HTC A9 (AT&T)
The HTC One line has been considered to be one of the best Android smartphones available. However, the fortunes of the company have changed (at one point, HTC’s mobile phone business was larger than Samsung’s) and as such, so has the One. However, the One A9, HTC’s latest addition to its lineup, is a great buy for its price.
This pick is one of the few phones that comes with the latest version of Android, Marshmallow (6.0) out of the box. The spec sheet for its camera is also exemplary, with a 13 megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization and 4 megapixel selfie/video conferencing camera. Strangely, the camera doesn’t shoot video in 4K, unlike other cameras with a similar sensor.
The One A9 comes with 32GB of storage and is expandable up to another 200GB of storage using a microSD card. It also features 802.11b/g/n/ac wifi networking, with LTE cellular networking. An near field communications chip is also built-in for short-range data transfer and mobile payments. You also get a very respectable Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5Ghz 617 processor which flawlessly ties all these components together. The One A9 is an example of why a high end smartphone doesn’t have to cost a lot.