AnandTech has its usual in-depth review up for the HTC One M9, and it comes in two parts because of an extensive HTC software update midway through their review process. Their conclusion is… Not good.
Overall, further testing of the One M9 basically confirms my fears, which were that the One M9 is effectively a sidegrade of the One M8 at best. I really did want to like this phone, as I still find the One M7 to be a great phone to use. I really wanted to see a phone from HTC that was worthy of an upgrade from the One M7, but the One M9 isn’t that phone. In fact, given that the One M8 is at least 200 dollars cheaper than the One M9 on contract, I find it incredibly difficult to recommend the One M9. It will definitely have its fans, but overall there are more negatives than positives. Given the competitive positioning of the One M9, the timing of the Snapdragon 810, and the strength of the Galaxy S6 I’m faced with an intense sense of dÃ©jÃ vu. It almost feels like we’re back where we started 3 years ago with the Sensation and Galaxy S2. I can’t think of a better way to describe the situation HTC is in, which is alarming to say the least. The One M9 can’t be another Sensation, but it feels like it is.
This is not what HTC needs – at all. It seems like all the negative points of previous One devices remain, while it also adds a number of new problems. If HTC really wants to turn itself around – it needs to bring more than this.