The HTC One A9 ($499; 32GB) is among the few new Android phones that are small enough for single-handed use, but don’t fall into the budget category. It’s a 5-inch handset in a market that’s racing toward hand-straining 6-plus-inch phablets. With an attractive design that resembles the Apple iPhone 6s, the A9 runs a recent version of Android and has good battery life. On the other hand, it’s held back by a lackluster camera and a high price given its midrange specs. For a better combination of looks and performance in a 5-inch form factor, the Samsung Galaxy S6 remains our Editors’ Choice on Sprint.
We’ve already reviewed the unlocked HTC One A9, with a full breakdown of its design, features, hardware, and performance. This review will focus on battery life, call quality, network performance, and software on Sprint.
Network Performance and Battery Life
The Sprint A9 supports GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz), UMTS (850/AWS(1700)/1900/2100MHz), CDMA (0/1/10), and LTE (2/4/5/12/25/26/41) bands. I tested it in midtown Manhattan, where Sprint didn’t fare too well in our Fastest Mobile Networks tests and, for the most part, network performance met those expectations.