What else is there?
If you’re not bothered about getting your hands on the newest handset then the rest of the HTC family doesn’t disappoint. Years manufacturing phones for other brands (like Google) means that you’ll be hard pushed to find a duff HTC. Before the HTC 10 was the HTC One M9 and before that the HTC One M8 – and both the M8 and M9 shared some fantastic reviews.
As you’d expect the newer M9 phone uses improved software (compared to the M8), it’s also got more storage and better speakers, the screens are similar, the only difference being the M9 has scratch resistant glass. The big variation comes in the camera – you get a 20.7MP camera on the M9 and 4MP on the M8. Size wise, there’s not a lot in it – the M9 is actually ever so slightly thicker but it weighs a touch less.
Of course, mobile phones wouldn’t be mobile phones if there wasn’t something confusing about the sheer number of models available and HTC are no exception. Because as well as the M series, they also slipped in the A range and launched an A9 the same year as the M9. The A9 is much lighter than the hefty M9 (143g compared to 161g) it’s also slimmer. But if music’s your bag, then you won’t find the speakers as good on the A9.
The screens on the A9 and M9 are pretty similar, both offer the scratch resistant glass and both have a 5-inch display. In terms of performance, the M9 is slightly faster but if it’s storage you want then the A9 can be topped up with an SD card giving you up to 2TB (that’s a huge amount in case you’re wondering). There are pros and cons to both the M9 and the A9 so it comes down to quite specific things depending on what you’re looking for.
A newer phone in the A series, the A9s is due to come out soon and whilst it’s not technically an upgrade, it’s not a downgrade either but something in between. It still offers a 5-inch screen but it’s not the super swanky AMOLED technology that gives you crisp, clear images of the more expensive models.