With its flagship One smartphones, HTC seems determined to prove that change isn’t always for the better—since the first iteration launched two years ago, there haven’t been any major adjustments to the handset’s design. But the latest One isn’t just a rehash of its predecessors, it’s got a top-of-the-line processor, Android 5.0, and a new camera.
The new One M9 is a great demonstration of what HTC’s idea of a quality, high-end smartphone should be. Its beautiful metal casing is now accompanied by a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera, the stereo front-facing BoomSound speakers are still the best in the business, and the slight bump in battery size is a welcome change. These characteristics are good and all, but just being good isn’t always good enough—when up against the likes of Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 and the recently-announced LG G4, you’ve got to be great to stand out. The One M9 may be HTC’s best smartphone yet, but whether or not it’s the best for you depends on your priorities.