HTC One M9+ Review: A Solid Android Flagship with an Almost Perfect Camera

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    The HTC One M9 was the second most-talked about smartphone at the MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2015 tech show in Barcelona, right after the two Samsung brothers, the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge.

    The tech industry experts were impressed by the form factor and simplistic look and elegance of the flagship device. But the HTC One M9 had it's own pros and cons, the most common one was the camera - which was much criticised.

    But looks like, HTC was very quick in taking the industry feedback and launched the upgraded variant of the smartphone in India - the HTC One M9 (+) Plus.

    The HTC One M9+ brought all the features in the phablet including the improved and intuitive Duo camera (taken from HTC One M8).

    HTC One M9+ has already been launched in India at a price of around Rs. 52,500 -- and it's already available for purchase in the country.

    HTC One M9 Plus Review

    So, if you are confused, and thinking for a premium phone upgrade, take a look at our full review below and find out if you should think of HTC One M9+ as one of the options for purchase.

    A skillfully designed form factor......

    HTC One M9 Plus Review

    By and large, the new HTC One M9+ follows the design pattern of the original One M8.The metal body brings a very industrious and classy look. The edges are quite slippery though, but feels much better and gives a solid look to the phone.

    HTC One M9 Plus Review

    The device which we got is covered by golden rim on all the sides, which gives a sleek look to the phone, upfront you'll find the Boom speaker grill on the bottom and above

    HTC One M9 Plus Review

    At the back there's an extra eye as the phone has got a dual camera. Overall, the design of the phone is much appreciated by the tech experts in the industry and its most important aspect of HTC One M9+ so far.

    Decent Display

    HTC One M9 Plus Review

    The phone is a bit tall to handle. The bezel is quite thin, so using the soft keys could be toddling at times. The phone features a 5.2-inch, QHD (1440x2560p) display that seems bright, offers true colours. The screen is easy on eyes, and there were not much brightness issues in broad daylight.

    HTC Sense 7 is pretty intuitive

    HTC One M9 Plus Review

    The OS has smooth and speedy elements, quick navigation, tough factors can't be ignored. This thing absolutely flies.

    There are many themes which are either pre-installed or can be downloaded and the aspects of the interface can be changed through the same.

    HTC One M9 Plus Review

    However, the most impressive part of this theme is the ability to take any picture, ideally a wallpaper of your choice and plug it into the app. It will analyse the colours and implement it into the interface.

    Performance-wise, it's a real speedster!

    HTC One M9 Plus Review

    The HTC One M9+ didn't disappoint in terms of power or speed. While we were sceptical about the performance of the phone, however backed by the HTC Sense 7 snapped on to Android OS, the performance of the phone is good enough.

    HTC One M9 Plus Review

    The handset comes with a 2.2GHz Helio X10 octa-core processor and 3GB RAM. There's 32GB of internal storage and also an expansion slot. The phone didn't crash and everything worked just like normal.

    The goodness of media experience...and Boom speakers

    HTC One M9 Plus Review

    Multimedia media experience is good thanks to the Boom speakers. The sensors for easily waking up the phone also turns out to be good. A simple double tap or swipe on the side will easily work to wake up your phone.

    A fancy camera phone...

    HTC One M9 Plus Review

    With the HTC One M9+, the company has used a DuoCamera with a bigger 20MP sensor with a 2.1MP depth sensor. Not just that, the UltraPixel lens has been moved to the front for selfies.

    HTC One M9 Plus Review

    In our tests, HTC's One M9+ performs well, taking decent shots in sunlight and low light. Overall, the camera performed well as per our expectations.

    HTC One M9 Plus Review

    A cool feature which we've not seen elsewhere is the ability to not only manually adjust settings, such as ISO, but then save them as pre-sets to use later. This means you can come up with your own modes for different situations.

    Battery life is a bit disappointing!

    HTC One M9 Plus Review

    The HTC One M9+'s 2,840mAh battery is a bit disappointing. The makers have claimed standby time of up to 626 hours and talk time of up to 13 hours with 3G. Streaming a full episode of Mad Men on the M9+ ate up 20 to 30% percent of its battery. It's annoying, for sure.

    Final Verdict

    HTC One M9 Plus Review

    HTC's seems to be on a right track. The phone has got that simplistic elegance. The One M9+ surely ranks above the Samsung Galaxy S6 in terms of design and performance. You have got the old M7, you'll want to take a look at the HTC One M9+.

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