Unfortunately I don’t have too much to add on the experience of the HTC One A9 first look I posted last week. A TL;DR is that it looks too much like an iPhone but nevertheless is a solid usable device with very respectable features at a very reasonable (although temporary) $399 price. The downsides are that it isn’t top of line specs, camera is very good, but not great and of course HTC Sense and all the carrier garbage is still going to likely be on the phone you get (unless you opt for the unlocked version).
But really the One A9 is breaking new ground for HTC…
I’m not talking about how HTC taken up Samsung’s tack of duping the look of the competition. The big takeaway for me is that HTC finally got serious about slimming down. Sure, HTC made some progress on svelting up its line over the past few years, but the One A9 represents the first significant slim/light/small device that can go up against not just the iPhone but also the Samsung Galaxy/LG lineup and other new upstarts from China.
This thing is barely noticeable in the pocket. You almost don’t know it is there.
The Moto X looks absolutely huge next to the A9
At what I consider the perfect 5-inch screen phone size and light 143g weight (same as smaller iPhone 6s) and thickness of the larger iPhone 6S Plus with a solid 2150mAh battery, we’re getting pretty close to perfection.
The one elephant in the room when recommending this phone is that the Nexus 5X from LG has largely similar specs and is blessed by Google to get its updates at least 15 days before even the GPE-ish version of the One A9. So then I guess it comes back to looking like an iPhone, for better or worse.