After the One M9 failed to find its footing, HTC cooked up a sequel with a new but derivative look. It’s a well-built device and is one of the first to ship with Google’s latest version of Android, but some of the One series’ hallmark features are nowhere to be found. The end result is a phone that, while perfectly good, doesn’t stand apart from the competition.
“Pick your battles” is good advice, especially when you’re a minnow among sharks, but theHTC One A9 seems determined to fight on all fronts. You’d think the company’s newest hero phone would have enough going on just trying to convince us that a flagship needn’t max out the spec sheet, but HTC compounds its challenge by launching a device that can’t not be compared to the wildly popular iPhone.
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