HTC One M9 review: A gorgeous Android phone with a touch of déjà vu
HTC's 2015 top-of-the-line phone recycles the same sleek design as last year's M8 , sticking to the luxurious all-metal case and 1080p HD screen while incorporating key spec improvements -- most notably a speedy, state-of-the-art Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and upgraded front and rear cameras, the latter an attempt to address the M8's biggest shortfall: that its primary camera just wasn't as good as the competition.
If taking a gamble on a conservative design upgrade sounds oxymoronic, consider the current chaos at HTC: the move may have already cost HTC CEO Peter Chou his job. Yes, the earlier HTC One M8 easily ranked as one of last year's best smartphones, but it competed against the small-screened iPhone 5S and the plasticky Samsung Galaxy S5 , each of which felt like me-too throwbacks to their respective predecessors.
The One M9, by comparison, goes mano a mano with the totally redesigned all-metal Samsung Galaxy S6 , the current 800-pound gorilla of the smartphone world, the iPhone 6, plus a gaggle of cheap-but-good Android competitors.
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Meanwhile, while our initial reservations about the M9's camera quality were tempered by various software updates that deliver notable improvements in white balance and outdoor daylight shots -- not to mention adding raw image shooting -- it's still not in the upper echelon of smartphone cameras. Low-light photos, noise reduction and selfies (from the front camera) are problematic, and the M9's overall image quality lacks that of the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6.
Just as notable is the fact that our battery test results are less than stellar.
The One M9 is priced at $649 unlocked in US, with on-contract pricing starting at $199 and/or no-interest monthly installment plans on most major carriers (Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile). In the UK, you'll be able to find it with Carphone Warehouse, O2, Three and EE, starting at £580 SIM-free.
In other words, the HTC One M9 costs roughly the same as other high-end smartphones, including those aforementioned major competitors, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6. But, its unimpressive camera and battery performance means it just doesn't measure up to those two models in arguably the most important respects.
HTC fans, meanwhile, can hold out hope that the One M9 isn't the end of the line. Rumours of the HTC One E9, the One E9+ and One M9+ (which may be one, two or three phones) look to be promising M9 variants with a larger, higher-resolution screen and possibly even a fingerprint sensor, among other improvements.
Editors' note, May 13, 2015:This review has been updated to reflect further testing.
|LG G4||Samsung Galaxy S6||HTC One M9||Apple iPhone 6||Apple iPhone 6 Plus|
|Dimensions (Imperial)||5.87 x 2.96 x 0.35 inches||5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches||5.69 x 2.74 x 0.37 inches||5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches||6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches|
|Dimension (Metric)||149.1 x 75.3 x 8.9mm||143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8mm||144.6 x 69.7 x 9.6mm||138.1 x 67.0 x 6.9mm||158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm|
|Weight||5.4 oz.; 152g||4.8 oz.; 138g||5.5 oz.; 157g||4.55 oz.; 129g||6.07 oz.; 172g|
HTC hasn't exactly strayed far from the design scheme it used a year ago for the M8. It has an all-metal body, with the bombastic "BoomSound" speakers sitting above and below the display. The back of the phone is gently rounded and inset plastic lines traverse the body at the top and bottom -- exactly as you'll see on both the M8 and the M7 before it.
With the same 5-inch display inside the M9, the overall body size is roughly the same too, and the weights of the two phones feel roughly the same. One difference you'll see on the back is that there's only one camera lens, instead of the two on the M8. More on that later.
There are some small changes to note, however. The metal back still meets the display at the front, but the edges are now angular, rather than smoothly rounded -- it's more akin to the earlier M7, in fact. The edge too is of a slightly different colour than the back panel, giving a subtle two-tone effect. The colour variations include a gold edge around a silver body, a dark grey body with a polished silver edge, and a polished gold edge with a gold back.
The power button has been moved from the top edge of the phone to the right-hand side, below the volume buttons. Trying to press the power button on the top meant either using two hands, or shifting the position of the phone in your one hand in order to stretch out -- a manoeuvre that makes it very easy to drop your phone. I much prefer the ease of having the button on the edge, although having all three buttons in a line on one side did take a little getting used to.
While it's easy to argue that a new flagship phone requires a new design overhaul every year -- though Apple would dispute that -- the fact is the One M8 was already a stunning piece of kit. The M9 may not be visually much different, but it still feels every bit as luxurious as its predecessor.
On the other hand, with its wraparound screen and metal-and-glass body, Samsung's new Galaxy S6 Edge is not only a considerably more premium-feeling device than its plasticky predecessor, but an interesting new design that stands out from earlier models. The One M9 does have stiffer competition here. With similar materials in use on both handsets, the question of which looks and feels better is really just a question of personal taste.
The BoomSound speakers are physically the same as before -- again, that's not a bad thing, as they produce the richest sound I've heard from a phone. HTC has roped in audio specialist Dolby to help tune them to provide a "rich and deep" sound. While the speakers are certainly louder than most smartphones -- and on par with those on the M8 -- they're still a long way from replacing a good set of speakers or headphones.
If you want to feel properly immersed in a movie or to really rock out in your living room to some Dream Theater you'll want external speakers. But they're well-suited for videos or podcasts that rely on speech; for watching Netflix in the kitchen while cooking, the BoomSound speakers fit the bill. Their forward-facing position means that when the phone lies flat on a table, the sound isn't muffled.
The nano-SIM card slot and microSD card slot are both tucked into the metal edge and both need to be extracted using a SIM tool (or a paperclip). The M9 accepts SD cards up to 128GB in size, but the base model does also come with 32GB of storage, rather than 16GB, which is a very welcome boost. And, notably, the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge do not support expandable storage.
|LG G4||Samsung Galaxy S6||HTC One M9||Apple iPhone 6||Apple iPhone 6 Plus|
|Display size||5.5 inches||5.1 inches||5 inches||4.7 inches||5.5 inches|
|Resolution||2,560x1x440 pixels||2,560x1,440 pixels||1,920x1,080 pixels||1,334x750 pixels||1,920x1,080 pixels|
|Pixels per inch||534||557||441||326||401|
The 5-inch display has a full-HD resolution, which is the same size and pixel count as its predecessor. Unsurprisingly then, there's no visible difference in clarity between the two displays. Text looks extremely crisp and icons are displayed with pin-sharp edges. High-resolution photos and videos also have a satisfying clarity.
There is, however, a noticeable difference in colour. While the M8's screen has bold, vibrant colours, the M9's colour is more restrained. Yellows and reds in particular look less warm, particularly when viewed side-by-side against the M8 and especially against the Galaxy S5. (You'll remember that we found Galaxy S5 to have the best screen -- by a nose -- when we tested it against the new iPhones late in 2014.) While the M9's colours aren't poor, they didn't provide the best venue for the phone's camera (see that section for more details, below).
There are, however, no options on the M9 to alter colour tones on the display -- unlike the S5 and S6 -- so you can't boost the saturation. If you want colours so strong they almost hurt your eyes, Samsung's AMOLED displays on the S6 and Note 4 may be more suitable.
On a side note, it's good to see HTC hasn't opted for a 2K screen as we've seen on LG's G3 and more recent G4 and the Galaxy S6. In our experience, there's almost no discernible benefit to a higher resolution panel on a screen that size. That said, our initial battery tests of the Galaxy S6 show that its battery lasts longer than that of the M9.
Sense 7 software and processor performance
The M9 arrives with the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop software on board and you'd expect nothing less from a top-end phone. HTC has heavily customised the overall look of Android, however, with the latest version of its Android skin Sense 7.
On the surface, Sense 7 looks pretty much the same as Sense 6 found on the M8. It's a neat layout, with simple, well-spaced app icons in the app tray, an easy to use settings menu and the BlinkFeed news and social network aggregator sitting off to the left of the home screen. Sense was previously my favourite of the Android skins thanks to its simple and responsive design, and I'm happy to report it's just as pleasant to use this time round.
The new version brings much deeper customisation options. There are a range of preset themes to choose from, which alter everything from your wallpaper and colour schemes to app icons and fonts. You can download additional themes, although right now there aren't many to choose from. Once the phone goes on sale and people other than HTC's designers start creating themes, the themes section may start to fill out a little.
You can tweak the themes too, selecting your own app icon style, colours or fonts as you desire. There are loads of fonts you can download -- I don't have an exact number -- which may be a bit too in-depth for many people to bother with, but it does help make the phone fell a little more yours. If you'd rather not dive through settings, you can generate a theme based on the colour palette within a chosen photo.
An interesting new feature is a home-screen widget which dynamically changes which apps displayed within it, depending on your location. The apps you use most at work, for example -- Google Drive, Mail and so on -- will display in the widget when the phone detects you're at the location you've set as "work". At home, however, it will display apps like YouTube or the TV remote app.
HTC explained the widget will learn over time what apps you use at home, at work or on the go, but I personally found it easier just to spend 10 minutes arranging the apps myself and let the phone simply switch modes when I arrived at each location. It's not a killer feature, sure, but it's admittedly handy to have the apps shuffle around to bring tools I know I use only for work purposes to the forefront.
|LG G4||Samsung Galaxy S6||HTC One M9||Apple iPhone 6||Apple iPhone 6 Plus|
|Processor||1.8GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808||Octa-core Samsung Exynos 7420||2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810||Proprietary 64-bit A8 chip with M8 motion co-processor||Proprietary 64-bit A8 chip with M8 motion co-processor|
|Battery||Removable 3,000mAh||Non-removable 2,550mAh||Non-removable 2,840mAh||Non-removable 1,810mAh||Non-removable 2,915mAh|
Inside the phone is Qualcomm's 64-bit, octa-core processor, the Snapdragon 810, alongside 3GB of RAM. That's an extremely potent lineup, so it was no surprise that the M9 is a very capable device. Demanding games like Asphalt 8 played very smoothly; image editing in Snapseed and Adobe Photoshop Express was a breeze; and, crucially, navigating around the Sense interface was swift, extremely responsive, and generally free of the sort of annoying lag that can really make a good phone seem bad.
We found the phone getting a bit warm during some of our benchmark testing with an early version of the software, and it was also a bit toasty during our camera testing with the updated software.
|LG G4||Samsung Galaxy S6||HTC One M9||Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus|
|Rear video recording||Ultra HD (4K)||Ultra HD (4K)||Ultra HD (4K)||Full HD (1080p)|
|Front video recording||Full HD (1080p)||Quad HD (1440p)||Full HD (1080p)||HD (720p)|
The camera is one area that's had a big change since the previous model. The 4-megapixel Ultrapixel sensor -- which used larger pixels to apparently take in more light -- has been moved to the front of the phone and a 20-megapixel camera now sits on the back. When we first went hands-on with the phone, we weren't too impressed. HTC has since updated the camera software, which also includes the ability to shoot pictures in raw format. While the updates have certainly improved the camera, some problems still remain.
First, the good. Its back camera delivers really good daylight photos with saturated but neutral colours and solid automatic white balance. Close-ups are sharp, even viewed at full size; scaled down they look as sharp as the iPhone 6 Plus' because of the M9's extra resolution. Those extra pixels also help when using the digital zoom. Up close, zoomed photos look mushy, but if you view them at the same size as an iPhone 6 Plus' 8-megapixel photos they look fine. ( Download the full-resolution HTC sample.Download the full-resolution iPhone sample.)
There's one important caveat, though. The photos don't look as good on the camera's display, because the screen doesn't seem as neutral (by eyeballing it). The photos look slightly washed out and the colours aren't as accurate. In contrast, the iPhone has an accurate display, so its photos look correct on its own screen as well as on a computer.
One of the more annoying aspects of the camera is the way it handles backlit subjects. It consistently blows out the whites in auto mode. Instead, you have to switch into HDR (high-dynamic-range) mode -- which really shouldn't be called "HDR." HTC uses this mode for what's better known as backlight compensation, combining two shots so that it can hold the detail in the bright areas while using a brighter-exposure shot for the subject. And it works pretty well for that, though it takes a little too long to process.
However, if you try to use it for true HDR imaging -- to simultaneously bring out detail in shadows and highlights -- you get bad results. The photos will look low in contrast with too-bright shadow areas and too-dark whites. The iPhone 6, LG G4 and Samsung Galaxy S6 have HDR modes that provide much more balanced highlights and shadows in a scene -- I took all three phones for a spin around Paris and found the HDR functions to be very helpful in some situations.
In bright, moderately oblique light you also have to watch out for lens flare. All cameras experience flare under these circumstances to one extent or another, but wide-angle lenses are more susceptible than narrower ones. The HTC's 27.8mm equivalent is wider than most, and that's one of the tradeoffs.
We're also not thrilled with the low-light photo quality. The M9 has a slightly compressed tonal range compared to the iPhone 6 Plus (whites don't get as white and blacks don't get as black), so it frequently blows out the whites and clips the blacks. As you get into lower light situations, where all cameras suffer from decreased dynamic range, it gets worse.
The other problem is HTC's decisions about noise reduction. In a noise-reduction algorithm, you can either preserve detail and sharpness, and suffer from what looks like a lot of black graininess, or you can blur out the noise and lose detail but have no grain. The latter produces a smeary look on edges, so it's not great for detailed images, but flat colours will look better. HTC chooses the blurring, while Apple opts for the grain, which I think is the more popular choice.
Selfies and groupies are a mixed bag. On one hand, the wider angle of view allows you to fit more into the background -- or more friends into the photo -- and it's possible without too much wide-angle distortion. It's also a good resolution, and captures foreground details (like the lines on your face, unfortunately) better than the iPhone 6 Plus. However, the front camera is the old "Ultrapixel" camera, which was formerly the back camera on the older HTC models, and thus has the same white-balance problems -- namely, that pink cast.
The M9 has recently been given a software update that, among other things, allows the camera to shoot in raw mode. Raw format images are made up of information taken straight from the camera's sensor, without any image processing, white balance or sharpening applied. They typically save more detail in the bright and dark areas than jpegs too, allowing for greater flexibility to edit afterwards.
This shot of a canal has come out fairly well as a jpeg, although the sky is a little washed out and the shadowy areas have lost a lot of detail.
The extra detail saved in the raw file has allowed me to rescue those highlights and brighten the dark areas, not to mention add a little extra contrast and tweak the white balance slightly. Shooting in raw does mean you will need to export your photos from phone to computer, then process them in software like Adobe Lightroom, but if you're serious about photography, it's a good step to take to capture better photos. A jpeg image is saved every time you take a raw image however, so you can edit and share the jpeg on your phone, saving the higher quality raw for processing when you're back at your computer.
Similarly in this second shot, the original jpeg file displays quite flat tones and a lot of shadows in the trees. The detail in the raw image has allowed me to lighten the shadows, increase the overall contrast and add a small graduated neutral density to the sky, creating a more dramatic image without sacrificing quality.
The addition of raw to the camera has helped in getting good shots from the M9, but it does take a significant amount of extra time to process them. It's still the case that jpegs directly from the camera don't hugely impress, but you do at least now have the option to spend some time tweaking your images in Lightroom when you get home to make them stand out before you post them to Facebook.
It's also important to note that when shooting in raw mode, you'll also be shooting in manual mode, where you can change shutter speed and white balance settings manually. Although you can leave them on auto, you can't use features like HDR or other scene modes to have the camera automatically suggest the best settings. The image sizes too are significantly bigger (around 40mb per file, as opposed to around 4mb for a jpeg), so you'll certainly want to pop in a microSD card.
HTC's camera app still includes various scene modes, manual controls, image effects and the panorama, which does a good job of stitching together a wide scene and smoothing exposures.
The bokeh mode softens the background, but only works if you're less than 2 feet (about half a metre) from the subject, and doesn't seem to soften all that much. Photo booth serially shoots four selfies and then arranges them in a square. Split capture takes a top/left photo with one camera -- location depends upon whether you're shooting horizontally or vertically -- and a bottom/right photo with the other for a half-and-half shot.
We don't miss the M8's duo-lens, which is no longer seen on the back of the M9. This extra sensor was designed to create unusual images with 3D effects. Sure, they were a bit of fun, but they were definitely a novelty and one that quickly wore off. We do miss a few other things, though. It could really use optical image stabilisation (OIS), which helps physically smooth bumpy shots; not only does OIS help at slow shutter speeds, but when you're steadier there are fewer low-light artifacts (noise processing exacerbates the effect of camera shake).
The video looks acceptable, though you'll really notice the jitter in bright light, when it chooses a fast shutter speed. Without image stabilisation, the combination makes the rolling shutter (that ugly wobble) look even worse. In low light, it suffers from the same lack of tonal range that's in the photos.
The phone is powered by a 2,840mAh battery, which is slightly more capacious than the battery in the One M8. HTC reckons it should keep you going for a whole day of use, but from my own testing, I'd say that's ambitious. After taking the phone off charge at 7:30 in the morning, the phone had dropped to 50 percent by lunchtime, after fairly heavy use.
Bolstering that less-than-stellar impression were the multiple runs on our CNET video loop playback test, which all yielded around 8 hours, 40 minutes. That's almost 80 minutes less than the results we got on the HTC One M8 last year, and is also far behind recent Android marathoners like the Sony Xperia Z3 (almost 12 hours) and Motorola Droid Turbo (almost 15 hours). Notably, those phones were running the older version of Android -- but the M9 didn't hit the playback time on two Android 5.0 competitors, either. We got better playback time on both the LG G Flex 2, which uses the same exact Snapdragon 810 processor, and the new LG G4. The Samsung Galaxy S6 managed a little over 12 hours on the same test as well.
Video playback isn't the end of the story though as the M9 does hold its power well in standby mode -- which it likely will be in your pocket for a large part of the day. When the display is on and you're actually doing things, the power trickles away quickly. How much battery life you can get from the phone then will really depend on what you do with it.
If, like me, you play podcasts over breakfast, listen to Spotify and play a lightweight game (Crossy Road, if you're interested) on your commute, and take some pictures as you wander into the office and then regularly check the screen every time it vibrates with a notification, it's unlikely you'll get to bedtime with power left. Giving it a boost in the afternoon will be critical, particularly if you'll need to use your phone on a night out and want battery left to call a taxi.
Keeping the screen brightness down is a great way to preserve the phone's power, however, and avoiding demanding tasks like video streaming when you're away from a plug is good advice too. However, if battery life in a phone is your main concern, larger phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 , which pack huge cells, are worth checking out.
Versus the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, LG G4 and iPhone6
Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: Although Samsung replaced the plasticky design of the Galaxy S5 with a slick metal frame for the S6 and Edge, the all-metal build of the One M9 feels undeniably luxurious and is the phone to look towards if aesthetics are your number one priority. The M9's Sense software too is much more smooth to use than TouchWiz on the S6. The S6 has the M9 beaten in most other respects however, including screen quality, camera performance and even battery.
LG G4: Compared to the plastic version of the LG G4, the M9 is unquestionably the better-looking and more premium-feeling phone. With the G4's leather back attached however, both phones look stunning and choosing between the two comes down to a matter of personal choice. Screen quality is comparable however -- even considering the G4's higher resolution -- although the G4's camera and battery both outperform the M9.
iPhone 6: I've previously called the One M9 and the One M8 before it the 'iPhone of the Android world' thanks to the metal body and simple interface. Choosing between the two then will largely come down to whether you're an iOS or Android user. If you're yet to settle on an operating system, the iPhone 6's superior camera is the better choice for photography enthusiasts, but the screen and processor performance are roughly on par.
HTC's flagship One M8 was one of our favourite phones of last year, thanks chiefly to its gorgeous metal design. With the M9, HTC hasn't done much to change that look and while some will argue that makes it less exciting, I'm glad HTC hasn't made its phone any less stunning. The M9 really does look and feel extremely luxurious.
Its software is equally well-designed too, providing a simple, customisable and very responsive interface that's quite user-friendly in my opinion.
But for the two smartphone features you probably really care about -- battery life and camera quality -- the M9 doesn't rise above its two main competitors, even with the new addition of raw shooting. Unless you're really in love with the physical design of the One M9, the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 look to be better bets.
Senior Editors Lori Grunin and Josh Goldman contributed to this review.
HTC One M9 - user opinions and reviews
AnonD-277837, 17 Mar 2015I am planning to buy M9 and it is going to be my first smartphone. can anyone suggest whether ... moreIf you can wait until September, just give a try to Sony Xperia Z4...
I would but HTC One M9 depending on the release date of Sony Xperia Z4...
have you read they can't guarantee the buggy software not to be present on all the new releases?
HTC is in real deep shit with this bug, and they wouldn't be able to fix it, too late
means you get a brand new phones with loads of issue and in 2-3 months time HTC may bother to come up with the way to fix the bug,
the reliable source from HTC is telling me they can't fix the bugs fully! and they were suppose to release these! big mess
same look, same idea, same story!
what has HTC done to be different to M8?!!
THROW few more power and also new BUGGY software?
truly ridicules, they think with this level of boring design they can compete with big boys?
I never liked HTC, the most boring phone I ever had and I sold it out on ebay and bought myself a Sony Z3, and now will change to Z4.
be aware High Tech Computers coparation!!!
nine genaration apple's A9 SoC will be beat qualcomm, mediatek & sammy' soc-s benchmarks and retina & super AMOLED displays beat SLCD3. ha ha i want to believe HTC! be aware!
waiting for 2016 4th gen. HTC One or apple A9!
Never buy another phone even m9 just like my m8....... I buy Htc and trust Htc
I quite happy white m8 display and m9 that say have some better option so all other things have great update and quality always Htc have in one series make you sure to buy..... Work for me
Dino, 18 Mar 2015You should buy Samsung Galaxy S6.Any Phone without an Stunning battery, camera, SD, FM Radio & Recording Is NOT worth buying . cyd
M9 is thickr because of its 5.1 surround dolby speakers in it ... if u want test the audio quality.. it has very high class quality spekaers.. and it doesnt have protuding camera like samsung as it is bit thick...
Savor, 18 Mar 2015Maybe but look at HTC's terrible track record when it comes to battery life. Only the M8 was e... moreSorry, I can't agree with you. I have an M7 and my wife a Galaxy S4, and after 2 years of use I can tell you the HTC beats out the S4 in battery performance. Samsung devices have a short live span. Not to mention 3 person I know have had issues with their battery "calibration" and their phones constantly heating up and draining power for no reason (my wife believes it's a bug in the Wi-Fi process) I'll stick to my M7 until HTC gets the camera right. On the mean I'll live with my purple pictures but fantastic performance in every other way.
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I'm interested to see how well this phone sells. Considering when the M8 launched in the Australian market it did not have as much success as the M7. The main objection was same thing(mainly camera) more metal and a lot more expensive.
I love htc and think they perform well, however there expectations on the specifications are questionable.
man, disappointing from HTC... I will get samsung Galaxy S6 or stick with my M7..
htc cold, 18 Mar 2015can i ask a questions? whats happen with this phone in winter it goes cold ?? due the metal b... moreDot view case :)
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htc cold, 18 Mar 2015can i ask a questions? whats happen with this phone in winter it goes cold ?? due the metal b... moreIt will work perfectly like m8 no need to worry. I'm gonna have it soon
Savor, 18 Mar 2015Maybe but look at HTC's terrible track record when it comes to battery life. Only the M8 was e... moreDo you have a battery test on m9? Where? I haven't see it.
can i ask a questions?
whats happen with this phone in winter it goes cold ?? due the metal body that it has... thats wrong for the phone ??
is a silly questions but i just want to know!!
HTC is making fool of people same old phone nothing new.9.3 mm insane
Interested to see the SAR factor. Or, in other words, the "cancer ratio" :)
AnonD-277837, 17 Mar 2015I am planning to buy M9 and it is going to be my first smartphone. can anyone suggest whether ... moreYou should buy Samsung Galaxy S6.
Wow this device is looking very nice, but can anyone tell me what is the big black dot behind this walkie talkie?
Savor, 18 Mar 2015Maybe but look at HTC's terrible track record when it comes to battery life. Only the M8 was e... morelast time I checked it was the m7 that ranked one of the best battery life expectancy.
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HTC One A9 review: Stylish Android 6.0 phone at too high a price
Though it's part of HTC's top-end One family, slightly scaled-down specs and and a different (but still familiar) design make the A9 a cheaper alternative to the company's One M9 series. Beyond a full-HD 5-inch display, it packs a 13-megapixel rear camera, an octa-core processor, a physical home button that doubles as a fingerprint reader and an all-metal design that's rather reminiscent of the iPhone 6, red option aside.
By itself it's a respectable midrange handset and the initial US price of $399 is fair, but that won't last for long. HTC has instead confirmed that its lower US price is actually only a launch promotion and -- after November 7 -- the phone will jump up to $499.
In the UK, this unrealistic pricing is even worse. While its US price converts to £260, the A9 actually sells in the UK for £430. That's not affordable at all. The UK often pays a little over the odds for electronics, thanks to tax, but HTC takes that markup to extremes with the A9.
That price puts it squarely up against top-end phones like the LG G4 , and indeed HTC's aforementioned One M9 flagship, when its real counterpart is a phone like the Moto X Play . You won't get the features and performance you might expect for spending so much, making this phone a big disappointment all round.
Based on its specs and performance, I'd expect to see the One A9 on sale for around £250 ($379-ish), and if HTC significantly drops the price of the phone in the near future, I'll reassess. Until that happens, this phone is too expensive to be worth your time.
HTC has yet to announce pricing for Australia, so we'll have to wait and see whether the phone is reasonably priced Down Under. For reference, $399 converts to around AU$550, while £430 is about AU$915. The One A9 goes on sale globally in early November.
Design and display
- 5-inch full HD (1,920x1,080-pixel) display
- All-metal design
- Fingerprint sensor
- MicroSD card slot
Let's get this out of the way -- the looks pretty much identical to the iPhone 6. When I first saw the A9 earlier in October, the obvious resemblance irritated me. I've mellowed since then, even if I'd prefer HTC to be more original. It still looks very much like the iPhone, but at least Apple's device is an attractive one to copy.
The all-metal body is flat on the back (rather than curved like the M9), it has similar inset lines running across the top and bottom (although this is something we saw first on the HTC One M7 ) and it comes in silver, dark gray and gold colours. If you're more daring, there's also a dark-red version. Even the camera lens protrudes from the body in the same way as the iPhone 6's. Want more proof? There's a physical home button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner on the front, the screen's glass curves at the edges to meet the body and there are speaker holes drilled into the bottom edge, just like on the iPhone.
The A9's 5-inch screen sits in my personal sweet spot between the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 (a touch too small) and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus (too big). It's big enough to properly display photos and games but not so chunky as to be cumbersome to hold in one hand. It feels well put together, but its light weight and slightly hollow sound when tapped mean it lacks the reassuringly premium feel of the iPhone, or indeed its sibling, the One M9.
I'm sad to see the "BoomSound" speakers go, which are louder than you'll find on most phones, and point the sound directly toward you. Both the One M9 and One M8 were able to kick out a surprisingly powerful sound, which made listening to podcasts while cooking easy and fun. Regrettably, the A9's small speaker grille found only in the bottom edge can't compete. If you want to feel immersed in your audio, you'll need to hook the A9 up to a Bluetooth speaker.
In the speaker's place on the front is the physical home button. It doesn't fully click in, but it's touch-sensitive so will return you to the homescreen with a simple tap. Oddly, HTC still maintains the onscreen navigation buttons above, so there are actually two home buttons within a few millimetres of each other. To avoid the multiple controls, not to mention the resemblance to the iPhone, HTC could have used a fingerprint scanner on the side of the phone, as Sony did on the Xperia Z5 , or stuck with the rear-mounted scanner from 2013's One Max (also used to great effect on the Huawei-made Google Nexus 6P) .
The scanner, at least, worked well, recognising my prints quickly and accurately. Placing your finger on the scanner wakes the phone from standby, so you can gain access to the phone in one swift motion. The touch-sensitive button performs only those functions for now, although I can see additional abilities being useful here -- a double tap to quick-launch into the camera, for example. Pressing and holding the home button launches Google Now (as always), but oddly, you can only do that with the onscreen home button, not the physical one beneath.
Although HTC removed the BoomSound speakers, it equipped the A9 with high-resolution audio capabilities, including support for 24-bit FLAC audio, which upscales lower-resolution audio from streaming services, and a more powerful headphones output, which allows it to drive rich audio to the sort of large closed-back headphones audiophiles love. HTC claims that it's "equivalent to the performance of a dedicated external DAC" although we'll take that with a pinch of salt.
The phone comes with 16GB of storage as standard, and there's a microSD card slot if you need more space. Thanks to updates in Android Marshmallow, you can mount an external card as though it's built-in storage, allowing you to store all apps, games and other system information. In other words, that will let you pop in a 200GB microSD card and (essentially) never worry about storage again. It's a very welcome feature, and the One A9 is among a dwindling number of Android phones to still come with expandable storage -- Samsung's Galaxy S6 family and Galaxy Note 5 no longer allow microSD cards to be used, for example.
The A9 has a Micro-USB port for charging, rather than the USB Type-C ports found on the new Nexus phones . Though it's very early days for USB Type-C, support for the new standard is a major Marshmallow feature. It's a shame that HTC didn't take full advantage of its fresh software. I hope that all phones -- certainly high-end ones -- released toward the end of this year and onward will pack USB Type-C charging ports.
The 5-inch display has a full-HD resolution, which is sufficient to make icons and text look crisp, although high-resolution photos lack the pin-sharp clarity seen on phones with ultra-high-res screens. Colours and contrast are good and while it's perfectly bright enough for indoor use, it struggles to compete with the sunlight when you take it outdoors.
Android Marshmallow software and HTC's interface
- Latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow software
- HTC Sense 7 interface
- Heavily customisable design using HTC's Themes
Aside from Google's own Nexus phones, the One A9 is one of the first phones running Google's Version 6.0 of Android, aka Marshmallow. Marshmallow adds a bunch of neat features, including Now on Tap, which integrates Google Now functions more deeply with the phone; Android Doze, which promises better battery life in standby mode; and Android Pay, the mobile payment system that's still US-only for now.
HTC has slapped its Sense 7 interface over the top, however, so initially you won't be able to tell that you're running the latest version of Android. It's visually identical to Sense 7 on the One M9, with the BlinkFeed news aggregator off to the left of the homescreens and a Themes tool that lets you heavily customise the look of the interface. I quite like Sense 7 as it's neat and easy to use, thanks partly to HTC not loading the phone up with much bloatware. The wide range of themes available -- plus the option to create your own -- lets you really put your own stamp on the phone.
- Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617
The phone runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor -- an octa-core chip that's a step down from the more potent Snapdragon 810 processor in the higher-end M9. For general navigation around the Sense interface, this chip copes adequately, providing smooth transitions and quick-opening of apps.
Anything more intense however and it starts to struggle. Opening the camera app and shooting raw photos felt sluggish, while racing game GT Racing 2 was prone to stutters and slowdowns, making the game often difficult to play. I'd happily forgive a lower-end phone for a lack of gaming prowess, but at this price, I expect a lot more.
On the Geekbench 3 benchmark test it achieved 631 (single core) and 2,520 (multicore), putting it below the LG G4 (1,046 and 2,981), far below the iPhone 6S (2,527 and 4,402) and below the affordable Motorola Moto X Style (1,271 and 3,528). Similarly its 9,106 score on the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics test put it way below its competitors, including the more affordable Nexus 5X, which achieved 18,973 on the same test. It's a very disappointing performance from the A9.
Phone calls were about standard on the A9, when tested indoors in London on the Vodafone network. Voices were clear (on both ends), with no unexpected crackling or additional ambient noise. There's nothing to complain about when it comes to the simple act of making a call.
Your experience may well differ, depending on your network, location and time of day.
- 13-megapixel rear camera
- HDR mode and raw shooting
- 4-Ultrapixel front-facing camera
The back of the phone is home to a 13-megapixel camera. I took it for a spin and found it capable of taking some good shots.
First up, this moped stand in central London. It's well exposed, colours are vibrant and natural and there's sufficient detail to display well at full screen.
These shots of leaves and flowers are both colourful and mostly well exposed (the flowers shot is perhaps a touch on the dull side), and the camera has achieved a good focus.
The camera has an HDR function that works well too. The top shot has an overexposed sky, with the cart in the foreground being plunged into shadow. With HDR mode enabled, it's evened out the whole scene.
Like the M9 before it, the A9 can take shots in raw format, which preserve more details in the bright and dark areas of an image. You can process the raw file on the phone as well, with the A9 automatically correcting the exposure. As you can see from the before and after examples above, it's made a noticeable difference. However, simply shooting in JPEG with HDR mode enabled has achieved a similarly impressive exposure balance, yet it's also maintained good contrast and colours.
You can see the same results in this garden scene. The HDR mode has helped brighten up the standard JPEG shot, resulting in an even-looking scene. The processed raw file has kept the bright sky under control, but the image looks very flat, lacking contrast and colour saturation. You'd certainly want to import it into an app like Snapseed to tweak it before posting it online.
And another example -- the HDR mode's shot is bright and vibrant, while the processed raw photo looks rather drab and uninspiring. Part of the issue is that the phone processes the file automatically how it thinks is best. If you want to take control of highlights, shadows and contrast yourself, you'll need to import the raw files (in DNG format) into a desktop application like Adobe Lightroom. The raw shots give you an even base for an image to process further in different apps, but it's the HDR mode that gives the best results straight from the camera. It's what I would always shoot in on this phone.
On the front of the phone is the same 4-Ultrapixel camera as the M9, which can take bright, vibrant shots, although the lower resolution means that fine details are fuzzy when viewed at full screen. The rear camera shoots video at 1,080p resolution, and it has decent enough exposure for most types of filming. The footage looks quite shaky, so you'll want to stabilise yourself if you want a smooth pan across a beautiful scene.
The A9 has quite a small battery -- only 2,150mAh. Compare that with the batteries in the Motorola Moto X Play (3,630mAh), the LG G4 (3,000mAh) or indeed the One M9 (2,840mAh). That small size can be a problem. In mixed use, including listening to music in the morning, taking a few pictures throughout the day, receiving messages and emails using push notifications and a spot of light gaming on the bus into work, you'll struggle to get a day of use from the phone. Boot up a demanding game and you can expect the power to drain away extremely quickly.
The phone does hold its power quite well in standby mode and this may be due to Android Marshmallow's new Doze feature, which claims to better manage background processes in standby mode to help improve battery life. What it means for the average One A9 owner then is that battery life is totally dependent on how much you use the phone.
If you typically only use your phone on the bus to and from work, keeping it mostly lying dormant in your pocket throughout the day, then you'll have no trouble getting into the evening with juice remaining. Those of you who are more demanding of your phones -- or want to spend your Saturday taking snaps in the park -- will need to be more careful.
Although it's great to see the latest Android Marshmallow software arriving on a mid- to high-end phone so soon after its launch, the HTC One A9 fails to impress in almost every other respect. Its full HD screen and raw-shooting camera are welcome, but are also available on the One M9, which came out in March. Its processor meanwhile seriously underperforms, and its battery doesn't put up much of a fight either.
The problem really comes down to price. Even its lower US price makes the A9 unaffordable as a midrange handset. Even worse, its high UK price puts it squarely among top-end phones, but it really fails to offer any kind of competition to its rivals here.
Motorola's Moto X Play has a similar lineup of specs, including a full-HD display, 23-megapixel camera and capable processor, and throws in a water-resistant design to boot. You can pick that up now for £279, making it a much better buy than the A9. Alternatively, LG's gorgeous leather-clad G4, with its ultra-high-resolution display and blistering processor, can be yours for £320 SIM-free on Amazon -- a significant reduction over the One A9.
More ridiculous still, you can buy HTC's flagship, the One M9, for £382 on Amazon. In short, the One A9 is not a good purchase in the UK and only a moderately better one in the US, and I highly recommend you look elsewhere for your next phone.
HTC One - user opinions and reviews
My 4n is failing lock camera focusing during taking videos .They willbe unstable and the lense fucusing sound is heard in the video clip.
AnonD-367735, 27 Oct 2015This page is for HTC One M7, dude.Yea ;)))))))))))))))
cj, 24 Oct 2015hello frnds...plz help me...my phone battery backup is so poor .....every 2mnit 1% charge down... moreI disable HTC service pack everytime and it makes a little difference. Also kill other unwanted processes running in the background. You can also try clearing the cache by switching off your mobile. Wait for 5 seconds. Press the Volume down key and then press the power button. Keep pressing and when the boot up screen shows up, chose recovery. Wait again, then after you see Clear partition cache, use your volume button to scroll up or down and power button to choose. Google it for more clarifications.
Anonymous, 26 Oct 2015Hi All, HTC Desire 616 is the worst cell phone i have ever used. Battery problem started in a ... moreThis page is for HTC One M7, dude.
Excellent smartphone.Speedy browsing, Nice camera resulting in photo prints, sounds good, highly clear voice on earphone, Simply HTC One M7 rocks !!!
Hi All, HTC Desire 616 is the worst cell phone i have ever used. Battery problem started in a months time and there is no one to help you properly in service centre and neither the call centre people are help full. I will never recommend anyone to by this cellphone and worst product with service. I have been asking for product replacement or resolve the battery issue on permanent basis but no help. Once i went to service centre and they took almost 20 days to rectify it but yes again started getting same problem and no one responses.
hello frnds...plz help me...my phone battery backup is so poor .....every 2mnit 1% charge down.....any one face same problam??????
how much time your battery backup???
hello frnds...plz help me...my phone battery backup is so poor .....every 2mnit 1% charge down.....any one face same problam??????
how much time your battery backup???
Hjjjjj, 13 Oct 20154 mega pixel are you kidding me ?????!?!?!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?It's ULTRA pixels. they catch more details somehow. sheesh. >.>
LJ, 21 Oct 2015Lot of people have explained to me about HTC phones. I want to use the HTC one black, but the... moreIt's very simple. aside from the M9 series. HTC implemented HUGE pixels (2 um) inside their camera, calling it ULTRApixels. and to fix over the low res. (horrible 4 MP! D: )they made the sensor itseld do great images. I've done comperations between S4 and HTC one M7 and frankly? the image are roughly the same quality!
my htc is not update.plz help
Lot of people have explained to me about HTC phones.
I want to use the HTC one black, but the camera MP is not high as compare to Samsung Galaxy S4 and S6 please give me reasons.
I bought this phone yesterday.....i m a HTC USER...I cant explain how relax I am.........perfect in all aspects,,,one rox
my phone camera is upside down and doesn't rotate the screen what might be the problem
thinks for all information
dude its 4 ultra megapixel. open your eyes wide open and see it!!
Battery problam, 22 Aug 2015hello frends, i'm facing battery problam.... i charged 5.30hrs & Backup performance ju... moreYes bro I am facing same problem but my device battery backup is very Good.but my device taking long long time to fully charged..May b 7 r 8 hours...to 100%.
AnonD-339042, 13 Oct 2015I have a htc one m7 i have a problem after i update my os official.. any i can try my video m... moreTry to do a "clear cache partition" first... if problem persist, then do a backup & factory reset...
4 mega pixel are you kidding me ?????!?!?!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
If u are going to buy htc then buy one another mobile for substitute because it takes minimum 15 days in service center.
Phone 2015 htc reviews
HTC Smartphone Reviews
Each section is ordered by review date.
|HTC 10The HTC 10 is a unibody metal phone with a 5.2" QHD Super LCD 5 display in Gorilla Glass with subtly curved edges. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC's tasteful Sense UI on the top dog Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU. It has 4 gigs of RAM, 32 gigs of internal storage and a micro SD card slot. The phone has a 5MP front camera, 12MP rear camera, a high quality audio DAC with headphone amplifier, LTE 4G and a USB-C 3.1 port.||Most major carriers||April 2016|
|HTC One A9 The HTC One A9 is HTC's "more affordable" but still stylish Android smartphone. It bears more than a passing resemblance to the iPhone 6s, but once you get past that, you'll admire the quality aluminum casing and slim design. The One A9 is available unlocked and via carriers, and it has a 5" 1080p AMOLED display, 32 gigs of internal storage and a microSD card slot. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC Sense software on the Snapdragon 617 midrange CPU. The rear 13MP camera is a great improvement for HTC and it takes pleasing photos.||GSM + CDMA Unlocked and via carriers||Nov. 2015|
|HTC One M9The HTC One M9 is every bit as gorgeous as the One M8. In fact it has a little more polish, literally and figuratively, and I'd say it's the best looking One yet, though some might have trouble telling the M8 and M9 apart at first glance. The HTC One M9 runs Android 5 Lollipop with HTC Sense software on the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core CPU clocked at 2 GHZ. It has 3 gigs of RAM, 32 gigs of storage and a microSD card slot HTC stuck with the same 5" 1920 x 1080 LCD 3 display as the M8, but upgraded the rear camera to a traditional 20MP model.||all major carriers||May 2015|
|HTC One E8If you like the HTC One M8 but want to save $100 or don't like the M8's metal casing, the E8 might be for you. It has the same iconic design as the One M8 along with the BoomSound front-facing stereo speakers and 5" SLCD 3 full HD display. In fact, it has the same Snapdragon 801 quad core 2.3GHz CPU and 2 gigs of RAM too. The HTC One E8 has a traditional 13Mp rear camera, front 5MP camera, 4G LTE with Sprint Spark, 16 gigs of internal storage and a microSD card slot. The phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6 software.||Sprint||Sept. 2014|
|HTC One RemixThe HTC One M8's little brother sports an aluminum unibody design and looks much like the first generation HTC One. The somewhat more compact and midrange Remix keeps the excellent BoomSound stereo speakers and SLCD3 display, while downsizing to 4.5" and 1280 x 720 resolution. The Remix runs on a quad core Snapdragon 400 CPU with 16 gigs of storage and a microSD card slot. It has a very good 5MP front camera and a 13MP rear camera.||Verizon||Aug. 2014|
|HTC One M8We liked the first HTC One quite a lot, and this year's model address many of its (sometimes small) shortcomings while bringing us one of the most gorgeous phone designs yet. The HTC One M8 is or will be available on all major carriers and it runs Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6 for a tasteful and light customization of the OS. It's the first phone to ship with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad core CPU for modest speed gains and it has 32 gigs of storage plus a microSD card slot. The 5" full HD LCD is sharp and bright, and the new 5 megapixel front camera will be a hit with the video chat crowd and selfie fans. Is it perfect? Not quite, but it's good enough to win our Editor's Choice award.||All major carriers||April 2014|
|HTC One maxThe HTC One max is largely what we expected: a bigger version of the successful HTC One. That's good news and bad: certainly getting even more HTC One in your hands has appeal if you are fond of phablets or really big phones. The bad news is that we'd hoped HTC would push the envelope and improve specs and features in the 8 months since the 4.7" HTC launched. The One max has a 5.9" Super LCD display running at full HD resolution, a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 32 gigs of internal storage and the same 4MP Ultrapixel camera used in the HTC One.||Sprint, Verizon||Nov. 2013|
|HTC OneThe HTC One has the perfect storm of smartphone features, from its fast and brand new Snapdragon 600 quad core CPU to its stunning full HD 4.7" display and impressive UltraPixel camera that laughs at darkness. Then there's the striking aluminum casing that gives the iPhone 5 a run for your money and excellent BoomSound stereo speakers up front where they belong. Better yet, it's available on three of the top four US carriers and HTC sells an unlocked GSM edition for those who like their autonomy and unlocked bootloaders. Editor's Choice 2013.||AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon and unlocked GSM||April 2013|
|HTC One X+How do you make a very good thing even better? If it's a smartphone you add a few more cores while cranking clock speed, increase battery capacity and cram in 64 gigs of internal storage. That's the HTC One X+, available exclusively on AT&T in the US. It's the mid-cycle spec bump to keep the phone competitive with the Samsung Galaxy S III, LG Optimus G and other high end phones. The iconic unibody polycarbonate design, superb 4.7", 1280 x 720 Super LCD2 display with 312 ppi pixel density and smooth and reliable performance are here from the One X. But the One X+ moves up to the new NVidia AP37 1.7GHz quad core Tegra 3 CPU, making it faster than both our US One X with the dual core Snapdragon and the international 1.5GHz Tegra 3 One X.||AT&T||Jan. 2013|
|HTC Droid DNALook out Samsung Galaxy Note II, there's a new kid on the block, at least if you're a Verizon Wireless customer, and that's the HTC Droid DNA. The HTC Droid DNA is one of our top smartphones for 2012. It has a slim and elegant design despite the big 5" display. That Super LCD 3 display is an impressive 1920 x 1080 resolution. The Droid DNA is one of the few quad core Snapdragon S4 Android smartphones on the market, and it earns top benchmark numbers. The phone has 16 gigs of storage, an excellent 8 megapixel camera, LTE 4G, NFC and it runs Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 4.0+ software on top.||Verizon||Dec. 2012|
|HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTEIs bigger always better? Not for those of you who simply can't stand carrying today's gargantuan phones.The third generation Droid Incredible by HTC may be smaller than the 4.8" Samsung Galaxy S III and other big boys on Verizon Wireless, but it has plenty of top notch features. A sharp 4" Super LCD display running at qHD resolution, a 1.2GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 Krait CPU and a sharp 8 megapixel camera with BSI sensor and simultaneous 1080p plus still photo recording grace the feature list. This is a video review.||Verizon||July 2012|
|HTC EVO 4G LTEThis is the phone to beat on Sprint. Like the original EVO years ago, it has the right combo of good looks, high quality materials and top off the line features that makes for a true flagship smartphone. As you can guess from the name, this 4.7" Android ICS smartphone has LTE 4G, though Sprint doesn't actually have an LTE network up and running yet. You'll get WiFi and 3G to fall back on until LTE hits your area, and the phone has NFC with Google Wallet that works now. The EVO 4G LTE runs on an extremely fast yet power frugal Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz CPU that benchmarks near the top of our tests. It has 16 gigs of storage and a microSD card slot for expansion. Also on board is HTC's excellent 8MP camera with BSI sensor and a dedicated image processing chip.||Sprint||May 2012|
|HTC One XIt's hard to not fall in love with the HTC One X on AT&T. The polycarbonate unibody design is stunning, the 720p Super LCD wraps around the front of the phone in a show of colors and crispness and the phone is fast thanks to Qualcomm's fourth generation Snapdragon "Krait" 1.5GHz CPU with Adreno 220 graphics. If that's not enough, the 8MP camera has a BSI sensor, fast lens, 1080p video recording with neato options like panorama, slow motion video and simultaneous video and photo recording. Oh, and there's fast LTE 4G with HSPA+ to fall back on, great call quality and more. Editor's Choice 2012.||AT&T||May 2012|
|HTC One SThe One line is HTC's new flagship for 2012, and the One S sits at the top of T-Mobile's spring lineup. It features an anodized aluminum unibody design that's incredibly thin, and a very fast Snapdragon dual core 1.5Hz CPU based on the new 28nm process. It has a colorful 4.3" qHD Super AMOLED display and a capable 8 megapixel camera that can shoot photos while also shooting 1080p video. The smartphone has 42 Mbps HSPA+ on T-Mobile's network, WiFi Calling and 16 gigs of storage.||T-Mobile||April 2012|
|HTC VividThe HTC Vivid is a lovely high end phone with enticing specs and true 4G LTE. Though its 4G LTE launch mate, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, shows it up in some, but not all, respects, we can still recommend it, especially for HTC fans. The HTC Vivid it has a 1.2GHz dual core CPU, a lovely 4.5" qHD display and HTC's high end 8 megapixel camera with 1080p video recording. It runs Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0 software.||AT&T||Nov. 2011|
|HTC RezoundThe HTC Rezound is a member of Verizon Wireless' "big three" group of high end Android smartphones for the holiday 2011 season. It joins the Motorola Droid RAZR and Samsung Galaxy Nexus and has top specs: it's the US' first 720p smartphone display, it has a fast 1.5gHz dual core CPU, LTE 4G and a promised upgrade to Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The phone has excellent build quality and it comes with a set of Beats Audio earbuds in the box.||Verizon||Nov. 2011|
|HTC Amaze 4GThe Amaze is the improved version of the popular HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile. It has a faster CPU, faster 4G and a better camera. This Android smartphone has a qHD Super LCD display and it runs on a 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon CPU with a gig of RAM and 16 gigs of internal storage. It has a very good 8 megapixel rear camera that can shoot 1080p video and a front 2MP video chat camera. This is a video review.||T-Mobile||Oct. 2011|
|HTC EVO Design 4G An affordable EVO with WiMAX 4G and an elegant, high quality design. That's the HTC EVO Design 4G. It has HTC's signature liberal use of metal and soft touch finishes and it feels solid in the hand. The phone has a 4" qHD Super LCD, and that means it's sharp looking and also more pocketable. This $99 with contract phone has a 1.2GHz single core Snapdragon CPU, front video chat camera and a rear 5 megapixel camera with LED flash that can shoot 720p video. Voice quality is good and HTC Sense 3.0 is on board for your UI pleasure. The phone supports the full range of Sprint services including Sprint TV and Sprint Music Plus.||Sprint||Oct. 2011|
|HTC RhymeHTC and Verizon market this phone to women because it comes in a lovely plum color, is well accessorized and it isn't too huge. It's a stylish unibody phone with a 3.7" 800 x 480 display, a 1GHz single core Snapdragon CPU and dual cameras. This is a 3G phone and it runs Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread. It comes with a dock, earbuds and an LED charm that indicates incoming calls and other notifications. This is a video review.||Verizon||Oct. 2011|
|HTC Wildfire SIf you're looking for your first touchscreen smartphone, prefer small phones or just don't want to spend much money (free via T-Mobile.com is hard to beat), the HTC Wildfire S sings its tiny siren song to you. This small, lightweight but stylish phone has all the Android basics, though it's display resolution and CPU are a bit outdated. It feels responsive in everyday tasks though, and we like that it runs Android OS 2.3.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense, which is newbie-friendly.||T-Mobile||Aug. 2011|
|T-Mobile myTouch 4G SlideThe myTouch line has evolved from mid-range Android smartphones to top dog status on T-Mobile. The myTouch 4G Slide is a well-made phone with high ends specs like a 1.2GHz dual core CPU, 768 megs of RAM and an 8 megapixel camera with backlit sensor that takes great photos and 1080p video. If QWERTY hardware keyboards are a must, do check out the 4G Slide.||T-Mobile||July|
|HTC Status HTC and AT&T's affordable and cute QWERTY messenger is the closest you'll get to a Facebook phone. It has a Facebook button that launches the app, and it supports Facebook chat. There's plenty of other social networking and messaging goodness in this compact Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone with HTC Sense software. We like the excellent hardware keyboard, but the 2.6" display is a bit small. The Status has a front video chat camera and a rear 5 megapixel autofocus camera that takes decent shots. The phone has the usual GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth, and it runs on an 800MHz CPU.||AT&T||July 2011|
|HTC EVO 3DThe HTC EVO 4G is a hard act to follow. Sprint's former flagship phone was a real crowd pleaser thanks to its at the time fast CPU, large display and 4G. How do you top that? Double the cores while increasing CPU speed, raise display resolution and throw in a 3D display and camera. That's the EVO 3D, a 1.2 GHz dual core Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone with WiMAX 4G, a qHD4.3" display and a glassless 3D display (don't worry, it does 2D too). The phone is built like a tank, yet it's good looking and it's slim despite the beefy battery inside. If you're looking for the new flagship phone on Sprint, this is it.||Sprint||June 2011|
|HTC Sensation 4G T-Mobile and HTC's new flagship Android smartphone is hard not to love. It's got a lovely and classy unibody design, the latest Android phone OS and a 4.3" qHD 960 x 540 pixel display vs. the usual 800 x 480. The dual core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon CPU with Adreno 220 graphics keeps things like 1080p video, 3D games and Adobe Flash humming along smoothly and the main 8 megapixel camera can even shoot 1080p video. This is the first US phone to run HTC Sense 3.0, and we give it a thumbs for usefulness and good looks. The Sensation 4G it has 4G HSPA+ and a mobile hotspot feature along with the usual WFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and a GPS. Editor's Choice 2011.||T-Mobile||June 2011|
|Droid Incredible 2HTC's second generation Incredible is a really solid Android smartphone that's eclipsed by flashier big screen 4G phones on Verizon. That doesn't mean it isn't a solid buy, especially if you're looking for a Verizon Wireless phone with GSM capabilities for world roaming. The Incredible 2 has a 4" Super LCD touch screen that's very sharp, a second generation 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, front and rear cameras with 8 megapixels of goodness at the rear, and it runs Android OS 2.2 Froyo with HTC's excellent Sense software. It's good looking and well made too.||Verizon||May 2011|
|HTC ThunderboltThe HTC Thunderbolt is Verizon's latest flagship Android smartphone. The Thunderbolt has Verizon's wickedly fast 4G LTE for download speeds ranging from 8 to 15 megs on the phone and sometimes faster when using the WiFi hotspot sharing utility that provides a broadband connection to your notebook, iPad or other device. We love the large 4.3" display and kickstand that lets you kick back and watch streaming movies comfortably and the phone's fast second gen Snapdragon CPU. The 8 megapixel rear camera takes sharp shots and 720p video and there's a front-facing camera as well. The Thunderbolt isn't perfect, but it is one of the top smartphones on the market right now.||Verizon||March 2011|
|HTC Inspire 4GAT&T is getting serious with Android now that their iPhone exclusivity is over, and the Inspire 4G is one lovely high end Android phone at a reasonable price. The Inspire 4G has HSPA+ 4G, a sharp 4.3" SLCD display running at 800 x 480 resolution and a second gen 1GHz Snapdragon CPU. The unibody aluminum alloy body is sumptuous and the 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash does 720p video with aplomb. The Inspire runs Android OS 2.2 Froyo with HTC Sense software. It's quickly become one of our favorite Android smartphones.||AT&T||Feb. 2011|
|HTC EVO Shift 4GThis is the keyboarded companion to Sprint's wildly successful HTC EVO 4G. Unlike the original EVO, the Shift 4G isn't a top of the line superphone, but rather a solidly built mid to high tier QWERTY Android phone that's well suited to business. It has an 800MHz second gen Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, an 800 x 480 pixel 3.6" capacitive multi-touch display and a 5 megapixel camera. It runs Android OS 2.2 Froyo with HTC Sense software. The Shift has both 3G EV-DO Rev. A and WiMax 4G with Sprint's WiFi hotspot feature.||Sprint||Jan. 2011|
|T-Mobile myTouch 4GThe myTouch 4G is T-Mobile's first high end Android smartphone in that line. It wants to compete with superphones, and that means the T-Mobile G2 and Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile. The myTouch 4G is made by HTC and it has solid build quality, feels great in the hand and it comes in four colors. The phone has an 800 x 480 multi-touch capacitive display and a 1GHz second gen Snapdragon CPU that keeps Android OS 2.2 Froyo zipping along. Like the myTouch 3G Slide it has newbie-friendly mySense software that may not be pretty but it is indeed helpful without being intrusive. Other goodies include 4G HSPA+, WiFi including WiFi calling and Hotspot features, an FM radio, front-facing video conferencing camera, a 5 megapixel main camera and a GPS with compass.||T-Mobile||Nov. 2010|
|T-Mobile G2The T-Mobile G2 is one of the best Android QWERTY phones on the market. It runs vanilla Android OS 2.2 Froyo, still a rarity on Android phones, and it's fast. Not just in terms of CPU speed, though the 800MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with GPU really impresses us, but because it has 4G in the form of HSPA+. The G2 is made by HTC and it has a 3.7" multi-touch LCD, one of the best hardware keyboards in the business, WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth, a GPS, a microSD card slot with an 8 gig card pre-loaded and a 5 megapixel camera that can shoot 720p video. The T-Mobile G2 comes with the full suite of Google Android applications, and we mean everything Google makes.||T-Mobile||Oct. 2010|
|HTC AriaAT&T's second Android smartphone looks like a lot like the HTC Incredible, only small, much smaller. These days touch screen smartphones are livin' large, so if you want something that easily fits in a pocket, the Aria is one of the few. It's a solid mid-range Android phone with a 3.2" capacitive multi-touch display running at 320 x 480 resolution. The Aria is powered by a capable 600MHz CPU and it runs Android OS 2.1 Eclair with HTC's excellent Sense software. Other amenities include a 5 megapixel autofocus camera, a GPS that works with Google Maps spoken navigation and AT&T Navigator, WiFi and Bluetooth. It might not compete with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S (Captivate) Android superphone, but at $129 it's easy on the pocket.|
|T-Mobile MyTouch 3G SlideT-Mobile doesn't sleep when it comes to Android smartphones, and neither does HTC, maker of the intimately named MyTouch 3G and now the MyTouch 3G Slide. The Slide isn't just a MyTouch with a keyboard; it packs a faster CPU, 512 megs of RAM and a higher resolution autofocus camera. The Slide runs Android 2.1 Eclair and it sports an extensive array of custom HTC software that's not quite Sense, though there's plenty of Sense UI in the mix. If you want an Android phone with the latest OS and a hardware keyboard, the Slide is worth a look.|
|HTC EVO 4GSprint's tried the magic phone formula a few times, each time with improving results. First we had the Instinct, then the Palm Pre and now we have the HTC EVO; definitely a blockbuster smartphone. The EVO has a huge and lovely 4.3" capacitive multi-touch display much like the HTC HD2 on T-Mobile. But unlike the HD2, the EVO runs Android and is the first phone with 4G WiMAX service. Yummy. The EVO has the best of everything: Android 2.1 with HTC Sense, an 8 megapixel camera, front video conferencing camera, 3G EV-DO Rev. A, a mobile hotspot feature, GPS, WiFi and the usual assortment of Sprint apps and services including Sprint Navigation and Sprint TV.|
|HTC IncredibleWho needs the Nexus One on Verizon? The HTC Droid Incredible is just as much a superphone and it beats the Nexus One with more storage, a higher resolution camera and HTC Sense software on top of Android 2.1. If you don't need a hardware keyboard, the Incredible can easily take on the Motorola Droid too. It features a 3.7" AMOLED multi-touch display, an 8 megapixel camera that actually takes good photos and video, 8 gigs of internal storage and a really sleek design. From it's optical d-pad to the sculpted waterfall back, HTC's latest for Verizon is definitely top notch, and it's fast too thanks to the 1GHz Snapdragon CPU.|
|Nexus OneGoogle has gotten into the phone market with their first Google-branded Android smartphone. The hardware is actually made by HTC, but the software and user experience are pure Google. This is the first Android phone to run OS 2.1, and will likely be the first to get updates in the future. Google calls this the "super phone" since it has very high end specs like a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU that flies, a 3.7" capacitive AMOLED touch screen, 512 megs of RAM, a 5 megapixel autofocus camera, GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth. It's sold unlocked directly by Google and you can get it in the US for retail or heavily subsidized with a T-Mobile contact. Is it the best phone ever? Read our review to find out.|
Unlocked GSM for T-Mobile and AT&T
|HTC Droid ErisLaunched on the same day by Verizon, we can only imagine the Moto Droid mouthing "say hello to my little friend, the HTC Droid Eris". Were it not for HTC's growing reputation as a top manufacturer of Windows Mobile and Android smartphones, the less hyped Eris might fall through the cracks. The Eris is similar to the HTC Hero on Sprint, but with looks influenced by the HTC Touch. It has a 320 x 480 capacitive touch screen, EV-DO Rev. A, WiFi, a 5 megapixel camera, GPS and Bluetooth. It's compact and light and half the price of the Moto Droid.|
|HTC Hero (Sprint) Sprint just won't quit launching great smartphones lately. The HTC Hero is the best Android Google OS phone we've seen so far thanks to some help from HTC's own Sense UI software and Sprint's services like Sprint TV and Sprint Navigation. Unlike most Android phones (not that there are many), the Hero syncs not only to Google services but MS Exchange and Outlook too. The Hero features a 3.2", 480 x 320 capacitive multi-touch screen, WiFi, GPS, EV-DO Rev. A fast data and Google's excellent web browser and other goodies.|
|T-Mobile myTouch 3G Last year's ugly duckling, the T-Mobile G1 has spawned a swan. The myTouch 3G by HTC is T-Mobile's second Google OS Android phone. It's slim, sexy and smaller than the iPhone 3GS.The myTouch 3G is T-Mobile's version of the overseas HTC Magic and it packs the same goodness as the G1 inside: Android 1.5, the app Market, a 528MHz CPU, WiFi, Bluetooth with A2DP stereo and a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera. It loses the hardware QWERTY keyboard in favor of the slimmer design and Android's on-screen keyboard. But it gains more memory for storage and OS upgrades. One of our favorite phones!|
|T-Mobile G1 The first Google Android phone is here! The T-Mobile G1, made by HTC, runs Google's open source phone operating system and it sits somewhere between a feature phone and a smartphone. It features 3G, a lovely 320 x 480 color touch screen, GPS, WiFi, thumb keyboard and a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus lens. The G1 is great for Google-addicts since it syncs with Google contacts and calendar and has push Gmail along with Google Maps. The G1 offers access to the Android Market where you can download applications (many free) to expand the phone's functionality.|
|HTC One M8 for WindowsThe HTC One M8 for Windows: it's everything you loved about the HTC One M8... unless you're an Android person that is. Given the name, you've already figured out this is the Windows Phone version of the M8, and if you're a fan of that elegant smartphone, you'll be thrilled to hear the hardware hasn't changed a bit. The HTC One M8 for Windows has a 5" full HD display, a quad core Snapdragon 801 CPU, 32 gigs of storage plus a microSD card slot and of course HTC BoomSound stereo front-facing speakers. It runs Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 and is initially exclusive to Verizon Wireless, though it will be coming to AT&T and T-Mobile.||Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile||Aug. 2014|
|HTC 8XTFinally, Windows Phone 8 comes to Sprint in the guise of the stylish HTC 8XT. A close relative of the HTC 8X and 8S, the Sprint version has a colorful though not particularly high resolution display, that unique tapered HTC design and a boldly colored soft touch casing. The phone has a 1.4GHz dual core Snapdragon 400 CPU with a gig of RAM and 8 gigs of internal storage. It has a microSDXC card slot for storage expansion, LTE 4G, and a very capable 8 megapixel rear camera with a backside illuminated sensor and 1080p video recording.||Sprint||Aug. 2013|
|HTC 8XThe HTC 8X Windows 8 smartphone is one of the best looking and pleasing phones to hold in the hand. The soft touch finish and pyramid design with tapering sides is comfy and grippy, and the phone looks like none other on the market. The HTC 8X has a 4.3" Super LCD II display with Gorilla Glass running at 1280 x 720 and it runs on a capable 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU with Adreno 225 graphics. The phone has an excellent 8MP rear camera with backside illuminated sensor and it uses HTC's ImageChip.||Dec. 2012||AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon|
|HTC Titan IISequels aren't always that exciting, but when you take an already popular and solid smartphone and add exciting features like LTE 4G and a whopping 16 megapixel camera, you've got our attention. The second generation Titan on AT&T still features a 4.7" Super LCD and a 1.5GHz Snapdragon CPU, but the exterior has gotten a cosmetic lift with pleasing and un-slippery soft touch finishes and a curved chin with curved glass. The Titan II has a front video chat camera, and the usual WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and FM radio. But it's that big screen and 16MP camera that really steal the show.||April 2012||AT&T|
|HTC TitanHTC knows about livin' large, after all they created the at the time mammoth and ground breaking HTC HD2 and HD7S. Now that big phones are the trend, they've once again made one of the largest screen phones on the market: 4.7". The Titan joins the Samsung Focus S and the Samsung Focus Flash on AT&T as their first wave of Mango smartphones. It has a 1.5GHz Snapdragon CPU, an excellent 8 megapixel rear camera and a front 1.3 megapixel video chat camera. Like the Focus S and Focus Flash, it has HSPA+ 4G 14.4 and the usual WiFi, Bluetooth and a GPS that works with Bing Maps and AT&T Navigator.||AT&T||Dec. 2011|
|HTC Radar 4GThe HTC Radar 4G is T-Mobile's first Windows Phone 7.5 Mango smartphone. This is a second generation Windows Phone with middle of the road specs and a price to match. It's $99 with contract and it has a 1GHz second gen Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU with 8 gigs of storage and HSPA+ 4G. The phone has a front video chat camera that works with Tango and a rear 5 megapixel camera with a fast f2.2 lens with an illuminated backlit sensor. This is a video review.||T-Mobile||Dec. 2011|
|HTC HD7SAT&T's fourth Windows 7 device comes almost 8 months after they launched their intial trio of Microsoft's completely new smartphone lineup. The HD7 is an improved version of T-Mobile's HD7 with an upgraded 4.3" Super LCD, a tweaked 5 megapixel camera and the "no do" OS update pre-installed. We definitely love the large display for gaming and video watching too with the kickstand deployed. The HD7S is a great Netflix phone, an impressive XBOX gaming smartphone and it handles music beautifully. Since it's a Microsoft OS, you can count on MS Exchange and a solid MS Office suite. As always, we thoroughly enjoy the Metro UI, and HTC's elegant and robust industrial design.||AT&T||June 2011|
|HTC TrophyVerizon's first Windows 7 phone is solid: it has HTC's usual elegant styling and good build quality, world GSM roaming capabilities and Redmond's new phone OS that we really like. The Trophy has a 3.8", 800 x 480 capacitive touch screen, a 1GHz CPU, 16 gigs of storage and a 5 megapixel camera. It has 3G on Verizon along with WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth with A2DP stereo and a GPS. Like all Windows Phone 7 smartphone, it has XBOX gaming and Zune music and video services.||Verizon||May 2011|
|HTC ArriveSprint's first Windows Phone 7 smartphone is one of our favorites. The hardware design and quality are typical top-notch HTC and the unique hinge is robust. The Arrive runs the updated version of Windows Phone 7 that adds copy and paste along with a few other improvements, and it has 3G EV-DO. Rev. A. Specs are typical for the platform with a 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU, 16 gigs of storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, a GPS and a 5 megapixel camera that can shoot 720p video. The Arrive has a 3.6" display and a very good QWERTY keyboard.||Sprint||April 2011|
|HTC SurroundIf you're an HTC fan and an AT&T customer, you'll likely be considering the Surround as your first Windows 7 phone. The Surround features HTC's usual excellent build quality and stately design, but it's a tad heavy and thicker than skinny smartphones like the Samsung Focus since it has a slider. No, it's not a keyboard slider but rather a slider for the stereo speaker bar amped up with Dolby Virtual Mobile and SRS Wow. If you want your Zune phone to sing it loud to the masses, the Surround is for you. Otherwise, it's your standard Windows Phone 7 smartphone, and that's not a bad thing given the high baseline specs: 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU, 16 gigs of storage, WiFi, 3G HSDPA, Bluetooth, GPS and a 5 megapixel camera that shoots HD video.||AT&T||Dec. 2010|
|HTC HD7The first Windows 7 phone on T-Mobile has a lot in common with the older HTC HD2: it has a huge 4.3" display, 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus lens and dual LED flash and 16 gigs of storage. The software similarities are nil however, since the HD7 runs the brand new, start from scratch, Windows Phone 7 OS. The usual niceties are here including a GPS that works with Bing Maps and TeleNav, WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth and an FM radio. A good start for Windows Phone 7 on T-Mobile.||T-Mobile||Nov. 2010|
HTC Windows Mobile Pro Phones (touch screen, 6.5 and older OS)
|HTC HD2 (T-Mobile) T-Mobile has a super-phone on their hands and it's good enough to compete with the Nexus One and Nokia N900. The HD2 has a wondrous 4.3" capacitive multi-touch display and a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, and that means it can stand tall with the best portable media players. Yet it's thin and pocketable and it looks sharp. The HD2 has 3G HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth and a GPS. Google Maps, TeleNav, Opera and Blockbuster are on board. The phone supports pinch zooming, has a 5 megapixel camera and a good on-screen keyboard. It runs Windows Mobile 6.5 but you won't see much of it thanks to HTC's Sense UI. Editor's Choice 2010.|
|HTC HD2 (unlocked GSM) HTC's dream machine is here. Their follow up to the HD makes the HD look old and tired. Think of it as that flat panel and Blu-ray home theater upgrade you've dreamed about. The HD2 has a wonderful 4.3" capacitive multi-touch display, HTC's Sense UI (their update to TouchFLO 3D) and a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU. Windows Mobile 6.5 Pro is under the hood, though HTC improves on most of it, and the smartphone has WiFi, Bluetooth and a GPS. Despite the huge display, the HD2 is only 0.43" thick and it's not that much bigger than the iPhone 3GS. The drawbacks? It's expensive since it's sold as an unlocked GSM phone through importers and there's no US 3G.|
|HTC Tilt 2AT&T's last to the race with their version of the HTC Touch Pro2 Windows Mobile Pro smartphone, but they're the first to offer it with Windows Mobile 6.5. The Tilt 2 boasts the same feature set as the Touch Pro2 on the 3 other major US carriers, but it ships with the newer Windows OS for phones and changes the keyboard layout a bit. It has an 800 x 480 touch screen, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth and an awesome slide-out and tilt QWERTY keyboard. This review includes a 10 minute video review.|
|HTC ImagioVerizon's got a blockbuster Windows Mobile 6.5 touchscreen phone in the HTC Imagio. The phone features a 3.6" display with HTC's TouchFLO 3D UI, a slim and sexy design and Mobile TV. That's broadcast TV over the air, not streaming video, and it works well. The Imagio also has V Cast Video and Music, a capable non-streaming media player, YouTube, WiFi, Bluetooth, EV-DO Rev. A and a GPS. If that's not enough to keep you entertained, it has a 5 megapixel camera too. We like. This review includes a video review.|
|HTC PureAT&T's first Windows Mobile 6.5 Pro smartphone is here with HTC's TouchFLO 3D goodness. This small and light full-featured smartphone features a 3.2" resistive touch screen, a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus lens, very good video playback performance, WiFi, Bluetooth and a GPS all at a reasonable price. It's the close relative to the HTC Touch Diamond2 sold overseas. If you're looking for an HTC WinMo phone with the latest OS that won't break the bank or your pants pocket, the Pure is worth a look. This review includes a video review.|
|HTC Touch Pro2 (Verizon) Starting this summer, the HTC Touch Pro2 began making its way around the world. Now three US carriers offer it, Verizon being the latest. This flagship Windows Mobile Pro touch screen phone gives Verizon's smartphone lineup a much needed shot in the arm, and we find it hard not to love the Touch Pro2, no matter how many times it visits our office. It features a roomy sliding keyboard and tilting 800 x 480 display, GPS, WiFi, TouchFLO 3D and GSM world roaming for travels outside the US.|
|HTC Touch Pro2 (Sprint) Sprint's flagship Windows Mobile Pro phone is here. Joining T-Mobile and eventually all carriers in the US, Sprint has upped the temptation to spend some serious bucks on a serious business phone with a decided fun side. The Touch Pro2 on Sprint delights us as just as much as the unlocked GSM and T-Mobile version did thanks to Sprint's fast EVDO data connection, the large 3.6" high resolution touch screen, capacious offset QWERTY slider keyboard and strong Office and Exchange support. Better yet, the Sprint version adds a 3.5mm stereo jack for those of you who don't think wired is tired.|
|HTC Touch Pro2 (T-Mobile) In June, we reviewed the unlocked GSM import HTC Touch Pro2 and loved it. Now it's come to T-Mobile, which means two things: a subsidized price and US 3G HSDPA. Yes! The Touch Pro2 is a powerhouse Windows Mobile pro 6.1 touch screen phone. It features a 3.6 inch 800 x 480 pixel display, HTC's TouchFLO 3D user interface spiffying up WinMo, and a tilt-an- slide hardware QWERTY keyboard of the most wondrous proportions. Other niceties include a GPS, 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera, one-touch speakerphone, WiFi, Bluetooth and an SDHC microSD card slot.|
|HTC Touch Diamond2 Into Windows Mobile touch screen phones or don't want to go with a contract or an iPhone?. HTC's revision of the Touch Diamond offers some impressive specs including a 480 x 800 pixel touch screen and a much improved TouchFLO 3D user interface. The slab design is modern and less plasticky than the first Diamond's and the display is a bit larger at 3.2". This is a quad band GSM unlocked phone with EDGE for data in the US and it has a GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, an SDHC microSD card slot and a 5 megapixel camera.|
|HTC Touch Pro2HTC's new flagship QWERTY touch screen slider has just started to hit the overseas market. This import unlocked GSM Windows Mobile Pro 6.1 phone really rocks. Forget the Fuze and original Touch Pro-- this is the real deal with fantastic good looks, a 3.6" 800 x 480 display with haptic feedback, the latest version of HTC's TouchFLO 3D that almost completely remakes Windows Mobile and one of the best hardware keyboards on the market. The Pro2 has a GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, WiFi, 512 megs of flash storage, a microSD card slot and a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera. Sorry, the import version is EDGE-only in the US, but we're sure US carriers will come out with their own versions sporting 3G.|
|HTC Touch Pro for VerizonThird time's a charm? We've reviewed the Sprint Touch Pro, AT&T's version as the HTC Fuze and now Verizon's in the game with their own Touch Pro. Like the others, the Verizon Touch Pro features a VGA flush touch screen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and many high end trimmings: GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 and a good 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus lens. It's certainly the slickest Windows Mobile device Verizon has offered, though it's missing some of the multimedia applications found on its cross-carrier competitors.|
|HTC Touch HD HTC's counter to the iPhone sports some impressive specs including a 3.8" touch screen with a huge 480 x 800 resolution. The HD runs TouchFLO 3D, and is an elegant looking phone in terms of both hardware and software. Think of it as an HTC Touch Diamond with a super-sized display and a very impressive 5 megapixel camera tacked on the back. This is an unlocked GSM world phone that will work in the US, but 3G is overseas-only. It has the usual laundry list of high end features including Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 with stereo A2DP, a GPS, music player and video with YouTube support.|
|HTC FuzeThe TouchFLO 3D invasion continues, and now we have AT&T's answer to the Sprint Touch Pro with the HTC Fuze. The Fuze has the same set of features, but the casing is classic GSM Diamond, with a gloss black faceted back and angular lines. The Fuze is a quad band GSM phone with triband 3G HSDPA for the US and overseas. It runs HTC's TouchFLO 3D UI on top of Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, and it has a wonderful VGA touch screen. Like the HTC Tilt it replaces, it has GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth with A2DP stereo too. The Fuze has a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard and support for email including push email, SMS and IM.|
|HTC Touch Pro for SprintSprint's flagship PDA phone with a keyboard is a hard act to follow. The Touch Pro, like the Diamond, has a fantastic VGA flush touch screen with TouchFLO 3D reviving tired Windows Mobile's look and feel. The Pro has it all: GPS, Sprint TV, YouTube, email, serious web browsing with Opera, WiFi, Bluetooth with A2DP and an SDHC microSD card slot. It runs on a 528MHz processor with 288 megs of RAM and 512 megs of flash memory for storage. It sports a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera with flash, a 5 row slide-out QWERTY keyboard and Windows Mobile 6.1.|
|US 3G HTC Touch DiamondFirst Look. It's raining Diamonds here. This time we've gotten a hold of the US unlocked GSM HTC Touch Diamond before its official release. The US version has dual band US 3G HSDPA that works on AT&T's 850/1900 bands. It's also a quad band GSM unlocked world phone with EDGE. Like the Sprint Diamond, it's a little thicker than the original Euro model, but it retains the Diamond-faceted back and overall great looks. The battery is larger than the Euro Diamond, and this Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional phone features TouchFLO 3D, GPS, VGA display, WiFi, Bluetooth and a 3.2 megapixel camera.|
|Sprint HTC Touch DiamondOfficially announced on September 10th, the Sprint HTC Touch Diamond is one of the best Windows Mobile Professional phones Sprint has ever offered. It features a VGA display, 4 gigs of storage, a fast CPU and lots of RAM. The excellent Opera 9.5 web browser and youtube are on board with EVDO Rev. A to back it up. There's also Sprint TV, Sprint Radio, a GPS and a good 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera. Sprint and HTC have answered most of our complaints with the original GSM Diamond, and this version has so far impressed us with its speed, stability and top notch business and multimedia features.|
|HTC Touch Diamond Here's our full review of HTC's flagship Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional quad band unlocked GSM phone featuring TouchFLO 3D. The Diamond sports a very innovative and attractive UI that makes you feel like you're not using Windows Mobile (for the most part a good thing). Beyond the new interface, the HTC Diamond has jaw-dropping good looks and it's amazingly thin, small and light. Yet somehow HTC managed to fit 4 gigs of flash storage, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, non-US 3G and a 3 megapixel autofocus camera. The only drawback: there's no US 3G support. But HTC tells us a US version will follow.|
|HTC Touch Dual US version This is the US version of the Touch Dual, currently offered by Best Buy with no contract. The Dual is a quad band GSM phone with US 3G HSDPA and a slide-down 20 key QWERTY keyboard that uses predictive text. It offers many improvements over the original GSM HTC Touch including a 2x faster 400MHz processor, 128 megs of RAM, 256 megs of ROM, Windows Mobile 6.1 and a 2 megapixel autofocus camera. The Touch Dual has HTC's TouchFLO user interface, matured and more responsive since the Touch first launched a year ago, and we like it quite a bit.|
|HTC Advantage X7510 The not bigger (thankfully) but somewhat better HTC Advantage should be out next month. We got our hands on a final hardware version with not quite final software for this review. The X7510 is a refresh of the Windows Mobile mini-computer with a VGA 5" touch screen display, GPS, quad band GSM, triband US-friendly HSDPA 3.5G, WiFi, Bluetooth and a 3MP camera. What's new? The tiny hard disk is gone and has been replaced by a 16 gig flash drive, the OS is now Windows Mobile 6.1 and the removable keyboard has been redesigned. The X7510 will only be available through importers in the US unlike last years's X7501 and as ever, it's the MacGyver of mobile devices, doing most everything well.|
|Verizon XV6900 Verizon's version of the HTC Touch is small, sumptuous and one of the least geeky looking PDA phones on the market. It's nearly identical to the Sprint Touch, varying only in color and software customizations. The 4 ounce XV6900 features a large QVGA touch screen with HTC's finger-friendly TouchFLO UI and Windows Mobile 6 Professional. This Pocket PC phone has a 400MHz processor, 128 megs of RAM, 256 megs of flash memory and a 2 megapixel camera. It's got EVDO for fast data but no WiFi. If you don't need a hardware keyboard, it's definitely worth a look.|
|Sprint Touch by HTC The GSM Touch made quite a stir earlier this year with its new TouchFLO UI and special, gesture-friendly screen. Not only that, the PDA phone wasn't much bigger than a RAZR, had great looks and weighed only 4 ounces. It wasn't the brightest kid on the block though, thanks to a slow CPU and low memory. Sprint's version answers those shortcomings: their version has a 400MHz CPU, lots of memory (more than the powerhouse Mogul) and EVDO for fast data. Nice! This Windows Mobile 6 Pocket PC phone has a fun side thanks to Sprint TV, Sprint Music Store and the usual good Windows Mobile multimedia support. A 2MP camera and Bluetooth 2.0 are on-board but no WiFi.|
|AT&T Tilt by HTC Last year we thought the Cingular 8525 was an impressive PDA phone. This year HTC and AT&T show themselves up with the Tilt, which adds a GPS, slide-out and up keyboard, better camera and Windows Mobile 6 Professional. The Tilt whose codename was the HTC Kaiser first shipped overseas as the HTC TyTN II and MDA Vario III. The Tilt is a Pocket PC phone with a touch screen, quad band EDGE, triband 3.5G HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 with AVRC and it has a 3 megapixel camera with autofocus lens. It adds a few AT&T-centric goodies like Cellular Video that keep this business-oriented device from turning dull during downtime.|
|HTC Advantage X7501While PDA phones have morphed into phones, or tried to, in the past few years, HTC tries something novel and useful: a PDA phone that's firmly rooted in handheld computing. Looking like a tiny notebook, the HTC Advantage X7501 runs Windows Mobile 6 Professional on a 624MHz processor with 128 megs of RAM, 256 megs of flash ROM and an 8 gig microdrive. It has a VGA display, VGA-out for TV viewing and presentations, detachable QWERTY keyboard, a 3 megapixel autofocus camera, Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi and a full GPS inside. Whew! And there's a quad band unlocked GSM radio with EDGE and triband HSDPA 3G for voice and data. This is the US version, due for imminent release at US retail outlets. A viable and interesting mobile computing alternative to UMPCs and micro PCs.|
|HTC Mogul(PPC-6800) Here's Sprint's replacement for the once-beloved but now aged PPC-6700. This Windows Mobile Professional 6 (Pocket PC) phone has a lot to offer: strong performance from its 400MHz Qualcomm MSM7500 CPU, a whopping 256 megs of flash memory and EVDO Rev. 0 with a free software upgrade to EVDO Rev. A promised later this year. The Mogul has WiFi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 and a 2 megapixel camera with LED flash. It has a microSD card slot and comes with a 512 meg card.|
Sprint (and Verizon)
|HTC Touch A small, light and simply elegant Windows Mobile Professional phone. Its claim to fame is a touch screen that's optimized for finger and gesture use, so you need not use the stylus as often. The Touch is a triband 900/1800/1900MHz unlocked GSM phone, with an 850MHz version coming later this year. It has Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP stereo support, WiFi 802.11b/g and a 2megapixel camera. The Touch runs on a 201MHz TI OMAP processor and it has EDGE for data.|
|T-Mobile WingThe Wing is T-Mobile's follow-up to their popular but aged MDA in the US. The Wing is significantly slimmer, though not lighter than the MDA and it has a rubberized finish similar to the T-Mobile Dash that looks good and feels great in the hand. This Windows Mobile 6 Professional Edition Pocket PC phone has a quad band GSM phone inside with EDGE for data, a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi 802.11b/g, a 2MP camera and a 201MHz TI processor. It's one of the HTC Herald variants, and is a cousin to the HTC P4350.|
|HTC P3300 and XDA Orbit These two phones are variations of the HTC Artemis. Though they have different casings, they're identical inside. They are Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC phones and the HTC P3300 is sold unlocked while the XDA Orbit is offered by O2 in Europe. Features include a very compact design, internal GPS, quad band GSM phone with EDGE for data, a 2MP camera, WiFi and Bluetooth. We got a hold of both models for this review.|
|Cingular 8525 and HTC TyTNThis worthy successor to the HTC Wizard line of devices including the Cingular 8125 really wow-d us. We take an in-depth look at both the Cingular 8525 and the HTC TyTN which are non-identical twins running on both the US and European 3G networks with support for HSDPA. This quad band GSM world phone sports a 400Mhz CPU, Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi 802.11b/g and has an excellent slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Its 2.0MP is the best we've seen on a Windows Mobile phone and the device is ready for serious business work and multimedia fun. The Cingular 8525 is sold by Cingular in the US and the HTC TyTN is sold unlocked by importers for use with any GSM carrier.|
AT&T and unlocked GSM
|T-Mobile MDA Let the clone wars begin! The MDA is the latest HTC Wizard variant to hit the market, and was released in the US in Feb. 2006 a few days after the Cingular 8125. This device is both a Pocket PC PDA and a GSM quad band mobile phone. It has EDGE and GPRS for data, Bluetooth, WiFi and a 1.3MP camera. The side-sliding keyboard is its claim to fame and its compact design and excellent QVGA display are big selling points.|
|Cingular 8125 This HTC Wizard variant is a winner with slick looks and an excellent slide-out thumb keyboard. The device sports WiFi, Bluetooth 1.2 and has EDGE and GPRS for data. It's a quad band world phone that works anywhere GSM service is available. The phone is compact, has a 1.3MP camera, a great QVGA display and good battery life.|
|Verizon XV6700 A most capable yet compact Pocket PC phone with roomy thumb keyboard that slides out from the side. It's branded by UT Starcom and is actually made by ODM HTC (device codename Apache). The XV6700 is a close cousin to the Sprint PPC-6700, but is clad in matte black with contrasting silver accents. The device runs Windows Mobile 5.0 on a 416 MHz Intel XScale processor with 64 megs of RAM and 128 megs of flash ROM. It has EVDO for 3G data speeds along with WiFi and Bluetooth.|
|Audiovox PPC-6700 from Sprint The first Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition in the US. This device has it all: 416 MHz processor, EVDO, Bluetooth, WiFi, 1.3MP camera and an excellent slide-out thumb keyboard. This CDMA all digital phone is offered by Sprint in the US. The design is courtesy of HTC, and the device codename is the HTC Apache.|
|Audiovox PPC-6601 How nice when we in the US get the latest, greatest Pocket PC phone without having to wait a year or resort to importers. The PPC-6601 is the CDMA cousin to the XDA III in Europe and Asia. This unit builds on the remarkable XDA II design and adds a "slide and hide" thumb keyboard. It runs on Sprint's network in the US and supports high speed data. It's got a fast processor, lots of memory and Bluetooth. A strong contender in the Pocket PC phone marketplace!|
|XDA II Wow! The most powerful Pocket PC phone currently on the market. This 400 MHz device combines a GSM mobile phone with a Pocket PC and runs Windows Mobile Phone Edition 2003. It has a whopping 128 megs of RAM, Bluetooth, a VGA camera and an SD slot that supports SDIO. Though no carrier in the US currently offers the XDA II (also sold as the i-mate and MDA II overseas), it is available from importers unlocked, and will run with any GSM provider's SIM.|
HTC Windows Mobile Standard Smartphones
|HTC Snap Three out of four major US carriers now offer a version of this phone, but Sprint's the one that stuck with HTC's original name. This Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone is slim, light and good looking. It has a landscape QVGA non-touch screen display and a roomy QWERTY keyboard. Sprint 3G EVDO Rev. A is on board, along with a 2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth and a microSD card. If you like WinMo and dig QWERTY-bar phones, this one deserves a serious look.|
|T-Mobile Dash 3G by HTCThe Dash was an exceptionally popular Windows Mobile smartphone thanks to good looks, great ergonomics and a reasonable price. Things just got better with the Dash 3G: it upgrades wireless data to 3G HSDPA, has a GPS with TeleNav that also works with Google Maps and other mapping applications, a YouTube player, plenty of IM clients and an improved version of Internet Explorer Mobile. And it has a great QWERTY keyboard too!|
|T-Mobile Shadow 2 T-Mobile simply calls this Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone the "new Shadow". It's feature set is nearly identical to the original Shadow by HTC but the casing and design are all new. Also new is UMA WiFi calling for unlimited domestic calls over WiFi if you add T-Mobile @Home service. The Shadow 2 features a slide-down SureType 20 key keyboard with predictive text, a QVGA display, 2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth with A2DP stereo and WiFi. It's a quad band GSM world phone with EDGE for data and it's available exclusively on T-Mobile.|
|HTC S740 / HTC S743This is a video review of HTC's sexy Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone that takes the reigns from the HTC S710. It looks like a normal candybar phone, but it hides a roomy side-sliding full QWERTY keyboard. It resembles the overseas GSM HTC Touch Pro and HTC Fuze but it's much narrower, though taller. It's ripe with features including a 528MHz CPU, 3.2 megapixel camera, GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR. The S740 has Euro 3G HSDPA while the HTC S743 has US 3G HSDPA on AT&T's bands. The S740 and S743 are unlocked GSM world phones.|
|Verizon SMT5800Verizon is the first US carrier to get HTC's candy bar side-slider Windows Mobile 6 smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard. The SMT5800 is the CDMA cousin to the GSM HTC S710 and HTC S730, and it shares their good looks and quality build. The smartphone has EVDO rev.0 for fast data, a sharp QVGA display that works in both portrait and landscape modes and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard plus front number pad. Though not thin, the SMT5800 is both very compact and light-- worlds smaller than the Samsung i760 and XV6800 on Verizon.|
|Samsung i600 This and the Motorola MPx200 offered by AT&T Wireless were the first Microsoft Smartphone 2002 devices to hit the market. The i600 has now been updated with the 2003 OS and it runs on CDMA networks. It's currently offered by Verizon Wireless and Sprint in the US. It's a compact unit that makes no concessions as a phone while offering basic PDA functions. Syncing is a snap, and the phone offers MP3 playback and video playback too. It has a fantastic color screen, 200 MHz processor and an SD slot that supports SDIO.|
Verizon and Sprint
|T-Mobile ShadowThe Shadow is an attractive, slim slider phone with a friendly UI. Sounds like the latest feature phone, but inside you'll find a fully appointed Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone. The Shadow's slider reveals a SureType keyboard with two letters per key, like the BlackBerry Pearl. There's a 2 megapixel camera, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, an SDHC microSD card slot on board along with ample memory to store and run programs. The Shadow takes aim at first time smartphone users with its improved usability and sexy design.|
|HTC S630 The follow-up to the HTC S620 (aka T-Mobile Dash) looks quite similar but it adds 3G HSDPA, a 2 megapixel camera, doubles the clock speed and weighs less. This unlocked GSM Windows Mobile 6 Standard edition smartphone is sold by importers and online retailers rather than US carriers. It's a quad band GSM world phone with triband HSDPA 3G, so it will work anywhere in the world GSM service is available. Like the Dash, it's slim, sexy and sports a QWERTY thumb keyboard. In the US it offers competition for the Samsung BlackJack, various recent BlackBerry models and the Motorola Q9. It has a QVGA display, WiFi, Bluetooth and a 400MHz CPU.|
|HTC S710 The first Windows Mobile 6 smartphone out the door from HTC is a winner. This phone is about the same size as the T-Mobile SDA yet it sports a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard like the HTC TyTN (Cingular 8525) and other popular Pocket PC phones. But this is a smartphone, running what's now called Windows Mobile Standard Edition. It has Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi 802.11b/g, a good 2MP camera and a QVGA display with LED backlighting that operates in both portrait and landscape modes. The S710, otherwise known by its codename, the Vox, is a quad band GSM phone with EDGE that's sold unlocked for use with any GSM carrier.|
|T-Mobile Dash and HTC S620One of our favorite smartphones. The Dash and its unlocked near-twin the HTC S620 came out at the end of October. This super-slim and attractive quad band GSM Windows Mobile Smartphone has a very usable QWERTY keyboard and a landscape 320 x 240 pixel display that's just fantastic. It's got EDGE for data, WiFi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 and a 1.3MP camera. Certainly one of this year's hot MS Smartphones. The Dash sells for a modest $199 with contract from T-Mobile and the S620 will set you back a few hundred more.|
T-Mobile and unlocked
|Cingular 3125 You're going to flip over this phone. Puns aside, this clamshell Windows Mobile Smartphone has brains, good looks and a low price tag. It's a member of the HTC STRTrk family but it improves on other variants by adding twice the flash memory, 50% more battery capacity and it has good reception as well. The quad band 3125 is offered by Cingular in the US and it has EDGE for data, Bluetooth and a 1.3MP camera. Editor's Choice 2006|
|Cingular 2125Cingular's latest MS Smartphone runs Windows Mobile 5, and though it looks very much like the Audiovox SMT-5600 it replaces, a lot has changed under the hood. The 2125, which is a close cousin to the T-Mobile SDA features a 1.3MP camera, Bluetooth 1.2, a great 240 x 320 pixel display and easy syncing to Outlook on Windows desktops. This quad band GSM phone has both GPRS and EDGE for data, and has MS Office viewers and the usual Windows Mobile MP3 and video playback panache.|
|T-Mobile SDAThis is the US model, which is an HTC Tornado variant. It's a quad band world phone running Windows Mobile 5 on a zippy 195 MHz processor. Though compact it's loaded with a 1.3MP camera, Bluetooth, WiFi, a lovely 2.2" QVGA display and EDGE for fast data. It's dubbed the music phone thanks to its dedicated playback control buttons on the front face and MP3 playback capabilities thanks to the included Windows Media Player 10 Mobile (while Media Player isn't unique to the SDA, the dedicated buttons are unique to the HTC Tornado design and T-Mo in the US). it's basically the US version of the i-mate SP5m reviewed below. Editor's Choice 2006|
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Update: The HTC 10 Android Nougat update has landed on the phone, plus there's been a price drop thanks to the arrival of the HTC U11.
The HTC 10 was a phone that's the product of years of learning, which is why the company created a phone that's big on design, strong on camera and brings a very user-friendly interface into the mix.
HTC's flagship phone from 2014, the One M8, was one of the greatest phones ever made and the HTC 10 is the product of a lot of key learnings from that era.
And the good news is the HTC 10 impresses, offering the right improvements to the design, battery and UI - although you'll need to read on to see if you agree that the interface is improved in the right ways.
- There's a new top dog in the HTC range: meet the HTC 11
In terms of design, it's got an all-metal body, thankfully doesn't go down the same iPhone-a-like design as the One A9 from 2015, and doesn't just stuff in tech for the sake of having a higher spec.
HTC 10 price and release date
- Launched May 2016
- Initially cost £570 / $699, now £470 / $400
HTC 10 Specs
Dimensions: 145.9 x 71.9 x 9 mm
OS: Android 6
Screen size: 5.2-inch
CPU: Snapdragon 820
Storage: 32/64GB (with microSD)
Rear camera: 12MP
Front camera: 5MP
When it comes to price, the HTC 10 is now available for £470 / $400 / AU$1099, which is still a little on the expensive side for a phone that's been out for over a year.
It is, however, cheaper that its launch price of £500 / $599 / AU$1099, with the drop in price partly due to the arrival of its successor, the HTC U11.
To put that into perspective against its 2016 rivals, the superior and modular LG G5 are cheaper.
The price may have failed to drop as steeply as expected, but it stills gives a strong showing more than 12 months after launch.
- iPhone-like speed under the finger
- Massively improved sound recording quality
- New multi-directional speakers
- Excellent hi-res headphones in the box
- Strong build quality
One of the most irksome features of the HTC One M9 was… well, there weren't really any features to talk about. The same BoomSound speakers were back, firing audio forwards into your face, and the camera was just a 20MP effort that took some okay pictures; not terrible, but nothing you'd tell your friends about down the local watering hole.
In fact, it was just the design that made it worth checking out at all, that combined with HTC's special sauce.
With the HTC 10, thankfully, there's a lot more to talk about, starting with the efforts made to improve how the phone feels to use. It's got a much lower latency compared to the earlier models, which means the response under the finger is a lot more impressive.
In fact, the constant chat in our briefing about the phone was about 'tuning', that HTC had gone further than any other brand in making the HTC 10 a phone that will impress the second you glide a finger across the screen.
The screen is also upgraded from the previous model, using Super LCD 5 and boosting the pixel count to QHD resolution, offering 564 pixels per inch, to push up the sharpness significantly.
The camera is dropped in terms of the megapixel count, down to 12MP with a 4:3 resolution (sound at all similar to any other top-end phones on the market?).
HTC tells me this is something actually requested by photographers, and given the brand has put such a big effort into making the camera as good as it could be, it's believable that HTC would listen to such advice.
The 10 has also been given a DxO Mark of 88, which HTC was talking up at launch, but this isn't something the consumer should read too much into - it's more a reflection of potential rather than the photos you'll snap.
The camera, which supposedly has blink-and-you'll-miss-it autofocus thanks to the second-generation laser autofocus on offer, also comes with 4K video recording combined with 24-bit sound, so you'll get professional-grade videos when you're out at a gig and completely missing the chance to enjoy the artist you paid so much to see.
Talking of the audio, that's the other area HTC's been putting a big effort into. The two front-facing speakers, which looked so iconic on the front of the recent One range, are gone, with two speakers now firing out the high end and bass tones separately.
They also point in different directions using separate amplifiers working in concert to give amazing sound without headphones... or so HTC claims (spoiler alert: they don't).
The headphone element is important though, as HTC has taken the bold step of not only making the HTC 10 Hi-Res Audio Certified, but has also bundled in some high-end headphones with the handset, so everyone has access to the improved tones.
These aren't cheap to make, so it's good to see HTC taking a hit on its margins to give something back to its users. You seeing this, Tim?
And a special word for the interface, which HTC is bragging quite heavily about – and it's anything but heavy. The brand has worked with Google to 'reboot Android' and make something cleaner, more easy to use and upgrade, ridding the phone of pointless duplicated apps in the process.
The aim is for the project to eventually find something that all brands will use, leading to an end of the skins that sit atop LG, Samsung and Sony phones despite them all using the same base software. Will that happen? Would it be a good thing for HTC? Who knows – but it's good that someone's trying.
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