HTC One M9: A gorgeous Android phone with a touch of déjà vu

HTC One M9: A gorgeous Android phone with a touch of déjà vu

HTC One M9 Review

The updated HTC One M9 packs speed and software improvements into a handset that remains lustworthy in middle age, but it doesn’t exceed the competition where it counts.

HTC One M9

There’s no denying that last year’s HTC One M8 was a bit of a design statement. With its gorgeous all-metal case, it immediately stood out from the its rather more plastic competition, so much so that nearly every top flagship handset that’s been announced so far this year, including the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, are all playing catch-up.

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Ironically, it’s now the HTC One M9 that feels as though it’s lagging behind, as it’s kept more or less the same design as the One M8 as well as its 5in 1,920×1,080 Full HD display. Samsung and LG, on the other hand, have already begun using larger 2,560×1,440 displays on several of their top-end smartphones and look set to continue to do so throughout the coming year as they launch more and more metal handsets.

Not changing too much isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as the small refinements HTC has made to the One M9 make it an instantly more appealing handset than its predecessor. For instance, it’s now far more angular around the edges and the distinct lip around the side of the phone makes it much easier to grip and hold securely – unlike the One M8 which constantly felt like we were about to drop it.

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Source:Katharine Byrne

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