HTC One A9 Review

HTC One A9 Review By Ronald

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The HTC One A9 is HTC’s cheaper alternative to its One M9 series. The phone has slightly scaled-down specs so as to bring down the price. The phone is competing with the mid-range smartphones. HTC has made some changes with the design which ar...Read More

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  • The HTC One A9 is HTC’s cheaper alternative to its One M9 series. The phone has slightly scaled-down specs so as to bring down the price. The phone is competing with the mid-range smartphones. HTC has made some changes with the design which are worth noticing.

    The phone packs a 5-inch full HD display. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera and HTC’s famous ultra pixel technology has been applied to the front camera. HTC managed to fit in a fingerprint scanner for extra security. The phone runs on an octa-core processor. The phone comes in two storage options: 16GB internal memory with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal memory with 3GB RAM. The A9 is powered by a 2150mAh battery. HTC A9 will be running on the latest version of Android that is Marshmallow.

    Will the HTC One A9 be worth buying or is it a waste of your money? Check out the review of this phone.

    DESIGN:

    HTC One A9 has a design similar to the iPhone 6. A company like HTC is expected to be coming up with original designs. The iPhone’s design is not at all bad, so the HTC One A9’s design is appealing and attractive. The phone has an all metal body. In the front lies the 5-inch screen made of Gorilla Glass. The display is a full HD one. Below the screen lies the basic set of Android navigation keys. The home button doubles up as a fingerprint scanner. Above the screen are the ultra pixel front camera and the sensors. The phone has a good design and a strong build. Any buyer will surely not disapprove of the looks of the phone even though it resembles the iPhone.

    The display of the phone is a full HD one that is the display has a resolution of 1920x1080. The pixel density of the screen is pretty good at 441 pixels per inch. This makes the display crisp and detailed. You will find the display to be bright, but it sort of lacks clarity when it comes to viewing high-resolution photos. sunlight visibility will be quite poor whereas indoors the screen appears very bright. There are no BoomSound speakers which are HTC’s signature in its flagships. The speakers are placed on the lower edge just like in an iPhone. The speakers put in the A9 are not as loud as the BoomSound speakers, but these speakers will work just fine.

    HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE:

    The phone runs on Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor. Four of the cores are clocked at 1.5GHz, these are Cortex-A53 while the rest of the four cores are clocked at 1.3GHz and these are also Cortex-A53. The phone has Adreno 405 as a GPU. The phone comes in two storage options and the RAM varies with the storage option you choose. The 16GB version has 2GB of RAM whereas the 32GB version has 3GB RAM. A9 comes with expandable storage option that is you can add a microSD card.

    HTC One A9 is running on the latest Android version which is Marshmallow. It comes with a custom skin over the OS. We are all familiar with the famous HTC Sense 7 which runs on HTC’s latest phones. The Sense 7 UI will make it hard for you notice that the phone is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The BlinkFeed is still present in the UI as the left-most home screen. HTC Sense comes with a lot of themes and it has a heavily customizable design. As HTC avoided the bloatware, the Sense 7 becomes fast, smooth and easy to use. Android Marshmallow brings in some new features like Android Pay, Android Doze and Now on Tap.

    • Android Pay: This is the latest mobile payment system.
    • Android Doze: This feature provides better battery life in standby mode.
    • Now on Tap: This helps in integrating Google Now functions more deeply with the phone.

    PERFORMANCE:

    The Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor runs the phone using its 8 cores. The octa-core processor is a step down from the Snapdragon 810 which is powering the M9. The processor runs the Sense interface very smoothly. Opening apps and general navigation is also smooth and doesn’t pose a problem to the processor.  Once you start using the phone very heavily, the processor is unable to cope up with it. Shooting raw photos and some heavy games will feel sluggish. Certain apps slow down and stutter while using them. Since the phone is not a low-end phone, it should be packing good processing powers.

    CAMERA:

    There is a 13 Megapixel camera at the back in the HTC One A9. HTC has included HDR mode and raw shooting modes. The camera performs well giving good details and vibrant colors in the photos. The focusing of the camera is good. The camera is good for clicking photos and gives nice results. The HDR function also works well and will give you photos with better lighting. The Raw mode allows you to take photos which are not processed by your HTC One A9. The front camera clicks bright shots and works exceptionally well in low light. Video filming is also pretty good, but video stabilization is a little tough.

    BATTERY:

    Surprisingly HTC has powered the phone with a small battery. The phone has a battery of 2150mAh. This will pose a problem. If your usage is heavy you may need to charge your phone again during the day. You can also carry power banks with you.

    PRICE:

    The phone is priced at 499 USD which is approximately 32000 rupees. The phone is a mid-range smartphone. It isn’t too pricey and has good specs.

    CONCLUSION:

    The phone has good specs and an attractive design. Even though the iPhone resembling design is a little bit of a set-off and a disappointment, it isn’t all that bad. HTC did put in a good camera, but the processor and battery are kinds of upsetting. The worst part for the HTC One A9 is that it faces such a tough competition from other phones. Phones like Motorola Moto X Pure and LG Nexus 5x have excellent specs and pose as good alternatives. HTC may have caused a disaster with the battery they put in. The HTC one A9 is a good and decent phone, but it can’t be your first choice unless you are a hardcore HTC fan.

    PROS:

    • Good design
    • Metal unibody gives a good feel
    • Decent camera

    CONS:

    • Poor battery life
    • Processor fails at performing heavy tasks
    • Design quite similar to the iPhone
     

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