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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs HTC One A9 – Vote best smartphone – Mobile Madness 2016

Let’s get to the next voting round of this year’s Mobile Madness, up now we have theSamsung Galaxy Note 5 versus the HTC One A9.

The Note has been a favorite for phablet users, though it is getting harder to separate “normal” versus large-screen phones as every new iteration of a phone brings on larger displays. The Note 5 has a lot to love, big, bright beautiful display, speedy processor, great camera, and if you’re into the stylus, we’ve got that in the Note 5. But there was the whole disaster with the pen being inserted incorrectly, rending one of the more compelling reasons for the S Pen useless. But is is an incredible device, with a whole lot to love.

But what about the HTC One A9? Where does that lie in our hearts, but more importantly in our pockets.  The HTC One A9 is kind of a different beast, it doesn’t aim to be a flagship in the traditional sense, but it still will wear the crown for HTC. The One A9 was priced $399.99-$499.99, in an era where flagship phones can easily cost double that. As far as looks are concerned, you’d probably take a double-take and notice, that’s not aniPhone. That’s not a knock or complement, it just is. It runs Marshmallow out of the box, has a serviceable camera, and a battery that will get you through at least an entire day. Some may argue the Snapdragon 617 is just now powerful enough to be future proof. It may just be good enough for now, but not good enough a year or two later.

Which phone would you select if you had the option of these two phones. Check out our reviews below and vote.  Remember, you can vote as many times as you wish.  Have fun!


Galaxy Note 5

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 has been on my radar for a few months now. It was leaked several times, sure, but I’m always curious with what Samsung has planned for its GalaxyNote smartphones.

The Note series usually pushes the boundaries in a lot of ways, whether it’s new screentechnology, incredible camera sensors, fingerprint readers, virtual reality (last year, with the Note 4, for example), or new S Pen technology. It is, typically, an example of Samsung’s best foot forward in the mobile space.

This year we were introduced to the Galaxy Note 5. Jon Rettinger and I have been using it for the past couple of weeks, and there’s a lot to love. In fact, I think this is the Samsung flagship you should buy right now, even though it does have a few shortcomings.

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HTC One A9

When the One A9 was announced, it looked like a compelling addition to the top end of that market. It promised Android 6.0 Marshmallow, an aluminum body, a 13MP camera, expandable storage, 3GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 617 processor, all for $399.99.

During our review period, however, we learned that the One A9’s initial “limited time” offer was indeed very limited, and soon after this review runs it will jump to $499.99, $100 more than devices like the Moto X Pure and in a whole new category of premium smartphones. On a two-year contract with AT&T, it will cost just $30 less than the GalaxyS6.

So where does the HTC One A9 fit, exactly, and how well does it perform in that market segment? It’s a tough question to answer, and one I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about.

Let’s dive in.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5HTC One A9
DISPLAY SIZE5.7-inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display (515 ppi)5-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display (441 ppi)
OPERATING SYSTEMAndroid 5.1 (at launch)Android 6.0 (at launch)
PROCESSORExynos 7420 Octa-core1.5GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617
RAM4GB2GB (16GB Model) or 3GB (32GB Model)
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • MicroSD up to 2TB
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
  • LTE FDD: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28
  • LTE TDD: 38, 40, 41
  • LTE VoLTE: 2, 3, 4, 5,7, 12, 13, 17, 29
  • UMTS: 850/900/AWS/1900/2100
WI-FI802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), MIMO (2×2)802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
BLUETOOTHBluetooth 4.2 LEBluetooth 4.1
NFCYesYes (for payments only)
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • MicroUSB
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Geo-magnetic
  • Gyro
  • Hall
  • HRM
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyro
  • Magnetic
  • Motion G
  • Proximity
  • Beidou
  • GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GPS
HEIGHT153.2 mm (6.03 inches)145.75 mm (5.74 inches)
WIDTH76.1 mm (3.00 inches)70.8 mm (2.79 inches)
DEPTH7.6 mm (0.30 inches)7.26 mm (0.29 inches)
WEIGHT171 g (6.03 oz)143 g (5.04 oz)
COLORSBlack, WhiteGold, Gray, Red, Silver
SUPPORTED AUDIO FORMATSMP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA.aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .flac, ac3, ec3, eac3
SUPPORTED VIDEO FORMATSMP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM.3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .avi, .mkv



Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs HTC One A9 (Poll Closed)





This poll closes within 24 hours (2:00 PM PT, the following day).


March 17BlackBerry ClassicvsOnePlus X
March 18Nexus 6PvsSony Xperia Z5
March 19Samsung Galaxy S7 EdgevsOnePlus 2
March 20Samsung Galaxy Note 5vsHTC One A9
March 21Nexus 5XvsSony Xperia Z5 Premium
March 22iPhone 6SvsMicrosoft Lumia 950
March 23LG G5vsSamsung Galaxy S7
March 24iPhone 6S PlusvsNextbit Robin
March 25HTC One M9vsMicrosoft Lumia 950 XL

Round 1

March 26Motorola Droid Turbo 2vsWinner of March 17
March 27Winner of March 18vsWinner of March 19
March 28Xiamoi Mi 5vsWinner of March 20
March 29Winner of March 21vsBlackBerry Priv
March 30Huawei Mate 8vsWinner of March 22
March 31Winner of March 23vsLG V10
April 1Moto X Pure EditionvsWinner of March 24
April 2Winner of March 25vsMotorola Droid Maxx 2

Round 2 – Quarterfinals

April 3Winner of March 26vsWinner of March 27
April 4Winner of March 28vsWinner of March 29
April 5Winner of March 30vsWinner of March 31
April 6Winner of April 1vsWinner of April 2

Semi-final Round

April 7Winner of April 3vsWinner of April 4
April 8Winner of April 5vsWinner of April 6
Final Round
April 9Winner of April 7vsWinner of April 8