Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own.
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The HTC One M9 is here, and it is magnificent. I’ve been lucky enough to get to test one, and I’ve been very impressed. I’m addicted to mobile, and love trying out new gear. Before I get into everything it offers, I’d like to give you my overall viewpoint on the device. It’s has a beautiful dual tone metal unibody design. The case is fine jewelery grade brushed metal. They look so good because each phone goes through a 70 step process, that lasts around 300 minutes in the factory. To my knowledge, no other phone goes though a process like this to be hand crafted and finished.
I love taking pictures, and I think at one time was addicted to Instagram, so lets talke about the camera. The HTC One M9 also has a 20 megapixel sapphire glass lens cover f2.2 27.8mm, wide angle lens. Four different camera modes, Split capture, crop me in, beauty camera, vsco cam. HTC says more new cameras will be added to the store over the life of the product. UltraPixel takes photos 2 times larger pixels, using an f2.0 ultra wide-angle lens. This produces images that are brighter, clearer, more natural, with less noise and blur. The coolest feature, in my opinion, is the voice activated selfie mode.
The tech advancement doesn’t stop with the camera. The new photo editor is loaded with lots of effects like shapes, prismatic, double expos, elements, and face fusion. Us the Zoe app for a simple way to create, share and remix pro quality highlight videos. Just choose the photos and videos you’d like to share , add a filter to give your highlight video a unique look, and then choose the perfect soundtrack. You can easily bring shared moments to life by inviting friends to remix your video, and you can remix thiers! Take your time, or just touch and go, for as simple or in depth as possible.
Now to my favorite part, the speakers. This phone has the loudest, clearest speakers I’ve ever heard on a device. They are front facing, which helps a great deal as well. It is loaded with HTC Boomsound Dolby Audio Surround. It has a professionally tuned dolby sound profile, with multi-channel 5.1 surround sound. This can be the perfect experience for videos, a headset, and internal speakers. You can choose music mode or theater mode available depending on the setting and the context of how you want to listen.
It also has features that go beyond where mobile has ever gone before. The HTC Connect app is available in the Google Play store. Once downloaded, it is activated by a simple 3 finger swipe to connect. This allows you to stream audio to mulitple rooms with audio sync, AllPlay and Blackfire support- meaning you can play and control via WIFI. I know it won’t matter to some, but for those like me that live and breath music, this is outstanding. Convenient doesn’t even begin to describe it!
It has many other features, but those were the ones that impressed me the most. Check out this great video from HTC narrated by Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr.