Additional Specs and Conclusion
|Ambient Light Sensor|
|3.5 mm stereo audio jack|
|Bluetooth® 4.1 with aptX®|
|Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)|
|HTC Connect™ for wirelessly streaming|
|DLNA® also for wirelessly streaming media|
|HDMI MHL 3.0|
|micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port|
All of this completes the package that is HTC’s latest flagship device, the HTC One M9. HTC did not take any steps back since the HTC One M7. The HTC One M9 is just a solid continuance of that progression. Slipperiness has been reduced and grip-ability has been improved. The M9 looks as gorgeous as its predecessors so there’s not much to say there. Even the screen’s glass was upgraded. I do challenge the placement of the power button, with it being so close to the volume controls. This adds to the M9’s comfort learning-curve, but I can imagine users getting over it after some time.
Amped internals do a better job at selling the HTC One M9. Better processor, an additional gigabyte of RAM, better main camera, and upgraded HTC Boomsound speakers complete with Dobly Audio™ urge you to upgrade to this phone. Media presentation is very solid here with a favoring towards the sound.
I was a little surprised by how HTC Sense 7 turned out. As a fan of customization, I actually liked what HTC Sense 7 brought to the table here. It’s definitely better than the customization options provided in previous HTC Sense iterations and its showing that HTC is trying to give their users a bit more freedom with the overall look of the device.
So should you get it? As with any device, it depends if it’s worth your time and money to upgrade from what you have now. That said, I did a comparison between the M7 and the M8 in my HTC One M8 review in order to vet the validity of switching. The M8 was sturdy and a great device, but not so much so that I’d let go of my M7 for it. Here, with the HTC One M9, that decision is much easier. The M9 probably won’t shake the earth as the M7’s drop did, but it is a device that feels like a significant step up from it.
I’d say… go for it. Good job here, HTC.
† HTC One M9 provided by HTC PR and “Colors” images provided by HTC.