders. While most aspects of the M9 are commendable, the poor camera seriously hinders this phone's chances in the market. For that reason alone, I am reluctant to recommend the M9 to anyone.
HTC Updates Lock Screen and Sense Home Apps
HTC has made updates available to its Lock Screen and Sense Home apps for the One M9 and other handsets. The Lock Screen gains a significant refresh thanks to Lollipop-style notifications, full-screen album artwork during music playback, and more detailed local weather information.
Hands On with the HTC One M9
HTC’s flagship One phones are iconic and well-regarded. The already refined design has been refined further for 2015, representing a relatively modest update.
HTC One M9 Graced with 20-Megapixel Camera
HTC today announced the One M9, its latest flagship phone. It retains the 5-inch full-HD screen of last year's One, but upgrades most other features, including a 20-megapixel main camera with a sapphire lens and the ability to shoot 4K video.
HTC to Sell One M9 March 27 for $649, Carriers April 10
HTC will make the One M9 available for purchase on its web site beginning Friday, March 27 for $649. Carrier and major retailer sales of the device will kick off on or about April 10.
HTC Bringing the One M9+ to Europe
HTC today said it plans to expand availability of the One M9+ outside of Asia to select European markets. The One M9+ is a slightly larger version of the M9 that has different camera and processor configuration.
HTC One M9 (CDMA)
5" display 1080 x 1920 pixels
Snapdragon 810 processor 3 GB RAM
2,840 mAh battery
Headphone Jack (3.5mm), Memory Card Slot, Water-Resistant, NFC