1. Phil Nickinson's Avatar
    Hey, folks! We haven't forgotten about the M9! Wanted to do up a blog post highlighting things that you (as in the folks using the M9) would want to change about it.

    So fire away. Nothing's too big or to small!
    06-04-2015 12:57 PM
  2. msm0511's Avatar
    Not a ton honestly. Maybe use the M8's display calibration. I'd keep theater mode the way it is, but revert music mode to the bassy sound of the M8, and better lowlight photos. Oh, and maybe put the duo camera back in. I kinda miss the tap to focus after the fact in Gallery.
    06-04-2015 03:51 PM
  3. Habiib's Avatar
    1. Add OIS or a more competent EIS implementation to the rear camera.

    2. Change the volume buttons to the single rocker design (if they remain on the same side as the power button).

    3. Center the micro USB port.

    4. Change the external design of the BoomSound speakers to match that of the Nexus 9, so they can be more symmetric.

    5. Increase the maximum brightness in auto-mode. Decrease the minimum brightness level.

    6. Center the front facing camera akin to the desire eye.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    06-04-2015 05:41 PM
  4. Rukbat's Avatar
    I don't own one - the non-removable battery is one reason. If not for that one feature, I'd probably own an M8 right now, instead of a Note 3. HTC is good, non-removable battery is bad.
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    06-04-2015 07:27 PM
  5. Ytown's Avatar
    I have only two complaints about the phone.
    1) The screen needed to be better quality. I am fine with 1080p but the colors appear washed out.
    2) I would change the processor. I don't experience slow downs, but after moderate to heavy use the phone becomes too hot to comfortably use. I find myself taking a break from use because of the heat. Maybe that's a good thing!

    Posted via the Android Central App
    06-04-2015 09:21 PM
  6. Brad Wilson's Avatar
    Better Camera performance and battery life. Other than those my M9 beats out my OPO and Nexus 5.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    06-04-2015 10:26 PM
  7. petvas72's Avatar
    I would change the following:
    • Better screen quality, like on the S6 or the iPhone 6
    • Better battery life (but this might be coming with the 1.40 firmware)
    • Better camera in low light
    • Better video recording capability/quality
    cheivs likes this.
    06-04-2015 11:34 PM
  8. BriniaSona's Avatar
    Move the Power Button to the top, like BB10 and the M8
    Flip the USB over so it's normal, like all other phones
    Screen RES and size is fine, but, I don't like the on screen android buttons, they're annoying when they pop up in games and send me to the home screen.
    Make the LED changable and BB10 in size

    Did I mention I come from BB10 (and am still there), I wont mention anything about the OS, that could be it's own thread.

    The sound is great, but an Equalizer in the Native HTC Music app would have been nice, and the speakers could be a tad louder. Awesome speakers though.
    Camera, yes, like everyone else says, could be better. A test of shooting my black cat agaisnt a white wall, proved my BlackBerry Classic did the job better. Maybe it's just the HTC Camera app, and not the phone itself.
    Add a dedicated mute button between the volume keys. This is so at ANY time i'm playing music, and someone talks to me I dont have to be like. "oh sorry, let me pull the phone out of my pocket, turn it on, unlock it, open the music app, and then pause it" I can just press the mute button through my pants, like I do on my BlackBerry Classic.
    06-05-2015 07:03 AM
  9. Jonathan Nadeau2's Avatar
    Not a lot to be honest, the phone is pretty good from a feature standpoint. The M9's hardware is pretty awesome but that being said - there could be some changes to the software that would immensely improve the phone.

    The overheating/battery drain seems to stem from inefficient memory usage with the processor. Trying other camera apps (like google camera or instagram) actually provides pretty good/fast pictures as well. The basic camera app runs fine in AUTO mode, but it needs some tweaking to get really good pics using Manual mode. They should fix up their auto-focus/settings software. Maybe a higher resolution screen wouldn't hurt as well

    If they streamlined their software a little better, I don't doubt they could easily dispel the haters.
    06-05-2015 01:38 PM
  10. Fathertime's Avatar
    Glare proof screen for sunlight and screen brightness increase.
    06-07-2015 06:56 PM
  11. BriniaSona's Avatar
    Glare proof screen for sunlight and screen brightness increase.
    I just used it with my bike mount on a sunny day. Max brightness is fine in daylight. Even when it's like 3 feet from my face and on an angle.
    06-07-2015 07:14 PM
  12. aallison1882's Avatar
    I think the IR blaster has a very narrow field. I pretty much have to put my phone perpendicular to my TV, set top box, AVR, etc. to use the blaster.
    06-08-2015 04:47 PM
  13. patchs's Avatar
    1.) For Sprint and HTC to fix this "Lost Data Connection" bug that causes the M9 to go into roaming whenever I go from a LTE area to 3G.
    2) Fix the bug that won't let my M9 back up, it fails about 96% of the way through.
    Other than those things, overall, I'm happy with my M9.
    06-09-2015 12:47 PM
  14. CD Hill's Avatar
    After 6 weeks with the M9 (following 2+ years each with an Incredible and a DNA, both HTC), I am still wowed by HTC phones, looks, build quality and functionality. Customer Support has slipped a bit - my few calls over past years were answered by knowledgeable, helpful staff; but my last call was answered by somebody hard to understand who knew only her name without help from a supervisor - ah, progress! Like the M8, which I skipped because of the damned speakers, the M9 has only two real problems so far:

    1. It lacks a lock screen ID (Owner name and contact), requiring that I add text to my lock screen photo. It should have a text overlay to show that, the way phones did in the good ol' days.
    2. It has those big speakers that make the phone unnecessarily long. How many of you actually listen to Beethoven's 5th Symphony or watch Star Wars on your cell phone - without earphones? The little mono speaker on the back of my DNA did the job nicely. In fairness, it is impressive that they added mega-speakers and kept the M9 only very slightly longer than the DNA, but I'd much rather lose another quarter inch of length.

    On the plus side. HTC did some great things with the M9 (again vs the DNA). The side power button is a great move and much easier to use after you get used to it. The Interruptions utility is a good idea, though I am still getting used to it. The long-press symbols and numbers added to the keyboard are a real time-saver. I have seen much discussion about the camera, which is not an issue for me. I travel with a camera for "real" pictures and use my phone for casual shots, shopping (taking a pic of the 27 weird fluorescent bulbs that we now need), scanning short documents, golf videos of friends' swing idiosyncrasies, and the like. It works just fine for all of those things. The voice to text processing is awesome, too. I now dictate notes, shopping lists and text messages.

    There are two other issues that may not be HTC issues: SIM card swaps and non-removable crapware (e.g., Cookie Jam). I travelled to Europe with the M9 and the local SIM cards worked fine, with a couple of minor squawks: calls said they were coming from/going to random countries and the tethering/hot spot did not work in London (ee, formerly Orange and T-Mobile), nor Amsterdam (Vodaphone). The problem arose when I returned home and had to visit a Verizon store for a new SIM card. VZW says that the problem is Android phones do not "reprovision" themselves automatically; meaning that once you add a non-VZW SIM card to your phone, your old VZW SIM card is bricked. I had the very same issue with my DNA, also Verizon. My wife's iPhone 5 had none of those problems; it tethered, hot-spotted and reprovisioned itself when I reinstalled her VZW SIM card. With the dearth of public phones, it is terrily inconvenient to come home and find you cell phone useless. VZW did agree to send me a spare SIM card so that I can at least get reprovisioned on the fly, well, after-the-fly.
    06-09-2015 05:06 PM
  15. DeusEx's Avatar
    Move the power button up on the right side and move the volume buttons to the left like Apple and Samsung. I can't recall the number of times I've accidentally powered off my device as I was using it.

    Make the device lighter while maintaining the premium quality. I spend a lot of time looking at the phone while commuting by subway and the heft of the phone makes my fingers and wrists tired.

    The phone needs a better rear facing camera. I've gotten so used to the great low light capabilities of my M7 that I took it for granted, and when compared to the M7, it's really terrible in low light on the M9. There too much noise and the photos are too dark.
    06-09-2015 05:53 PM
  16. gvndeb60's Avatar
    Simple, OIS camera.

    Sent from my HTC One M9 using Tapatalk
    06-09-2015 09:48 PM

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