HTC One A9 Review

Lisa Gade reviews the HTC One A9 Android smartphone. The A9 is available as an unlocked phone that works on both GSM and CDMA networks with 4G LTE, and there are carrier versions as well. The A9 is $499 in the US for the unlocked edition sold direct by HTC (carriers and other countries may have higher price tags). This is a better than midrange phone with a 5” AMOLED 1920 x 1080 display, octa-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 617 CPU with Adreno 405 graphics and 3 gigs of RAM and 32 gigs of storage plus a microSD card slot.

It’s the first non-Nexus phone to ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and it runs a light version of HTC Sense software. The phone bears a striking resemblance to the iPhone 6s, and it’s slim and comfy for small hands as is the iPhone. It has a good 13MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, a front UltraPixel camera, dual band WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth, NFC and a GPS with GLONASS.

48 Comments on HTC One A9 Review

  1. I like HTC's user interface compared to Samsung's TouchWiz. I am using a Nexus 5 right now and I think stock Android is the best. But if I had to choose another Android UI then I'd go for the HTC. I ordered a Galaxy S7 Edge and I may sell it though to buy a Nexus 6P or HTC One M10 if I feel the Samsung isn't my preference.

  2. How do I transfer music (from Windows 7 PC) to HTC One A9? I've tried HTC Sync Manager but it is pretty wonky. Is that program only for earlier HTC phones? Is there good software to sync from my Nokia Lumia Windows 8 phone? I could try that instead.Help! I'm pulling out my hair!

  3. Oh please, the industry needs to stop with these "hi-res" audio gimmicks. That's great that HTC added a good audio amplifier, but there is no evidence to suggest that audio formats that exceed 16-bit 44100 hz provides any perceivable quality difference. In fact, if anything, the upsampling will make my music collection sound worse!

  4. Just a minor suggestion, when comparing colors and screen quality it'd probably be best to use the same background across both phones. The overall quality can be seen without doing that, but when using the same set up across two displays then you can do a 1 to 1 comparison on how they both display the same image.

  5. Got this one today thanks to my Sony Xperia Z1 Compact dying on me on the train. The battery was done for, the phone was about to reach the age of 2 years old. Went to the shop, looked at the phones, mostly apple and samsung because my carrier is for cheap bastards like me. Then saw a couple of nokia/microsoft and this affordable HTC with an SD slot, didn't watch any review prior and took it on the spot. Heard the phone camera is underwhelming and so is the battery life. Meh, I have a soft spot for HTC anyways my first two smartphones were a HTC Hero and a Desire Z. So I went back to the basics.

  6. HTC will be the next BlackBerry. Flagship wise you have the iPhone and the S/Note series. Android heads have the Nexus to depend on. People with tight budget can always get GREAT value from OnePlus and Oppo. Tech smarks will go after the Xperias.

    Where does HTC fit into any of the above categories? A few years ago they were the third most popular smartphone brand but now they are on the brink of extinction.

  7. Ok. I don't get how the iPhone users will be like "Hey, that phone copied the IPhone 6's design lol"


    Your precious iPhone 6 copied the HTC One M7's design
    (From 3 years ago [2012]) lol. Please have a couple of seats.

  8. Can someone explain me what exactly is this phone? Did the M line end now? I don't get it, I'm worried because I love the original sense OS, I like it more than iOS. I love the M line, I have an M8 now and it's by far the best I've had. I'm really worried.

  9. I have the A9. I inserted the SDmicro card in the first slot. The phone shows an icon of the SD card with an exclamation mark next to it. I went to Storage and USB in settings. I can not locate were i can either keep the card an a removable card or adopt the cart as internal storage. Please help. Also after i enabled the lock screen the phone now is encripted. I need to enter my pin every time i boot up the phone. Annoying. How do i get rid of the encription?

  10. The 600 is more powerful than last years 850 so hardly a slug but yes processors almost double in power every year which is amazing and a good thing.

  11. The fact that the charging port is not centered and in line with the home button drives my OCD completely nuts. Even if I liked this phone, I wouldn't get it just for that lol

  12. I'm going to get this phone to be like my iPod, but when she said they don't have their own music player… That killed it for me I don't like Google's music player. love the review though. ?

  13. I love how clear and to the point these reviews are!!!
    I was having a really hard time deciding on phones and I think this video just helped me come to my conclusion!

  14. As much as I love HTC and hope the M10 will be kickass, I'll stick with the 5.5 Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 with front facing stereo JBL speakers without black bar. But with expandable memory.

  15. Looks like HTC is starting to understand what a good cellphone is made of.

    If the make the M10 with an Amoled screen, stereo speakers and a good camera with an overall new design without the black HTC bar, than their business will explode.

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