Review HTC One M9 Smartphone


When people mention the names of companies that make mobile phones and smartphones they often mention HTC as a realistic alternative to a Samsung, LG or Apple iPhone. Generally HTC phones are among the best you can get your hands. Phones from HTC have been critically acclaimed yet not necessarily the best sellers.

The all new M9

HTC decided to officially launch the HTC One M9 at the World Mobile Congress. It is the successor to the HTC One M8 that had been well-received for its design, and its capabilities yet was faulted for having a disappointing camera.

Great design?

The HTC One M9 has a stylish metal outer body, and has four different colour schemes; rose gold and silver, gold and pink, gunmetal grey, and also amber gold. Perhaps the colour choices are an acquired but do not let that put you off a really fine smartphone. For some reason they decided to put the power button next to the volume control, it is annoying to turn the phone off instead of turning your music up.

Battery, power, and performance

HTC decided to put the Snapdragon 810 processor in the M9 making it responsive and capable of running several apps all at the same time. The battery gives the phone enough power to do what you want it to do. A full charge allows you to use the M9 all day, which is above average. It does not represent much of an upgrade from the M8.

A notable improvement from the M8 is the inclusion of a slot for a micro-SD card, should the 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of memory not be enough.

Whilst the M8 had the impressive BoomSound speakers they lacked Dolby Audio. The M9 has both, and therefore music sounds great when you play it. The headphones supplied with the phone are also high quality.

Features and Camera

HTC decided to combine the Android lollipop 5.0 with sense 7.0 to help users get more out of using the M9. The idea is that its you to make the interface on your M9 exactly as you want it.

It features Cloudex an app that lets you put all your pictures in one place, quite handy if you have many of them to organise.

Once again the camera, or cameras to be precise are the weak point. The rear camera takes poor quality pictures in low light. The front camera took sharp well-defined pictures, but that does not make up for the main camera.


The M9 is an outstanding phone yet it could have been better. It is well-designed and offers high performance apart from the camera.