Kindly sent in by Vodafone for an honest and un-biased review, we have the HTC ONE M9.

Technical Specifications

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Quad Core 2.1 GHz
  • Adreno 430 GPU
  • 3 GB Ram
  • 32 GB onboard memory with compatibility for MicroSD cards up to 128 GB
  • 2840 LI-Po built-in battery
  • Connectivity: 4G,3G,2G,NFC,Bluetooth 4.1 and WiFi
  • 20 Mega-Pixel rear camera
  • 4 Mega-Pixel front facing camera
  • 5.0” Super LCD 3 (1080 X 1920 with 441 PPI)
  • Android 5.0.2 at time of review (Lollipop)

Design:

I can honestly say that the M9 is quite possibly one of the nicest phones I have ever handled. The body of this phone is completely metal and this makes it look so beautiful. It also reminds you as the user that this phone is a premium device.

The front of the phone is home to the screen aswell as a front facing camera, a sensor and two front facing speakers, which HTC refer to as HTC Boom Sound.

The rear of the phone has a nice curve to it that not only makes the device look nice, but also makes holding the device feel great. Located on the back are the phones 20 Mega-Pixel rear camera, LED flash and a microphone.

The right hand side of the phone plays home to the phones MicroSD slot, a volume up button, a volume down button and the main power button of the phone. The left hand side plays home to the nano sim card slot.

The top is pretty much claimed by a long infra-red blaster that allows you to use the phone as a remote for your T.V.

Finally the bottom is home to the Micro USB port and a 3.5 MM audio out jack.

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Screen:

The screen of the M9 is a Full HD Super LCD 3 display. Its crisp, clear and leaves a favourable impression on me as a user. Colours are bright and well presented, with text and icons being smooth and free of any jaggedness. Thanks to gorgeous display, I was able to enjoy movies and games on this phone with a great level of pleasure.

Performance and User Interface:

Being a phone that is pretty much high specification and even more so when it was released this phone is able to perform tasks with ease. It’s also great at multi tasking. I was able to run a few apps in the background on the phone and still keep a smooth user experience running. I think it safe to say HTC definitely got the balance between hardware and software right with their version of Android.

Gaming on the phone is brilliant, I was able to run most games quite well, and that obviously includes some very high-end titles. Thanks to the Snapdragon 810 processor and 3 GB Ram that power this phone, lag in-game was not an issue at all, games even ran smoothly when apps were open in the background. Colour was rich and full in-game and thanks to those amazing front facing HTC Boom Sound speakers, audio playback from games was immersive and brilliant.

Talking of Boom Sound, using the speakers for music and applications such as YouTube was great. The playback was amazing and audio was loud and again immersive. HTC have really done a great job with the speaker layout and since the M7 they have really managed to improve the already great quality of the front facing speakers on the One series.

The user interface used by HTC is known as HTC Sense and the version used for this phone is HTC Sense 7.0. HTC Sense is a massive leap above the normal stock or ‘Vanilla’ Android as it is commonly known, in the sense that HTC has completely designed the software to be unique to them. Whilst I myself will always prefer Vanilla Android over any OEM skin version of Android, I do have to say I’m sort of fan of HTC Sense. I love just how much the software manages to fit in perfectly with the hardware to create a smooth user experience, that use to be non-existent on Android based smartphones a few years ago. It’s not without it issues of course and some aspects still remain a bit ugly to me, but non the less its a great User interface and with HTC in charge, it’s bound to get even better. In my opinion HTC Sense is so much better than its rivals user interfaces such as Samsung’s Touchwiz U.I, which I am not a huge fan of myself.

I do have to say though, that Vodafone have taken their Bloatware a bit far on this device, Just look at this screenshot and you’ll see why. It is possible however to remove most of these applications, without the practise of rooting your phone.

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Battery:

The M9 packs a 2840 mAh Li-Po built-in battery. This battery has so far done an ok job for me, it’s not the best, but it has managed to get me through the day with moderate usage throughout the day. I was able to play some games, send some texts, make some phone calls and watch some videos during my daily use, but I never managed to make it more than a day without charging the phone. I should note however that as this is a review unit, it has been passed around a few times and so this COULD be a reason why my unit wasn’t lasting into a second day.

Camera:

Coming equipped with a 20 Mega-pixel camera, the M9 is capable of taking some really nice still shots as well as recording some great videos  in 1080p. In day light situations, I was very impressed with how the phone handled photos. The end product was nice, clear and overall beautiful. In low light situations, such as a dark room the camera also did a great, job thanks to the LED flash.

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The front facing camera is great for Skype calls, coming in at 4 Mega-pixels it is definitely a great camera for video calls.

Videos shot were clear and overall left me with a favourable impression of the M9’s  camera capabilities. They were great to play back on the phones gorgeous screen and still great when played back on my PC.

 

Overall:

The M9 may be an ageing phone now, but it is still on hell of a beautiful and powerful mobile device. At £440 on Vodafone, it might seem a lot of money for a phone that is about a year old, but if you are in the market for a phone in that price bracket, I’d say you should definitely consider this one. I must just stress again how beautiful this phone actually is, It’s gorgeous to look at and it’s performance is top of the class.

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Vodafone HTC One M9  RI Gold star temp

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