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By Phil Nickinson
Sunday, Mar 1, 2015 at 10:42 am EST
And that's it, folks. HTC has announced the One M9, Grip and Vive!
Whatcha think? Sound off in the comments, and be sure to swing by our HTC forums!
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HTC One M9 = Meh. It's got some pretty nice hardware but that design is starting to get a little stale to me. It's still nice, but a tad old now. Better speakers is a plus and I'm a little bit skeptical that the 20MP camera will negatively affect low-light photos. Will still get a look at it.
HTC Grip = I don't use wearables, nor know a ton about them, so I can't really comment on it without getting downvoted to hell about my flawed explanation.
HTC Vive = Never expected this. If they can deliver a consumer version at the promised date of "before the end of the year (2015)", and priced it right, then they may have a big winner. The partnership with Valve is just icing of the cake.
I agree with you, I am really skeptical about the 20MP camera. I think HTC needs to get it's head out of it's a** and start throwing money towards better marketing. New products in untested markets, such as the grip, the vive, and the RE, are destroying the bottom line of the brand and at this moment they have not provided a compelling use case for the average consumer to use any of their products other than their phones. The use case for wearables really needs to be refined down to a point where everyone can understand it's fundamental use.
As a case study take what Apple has successfully launched in the last 15 years.
-People want easy access to music => iPod.
-People want the full internet, not some sort of text based malarky, on their phones => iPhone
-People want to surf the internet in bed or casually => iPad
-People want to pay with their phones => Apple Pay... okay this one is not a success yet... and technically Google incorporated the idea first but not as ubiquitously.
Wearables is the next big thing. It should be the key to our smart internet of things life. In reality the wearables don't really need a screen, it should keep life stupid simple and not complicate things.
It should be like a button or a set of gestures that allows you to:
-Open your front door
-Turn on/off your lights.
-Control your TV
-Used as Authentication for Credit Cards/Phone.
To address the functionality with ubiquitous control the battery life needs to be in the months not weeks or days. That's what Android wear has gotten wrong so far. It has the potential to do all that I have listed above but no one is going to buy into it unless the battery life is so long that it is forgettable.
It looks awesome and can't wait to see it in person
I was really hoping for a phablet device release
This^^^ Now I have to look at the Note 4... And I really wanted to stay with HTC. They've been good to me for years. This is the first time they've let me down.
Same here, I've had the m7 for two years now I wanted something new and fresh. Idk wth I'm going to get now but I really don't think it's m9
Note 4 is a great choice.
HTC 2 tone gold silver... umm NO. Hideous. All gold, worse. black, no thanks.
HTC will die soon. Sad, but true.
Do people use cases for there devices??? Reason i ask is everyone complains about the color when the case his it anyway, or is it just me.
Looks a nice phone but like the m8 will make absolutely no difference to HTC's lackluster market performance.
Not much of an upgrade from last years M8. Still probably a great device but I'm gonna pass on the M9.
Vive puts the subtle changes to the M-# brand into context. Designing and marketing two "revolutionary" products at once would have been one hell of a strain and probably weakened one of the products in the process. Still would have liked to hear something about the M9+, but aside from the unavoidable HTC camera-gimmick flap, the M9 seems to be wisely refined even if it does looks very familiar.
Pass. This sucks. @evleakes render didn't happen.
WTF is wrong with you people? This is an upgrade in every way! THE ONLY COMPLAINT ON THE M8 WAS THE CAMERA!!!!!!!!! Now, they've upgraded the camera and people are still complaining. Every other aspect of the M8 was flawless for most of us that use this phone daily. You all are just haters! I for one will be upgrading my M8 as soon as the M9 is available.
And you can take your "black bar" argument else where because because if you think you're making a statement, you're an invalid!
Yes they got rid of ultradisaster, but yet they skimped on not including ois.
Still not good enough.
Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
Respectively: Meh, Yuck and Hmm.
HTC M9 = same old, same old. Design wise, it's still way too big and most likely still way too slippery. The new camera design is downright horrible and humps? No, thanks. By now the expectations I had for HTC when the M7 was released have all crashed. While I would have considered the M7, I wouldn't consider the M8 nor will I consider the M9. There's just nothing in it that attracts me.
HTC Grip = yeah. Yuck. The design is horrible and it's just yet another fitness smartband. For their first wearable, this is a very very poor start.
HTC Vive = Steam OS is still a thing? I mean, much like Ubuntu it promised a lot but then basically died on the beach. Yeah, sure it's a VR set. I don't think it will be able to compete with the offerings from Sony and Oculus (I'd add Microsoft's HoloLens but that one isn't really a VR set but an holographic one). It's a nice effort and, who knows, maybe it will actually be good. I just have no faith in it and I don't see it being able to properly compete against a powerhouse like Sony that holds the PlayStation connection or Oculus (backed by the financial power of Facebook).
I know you like mini phones (you said you have the Z3C the other day). So, you think it's way too big?? I wouldn't go that far
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Yes, I do. I like phones I can manage with one hand and don't clutter my pockets because, well, that's sort of the reason they're phones. If I wanted to use something that wouldn't allow me to use with just one hand and put in my pocket without ransoming it, I would use a mini tablet with LTE (yeah, I hate the "phablet" concept).
My specific problem with the M8 and M9 is the design. The phone is way too big because albeit it having a 5" display (I also have a Nokia L930 so it's not like I can't deal with 5" displays), it has ill-conceived bezels. For example, if you think about the way Android works, the last thing you should do was to add the bezel with the HTC logo to the bottom of the phone. Why? Because it will make it even more difficult to access the notification tray. The M8 and M9 already have the bezels for the BoomSound. Adding an extra bezel to the bottom (specially if it doesn't even have capacitive buttons like the M7 had) just to put components instead of the top of the phone is just a bad idea.
I agree. Personally I think they should've considered putting capacitive buttons where the black bezel goes. The speakers are part of the reason the phone is so long, so I give it a pass there seeing as how they're very high quality, but the black bezel still takes up too much space
I think I was stupid enough to believe there was a possibility that they were actually gonna launch the "M9 plus" lololol. I must say, I'm dissappointed.
But the M9 is very nice, as is always the case with htc.
Speak on it brother...
You're not alone. I was hoping for M9 plus as well.
Still kinda disappointed that the M9 didn't look a thing like the evleaks render -- god, that was a beauty. Nevertheless, the M9 still has the best design on the market, but here's to hoping that the M10 will be fresh. (Thank me 1 year later)
The Note 4 is the best design on the market
If anything the Phone and case I would consider.
Would be interested to see what Vive is like but not for me personally.
Not sure what HTC's play is here. If you have the M8, you have no real reason to get the M9. Problem is, I'm gonna guess I'm one of a large number of M7 owned who were underwhelmed by the M8, and thus now the M9 holds zero appeal. So are they counting on crazy conquest sales? Or that people out of their two year contracts just automatically get another HTC device? I want to see the S6 now, and maybe I get a placeholder phone until the G4 comes out if I'm not wowed.
The HTC are kinda getting stale design wise - even though I saw the leaks I was still hoping against it so that they would break the mould with a fresh design
Seeing as how the camera module is protruding from the metal casing, I was hoping to see some OIS action in the M9. Nope. I'm all for them dumping the Ultrapixel stuff, but OIS should basically come standard nowadays. Don't even get me started with the design of the device. Small changes may work for Apple, but it's obvious that Android users (the vocal online ones) don't like to settle for small changes.
I feel like this should be called HTC one m8.2 or HTC one m8S
Well, it's potentially a HTC One M8 killer. But not much more than that.
M9 looks exactly the same as the m7 and m8... long metal banana, FAIL.
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HTC has officially gone bankrupt.
So, the actual device trumps what many have called the best phone in the world, and I don't think that's a bad thing.
Yes, the rendering looked awesome and drool-worthy. However, an artist does not have to deal with technical aspects.
I personally would rather have the sound than the glass front, and the list of better sounding phones is... zero.
Probably the biggest benefit to me would be the enhanced grip when holding it. The edges have more "bite" due the the hard edge and trapezoidal shape.
The camera is a huge jump in MP, more than my Nikon, although I was one of the few who liked the UP camera and would have been alright with an 8 or 13 MP Ultra Pixel camera. OIS would have been ok, but are there that many people with shaky hands? It's more of a problem with my dedicated shooter than it is with my M8, which is decidedly faster.
Bigger battery is interesting, considering the smaller phone size and the huge camera sensor. The Samsung S6 wound up with a smaller battery, lost the SD card, and lost the removable back, so I'm not disappointed with the M9.
The Grip looks a lot like other fitness trackers, at first glance, until you notice the curved screen. Seems like it has more brains than the usual tracker too, but I'm usually too worn out from the day to do another workout at the gym.
The Vive caught me by surprise, and is SO much more than just sticking your phone in a holder. Looking forward to seeing what becomes of it.
I still prefer the look of the M7 but the M9 still looks to similar like the M8. Disappointing really. It's nice they got a bigger camera in terms of megapixels but we will see if it's any good. Again disappointing no ois for such a large camera. But if the iPhone 6 says anything about camera is that pixels don't matter.
For the same price, people would be silly to buy the Grip vs the Microsoft Band. Similar design, but the Grip has fewer features.
I'm a Hardcore fan since the Evo 4G. I'm not disappointed with HTC event they make great quality products, but not hearing about One Max successor was a let down for me. I know the One Max was not popular but at least I had choice in the phablet area. Well, I will continue to rock out with my One Max.
Saddened by this M8 clone. I was really hoping for something stunning design-wise, like the evleaks render. I know I will not be upgrading from my M8. The question now is, do I rock the M8 for another year, or give the S6 its day in court?
It is understandable that HTC can not break the mold on every iteration of its flagship line, but I'd like to see a little more effort than just a new camera and paint job.
Seriously hoping that the evleaks render was in fact a prototype of the M10.
Hoped for an M9 design which was closer to the EVLeaks render really. That simply looked soooo good.
On a positive note, the VR headset is a nice surprise. Nobody saw that coming from HTC :-)