There are a lot of smartphones out there, and Taiwanese manufacturer HTC makes some of the best, even if it doesn’t sell anywhere near as many phones as the market leaders. Such is life.
New phones are always coming and going, and we get that it can be a little difficult to keep up with things. So this is our continuously updated list of the HTC phones that you need to be aware of. These are the phone’s we’re most likely to be writing about, and the ones you’re mostly likely to want to consider
Updated July 2016: Hey-o, we last updated this post in July 2016, and we’ll update it again the next time HTC releases something that needs to be on this list.
1. HTC 10
HTC is back. In the spring of 2016 it brought forth the HTC 10, ditching the “M” designator (which really came from the codenames) and giving us a mastery of metal and glass. We’ve got a 5.5-inch QuadHD display, 3,000 mAh battery, and software that’s now more stock than not. For a lot of folks, this is the HTC phone of their dreams.
Add onto that a camera that’s mostly really good, with just a few rough spots. But certainly nothing as problematic as we’ve seen from HTC the past few years. And on top of that we’ve got some high-def audio.
What’s not perfect? The price. There are more and more really good phones for less money, and more are coming all the time. But for HTC in 2016? This is a damned good phone.
2. HTC One A9
Released October 2015 Yes, the A9 looks an awful lot like an iPhone, yes it’s got terrible battery life and is too expensive. But there’s a lot to love about it, too. It’s kind of between a mid-range and a high-end phone but it’s wrapped up beautifully in a unibody metal shell that looks and feels great. There’s a nice display round the front. And it’s not big for the sake of being big, something which happens so often these days.
But one of the absolute best things about the A9 is the software. HTC launched it running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the first non-Nexus phone to do such a thing. Sense is still present but HTC has laid down a marker with the A9 that shows the rest what we want to see. Swift adoption of new software for new devices.
But keep an eye out for a deal if you want to buy one, particularly in Europe where the price is still too high.
3. HTC One M9
Released April 2015 Take everything you loved about 2014’s HTC One M8 and fix a few nagging issues, and that’s pretty much the M9. It’s a touch narrower and a tad shorter. A new shelf on the edges makes it so much easier to hold. And it’s launching with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and a slightly revamped Sense 7. The biggest difference in the software is the inclusion of a new “Sense Home” widget that tries to predict apps that you’ll use at home, at work and when you’re “Out.” Downloaded apps are moved to a new “Downloads” folder, and there’s also a new “Suggested apps” folder, for better or worse.
We’ve already given the M9 a thorough reviewing, and found that it carries on the legacy of the last two “M” series phones with plenty of quality and the unfortunate theme of a less-than-stellar camera setup.