Anonymous, 23 Mar 2015Totally agree. If we just focus on the M7, M8 camera 4MP ultrapix they raved on foolishly say... moreSamsung should buy htc . Then their phones would have Samsung's internal organs with htcs beautiful body on top. Will remain on no.1 forever.
In terms of look htc one m7 and one max are the best. Performance wise m8 is the best but the asymmetrical speakers in m8 and m9 looks weird. There may not be any boom box or any stereo device having one small speaker/grill and the other one larger in this world expect m8 and m9. Htc may be the only company coming with such an odd design for some meagre improvement in sound. They should have paced the sensors on one side and the front cam on the other side on the top bezel so there would have been enough space in between to put a speaker grill equal to the size of speaker grill on the bottom bezel.
Akira, 23 Mar 2015This test is based on preproduction firmware. HTC just came out with an update that "fix... moreThe OTA update pushed last week is the final firmware. Read this quote:
"The phone received a big OTA update last week while we were in the process of preparing our review. Could it be the final firmware to fix all heating issue, we wondered. We went ahead and redid the whole benchmark session. What you would read on this page is based on the scores we got after the update.
We did notice a difference in regards to how hot the phone got under use. It took a longer time for the the One M9 to get hot, but ultimately, it still did get as hot as before.
Another change that we did notice after the update is the measurable performance of the smartphone. Before the update it got 4020 points on GeekBench (down to 3761 after the update) and 57900 on AnTuTu (down to 51727 after the update). The single and multi-core CPU scores as calculated by BaseMark OS II 2.0 were slightly higher before the update, too. On the other hand, the GPU benchmarks showed no change at all so we suspect HTC has changed the main CPU throttling policy in relation to the internal device temperature."
james79, 23 Mar 2015Nice phone... Bad chipset. I will be avoiding anything with a snapdragon 810 in it as you will... moreI would believe the newest reports saying m9 with final firmware heats up only on par with m8...
Funny thing, there are no 3rd party S6 heating test reviews...
Not that it heats up probably much, but with all the talk about em ditching qualcomm for the issue, one would expect someones test at least to prove Sammy had a case...
But no, only htc heatup was tested...
Dissapointing batterylife to say the least...
For now, M9 and S6 both somewhat dissapointing for flagships
Htc made another flop Im affraid, shame...
Nice phone... Bad chipset. I will be avoiding anything with a snapdragon 810 in it as you will either get a throttled experience or one that isn't throttled and a phone that overheats. It wouldn't surprise me if some of the flagships catch fire with that chipset in.. But according to snapdragon there are no issues... Who would you believe... Snapdragon or the hundreds of reviewers all reporting heating issues and thermal throttling?
I would buy this phone if developer version will be sold outside the US. Meaning factory unlocked bootloader and S-OFF. Besides there are no substantial changes from M8.
Now LG and Sony are in a sweet spot because they are now fully aware of the horrible outcome of SD 810. They have time to fix their flagships before realising them.
If Sony and LG produces the same crappy flagships like Sammy and HTC it will be a huge disappointment.
Bottom line; last years flagships were much better than Q1 of 2015.
After reading this review,I think I'll keep my M8..and lets see if anything "bigger" arrives like M9+ or the Note 5.
Haplo, 23 Mar 2015Hmm, which one should I pick, this or Galaxy Note 4? The answer would be much simpler if Sa... moreTotally agree with you. The only thing that is keeping me away of having the Note4 is Touchwiz. In all the other aspects Note 4 is better than M9...battery, camera, performance, screen...S6 is Samsung's reply to Apple's Iphone 6 and that's it...two colorless phones
Nick, 23 Mar 2015HTC has lost the plot completely. They arrogantly stuck to their ultra pixel tech main cameras... moreTotally agree.
If we just focus on the M7, M8 camera 4MP ultrapix they raved on foolishly saying MP wasn't anything but the pictures when zoomed in were horrible and then the pink hue in dark scenes emerged as a total failure with this 4MP ultrapix.
Then they wait for one year to announce the M9 and you would think they would have researched for a better camera in their budget with M7 and M8 but no........ they instead go to Sony and get their camera and stick it in the M9 and voila what do we have now crap camera. Check verge review of comparison between M9 camera and iphone....pathetic..
Adios HTC it was nice whilst it lasted and yes the HD2 was my fav phone ever.. shame you couldn't go further with it.. :(
Haplo, 23 Mar 2015Hmm, which one should I pick, this or Galaxy Note 4?
The answer would be much simpler if Sa... moreThe M9 UI lags according to Anandtech.
Nothing to sure about the S6, though I'm willing to bet it's smoother than the M9.
Qualcomm, you killed HTC...The rather average battery is my biggest let down because I was expecting a big improvement over M8. This poor result is not because of HTC's faulty software but due to lousy processor...I see no way to repair the damage done without affecting the overall performance. Samsung was not crazy skipping 810 for their flagships...I will still stick to my M7&M8, unfortunately...
HeY, 23 Mar 2015So far HTC M9 and Samsung S6 are a disappointment...Let's see what LG and Sony will bring to t... moreThe S6 is only a disappointment if you look at its battery life, which is slightly worse than the S5.
However, I have a strong feeling it'll improve in the final version. Look at what David Ruddock said:
"Every Galaxy S6 review out there right now is based on Korean variants of the phone. They don't have the right modem in that device."
If Samsung placed their own modem, which is worse than Qualcomm's modem, inside their review units, it will significantly drop battery life results.
I expect battery life figures to exceed the S5 with this revelation.
Hmm, which one should I pick, this or Galaxy Note 4?
The answer would be much simpler if Samsung got rid of that terrible TouchWiz and stuck to 1080p. But that doesn't seem to be happening anytime soon. Too bad, as I really like the S-Pen, AMOLED screens and I hear the camera with OIS is pretty good as well.
S6 is not interesting for me, it has nothing special worthy of struggling with the TouchWiz abomination.
On the other hand, with HTC M9 we have a beautifull build, unmatched audio quality and elegant, silky-smooth interface.
That really is a tough choice.
I really thought because HTC is using a smaller FHD screen and a bigger battery that it will have a longer endurance. Guess 810 is a battery killer. Look at G Flex 2. Glad Samsung switched. Curious to see what results Huawei's Kirin 930 with 2600mAh will produce in the P8.
GSMARENA, YOU SAID: "There are only a few smartphones louder than the M9 in the whole history of the industry". WICH ARE THOSE "FEW" SMARPHONES LOUDER THAN M8 OR M9 ?????? NAME THEM !! Personally i know only one: Nokia N91 and maybe Samsung Serenta for Bang & Olufsen, but with this last one i am not sure anymore. So those "few" smartphones louder than M9 are in fact just only one: Nokia n91. Of course i am talking here only about the loudness of the headphones output, not the speakers....