Best for MusicKey features
- 5-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 LCD display
- 20.7-megapixel rear camera
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
- BoomSound stereo speakers with Dolby Audio
The HTC One M9
looks very similar to its predecessor, the HTC One M8
. That’s because it is, but that’s largely a good thing. It’s attractive, though not quite as elegant as the M8, featuring a curved metal body with a new two-tone colour scheme. It’s actually a fraction thicker than its big brother, but it’s no less easy to handle.
One of the biggest changes we’ve seen is with the cameras. Gone is the Duo camera setup seen in the M9. A 20.7-megapixel primary camera capable of capturing more detail now sits on the back, though it’s frustratingly inconsistent and lacks OIS. A 4-UltraPixel sensor now functions as the front-facing camera and excels in low light, making those late-night selfies look clearer than ever.
The same 5-inch, Full HD screen as before is back again, though it’s boredered by slightly thinner bezels. However, the front-facing BoomSound stereo speakers have been subjected to the Dolby surround sound treatment, and they’re the best smartphone speakers we’ve come across.
Inside, the Snapdragon 810 processor teams up with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded via the microSD card slot. A slightly larger 2,840mAh battery just about keeps it going for a couple of days, if you use the M9 sensibly.
HTC’s Sense 7 skin transforms the look of Android 5.0 Lollipop, coming with a load of customisation options. Sense Home meanwhile, which adapts your home screen based on your location, works brilliantly. Price: