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HTC One A9s
Out-of-place Fingerprint Sensor
I’d much rather prefer the fingerprint sensor on the A9s to be at the back of the device rather than the front as it just doesn’t feel natural when holding it in your hand.
Subpar Battery Life
The battery life on the A9s is subpar at best; you could turn on the preinstalled Boost+ feature to maintain your battery life but it will affect the performance drastically.
Same Shape, Same Design
Not to put off the hard work the people over at HTC have put into the HTC One A9s, but it is eerily reminiscent of the Apple iPhone 6s, and that isn’t necessarily a good thing. It’s 2017, not everybody is into the small smartphones these days (no, I am not overcompensating for something). What I must commend the A9s on is its sturdy metallic body with non-protruding buttons, giving it a minimalistic outlook and feel in your palms.
What HTC has done well with its Android devices is limit the bloatware that comes with it to a minimum. The HTC Sense OS on the A9s keeps the overall UI of the device simple and easy to navigate, especially if you’re an existing Android user. It also comes with HTC Freestyle layout, allowing you to customise and get creative with your home screen with layers of widgets, apps and icons. The world – or your home screen – is your oyster
Creating Memories with a Click
The focus point of the A9s is course its 13-megapixel camera paired with a BSI sensor. I wouldn’t say pictures would turn out spectacularly great but it’s a lot better compared to many other mid-range devices in the market. From my experience, low-lighting conditions as well as night shots are what brings the best out of the A9s. the 5-megapixel front-facing camera isn’t too shabby either but it does appear very grainy and pixelated in low-lighting.