It looks like this year’s flagship from HTC has received its final, production-ready software. Or a press embargo has been lifted. Either way, in-depth reviews of the One M9 are now being posted on notable tech sites.
The biggest change from last year’s M8 is the replacement of the 5 mega—sorry, UltraPixel Duo camera with a more traditional 20 megapixel rear shooter. I myself am of the opinion that this is a good thing; while UltraPixel excelled in low light photography the Duo part ended up being a bit of a gimmick.
Back to the reviews, are you the sort of person who usually just skips to the end to read the final verdict? So am I. So let’s do that now!
Android Authority: A lackluster camera hinders what is otherwise an attractive and speedy package in the newest HTC flagship, the HTC One M9.
Though a rethinking of their camera processing might be in order, we fully applaud HTC for sticking to their guns in basically all other aspects of this phone, as veterans and newcomers alike can enjoy the best that HTC has to offer in the One M9.
Android Central: A beautiful, well-refined Android smartphone phone finds itself — and its manufacturer — fighting against the current once again.
HTC still has some serious work to do in the camera department. It’s perhaps a little overdramatic to say that it’s an anchor pulling the ship down, but it’s definitely an oar stuck in the water. And with all the advances from its competitors over the past we’ve just about reached that point in which it’s extremely difficult to overlook that compromise.
The M9 builds on the excellent qualities of the M7 and M8, design and performance chief among them, and expands them into what is one of the most solid smartphone experiences available today. It lacks the flashy components of several of its competitors — waterproofing or a fingerprint sensor — but strategic partnerships, and a strong emphasis on fundamentals, build caché in other ways.
For the third year in a row, HTC has produced one of the most visually alluring smartphones that feels as incredible as it looks. And for the third year in a row, it has show-stopping flaws, which bring the great experience you’re having to a screeching halt.
Oh iVerge, you just keep doing you. 🙄
Who’s excited about the M9?