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HTC One M9 vs. iPhone 6 Plus – Best smartphone reader’s choice – March mobile madness 2015

by Roy Choi | March 12, 2015March 12, 2015 2:00 pm PDT

This poll has closed, check out the latest Mobile Madness battle.

Mobile Madness is underway and the first, play-in round, saw the HTC One M9 go up against the LG G3.  Eventually the newly announced HTC One M9 won it by over 30-percentage points. Now the HTC One M9 will go up again Apple’s phablet, the iPhone 6 Plus. Which would you select? It is hard to gauge, especially considering different processors, different operating systems and the screen sizes also vary.  Though I will say, both look very nice.

I think what is especially though in this year’s mobile madness is just how great all these flagship devices are. I would gladly pick up any one of these devices and be more than happy to use them as my daily driver, regardless of operating system. I think that is a great thing for consumers, especially if you’re plopping down a few hundred dollars for these devices. Both these next two devices are great! I love the design and feel of both. So what will it be? HTC’s newest flagship? or Apple’s phablet? As always read down further to get more details on both devices. Vote in the poll below!

And join us again tomorrow as we let you decide this year’s champ for mobile madness. Have fun!

 

Note: right click to open in a new window if you want to print out a bracket to fill out, we’re all doing it at the office. Yes this is the nerdiest bracket.

TechnoBuffalo - Mobile Madness 2015 Round 1

HTC One (M9)

The phone feels much sharper thanks to more pronounced edges along the sides of the device, which calls back some of the design elements we saw in the One M7. The 5-inch 1080p display is sharp, though not as jaw dropping as some of the panels offered by HTC’s competitors. Hopefully that means we’ll see improved battery life in our long term tests, however.

HTC packed the One M9 with a Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. Android 5.0 Lollipop ran well on the device during our hands-on, and HTC’s new Sense 7 user interface doesn’t add any drag to the experience. We’ve always liked Sense, and Sense 7 is a solid step forward… read more

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

It’s no easy task reviewing an iPhone. Apple isn’t like other phone makers and doesn’t create and launch several smartphone models throughout the year.

Instead, once per annum, Apple announces the new devices that it’s going to sell for the entire next 12 months. That’s it. It takes one shot a year, sits back and focuses on the next project on the table. Still, despite that approach, it manages to go toe-to-toe with Android makers that fire off several rounds each year… read more

HTC - One M9 Apple - iPhone 6 Plus
Display Size 5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (441 ppi) 5.5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (401 ppi)
Resolution X 1080 1080
Resolution Y 1920 1920
Display Type N/A Retina HD
Operating System Android 5.0 (at launch) iOS 8 (at launch)
Processor 2.2 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 A8 chip with 64-bit architecture
RAM 3GB 1GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 16GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
External Storage Yes No
External Storage Specs
  • Micro SD up to 128GB
Main Camera (Back) 20MP 8MP iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels
Secondary Camera (Front) HTC UltraPixel 1.2MP
Networks
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
  • UMTS: 850/900/1900/2100
  • LTE (FDD): 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28
  • LTE (TDD): 38, 40, 41
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (CDMA models only)
  • DC-HSDPA
  • GSM/EDGE
  • LTE
  • UMTS/HSPA+
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery 2840mAh N/A
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • DLNA
  • MHL
  • Micro USB
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Lightning port
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Gyro
  • Magnetic
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyro
  • Proximity
GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
Height 144.6 mm (5.69 inches) 6.22 inches (15.80 cm)
Width 69.7 mm (2.74 inches) 3.06 inches (77.7 mm)
Depth 9.61 mm (0.38 inches) 0.28 inches (7.1 mm)
Weight 157 g (5.54 oz) 6.07 oz (172 g)
Colors Gold, Grey, Silver, Pink Gold, Gray, Silver
Supported Audio Formats .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma, .flac AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
Supported Video Formats .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv, .avi, .mkv H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
Other Features
  • IR Remote
  • Touch ID Fingerprint Scanner
  • Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
  • Wi‑Fi calling
In The Box N/A N/A

 

 

 

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First Round:

March 11(play-in round) HTC One M9 Vs LG G3
March 12 Winner of the play-in round (HTC One M9) Vs iPhone 6 Plus
March 13 Samsung Galaxy 6 Edge Vs Lumia 930-Series
March 14 Moto X (2014) Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4
March 15 Motorola Droid Turbo Vs BlackBerry Passport
March 16 LG G Flex 2 Vs Sony Xperia Z3
March 17 Nexus 6 Vs BlackBerry Classic
March 18 iPhone 6 Vs OnePlus One
March 19 Galaxy S6 Vs Galaxy Note Edge

Second Round:

March 20 Winner of March 12 Vs Winner of March 13
March 21 Winner of March 14 Vs Winner of March 15
March 22 Winner of March 16 Vs Winner of March 17
March 23 Winner of March 18 Vs Winner of March 19

Final Four:

March 24-26 Winner of March 14 Vs Winner of March 15
March 26-28 Winner of March 16 Vs Winner of March 17

 

Final:

March 29-31 Winner of March 18-19 Vs Winner of March 20-21
Winner Announced April 1  

Roy Choi

Roy Choi is a Southern California native. He has been infatuated with technology reviews ever since he bought his first crummy laptop in the summer...

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