Unlike many other manufacturers, Apple created its own style and kept it all these years. The unique design and the aluminum casings of the iPhones were the main reasons why so many didn’t look at the price when they decided to get a new phone from Apple. The latest iPhone 6 is a masterpiece, but it has many rivals that feature aluminum builds. The HTC One M9 is one of them.


The One M9 has almost the same design and dimensions as its predecessor, having aluminum back with two thin horizontal strips: one above the rear camera and another one at the bottom, right at the delimitation between the screen and the lower speakers, but of course, the line is situated on the back. The device has curved edges, a metallic frame (with a Gold Rose shade for the Silver model) and the dimensions are 144.6×69.7×9.6 mm, resulting in a total weight of 157grams. There are two loud dual front speakers and the rear camera has square lens.

The iPhone 6 is much thinner, measuring 6.9mm, but the body tends to bend under pressure and you mustn’t be “brutal” with your phone. Its back is flat and has also thin lines to hide the antennas, but the camera is placed in the upper left corner and it has circular camera lens. The device is 138.1mm tall and weights 129grams.


The screen from the One M9 measures 5inches, it uses Super LCD3 technology and offers a Full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels with 441ppi. It seems that the display covers only 87.1% of the sRGB color gamut, but the brightness is decent at 478.50cd/m2 and the contrast levels measure 1,356:1. However, there is a problem with the black levels, which measure 0.35cd/m2.

The iPhone 6 has a smaller 4.7inches screen (LED-backlit IPS LCD) with a maximum resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels at326 ppi, but it has a Reachability feature with which the users can easily interact with the top of the screen, without needing to use both hands. The screen is also Retina and sharper, which can cover 95.1% of the sRGB color gamut. It has clean whites, the images look vibrant and the brightness measures 542.88cd/m2, which means that you will read content in sunlight, without struggling too much. The contrast measures 1,456:1, but the blacks are also bad, because they measure 0.37cd/m2.


The One M9 features the new 64bit chipset from Qualcomm – Snapdragon 810 with two quad core processors (clocked at 1.5GHz and 2GHz), which are backed by Adreno 430 graphics and 3GB of RAM. The Snapdragon 810 chip is very fast, obtaining a score of 782ms in Chrome in the JavaScript SunSpider tests, but it tends to heat up when it’s overused.

The iPhone 6 has a dual-core 1.4GHz Apple A8 processor with 1GB of RAM and PowerVR GX6450 graphics. The A8 chip obtained a better score in SunSpider (365.8ms in the Safari browser).

The storage options on the iPhone 6 are 16, 64 and 128GB, but there’s no slot for expansion. The One M9 has an internal memory of 32GB, which can be expanded up to 128GB.


The One M9 sports a non-removable 2,840mAh battery which lasts 9 hours and 13 minutes when playing videos with a screen brightness set at 170cd/m2. The iPhone 6, with its 1,840mAh battery, manages to last up to 12 hours and 48 minutes in similar conditions.

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