As anyone who read the Mobile World Congress preview knows, I was a fan of the HTC One (M9). But a number of media outlets, for example The Verge, are calling is a disappointment and failure. Personally, I think it is a victim of its own hype, and that the device itself is solid.
Here is a breakdown of the phone, so you can decide for yourself.
As mentioned in previous stories, the HTC One (M9) has been given a real performance upgrade from the M8. It is the second device shown off today that will feature an octo-core processor, this time from the latest Snapdragon 810. Like Samsung’s Galaxy S6, it will have 3 GB of RAM, and has 32GB on board storage with microSD expansion.
OS-wise, it runs Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with Sense 7, the latest upgrade to the HTC specific system. There is no denying that Android has a better reputation as an OS than Samsung’s, and so that does give an edge to the Edge.
So, why are people so down about the M9? Probably the actual design itself: it looks exactly like the M8.
This isn’t surprising to me, as the design of the M8 was rather well received. For good reason, as it is absolutely gorgeous, perhaps the best looking handset on the market. While the mantra of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies here, some were disappointment to see that no innovation had been given to the design itself.
For me, I think the actual specs make up for it. The M9 will inevitably cost less than the latest Galaxy’s, and with similar specifications. It even comes with an impressive 20-megapixel camera for those who want to use their phone for better media projects, whether picture or video. Some are saying that more MP doesn’t mean better, but it is hard to argue that it isn’t an improvement from the M7 and M8’s 4-MP camera.
Yes, it is true that this phone looks just like the M8. But the HTC One (M9) is more than just a case. It is what is under the hood that makes the greatest impact, and this is a fantastic leap in quality from a brand that has been blowing in the wind for awhile.