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Sunday, March 6, 2016

HTC One A9: Unfair to be Compared with an IPhone

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The HTC One A9, also known as the iPhone look-alike, because of how the smartphone's black-glass front tapering into the curved, grey aluminium body is purely identical to the iPhone. Even the layout of ports and buttons are undeniably very iPhone. It's just a bit taller and wider than the iPhone that would make it more handy on the grip if it weren't a bit slippery.

But it isn't an HTC flagship phone so that is why many iconic elements have been left out but it is also unfair to compare it with an iPhone if you are to consider the impressive power under the hood. It's more like a fashionable device for those who want an elegant looking smartphone but slightly more affordable than the high-end counterparts.

The smartphone runs with an Android Marshmallow, and is powered by an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor with 2-3 Gb RAM and 16 - 32 GB internal storage, features a super-thin metal frame with an elegant finish, an edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass 5 inch energy efficient 1080p screen, a 13 megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 lens, a 4 mp front-facing camera, an expandable SD card memory and available in an array of brilliant colors: Carbon Gray, Opal Silver, Deep Garnet, and Topaz Gold.

Though it's another mid-range phone sporting a high-end design and priced to compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6, many feel it is still overpriced compared to smartphones within he same specifications line.

My first requirement would be the camera for my mobile photography needs. Being a blogger requires us to have a convenient tool to capture photos and videos so I prefer a smartphone that's fully equipped to the task. Being a good photographer is easier with the HTC One A9 because of its high-end 13 mp rear camera which allows you to take blur-free photos using the Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). You get 40% more color than a normal LCD screen for brilliant graphics and gaming — even in direct sunlight. You can save more image details for unsurpassed editing and creative control with RAW capture in Pro mode, and speed up your videos up to 12x for a dramatic effect with Hyperlapse.

The HTC One A9 also has an impressive fingerprint scanner that is a capacitive touch button making it largely reliable and faster than even the Touch ID on the iPhone 6S. You can also quickly realize your possibilities with Now on Tap and Android Pay and unlock it all with a tap of your finger.

They say the biggest loss is the Boomsound speakers on the front of the phone, which were an integral part why HTC devices are highly recommended for music lovers. They say that the built-in DAC converts 16-bit audio to 24-bit high-resolution sound but arguably lacks richness and depth that they boast of. The Dolby Audio Surround and an all-new enhanced, high-output amplifier helps deliver better sound quality but it still isn't good enough to impress.

You can download films, music and images 2x faster, and charge 40% faster with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology. They say Quick Charge 3.0 is also coming soon so that's something to watch out for.

HTC also gives you the power to make it your own and the choice to keep it simple with HTC Themes. You can also see the news, social feeds, music and images that you want all in one place by a customized HTC BlinkFeed.

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