Mar 06 AT 9:57 AM Nick Gray 51 Comments

HTC One M9 versus Samsung Galaxy S6: Which phone will you buy?

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By now, you’re probably heard that Samsung and HTC announced their new flagship devices at Mobile World Congress.

With the One M9, HTC listened to the public and moved its UltraPixel camera to the front of the phone and upgraded the main camera to a 20-megapixel sensor. They even tweaked the design of the phone to put the power button on the side. But the overall design is iterative, mixing elements of the One M7 and One M8 into the unibody aluminum shall around back while keeping the same design aesthetic of the One M8 on the front.

Surprisingly, Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 looks striking. Rather than giving us another variant of the same design that the company’s been using for four years, Samsung’s designers built a phone with an aluminum band around the edges and glass panels on the front and back. And then there’s the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge with a display which curves over the left and right edges of the phone. While the added glass loves to pick up fingerprints, and the bottom edge of the phone barrows a few ideas from the Apple iPhone 6, the overall look and feel of the phone may be exactly what Samsung needs to break of out of the design rut the company has been stuck in for nearly half a decade.

Both phones have their merits, but we want to know your thoughts and why you’d pick on phone over the other.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Jeroen

    Neither, both didn’t impress me enough. I’ll wait to see what the new Nexus will be and what LG will do.

    • Alton Gillard

      Agreed! Nexus and Z4.

  • hp420

    Neither. I’d never buy a device from either company again. Motorola and LG are where it’s at right now!!

    • Matt

      Dumb ass.

  • Alan

    Samsung needs to get rid of that button.

  • surethom

    Its a difficult decision I want the Samsung S6 but dont like that they decided to make much thinner & there for smaller battery. I will have to wait for full reviews to see how the S6 does against the HTC M9. But as I buy sim free phones I may wait for the Next Motorola & hope that the are better under Lenovo for the UK releases.

    Love the LG’s but not the back buttons.

  • rbaggio00

    Not sure i like the GS6 edge but i wish it had a bigger screen, 5.1 is a little small, im used to my nexus6. ill have to wait and see what the LG G4 looks like.

  • Timothy Zhu

    HTC One M9 :)

  • Androidian

    The M9 for sure.

    Can’t wait to test out the Dolby 5.1 considering the M8′s sound quality.

    • tzhu07

      Yes, BoomSound smartphones are the only ones in the industry where you don’t need earphones or headphones for the sound to be good.

    • Tue Agerbak

      I played a lot with it today, I am amazed by the Dolby sound. It really blows you away. In terms of boomsound, the audio is crystal clear and nice on my a-Jays ear plugs!

  • Alton Gillard

    Touchwiz looks better than previous versions, but Sense is by far superior. I think Samsung let their Galaxy fans down by eliminating Micro SD and removable battery. But, im a HTC fan and have been one since the Tmobile G2. Unfortunately, The M9 failed to excite me as much as the One X, M7, and M8. Sure, the camera is better, but I’ve gotten thousands of great pics with the Ultra pixel cam on the M7 and M8. So, upgrading to the M9 for a better cam seems unnecessary. If the M9 had redesigned boomsound speakers and smaller bezels, I’d 100% be upgrading. Basically, I have no idea what phone to upgrade to. Maybe I’ll jump ship and get an iPhone 6+?

    • Alton Gillard

      Or maybe a Z4? Or maybe I’ll just keep my M8? I have no flipping clue what to do. Definitely feel a bit let down this year. I wanna rock the latest and greatest but both the S6 and M9 seem blah. Samsung design looks great, but too many trade-offs. M9 looks good but I’ve seen it for two years already. And the additions seem like fixes more than anything else.

      • Luis Berrios

        I like how apple repeats designs for years on end with very little change, but HTC or Samsung do it and it’s bad. Do not take that as if it was directed your way sir. I believe that you have a point, I agree with the whole same basic design for 2 years in a row thing. But when you have something that works well why change its basic principle? HTC One is about its Aluminum unibody shell, amazing boomsound speakers, and its beautiful, fast, and practical features, which is Android software skin Sense 5-7. I will most certainly be upgrading to the M9.

        • Evan

          On average Apple changes their design every two years. The iPhone 3, 4, 5, and 6 were all new designs. This is the third year for HTC’s design.

  • Yann Frances (Oudjat)

    I vote for the HTC One M9.
    The HTC One M9 has a Premium design, camera 20 MP + Ultrapixel for selfies, Dolby 5.1 stereo sound, micro-SD port, and Sense is always a safe bet.

    • Alton Gillard

      Curios to know what phone you currently own.

  • Lorna

    For me it has to be the HTC one m9.
    It Oozes, quality and design

  • Kennon

    I think I’ll probably get the S6 Edge only for the novelty value. Then in the fall I will check out the LG G4 as I was a huge fan of the G2.

  • Jaxrevenge

    You need a none of the above option to make it a real survey or an Apple option LOL

  • Quinning

    I will get the M9 now. Passing on Galaxy Edge in hopes that the next Note Edge will offer more.

  • Mel

    HTC, for sure.

    I had a Samsung S4 for less than 1.5 years. It started to fail (sim card not detected error). Is not an uncommon hardware issue for this model.

    For a $600 phone, is should last much longer than that. Samsung makes phones with great functionality, ..poor quality.

  • Anne Bautista

    HTC One, hands down. Happy with its slick design, the ultra pixel feature of the camera– which I use all the time–and very impressed with the quality of the speakers.

  • Pp

    HTC M9. The galaxy’s already have issues that I have read about on the web, not to mention being so fingerprint friendly, loss of memory card, removable battery, expensive, and so on.

  • Bob Lafleur

    I have an M8. The new Samsung design is sure interesting but they killed it for me with no MicroSD slot, and although it’s sexy, the all-glass design just doesn’t cut it. I prefer metal on the back. If I had to choose I’d go with the M9 but I will more than likely wait for next year’s iterations. My M8 still works great and with the recent Android 5 upgrade, it’s gotten snappier and it’s now like a new phone again.

  • Woody

    20 megapixel camera? Good, I can finally start my boring landscapes poster company.

  • Guest

    20 megapixel camera? Good, I can finally start my boring landscapes poster company.

  • Alexander Khaindrava

    After months of research, I left the iPhone behind and got HTC One M8. It was supposed to be this great phone. Well, its garbage. unfortunately i missed my 2 week return period thinking I would get used to it and now I am stuck with it for 11 more months. How does one get used to touch screen not recognizing the touch? Password screen taking full 5-7 seconds before allowing you to type the password? who said this was phone fast? camera takes forever to focus and take a picture. Never again.

  • Alexander Khaindrava

    After months of research, I left the iPhone behind and got HTC One M8. It was supposed to be this great phone. Well, its garbage. unfortunately i missed my 2 week return period thinking I would get used to it and now I am stuck with it for 11 more months. How does one get used to touch screen not recognizing the touch? Password screen taking full 5-7 seconds before allowing you to type the password? who said this was phone fast? camera takes forever to focus and take a picture. Never again.

    • radiotrib

      Funny that .. My M8 has none of those problems and never did .. and it out-performs my wife’s iPhone by a big margin. Hmmm … Just another fanboi struggling to make his brand stand out eh Alexander .. :)

      • Alexander Khaindrava

        First Im 43 therefore fanBOI would not be how I would describe myself about anything. Second, as I left iPhone behind for a reason I don’t see how that would make me a fan of any kind. Third, as I do not get paid by Apple, I don’t see how that’s my brand. I listed facts. My M8 is garbage. Given how quickly you felt the need to defended yours, maybe you are the fanboi?!

  • diggest bick

    iphone 6

  • diggest bick

    iphone 6

  • 1SeoulBusanBoston1

    How can you even compare. It is Samsung Galaxy 6.

  • H2O

    M9. It’s finally the perfect M phone with the camera upgrade. microSD slot is another thing it has over the S6.

  • Muhammed A K

    HTC ONE M9 – HTC made their best design with One 7 itself, then why they worry about changing their design that people already loved? . Now samsung made something good. but it doesn’t mean HTC too have to change all their design aesthetics for every new modal.

  • Phoc Que

    No more Samsung. Samsung gave up on its fans, so will I be dumping Samsung. Definitely not buying no Galxy S6, definitely am NOT. NEVER!

  • radiotrib

    What ??? no micro SD card ?? .. isn’t that what all the Samsung fanboiz were slamming the HTC M7 for – 2 years ago ?? … #HTCOneLife for me

  • MystiFay

    Sure, in this poll HTC may be leading because of all the pathetic Samsung haters, but we all know which phone will sell more units in real life.

    • Ronald

      why should we care about sales… more sales=better phone??

      • MystiFay

        Obviously not, as Apple proves every year.

  • rank78

    Wow, kinda surprised by the results. Been an HTC fan for 6 years over many devices and I’m switching to Samsung this time around. Reports of the M9 having a camera below the M8′s quality has pushed me away after a long time of sub par cameras from tem.

    • lolhaha

      The camera software is not final yet.. wait for the final version

      • rank78

        I’m waiting for that as well as the S6/Edge battery life. Still, the lack of OIS on the M9 is something they can’t change.

        • Cory

          OIS is pointless and a gimmick on a smartphone.

          Also if you have a problem with these pictures taken with th M9 you have unrealistically high standards for a smartphone.

          • rank78

            Fast shutter for pics doesn’t need it but OIS helps with shaking while shooting video. A gimmick is backpedaling on your stance of UltraPixel in favor of the ‘more is better’ 20 MP cam, and so far it seems they’re rushing to get it working properly. In regard to pics, how is it unrealistic to expect a camera to be good? I’ve owned many HTC phones and they’ve ranged from bad to just decent. Hell, my dad and I had to send in our M7′s for purple hue due to faulty camera. Apple, Samsung, Nokia, etc can figure out how to make good cameras but I’m being unrealistic in expecting the same from HTC? Please.

  • http://www.facebook.com/angarmat Andres Garcia Matienzo

    Hoping HTC survives…

  • Brietling

    Note5…..swipe all toys

  • Ryan

    I’ve been using Samsung for years. Kinda shunned the HTC’s due to design flaws they always come up with. This time around though. I’ll be ditching the sammy for the htc. Cant help it. With the exception of the small body and it looking pretty much like the m8, HTC won this round.

  • Cory

    They didn’t backpedal on Ultrapixel. I don’t think you know what backpedal means. Also HTC cameras use to be considered some of the best. And the 20MP is a return to that. And here is the proof. Proof that the M9s camera rivals the best on the market. https://m.flickr.com/photos/jpenico/sets/72157650671608427/

    • rank78

      They did with the rear camera. The only reason I can come up with is UP did a great job with low light yet zooming in killed quality, making for a great selfie cam. People wanted more from the rear cam and appealing to MP demand they caved and ditched UP. I didn’t own the M8 but when has HTC been considered among the best regarding their camera? I love their phones but at best they’ve been cited as improving, and done well in certain match-ups like say low light, but in the 6 years I’ve been watching HTC has lagged behind Apple, Samsung, and Nokia.

      I only checked a couple pics from your link and I’m hoping we see reviews soon showing comparisons in equal conditions. I don’t like the idea of choosing Samsung over HTC, but as a consumer I have to weigh the pros and cons.