9 features that make the HTC One A9 better than the iPhone 6s


So, the HTC One A9 is now official, but you're surely aware of that if you've been to our homepage within the last couple of hours. It is a handset that takes a no-nonsense approach to smartphone design. It continues HTC's traditions of producing metal-made phones with a premium feel. It combines the latest version of Android with Sense UI's functionality and personalization traits. It is also a phone that... looks a lot like an iPhone.

There's no denying it, folks. On the outside, the HTC One A9 and the iPhone 6s have a lot in common – the colors, the way they're shaped and built, the materials they're made of, to give a few examples. But technically, there's a lot that sets these two smartphones apart. As a matter of fact, there's a number of features that give the One A9 an advantage over its rival, and possibly features that might make one steer towards HTC's new handset instead of getting an iPhone.

Feel free to flip through the slideshow below to see what, in our opinion, are the features that make the HTC One A9 better than the iPhone 6s. And if you feel that there's something we've missed, do let us know in the comments below!

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One A9
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, Octa-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2150 mAh(16h 3G talk time)

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25 Comments

1. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 402; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Don't get her wrong the phone is good but it brings nothing new. The nexus 5x is a better buy because of updates. This phone is for people who can't afford the iPhone but what to act like they have one. Which in android world is small. HTC needs a different OS google is really taken control of android making everything the same. Gosh I love my Lumia 930. The messiah has spoken.

7. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Not really because this Unlocked A9 will be updated quickly too

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

HTC are promising within 15 of the Nexus devices But they were also promising to update their One M7/8 within 3 months and failed, for both KitKat and Lollipop IIRC And for how long? With Google you get at least 2 years major and another of security

32. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Nope they did not fail. Its carrier thats fail to push it. My unlocked M8 got all update inside the 90 days period. Also my M7 from a carrier got updated to 5.1 last week wich is impressive for a nearly 3 year old device. I hate morons who talk without knowing.

12. dimas

Posts: 3343; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

"This phone is for people who can't afford the iPhone but what to act like they have one." Wow thats quite condescending and fyi, iphone copied the aluminum body with stripe antenna from htc and meizu. Htc users know that. Quit accusing htc of copying iphone because they were the first on that design.

15. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 402; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

See here the thing I know HTC had the design first because I had the M7 once upon a time, but the popularity of the Iphone will outshine HTC. So it doesn't matter if they were first it's public perception. Which HTC has a very bad one right now.

29. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

iPhone has the authority to Copy because it is popular! Awesome Man!!

18. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

HTC come on.

30. Leboragio

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

Lumia 930 are u f*kin kidding me ? I am currently using the 930 and its one of the biggest regrets i have done recently, notifications are late and repetated after some time again, and that is killing me, and lack of apps dont get me started everything positive i see it is the Camera, but im ditching this phone for good soon !

31. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

Here's my reasoning why I might like it more than the N5X * 3gb RAM * 32gb base storage * HTC Uh-Oh protection (1 year accidental coverage, 1 free replacement, no deductible), don't need to add Nexus Protect * Optical image stabilization * Metal build * Slightly smaller body (f*** phablets, for the people who hate phablets) * Micro-USB with Quick Charge 3.0 (& backwards compatible with QC 2.0) No need for new cables, QC 3.0 is faster than USB-C fast charge. Dunno why everyone goes so gaga for USB Type C anyway. * 6 months free Google Play Music (worth about the same as the $50 play store credit, but I spend more on Play Music than I do on apps * Gorilla Glass 4 (N5X is GG3) * MicroSD card slot * Probably better speaker, definitely better headphone output * Basically $100 cheaper then the N5X when factoring in 32gb storage and Nexus Protect Reasons I might like it less than the N5X * Some ugliness... logo on the front, kinda thick top and bottom bezel, fingerprint reader on the front (also is a redundant home button), overall looks like iphone * N5X camera is already known to be great, A9 will really have to prove itself * Don't know if the Snapdragon 617 will be fast enough, need reviews though * No 4k video * Probably doesn't have "Ok Google" always listening * Probably doesn't have Wifi Calling support **actually according to HTC twitter it does * Should be smaller for 5" screen * AMOLED burn in will always weigh on my mind (also if it's pentile, no thanks) * Potentially bad battery life given the smaller battery (but will wait to see reviews rather than assuming it's a foregone conclusion) * Not Nexus, updates are promised within 15 days of Nexus getting them though... but promises are just promises. * Not sure if HTC will be around for a whole year anyway All told.. I'm hoping when reviews come out that it becomes an easy decision one way or another.

3. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Finaly! i see PA label something of an asset to Apple's competitor! dear PA, hope you write a similar article, and point out some 9 feautures of Sammy's flagship that makes it better than the iPhone 6s... and we'll see if you're able to. *cough*

8. phonefan68

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 02, 2013

PA did an article like that when the iPhone came out both ways between the Galaxy Note 5 and iPhone 6s plus. There were six reasons the Note 5 was better.

16. Tizo101

Posts: 524; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

tbh phonearena is doing really journalism today, more of the same please. I'm not saying this because the iphone is involved, perhaps if they used the nexus 5x for such an article.

24. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

if they can write 9 features that make A9 better, they also can write 99 reason why note5 better than 6s, lol

4. sezar.93

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

both of them are s**t

5. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Why did they have to make it look identical to an iPhone

14. dimas

Posts: 3343; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

More like why did iphone was made identical to meizu and htc.

23. Rydsmith unregistered

You're kidding right? Espeically with Meizu, you have GOT to be kidding.

25. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah, he is wrong, HTC come first with aluminum, and iPhone more identical to samsung ATIV S

6. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

to lue consumers who can't afford an iPhone, but wish to have an iPhone-like phone.

10. sissy246

Posts: 7066; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

HTC was aluminum first, camera is in middle of top back, home button looks more like samsungs. Isheep need to get over yourselfs.

19. HR_19

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

Applecare+ is $129 on the iPhone 6s.

21. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

and then they decided to look like the iphone that initially tried to copy their white bands on the back

26. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

HTC you lost me at H, no thank you...

28. JasonMelling1229

Posts: 27; Member since: Feb 07, 2015

These guys are clueless, look at that hideous design. Give up HTC you guys are finished.

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