HTC One M9
Battery size: 2840 mAh with quick charging
Camera: 20.7MP (rear) 4MP (front)
Platform: Android with Sense 7
Features: dual-tone finish and all metal chassis, improved camera, quick charging, improved Sense overlay.
There is plenty to be excited about if you’re looking to upgrade your smartphone. Manufacturers are kicking into gear and building some genuinely brilliant handsets at the moment – 2015 really is the year of excellence.
Below are 10 of the best phones on the market right now. If you’re looking for a buying guide, this is it.
Be sure to click on the reviews and comparisons littered throughout the article for a more in-depth opinion on each device.
I’ll update this list every few months as and when new handsets are released.
Display: 5.5-inch 2k
Battery size: 3000 mAh with quick charging
Camera: 16MP (rear) 8MP (front)
Platform: Android with LG UI
Features: 2k display, high-grade camera, 3000mAh removable battery, microSD
Firstly, the 16MP camera with an f/1.8 aperture captures well detailed, colour accurate photos and is a challenger to the Samsung Galaxy S6’s excellent snapper. Check out my Galaxy S6 Vs LG G4 comparison here.
Secondly, the bright, powerful quad-HD display, which has a 538 pixel density, is a triumph in screen technology. The addition of a microSD slot and removable battery – both unfortunate rarities in modern smartphones – are a welcome practical addition. To top it off, the G4 takes a leaf out of the G Flex 2’s book by adding a slight curve to the design, which makes it a joy to hold.
Some, however, may be put off by the leather rear cover and prefer an all-metal or all glass option. Also, the G4 doesn’t run Qualcomm’s latest, most powerful, chipset – the Snapdragon 810. Although slight, there is a clear difference in the speed between the G4 and something like the Galaxy S6.
HTC’s new One M9 caused a bit of a stir when it was released last month. Why? Because of how strikingly similar it is to the M8. On first glance, that’s a fair criticism, they do look almost identical. But on closer inspection, there are some clear distinctions between the two, not to mention some handy upgrades.
For example, the improved dual-tone finish design with gold coloured front plating makes the M9 one of the best looking smartphones I’ve ever used. A clear improvement on the already attractive M8: the M9 is a truly remarkable looking smartphone that stands in-between technology and jewelery.
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There are also some other notable adjustments and upgrades worth mentioning. HTC focussed on the providing HTC users with well-honed experiences rather than gimmicky features. Aside from the new Snapdragon 810 processor and 3GB of RAM that makes the M9 lightning quick, there’s also improved audio playback that plays high-quality tracks, and impressive external Boom Sound speakers that are louder than any other smartphone.
HTC will also bundle in a pair of high-end headphones to properly experience the improved audio playback.