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Call Quality

The iPhone 6 is good, but the M9 is nearly perfect.

This one is a no-brainer for us because the HTC One M9 is almost perfect when it comes to the call quality experience. Not only do voices sound more robust through the M9, both the earpiece and speakerphone, but there’s no problem having conversations in the noisiest of environments either. As for the iPhone 6, it’s able to offer a good experience too, but some distortion with the speakerphone doesn’t make it the better option over the M9.


Neither are really impressive, but technically it’s the M9 that’s longer lasting with its battery.

To tell you the truth, we’re confused at times regarding battery life with both phones. For starters, since they’re attached with that flagship status, we kind of expect some emphasis on their battery life performances. Wishful thinking on our past, as they’re both not as long-lasting as we’d want. Between them, it’s the M9 that pulls out slightly ahead in our benchmark test at 6 hours and 25 minutes – while the iPhone 6 falls shorter at 5 hours and 22 minutes. Sure, it’s a win for the M9, but we’re not really content with its mark.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
HTC One M9 6h 25 min (Poor)
Apple iPhone 6 5h 22 min (Poor)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
HTC One M9 106
Apple iPhone 6 147


Apple has nothing to prove, especially to HTC. Already, the iPhone 6 is a highly coveted and sought out smartphone that’s always in demand by consumers all around – and there’s no surprise that it’s a big seller too! HTC knew what it had to do in order to keep pace and stay relevant against the iPhone 6, but even though it’s able to impress in some areas, namely its software experience, design, and call quality performance, the overall package doesn’t quite have the necessary firework to give demanding consumers the kind of spark to draw them in.

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