HTC One A9 Review

The HTC One A9 is a very different phone for the Taiwanese company, seeing that it combines that premium build quality we’re accustomed to seeing, with a price point that aims to appease a wider set of consumers. Can this new venture help swing HTC back into the limelight?...
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18. rsiders

Posts: 1956; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

This was going to be my next phone but alas I will stay with the Xperia Z3 a while longer.

49. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

I hear ya, my Z3v is a pretty nice phone and battery life it's a beast but I ordered the A9 sight unseen and barely use my Z3v anymore, except to turn on the Mobile Hotspot (unlimited) or other small tasks. Plus it's stuck on KitKat, thanks Verizon! So I'm hoping for the update soon so I can put the A9 on my Unlimited data line!

20. waqarz

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

From the beginning I have noticed that this man John V has hated HTC or he is paid by someone to give a low score to HTC devices. I am not saying that A9 is an excellent phone but though its a fantastic phone enough. HTC one m8 and m7 was awarded top smartphones of their time....but I don't know why pa loves to give a poor score to HTC devices......why pa why.....

25. NotoAA

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Compare this review to some of the upper midrange / discount flagship competition like the Meizu MX5, Galaxy A8, and Oneplus 2 that they've reviewed recently. While the tone of this review is a little negative PA still gives it a higher score than any of those phones.

36. Shocky unregistered

Yep, scored much higher than it should.

37. Shocky unregistered

It's overpriced garbage, they're charging £500 plus for this piece of crap in the UK and it has worse specs than the US version. HTC have lost the plot, if anything i deserves a lower score.

45. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Guess that just depends on where you live. The Unlocked A9 with 3GB ram at $436. shipped US was a steal, so the score should be higher actually.

22. donrox

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

Where are the Z5 and Z5 compact reviews PA?

23. NotoAA

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I think the A9 actually has pretty respectable battery life given the battery size. It's essentially in the same range as the iPhone 6 and a lot of recent phones with much larger batteries like the Oneplus 2, Xiaomi Mi 4c, and the Nexus phones. Still, I don't like the trend toward weaker battery performance in most of this year's flagships and mid-range phones, so I don't mind PA criticizing OEMs on this.

24. NotoAA

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

BTW, the decent battery-life to battery-size ratio from the A9's SD 617 gives me hope that the 618 and 620 could actually be worthwhile chips with the improved 500-series GPU. I think the 615's mediocre battery and GPU performance really held back a lot of mid-range phones that would have been better off sticking with a SD 801 or even a Mediatek or Intel chip.

46. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

After using an A9 for about a month now, I can attest that the 617 and battery performance are legit, all day battery life not a problem with 4 hrs sot easy.

26. brasstax

Posts: 542; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Can somebody kindly tell me one good reason why one should buy this instead of the Moto X Pure/Style for the price?

31. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I am not an HTC fan by any means but I would get this over the Moto X pure and so would most people. Sorry but the Moto X pure is almost as bad as the Nexus 6. It's HUGE!

47. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

form factor as mentioned by Taters and Marshmallow...the "Pure" is still waiting to get it and A9 has it out of the box with updates to come 15 working days after Google releases it...Moto says almost nothing and track record is weak

32. Limbopope

Posts: 63; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

It's not really competing with any of these phones Finding itself in an interesting position price-wise, it’s competing in a crowded space that has seen notable waves in the last few months from devices like the ZTE Axon Pro, OnePlus 2, Moto X Pure Edition, and Google Nexus 5X It's going to cost $499 after November 7th and here in Europe...forget about's going to cost the equivalent of $664 AND that's the 2GB of RAM and 16GB version. I can get the LG G4 for $480 here now or the OnePlus 2 (If I get an invite) for 390 euro or the Moto X Style(Pure) for $550 equivalent. I'll get either of those thanks HTC. A9 DOA

33. davthom123

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

the one a9 isn't a bad phone at all.but most similar phones are priced around 200-300$.at its current price of 500$ its asking to be compared with flagship phones and am not sure its is even a better phone than the m9

48. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

this A9 absolutely compares with phone with other flagships

35. Shocky unregistered

HTC Acrapolla9 low/mid end specs with a premium price. Goodbye HTC.

39. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

IMO HTC should have made a smallish (4.7 inch 720p) plastic unibody, Boomsound phone with a cheaper SD610. Super LCD 3 or IPS with the same great colour calibration and superior brightness would cut price or boost margins. Also this deserves a MUCH larger battery. HTC should have used a design similar to the Desire Eye's (subtle Boomsound speakers, bezels don't 'feel' big, no physical home button, centred front and rear facing cameras give off an aesthetically pleasing symmetry).

41. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

Way too much praise from John V and PA for his unnecessary piece of garbage. In the meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy A-8 got a 6.5 from Pa. Doesn't make any sense. PA's biggest gripe with A-8 was that it pretended too much to be a flagship when it was not. so my question to PA especially John v. is, does this A9 justify its flagship status?

42. Older1

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 01, 2015

I want to admit up-front that I have loved my HTC ONE M7 more than any other cell phone I've ever used. What eludes me in all of the current reviews on the A9 (and, really all cell phone reviews) is how good a phone is it. The issue isn't even addressed! My M7 has the best reception and clarity. Period. It beats my wife's iPhone 6 and is dramatically better than all others I've tried. Admittedly, I don't have any hands-on experience with LG, but the M7 is clearer and stronger, whether in ear or speaker, that Samsung, Apple, Nokia, and dramatically better than Motorola. Some of you have questioned why anyone would buy this phone. If the reception and overall call quality is as good as the M7. that, for me, would be a very compelling reason. Additionally, although now outdated, I have no complaints at all with the processing quality in my M7. Speaker sound is second to none. Will this still be true with the A9 now that they've removed that second speaker? Well, we'll see. From the standpoint of pure aesthetics and hand-feel, I love the M7. Again, I won't know whether this will be true of the A9 until I actually get it in my hands. I also feel that I should point out that many of you are ignoring the pre-order price of $399.99 from HTC. And that' s for the unlocked version. I'm sorry, but that's a deal no other manufacturer has come close to matching.

53. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Was a pretty good review until I got to the Camera section. The review should be updated because you CAN absolutely Zoom in Video mode so there is bad misinformation being displayed here. Also I can't for the life of me understand how it took this reviewer 3 seconds to take a pic when you can pull it up in landscape and press vol button...sooo it only REALLY takes about a second or 2 at the most! This phone is super fast, great form factor if you don't like mini tablet for a phone. It whips the 6s in almost every way in the "real" world.

54. Leboragio

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

so you are very satisfied with the A9 cause even today im planing to buy this phone wich is free for me cause im extending my contract with my operator !
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