HTC One M9 review

23 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

HTC Could Roll Out Android 5.1 Lollipop Update For One M7 Based On Customer Concern By Reverting Earlier Decision Says HTC VP.

Last week, HTC’s Vice President of Product Management, Mo Versi, apparently tweeted saying the HTC One M7 users will not receive the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop update, with the exception of the Google Play edition. First appearing on Twitter, through famous tipster @upleaks, who stated there may be a possible launch of the infamous device somewhere between late March to early April of this year, is it possible that HTC is secretly working on this new device? Between them, though, it was the iPhone 6 that garnered more attention and adulation, both from consumers and critics alike, which is made more poignant by the amount of units Apple was able to ship out and sell of its prized phone.

In the meantime, it is worth noting that, HTC reportedly promises to roll out software updates for a total of two years from the time the device gets launched. However, within the two years span, HTC has apparently updated the well-received One M7 handset from Android 4.1.2 to Android 5.0 Lollipop, notes Phone Arena. There’s a lot to like between the two flagships here in this comparison, as they both embody the characteristics we want to find in flagship devices. The M9 looks to be a decent upgrade from its predecessor, but one can’t help think, why didn’t the company come out with a higher res screen with the M9? HTC made some minor tweaks to the M9’s design, evident mostly by its jewelry grade dual-tone finish – one that features a pleasant, contrasting colored bezel around its sides.

Add in the fact that the new finish makes it grippier, and that there’s a subtle arch to its construction, it clearly has more of an ergonomic feel in the hand. However, looking at the number of comments from HTC Desire users, HTC reversed the plan and in turn, removed several apps from the pre-installed software list on the handset and ultimately, rolled out the update. If we’re to look at specs alone, one would probably be more impressed by the M9’s screen – a manageably sized 5-inch 1080 x 1920 S-LCD 3 display.

In comparing it to the iPhone 6’s Retina Display, a 4.7-inch 750 x 1334 IPS-LCD based panel, the M9 presents itself with the higher pixel density count of 441 ppi. On paper, it’s undoubtedly a check-mark for the M9, but in practical usage, it’s really tough to distinguish this “superior” quality, as the detail and clarity of the two displays are tough to differentiate from a normal viewing distance – leaving us to conclude that they’re both sufficiently sharp. Comparing the experience of Android and iOS isn’t new for us, but with this particular comparison, we have to give HTC the nods for having a more complete and engaging experience.

Appeasing us both with its visual presentation and function, we find HTC Sense 7.0 to be the more flexible piece of software, especially when it comes to customization. Specifically, you have things like the M9’s various Motion Launch gestures, the new HTC Sense Home widget, and of course being intertwined with all of Google’s services – for the power user, these features may prove to be of value. Even though it might seem as though the M9 is bubbling with an arsenal of features, they’re not redundant ones that sometimes paint other customized Android experiences as being too overbearing with their feature sets. On the flip side, however, we also can’t complain about how simple and straightforward iOS continues to be in the space, working reliably at blazing fast speeds. Graced with some of the best pieces of silicon under the hood, the M9 and iPhone 6 handle all sorts of tasks effortlessly – almost too perfectly to tell you the truth.

From their speedy page loads, handling of complex sites, and buttery navigational controls, they both equally have the goods in making us happy in this area. On the surface, they share the same set of connectivity features, such as aGPS with Glonass, Bluetooth (4.1 with the M9, 4.0 for the iPhone 6), dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and NFC.

HTC’s opinions about going with the “UltraPixel” camera were always in vain, but as it turns out, it just couldn’t compete against the handful of other flagship devices with higher megapixel count cameras. Sure, there’s a disparity when we look at their cameras on paper, a 20-megapixel versus an 8-megapixel one, but don’t let the numbers deceive you for one bit.

Not only do voices sound more robust through the M9, both the earpiece and speakerphone, but there’s no problem having conversations in the noisiest of environments either.

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