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Promoted 02-27-2016 by johnny_miller at 11:24 PM View Original Post
Update: Available for store pickup only now 


Best Buy has 32GB HTC One M9 5" AT&T Smartphone (Gray or Silver) for $249.99. Shipping is free, otherwise free store pickup is available if stock permits. Thanks GaryG1330 & skn

Specs
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa-Core CPU
  • 5" 1920x1080 Display
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB Internal Storage (w/ microSD slot)
  • 20MP Rear & 4MP Front Cameras
  • 2840mAh Battery
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop (upgradable to 5.1 and likely 6.0 soon)

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Written by johnny_miller

Head over to Android Central for their review of the M9. -johnny_miller

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Edited February 27, 2016 at 11:39 PM by BeAuMaN
Update: Price has dropped $50 to $249.99 (thanks skn)

Best Buy has the HTC - One (M9) 4G with 32GB Memory Cell Phone - Silver (AT&T)

Model: HTC ONE M9 SILVER SKU: 3930069

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/htc-o.../3930069.p
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There really wasn't an overheating problem. It was sort of blown out of proportion. With my M9, the phone got warm to the touch during heavy usage, but it never got to the point where it was too hot for me to hold the device. It has also never turned itself off or failed to work during heavy usage.

There was a firmware update soon after this hoopla that addressed the thermal concerns that people had. That update made it possible during heavy usage, for me, to use the phone for a moderately extended period of time before it got to the pre-update levels.

Marshmallow has also been released on the phone, so for a $250 device, I honestly don't think you'd mind the minor temperature increase when using the device.

Also just remember that the camera isn't so good, but the speakers are as good as everyone says it is. I love the device, but to each their own.
I've had this phone since launch.

The phone is very fast, but very, very heavy. The speakers are the best you'll find, and music in general sounds great through either the front facing speakers or headphones. The camera is absolutely terrible. Get used to blurry, out of focus photos, especially in low light situations. It will come with a TON of garbage installed (like most carrier branded phones), much of which you cannot erase.

If you're feeling adventurous, head over the xda developers and find the AT&T M9 forums. If you devote a weekend to it, you can convert the phone into a developer version and install the stock firmware. This will get rid of all the carrier apps and free up space and make the phone run faster. If you root the phone, you can install ad block on the chrome browser. If you have never done this, this is the one thing all of you should do no matter which phone you had. I recently reset my phone and went on the internet w/o ad block (after about 2 years with it) and could not believe how pervasive mobile advertising is. Again, go to xda developers for whatever phone you have and follow the root instructions and then install ad block.

There is a third party mod of android called Cyanogen Mod. It's exellent. If you're looking for something different it's a powerful and snappy version of the android OS which you may love. While it took forever, it is finally available for the M9 and it worth checking out.

Lastly the phone is quite durable. I've dropped it several times on tile, and the screen has yet to break. Fortunately HTC covers your first accident for free, offering a replacement if you shatter the display for example. If you don't use this one time offer, they will give you $100 towards your next phone purchase, so if you want to buy the M10 when it launches, you will be able to get at least $100 out of the old phone if it's not selling well on eBay.

I don't like to put a password on my phone, but if you plan to use Android Pay, you're required to. Without a fingerprint unlock it's quite annoying to me to have to use a PIN every single time I want to get into my phone. As a result tap to pay is something I just don't use on this phone. At $250 is a good buy, especially if you're comfortable migrating it to the developer software or Cyanogen.

That is all.

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Sort of want....

I really loved my M7, however the camera was way too low megapixels. I took 3,000 pictures in Hawaii of my kids and some awesome sights however they only look good on the phones screen, once I tried to print them up or crop them in any way they looked like a splotchy painting. Totally disappointed.

If the M9 had a camera on par with the Galaxy S6 I would have bought the M9 in a second. At $299 it's slightly tempting though.

Edit: just to make sure everyone doesn't think I'm a total idiot. The original post had it listed at $299, then silently was updated to $249. Still tempting at $249.
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no verizon version Frown
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its 249, not 299
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Looks they just reduced it to $249. I think it is a great price for this phone.
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I see 249, in for one thanks op!
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awesome price for a brand new price...maybe without the at&t bloat...to compete with the $200 BF nexus 6
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is this only unlockable if you are a current AT&T customer?
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HTC is still around?
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Is the overheating on this phone really something to consider? I have heard terrible reviews with regards to the processor overheating - how much to focus on that?
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silver or grey?
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Thank you OP, good deal. Will buy one.
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Is the overheating on this phone really something to consider? I have heard terrible reviews with regards to the processor overheating - how much to focus on that?
There really wasn't an overheating problem. It was sort of blown out of proportion. With my M9, the phone got warm to the touch during heavy usage, but it never got to the point where it was too hot for me to hold the device. It has also never turned itself off or failed to work during heavy usage.

There was a firmware update soon after this hoopla that addressed the thermal concerns that people had. That update made it possible during heavy usage, for me, to use the phone for a moderately extended period of time before it got to the pre-update levels.

Marshmallow has also been released on the phone, so for a $250 device, I honestly don't think you'd mind the minor temperature increase when using the device.

Also just remember that the camera isn't so good, but the speakers are as good as everyone says it is. I love the device, but to each their own.
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