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HTC One M9 vs. BlackBerry Passport – Best smartphone reader’s choice – Mobile Madness 2015

by Roy Choi | March 24, 2015March 24, 2015 2:00 pm PDT

We’re getting close to the final round! Yesterday paired the OnePlus One against the Samsung Galaxy S6, with the OnePlus One taking the win. We now have the final four smartphones: HTC One M9, BlackBerry Passport, Blackberry Classic and OnePlus One.

This next round will allow a little extra voting time, one extra day to be exact. Voters will have between Tuesday through Thursday to submit their votes.  So what will it be? The HTC One M9 or BlackBerry Passport?

 

HTC One (M9)

For two years, the HTC One has arguably been the best-looking Android phone on the market, the epitome of beauty and grace. This year’s model is no different. Made of a lovely brushed aluminum, the M9 ups the ante with a dual-tone, scratch-resistant finish that’s an absolute delight to look at, and, more importantly, to hold.

We got the silver on gold version, and the two distinct hues make it look even more luxurious and elegant than it did before. It glints and sparkles with an assured shine, like a meticulously crafted piece of fine jewelry. HTC says the manufacturing process requires over 70 steps and 300 minutes per device, and that thorough craftsmanship shows at every angle. It’s a marvelous design, to be sure, and still among the best there is… read the full review

 

BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry returned to its more premium roots. The BlackBerry Passport has a bizarre design, though it’s one that I am fascinated with, and offers a three-row QWERTY keyboard, a super sharp display and a metal frame. It feels solid and looks admittedly corporate, which is fine for a device targeted at the enterprise, but how does it function? I’ve been using the BlackBerry Passport for the past couple of weeks and am ready to share my opinions… read more.

 

HTC - One M9 BlackBerry - Passport
Display Size 5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (441 ppi) 4.5-inch, 1440 x 1440 pixel display (453 ppi)
Resolution X 1080 1440
Resolution Y 1920 1440
Display Type N/A N/A
Operating System Android 5.0 (at launch) BlackBerry OS 10.3
Processor 2.2 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 2.2GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
RAM 3GB 3GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 32GB
External Storage Yes Yes
External Storage Specs
  • Micro SD up to 128GB
  • Micro SD up to 128GB
Main Camera (Back) 20MP 13MP
Secondary Camera (Front) HTC UltraPixel 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
  • FD-LTE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 20
  • HSPA+ 1, 2, 4, 5/6, 8
  • Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery 2840mAh 3450mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • DLNA
  • MHL
  • Micro USB
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
  • Miracast
  • Wi-Fi Direct
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Gyro
  • Magnetic
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Time of Flight (ToF)
GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • A-GPS
  • GPS
  • S-GPS
Height 144.6 mm (5.69 inches) 198 mm (7.80 inches)
Width 69.7 mm (2.74 inches) 90.3 mm (3.56 inches)
Depth 9.61 mm (0.38 inches) 0.36 mm (0.01 inches)
Weight 157 g (5.54 oz) 196 g (6.91 oz)
Colors Gold, Grey, Silver, Pink Black
Supported Audio Formats .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma, .flac MP3, MKA, AAC, AMR, F4V, WAV, MP2PS, MP2TS, AWB, OGG, FLAC
Supported Video Formats .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv, .avi, .mkv 3GP, 3GP2, M4A, M4V, MOV, MP4, MKV, MPEG-4, AVI, ASF, WMV, WMA
Other Features
  • IR Remote
  • FM Radio
In The Box N/A N/A

 

EDITOR’S UPDATE: It appears voting shenanigans are taking place. Further voting restrictions have been enforced on the backend.

Voting results will remain closed until the final votes are in March 26 at 2:00 PM PST. Voting excessively takes the “game” and “fun” out of this series. Don’t do it. Stay cool.

 

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 S6 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
(HTC One M9)
Vs Winner of March 13 (Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge)
March 21 Winner of March 14
(Samsung Galaxy Note 4)
Vs Winner of March 15
(BlackBerry Passport)
March 22 Winner of March 16
(Sony Xperia Z3)
Vs Winner of March 17
(BlackBerry Classic)
March 23 Winner of March 18
(OnePlus One)
Vs Winner of March 19
(Samsung Galaxy S6)

Final Four:

March 24-26 Winner of March 20 Vs Winner of March 21
March 26-28 Winner of March 22 Vs Winner of March 23

 

Final:

March 29-31 Winner of March 24-26 Vs Winner of March 26-28
Winner Announced April 1

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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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