HTC One M9+ review
HTC One M9+ review
This HTC One M9+ review highlights a series refinements that bring the HTC One series of smartphones right up to date. Sharper graphics, more personalisation and enhanced photography will ensure the interim success of this smartphone in its available markets, more on this later!.
The HTC One M9+ has a slightly larger display compared to the HTC One M9 at 5.2-inches. There are 50% more pixels enhancing the resolution to Ultra HD (1440 x 2560) and while the 9.6mm thick body remains the same, the weight goes up by almost 10% at 168 grams.
The design is a thing of beauty with the all metal body showing off a dual-tone polished edge with tapered ergonomics for a comfortable grip. The 2.2GHz octa-core processor with a 3GB RAM is slightly more powerful but it’s the support for a 2TB microSD card that is really awesome.
Phone Set Up
The Android v5.0.2 Lollipop operating system sits beneath the HTC Sense 7 user interface, which delivers the new HTC Themes app where everything from the size and shape of icons can changed.
Fingerprint security can be set up on the HTC One M9 Plus and HTC BlinkFeed now includes information from the Sense Home feature. This provides information and links within the BlinkFeed that is appropriate for you and your location. At home or out and about there may be links to events or meal deals while at work the most commonly used apps may move to the front for easier access.
HTC BoomSound is featured along with Dolby Audio, which recreates that cinema feel with a 5.1 surround sound effect. The dialogue leveller ensures voices in films and TV is clearly reproduced and HTC Connect can stream music in a touch to a home stereo device.
4G and Wi-Fi internet access get the HTC One M9+ online while GPS takes care of location based services, from navigation to the local weather report.
Camera & Video
The 20MP Duo Camera offers plenty of post processing with Dimension Plus and uFocus. The wide angle lens is protected from scratches by a sapphire lens cover, keeping photographic or 4K video recording results at their best.
The UltraPixel selfie camera captures 300% more light than standard pixels, so even when a night out takes place in poorly lit locations, memories can be captured. Image Match facial recognition software is also included for social search.
The 2,840mAh battery has slightly less capacity to the HTC One M9 but no-one could moan at up to 626 hours of standby!
HTC One M9+ verdict: The HTC One M9+ is only available in selected markets, including China and India. This strange marketing strategy has angered loyal HTC users in the UK and the US who feel cheated, to say the very least.
So the big question is where should HTC users go? My recommendation would be the LG G4 reviewed here.
Written by: Michael Brown