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Review: HTC One A9 for AT&T

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The One A9 falls into an emerging category in today's mix of smartphones. It wants to be a flagship smartphone, but it doesn't quite have the specs to earn that moniker. Instead, it exists as an affordable flagship: a phone that features premium design and build quality with components that are high-end, but not quite cutting-edge.

In this class — which includes phones like the Nexus 6P and Moto X Pure Edition — the One A9 competes well. All three of these phones cost $499, a bit less than the $650 commanded by flagships. I find the One A9 to be a great phone for everyday use and found I've been favoring it over the last couple of weeks. The design (though awfully familiar) is classy and the quality is superb.

The phone's software is light on its feet. Marshmallow runs well on the phone and HTC's customizations give owners lots of room to make the phone their own. Call quality, data speeds, and battery life are at competitive levels.

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If you're worried about the camera because of HTC's shaky track record in that area, don't be. The A9 has a decent camera on board. While it won't match the iPhone 6s or Galaxy Note 5, you'll probably be happy enough with the results.

HTC did a good job with the One A9, and I'd recommend it to anyone seeking a mid-sized handset.

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