Once popular HTC is facing problems on several levels. However, does this mean that the latest equipment of this brand is not a model worth recommending? We checked it out testing the HTC One M9, which is one of the nicest smartphones on the market.
HTC One M9 at a glance – video review
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HOUSING / WORKMANSHIP
Taking into HTC One M9 hand it is hard not to see how solid this equipment is made. Almost imperceptibly lighter than its predecessor, it is a device next to which none of my friends did not pass indifferently. The shape of the phone, as well as the material from which it was made, in relation to its predecessor did not change – a housing continues to create aluminum, so a material generally recognized as prestigious; including on the design of the HTC does not have any surprises for us. In the race flagowców HTC One M9 is not the most expensive proposal – likening it to the Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge or the latest devices from Apple, M9 compares favorably priced, constantly competing with with the best not only in visual terms. The fitting of the housing element is at a very high level, but reservations may have to deploy physical buttons – personally I preferred to adjust the volume with one touch, as was the case in previous versions. Also responsible for waking the device is not positioned best, which elaborate on a few paragraphs below. It is worth noting that housing does not squeak in the slightest – perhaps it closed advantage of the solid (no battery replacement option), perhaps the perfect fit components; It remains the only rejoice. The screen was covered with glass Gorilla Glass fourth generation, but that is standard if you want to compete with the best. Visually, the phone looks sensational and I suspect that will appeal to most users. Producer added to a set of very interesting case DotView, thanks to which we will see notifications without having access to the screen. Back cover is transparent, so sleek smartphone will be well exposed.In striking contrast to the lack of the Home button (as in previous versions it ran out). Is this a good solution? In my opinion, yes, but the solution adopted by HTC is not one hundred percent functional. On deserves a big plus for speaker placement, both above and below the screen – in the end you do not need to worry subdued music when the unit is "on his back". On the front, offscreen also find a camera, light sensor and also very neatly hidden LED notifications, which locate in one of the holes of the speaker. The only physical buttons that the manufacturer put the HTC One M9 are located on the right sidebar – they are responsible for the buttons to adjust the volume, as well as a button, which we can unlock the screen. Previous versions of the user accustomed to wake the screen using a button located on the top panel – the M9 we have the "revolution" and then click on the center side strip, which meant that for a long time I could not get used to using it in this way, often confusing it with button to adjust the volume. On the same panel you can also find a slot for microSD memory card (under the cap). The upper strip is equipped with an infrared sensor, which tested the device serves mainly as a substitute for the TV remote control. Certainly it could be argued that it is not a superfluous feature, but in my opinion, works well. In parallel to the side equipped with physical buttons you will find a panel on which were placed hidden nanosim card slot. At the bottom we find a set of slots: 3.5 mm audio and microUSB port without any cap. This – if it were – could probably prevent the connector from contamination or water, but the smartphone, which in itself is not waterproof, have lost only on appearance. rear panel has been developed with an idea. Besides the beautiful HTC logo, surely draw attention to the somewhat advanced, 20 megapixel camera with dual LED Illuminates. The lens is protected by a sapphire coating, but do not count on its outstanding performance – we've seen M9 models of damaged or heavily scratched cover of the camera. Over the dual LED Illuminates we find a microphone. Drawbacks? In fact, only one (besides the inability to replace the battery). The aluminum housing is extremely prone to scratches, so it is worth to think about it in advance and "arm" in the appropriate case.
The display, which is fitted to the M9 was a great panel LCD – matrix with a diagonal of 5 "and a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels offers the density pixels per inch at 441. Impressions of use? Paramount. It is true that the colors are not so heavily saturated, as in the case Samsung phones, however, give the impression of more subtle. Also on the sharpness of the image can not complain. Fonts are not frayed, and the picture is very clear and pleasing to the eye.On the screen we find the buttons return home, as well as a button that shows open Applications – interestingly also hide under it successively open browser tab. Using this solution, willy-nilly reduces usable screen – unfortunately, the price for the lack of physical buttons or touch, but beneath the display. It should be noted that the angles of vision They are excellent – the colors are not degraded even at maximum deviation of the screen. I saw one time a few unflattering comments about frames used in HTC. In my opinion, they are not so blatant and not impede the work with the phone, and we have good quality, the front speakers. The minimum and maximum brightness are very well shaped. For night owls a big advantage will be the ability to descend to 9 cd / m2, which provides very pleasant to use your phone in a situation of limited access to the light. The maximum luminance reaches 441 cd / m2 – and this provides satisfactory results when using the device in direct sunlight. Touch panel performs without any objections, the screen is responding performed even using the most delicate brushes. But there is no wonder – a decent digitizer is standard in the race for the title of best smartphone.
In terms battery convertible One M9 is no different from its predecessors – the battery is built, period. This not only enhances the visual experience, but also strengthen the structure of the phone. On a similar procedure designers they decided to iPhones or Samsung's newest flagowców that collect rather flattering reviews. Cons? Sometimes access to the battery sometimes useful – not only because of the opportunity to exchange discharged cells with new ones. Sometimes, after all, the phone hangs to the point that only the power cut may help. The battery, which is hidden under the casing is rather capacious – an indication of the system is 2840 mAh. This allows you to watch movies over 5.5 hours using the Internet using WiFi for a little over 5 hours or talking for almost the entire day. The battery from zero to full Charge 2 hours and 25 minutes – unless you use an accessory called HTC Rapid Charger 2.0 (TC P1000-EU) , which thanks to the support for Qualcomm technology allows you to recharge your phone in less than 2 hours. [Test slug = "accumulator" virtual = "conversation, movies-wifi-off 3g internet, internet-wifi, communicator-fi, load-ac" product_id = "20550"] In practice, you will be sentenced for evening use loaders – I could not use the phone for longer than one day for a few calls per day using applications such as Facebook, Snapchat, occasional shooting and using the Internet browser.
QUALITY OF TALKS
Call quality, as befits a high-end phone is very good – both me and my interlocutor hear each other well, and background noises were reduced to an inaudible level. The sound was not distorted, we did not notice any interruption or during a call.currently manufactured phones are quite large – in my opinion, often too big, so the M9 service with just one hand, for people with smaller hands can be a problem. Of course, it is worth noting that there would qualify this as a disadvantage, because the size has been and will be a matter of personal preference. Personally, I think the optimal screen diagonal was this applied in the model M7 (4.7 "). Dialer application is very intuitive and should not cause problems even for users who have not had previous contact with smartphones. The situation is similar when we want to write text messages. Keyboard It is elegant, but I noticed some problems with writing Polish characters. They are displayed in the proposal the word, or when you want to enter them manually, and the final text of the letters remain unchanged. The advantage may be the possibility to move between written English and Polish, as well as very good by writing to voice dictation feature messages.
Long ago it was believed that the camera in the phone is not the most important. Today, in my opinion, the majority of potential buyers is directed precisely image quality and frequently asked questions relate to just the camera. HTC tried to make a revolution by introducing Ultra Pixels in the model M7 – the effect was not quite so what would wish recipient since 4 megapixels even in the times of the release of the first One'a not something arousing admiration. In the tested model, everything starts to get back on track.The main camera "armed" was a 20-megapixel dual LED Illuminates supported. The camera is protected by a sapphire coating and as I mentioned earlier, the lens protrudes slightly beyond the housing. From the technical characteristics of the main camera are as follows:
- 20 Megapixels
- BSI sensor
- f / 2.2, 27.8 mm
- 4K recording
For lovers of selfie manufacturer also placed the front camera to satisfy any fan of video calling not only, but also of social media, where images of the hand are the most popular. Its features include:
- HTC Ultra Pixel
- BSI sensor
- 20 Megapixels
- f / 2.0, 26.8 mm
- 1080p video recording
On paper, however, will not give up anything that actually look like photos. The colors mapped using the main camera are faithful to reality, without the ubiquitous supersaturation and oversimplifications. Anyone looking for a great camera while cherishing realistic color reproduction, certainly will not disappoint on the camera offered by HTC. For the same application manufacturer approached very professionally – beyond the usual shooting modes (as main camera and self-portrait), we can shoot panoramas, save the image in RAW format, create some photos on one with Fotobudka mode, experimenting with sharpness with Bokeh, as well as use interesting function, which is the intake of 2 cameras simultaneously. These modes are but a drop in the ocean of what has developed the camera. We can improve the appearance of the face using the Retouch function, in which the face is detected, we can carry out operations such as skin smoothing, change the lighting, highlighting the contour of the face, eyes editing and lighten them and also to reduce gloss. We may also impose a whole bunch of photos from the effects of one of the 6 functions – the levying of shapes, merging of images, prisms, we can create a mix of photos, add photo interactive elements such as. Falling leaves, flying bubble or falling snow. One of the features that provides the mix is much laughing face, particularly when the connection face of two different individuals.As was the case at One M7, the manufacturer also placed the author a social function which is Zoe – it allows to compose an animated cutscene with photos that then we can share in social Zoe. Although skeptical approach to the subject, in the long run I think it is a very interesting opportunity to experiment with images that can breathe new life into them. Picture Editor also offers various frames that adorn the images, as well as a tool to draw different gear after pictures. With basic editing tasks certainly deserve praise for the ability to rotate the picture, crop it, reflections in whichever way we want and straighten the recorded image. Basic filters offered by HTC for many people may see as a great alternative for what it offers Instagram. Removing red-eye from photos as I consider to be one of the most important functions – in the end they can spoil even the most beautiful pictures. M9 camera records video in the quality of 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels), so HTC is behind the peloton. In terms of recordings during the day there can be no objection – the colors are just beautiful and probably the only serious shortcoming is the Image Stabilization (or rather its absence), which would eliminate smaller hand shake while shooting. The manufacturer also offers the ability to record Full HD (1920 x 1080) HD (1280 x 720), QVGA (320 x 240) and MMS (176 x 144). The front camera can record in Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels). The only caveat that comes to my mind the thought applies a slightly slower imaging – you can see subtle delays in relation to what takes place in reality, but the quality at the 4-megapixel nevertheless seems to speak in favor of the M9. For comparison, just add that in the premiere M7 main camera was equipped with just a 4 megapixels.
Pictures with the flash and without it
A sample 4K on a sunny day 30 frames / sec.
A sample 4K 30 frames / sec.
A sample 4K 30 frames / sec. Shot camera on a tripod
4K at night 19 frames / sec.
Full HD at night 19 frames / sec.
The heart of the M9 is an 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 810. It is true divided into two 4-core processors, but still impressive. "Better" – Cortex-A57 – working on cores clocked at 2 GHz, "worse" and – Cortex-A53 – at 1.5 GHz.Assisted Adreno 430 graphics chip and up to 3 GB of RAM, easily copes with all the tested games that can be found in the Play Store. Asphalt 8: Airborne does not pose any problem even at the highest detail, even the minimum crop was not able to notice playing Real Racing 3 or Modern Combat 5. Usually the device coping with very demanding games have no problem with Internet browsing – so it is in case. Navigating between tabs is smooth, and the phone does not refuse to obey, even with multiple open windows. Additionally, it can handle multiple processes at the same time as, for example. Conversation using Skype when viewing the network resources at the same time. Despite the lack of the same processor, I believe that it is necessary to examine how M9 falls from the competition offering equally powerful devices. [Test slug = "gfxbench-fps" virtual = "t-rex-3-offscreen, t-rex-3-onscreen, manhattan-3-offscreen, manhattan-3-onscreen" product_id = "20394,20396,20550,20428 20124 "] In this test, you can see how tight it is at the forefront. HTC One M9 Although not the leader in all tests, but the T-Rex 3.0 Onscreen and Manhattan 3.0 Onscreen only the new iPhone comes out better. However silently hoped for better results, especially because of the Snapdragon 810. [wptab style = "4" title = "Key test"] [test slug = "peacekeeper" virtual = "peacekeeper-chrome" product_id = "20550"] [ Test slug = "android-antutu" product_id = "20550"] [test slug = "gfxbench-fps" virtual = "t-rex-3-offscreen, t-rex-3-onscreen, manhattan-3-offscreen, manhattan- 3-onscreen "product_id =" 20550 "] [test slug =" 3dmark " virtual="3dmark-ice-storm-unlimited-total,3dmark-ice-storm-unlimited-graphics,3dmark-ice-storm-unlimited-physics" product_id = "20550"] [test slug = "PCMark-android" product_id = "20550"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "All tests"] [test slug = "peacekeeper" virtual = "peacekeeper -chrome "product_id =" 20550 "] [test slug =" SunSpider "virtual =" SunSpider-chrome "product_id =" 20550 "] [test slug =" kraken "virtual =" kraken-chrome "product_id =" 20550 "] [ Test slug = "quadrant" product_id = "20550"] [test slug = "android-antutu" product_id = "20550"] [test slug = "gfxbench-fill" product_id = "20550"] [test slug = "gfxbench-fps "virtual =" t-rex-3-offscreen, t-rex-3-onscreen, manhattan-3-offscreen, manhattan-3-onscreen "product_id =" 20550 "] [test slug =" 3dmark " virtual="3dmark-ice-storm-unlimited-total,3dmark-ice-storm-unlimited-graphics,3dmark-ice-storm-unlimited-physics" product_id = "20550"] [test slug = "PCMark-android" product_id = "20550"] [/ wptab] [wptab_end]
– MKV, 480p, xvid, 1Mbps, he aac, subtitles; – MKV, 720p, h264, 600kbps, AAC / MP3 audio dual; – MP4, 720p, h264, 3Mbps, aac; – MKV, 720p, h264, 3Mbps, vorbis, subtitles; – MP4, 720p, h264, 6Mbps, ac3; – MKV, 1080p h264, 10Mbps ,; – MKV, 1080p h264, 40Mbps; – Mp4, 4K (3840×2160), h264, 34mbps; – Mp4, 4K (4096×1716), h264, aac, 35Mbps.
SYSTEM / FUNCTIONALITY
One M9 works on the latest Android 5.0.2. It is not surprising the choice of the manufacturer since it is now standard among rival the best phones. Lollipop works great, but he is not what most focused attention. You often hear the opinion that pure Android system is boring, unattractive graphically and not offering anything more than the program. In such situations, the producers meet the expectations of users by offering an overlay system – and as far as overlay operators can be annoying and frustrating it is usually these producers are intended to facilitate life and the attractiveness of using the devices.It is no different in the case of the M9. HTC Sense 7 is the latest installment in the overlay offered by Taiwanese. In addition to the modification of visual icons, the same launcher and every corner of the phone, adds a number of very interesting, pretty and useful applications. That nothing could escape in the jungle of information, I will start from what appears at the beginning – ie. Sections places in which we live. HTC collects information about our location and adjusts the profile depending on the place where we are currently in. For the space designated as the home suggestively displayed YouTube, Music Play Store access or change Motives. Outside the house is the app Car, Maps, Calendar, and Gallery – based on the fact that we find ourselves outside the house, HTC believes that it may be useful to us just this set of tools. When we are at work, displays the entire folder of Google, where you will find eg. Gmail, G +, Disk and other applications that may be useful at work. At the forefront is also Mail, calendar and sketchbook. Of course, if we value your privacy we do not agree to the collection by One information about our location. One of the most interesting solutions that HTC has applied in its cap is BlinkFeed – additional card replacing one of the screens, which you can freely customize. It is very interesting solution, we are constantly informed about what is happening in the world – not just with Facebook, but also other parties. You can add what you want to see information and to configure the BlinkFeed the needs by combining, for example. With Instagramem or Twitter. known from previous visits app Car for easy use of the phone while driving will answer the call when the phone is plugged into bus destined for the handset in the car. However, certain shortcomings when trying to detonate mode for children – in the original Kid Mode. The system makes it impossible to open the application, explaining that soon will be available in the Play Store update. Peel Smart Remote is a bit refreshed TV remote control known from previous versions. It fulfills its purpose 100%. Additionally, we have the opportunity to preview what exactly is emitted, as well as glance at popular channels or to plan for what we want to see over the weekend. HTC also added apart cloud known as Gallery One, in which we can keep photos, and even configure it with a gallery of your phone. Each user also has access to HTC Club through which we can better get to know your phone, make purchases, to pursue vouchers, as well as get answers to troubling questions. Similarly, as was the case in the Samsung S6, we have a choice almost infinite number of motives. This is a very positive option, because not everyone has uploaded only to please and right motive, and those found in the Play Store were often very underdeveloped. And yet the ability to personalize is one of the most important advantages of Android as the reigning system. Sorry, reviewing motifs often I have witnessed how the application continued to run and closed itself. This is probably a slight shortcoming Sense. The manufacturer also added the ability to use the Motion Launch, thanks to which we can assign certain behaviors to the appropriate finger movements – in my opinion is a very good and full use of MultiTouch, especially these applications understand the three-finger gestures simultaneously. To facilitate One M9 also equipped with gloves mode that works flawlessly – this feature can also be used to support the stylus. Work on One M9 is not free from light slowdowns, for example. When you open the browser or the camera is felt that the phone has to "think". Obviously this is not the suspension a few seconds, but the hardware of such components can and need to demand more. Despite this same menu navigation, viewing the desktop screen by screen or switch between applications and browser tabs is smooth and pleasant.
In most of the top speaker phones they are usually good. Suspect, however, that in this aspect One M9 exceeds any competitor. Even if the sound is less loud than the Samsung S6 (suddenly a few dB) is a smartphone anyway – in terms of sound quality – is one of the best on the market. Noise can not be heard, and the high and low tones harmonize nicely with each other. This is due to the solution based on the two front speakers that support Dolby Audio BoomSound. The phone can be programmed in two modes: home theater that will work better when watching movies, and music, which as the name suggests, is responsible for the perfect sound your favorite songs. [Test slug = "wifi-phone" axis = "negative" product_id = "20550"] The wireless module WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac works in two ranges – 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz – and the test went off flawlessly editorial. Telephone communication is not lost even on the lower floor, despite the considerable signal interference. Built-in GPS with GLONASS performs well, but without the support of A-GPS and so not able to resolve one hundred percent real route. There were deviations from the norm to about a meter. Despite this well-reported crossing the street, and most devices under test, at this stage tends to be dropped. Shortly writing, it's not GPS, which could be accused of something.The phone comes with 32 GB of memory, but due to the installed applications in reality it is about 21 GB. In order not to restrict the holders of the M9, the manufacturer decided to equip equipment memory slot that supports cards with capacities up to 2 TB. Unfortunately, without having such a powerful card was not able to see how much is truth in the assertion of HTC. Our editorial Kingston 128GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-1 Class10 went without problems. HTC also offers a wide range of sensors: light, proximity, accelerometer, compass, magnetic and gyro. You can not complain in the context of support for OTG accessories. With mobile devices under test has handled the mouse, flash memory, USB HUB active as well as passive and hard drive with power (in the case of media it was necessary to format a FAT32 – NTFS is not supported). The phone also copes well with the function of streaming live video miracast, so we can connect the smartphone to the TV and enjoy watching videos, images or playing on the big screen.
CONCLUSION / EVALUATION
HTC One M9 accompanied me faithfully for two weeks, so I could make friends with him. It is certainly a device that its elegance and rich furnishings can win over the sympathy of users. Is it enough? It seems to me that, in relation to what M7 offered in relation to the contemporary competition, and what M9 offers today's test equipment is somewhat overshadowed. Weaker falls on benchmarks and despite the great liquidity in games, in the perspective of the future may quickly exit onto side tracks than other flagship. Despite this, in my opinion, HTC has created a really solid smartphone. Great camera with lots of choices, hundreds of motives, neat Sense 7 (unfortunately with some shortcomings, which I wrote), a brilliant audio system falling out well not only on the built-in speakers, but also after connecting the supplied headphones, as well as treading the path is not consistent copy 'Samsung is Apple's devices are the strengths of One M9. It is without a doubt a phone that I would recommend to anyone who covenants to purchase the device for about two thousand. [Temperatura2 product_id = "20550"] [inne_propozycje product_id = "20550"]