HTC One M9 review
HTC Sense, Android and a high-definition camera combined
The HTC One M9 is the latest premium smartphone to be announced in 2015 and quality is to be found in every corner.
The HTC One M9 is a true flagship smartphone and the one-piece dual-tone metallic body is testament to that. The design includes tapered edges and the One M9 will be available in Gold on Gold, Gunmetal Grey or Gold on Silver colour schemes. The edges curve gently into the back and this offers a natural feel when gripped in the hand.
The 5” display with Full HD definition (1080 x 1920 pixels) is bright with vibrant colour reproduction and this is protected behind toughened Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The overall weight of 157 grams isn’t heavy at all but the 9.6mm frame is slightly thicker than those of the Samsung Galaxy S6 (6.8mm) or the Apple iPhone 6 (7mm).
The processing power is just as we would expect to be and includes an octa-core processor (quad-core 2GHz and quad-core 1.5GHz) with 3GB RAM. The 32GB internal memory will be ample for most but a card slot is included for memory cards with a value of up to 128GB.
Phone Set Up
The HTC One M9 is pretty easy to set up with the new Android Lollipop operating system. This allows you to access Google Play for new app downloads and includes familiar Google features such as the Chrome web browser, Gmail and Search.
The HTC Themes app will be on your check list and this intuitive feature lets you customise the background with one of your photos or an online images. The HTC Themes app then uses the colour palette of the chosen photo to tint the icons and user interface ensuring that the visuals blend perfectly together.
The HTC One M9 comes with all of the standard features you would expect such as GPS and 4G / Wi-Fi internet connectivity. BlinkFeed uses the phones location to deliver targeted content onto the home screen and a simple swipe of a finger updates breaking news and refreshes social network updates.
The front of the HTC One M9 still finds room for a pair of forward facing stereo speakers and BoomSound delivers an impressive output thanks to a built-in amp. Dolby Audio 5.1 surround sound also adds to the music clarity but should you wish you can swipe three fingers down the screen and stream music automatically to a compatible home stereo system.
Camera & Video
The UltraPixel camera which was used as the main the camera on the HTC One M8 has gone and been replaced with a more traditional 20MP snapper. A sapphire camera cover protects the lens with scratch resistant properties and we find a dual LED flash for true colour reproduction under low light scenarios.
The HTC Eye Experience software comes pre-installed and this allows for the creation of Split Captures, Live Makeup application and the taking of Voice Selfies. 4K video recording with stereo sound is also offered for a quality that far exceeds full HD.
The UltraPixel camera does however make a showing as the secondary front facing camera. The concept once again includes a larger sensor for letting in more light and 1080p video recording via this lens is possible.
Once you have a collection of photos and videos you can combine them with those of your friends and make new footage from different points of view with the Zoe app.
The 2,840mAh battery performs well and easily provides a days usage under mixed usage scenarios. It is however capable of providing up to 402 hours (17 days) of standby or 25 hours of talk time. Quick Charge 2.0 comes built in and this allows for the battery to achieve 60% capacity from just a 30 minute charging session.
HTC One M9 verdict: This is certainly a premium device and the combination of Android and a 20MP camera deliver a winning combination.
Written by: Michael Brown