But what about HTC’s One M9? Sure, the S6 pair prevailed in our head-to-head specs comparison, yet the all-aluminum, “dual-toned” HTC had a few things going for it. On paper. Now that it’s out, and the odds-on heavyweight title favorites as well, it’s time to further explore the make-or-break elements derived from reviews and whatnot.
There’s also the key question of availability and pricing, plus a detail we didn’t take into account up to this point. Without further ado, here’s why you should still consider the M9, why you shouldn’t, and every place, store and website you can pick it up from stateside.
HTC’s gold medal contender is actually better in “long term performance”, “battery lifetime”, plus T-Rex and Manhattan, two very trusted graphics inspections. Bottom line, the Snapdragon 810/Adreno 430 CPU/GPU combo looks at least as capable as the Exynos 7420/Mali-T760 MP8 dyad.
Why not to buy
If there’s one thing M9 reviewers agree on, it’s the 20.7 MP rear snapper’s mediocrity. Oh, so it wasn’t all the fault of Ultrapixel technology.
In addition to all the above carrier possibilities, gathered here together, the M9 can also be bought unlocked or in a Developer-ready edition, aka with the bootloader unlocked out the box.
Developer version – $649 in gray or silver/gold, in stock
Unlocked model – $649, in stock, except for the amber gold flavor, listed as “coming soon”
Backordered online, not yet available in physical stores, starting at $200 with Verizon, AT&T or Sprint pacts in gunmetal gray
Right, so clearly, if you’re just making a decision now, it’s easier to swiftly score the M9 than the hugely in-demand GS6 or S6 Edge. It’s worth emphasizing you’ll be eligible for Uh-Oh protection regardless of the retailer or carrier you choose to do business with.
Also, if you’re holding off for the 64 GB variant, well, don’t. We’ve no idea when, or if, it’s headed to the US. But hey, 32 gigs of internal space is plenty when there’s a microSD slot endowed with up to 128 GB support.
Interestingly enough, T-Mobile’s free Netflix and Best Buy’s complimentary wireless charging pad GS6 promos have no equivalent in the M9 camp. Still, the new One is overall cheaper, and if you take good care of it, HTC will give you 100 bucks toward the purchase of a sequel.
Last but not least, it’s a little odd no smaller service providers have joined the launch party yet. No US Cellular, no MetroPCS, no nobody besides the “big four”. Point Samsung there, as USC sells the S6 along with Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mo.
At the end of the day, we don’t want to tell you what phone to buy and where from, but we strongly believe it’d be foolish to rule out the One M9 without proper consideration.