If you’ve been waiting on HTC’s latest offering, then today’s your lucky day, as the One M9 is now available in SA. In our preview and hands-on at the launch of the device, we noted the display was actually better on last year’s model, and the M9’s 20-megapixel primary camera didn’t exactly leave us swooning. But one thing’s for certain: HTC knows how to build a gorgeous, workhorse of a phone, even if the M9 isn’t leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor. So, first up, you need to decide whether you want one or not; then, you’ve just gotta figure out where you’re going to get it from.
As you’d expect, (almost) all the major carriers and contract resellers have been shy to jump on HTC’s latest premium device, so you’ve got two pick of ’em. Vodacom is the only service provider to have confirmed to carry the device, but true to recent form, they’ll set you back an arm and a leg — it’s offering the One M9 on a R529 per month contract with no upfront charges and a 200MB data cap so you’ll need to up your spend if you’d care for more megabytes.
If you’re after a One M9 with no strings attached, then both Vodacom and Orange Store will all hook you up with one for R10 000 (R10 899 at Vodacom). Unfortunately, there’s not as much movement on that RRP as we tend to see among online retailers.