HTC One M9: Australian Hands-On

Just because it looks the same as the last one, doesn't mean it has to work the same as the last one, right? Here's hoping. We've been hands on with the "luxurious" new HTC One M9 to find out.

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First of all, luxury is still a by-word for heavy. The sharper, stepped chassis with it's oxymoronic dual-unibody design is lovely, but compared to the svelte new iPhone 6 and even the Galaxy S6, it feels positively monstrous in the hand. YOu can definitely say you lift if you use this phone day-to-day.

That being said, it is definitely nice to hold and use from a design standpoint. You can definitely see the care HTC has taken putting this thing together.

Whereas the last One had the looks but not the texture of a high-end device, the One M9 has both thanks to the stepped edges on the metal banding, dual texture finish and the brushed metal on the back. Not to mention the fact that your pride and joy will stay luxurious thanks to a scratch-proof coating that has been applied to the back cover. A lot of care has gone into this device.

But it's not just form over function. HTC has opted for a powerful octa-core chip inside from Qualcomm, loads of RAM and even expandable storage: something Samsung doesn't have this year, giving HTC the edge.

From a first look, Sense 7's recommended apps pane looks a little complicated. People want the apps they choose on their home screen, rather than a machine choosing it for them. At least that's how I use a phone. It is a learning app though that pushes new apps to you over time, so perhaps it will get better as you use it.

BlinkFeed's newest upgrades to feed your mind with news, body with food recommendations from leading culinary apps and soul with friend updates is actually really great. I rolled my eyes when I heard it, but it basically just means BlinkFeed is getting better at connecting you with stuff you care about.

The camera is where it's really going to shine, in my opinion. Ultrapixel was a great idea, but I'm so glad it has moved to the front-facing camera and not on the rear-facing unit anymore. It took a great shot, but doing any kind of zoom on photos taken at a resolution of 4-megapixels was painful. Now you have a whopping 20-megapixels to use, which is great.

We'll learn more about the device in the review, but right now it feels like the phone we know and love all grown up.


    I thought it must have been pretty heavy based on this, however according to GSMArena its 157g, placing it halfway between an iPhone 6 and 6+, considering the screen is exactly halfway between the 2 I would say it weighs the same as an iPhone or am I missing something?

    probably one of the biggest disappointments.

    looks the same as the m8. m8 users dont have a major reason to buy the m9.

    I will buy the m9 when i see the battery tests on both this and the galaxy s6 but for now im swaying to the s6.

    Last edited 03/03/15 6:59 pm

    I have an M8 & You know what I really don't like about HTC's front facing speakers??
    The fact that you can put the phone up to your ear, not knowing its actually on loud speaker & Blow your ear drums answering a call! Its a big shock & it hurts! Or when just chatting to my wife on the phone & swapping between loud speaker & phone speaker, accidentally leaving it on loud & blasting my ear drums! This has happened to me several times! I have learned to be cautious answering a call...

    All other phones with the loud speaker on the back or on the bottom obviously don't have this problem, if its accidentally on loud speaker, no problem, it doesn't deafen you with the speaker NOT IN YOUR EAR!.

    Its ridiculous that they have the sensor at the top, that turns the screen off when you put it up to your ear, but it doesn't auto turn off loud speaker!

    For some reason when listening to music via audio cable, the phone rings, grab the phone, pull the cord out, answer the call & it puts it on LOUD Speaker! Put it up to my ear not knowing that & I get a blasted ear drum! Just about scream when the person on the other end says hello!

    Last edited 03/03/15 8:45 pm

      this is gold, i have the EXACT same problem with mine. I've done it a few times and regretted it.

    First of all I wish phone makers would make a bigger camera sensor rather than packing 20mp on a tiny sensor. Bigger sensor less mp means a better photo.
    Anyway Im.waiting for the Z4.HTC does not do it for me

      Yeah I'm waiting for Z4 as well, which hopefully hasn't done a Samsung and removed key features like external memory and waterproofing

        I'm perplexed by the removal of waterproofing also! wtf

        I know , hanging out for the waterproofing , expandable memory , decent dedicated camera button , 4K recording , great camera and great walkman music software from Sony.
        All the others released this year have failed me.

    I got HTC one (m8) and will prolly buy this one, it's just the feel you get in the hand when handling this beauty:)

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