HTC One M9 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Which is Best?

By admin | Published April 16th, 2015

If you can’t decide between the HTC One M9 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 then you’ve come to the right place. In this comparison article, we’ll be taking both devices together to bring you a comprehensive review across various categories. At the end of this article, you should have a much better idea about which device is right for you. Detailed instructions to unlock your HTC One M9!

Build Quality

The Note 4 was a big step for Samsung towards making a more prominent flagship lineup when it came to build quality, but it just doesn’t have the changes that the gorgeous new Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge has. It still feels like a less-than-premium piece of tech when held in your hands, and it just doesn’t look or feel anywhere near as nice as some other high end smartphones available today.

And then there’s the HTC One M9. There is something about the original HTC One M7 that just wowed us, and two years later the same design is still keeping us impressed. There are of course some small changes to make it even better than it’s predecessors, but for the most part it’s still the same beauty we’ve come to know and love.

We still think the HTC One flagship is the best looking device out there, and it just makes the Note 4 look like a toy.

If we take the actual build quality to the side and focus on the design and functionality of each device, you’ll notice that the Note 4 still shouldn’t be mocked. Complete with a Micro SD card, an IR blaster, a fingerprint sensor, heartbeat sensor, removable battery and an S-pen, it’s like the pocket knife of the Android world. The HTC One M9 also has a Micro SD card slot and an IR blaster, but the rest of the features mentioned above are only found on the Note 4. You need help to unlock your Samnsung Galaxy Note 4? Click here!


Now this is an interesting topic to delve into. The Note 4 obviously has a larger display, but the HTC One M9 is an era ahead of the Note 4. So what can be said about the display of each device?

The HTC One M9 has a very nice looking 5-inch 1080 x 1920 S-LCD 3 display which certainly makes viewing anything on it a treat. However, if we take a look at the Note 4, it’s clear that the Samsung phablet takes the trophy here, and it’s not just about display size and resolution either.

Even though the resolution and display size on the Note 4 is far superior thanks to it’s 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560 Super AMOLED panel, the color temperature on the Note 4 is also incredible, and it certainly beats the “colder” colors seen on the M9.


Both the HTC One M9 and the Note 4 run highly customized versions of the Android operating system, so there is quite a lot to talk about here. Whilst Samsung’s TouchWiz has always been known to feature packed, it’s never quite had the visual appeal that many other phone manufacturers have opted for.

On the other hand, the HTC One M9’s new Sense 7.0 looks a treat, and it’s really starting to become a great Android contender thanks to it’s feature packed interface. The Note 4 has taken a step closer to a more minimal design, but the feature packed TouchWiz is still hiding underneath.  HTC Sense 7.0 has offered a nice blend of minimal interface design and useful features and functionality.

The Sense 7.0 interface is just too simple and easy to get to grips with, and this is what makes it a great option for a wide range of smartphone users. However, the Note 4 is the only device out there that really itches all the right spots for smartphone power users.

Internal Hardware

This is another area where you’d expect the HTC One M9 to win, but it’s not such a huge victory, that’s for sure. Whilst the HTC One M9 does come with a better 64-bit based Snapdragon 810 with 3GB of RAM, the Note 4 is only a step down with the Snapdragon 805 and 3GB of RAM.

With that being said, the difference between the Note 4 and the M9 in real world performance is that the M9 seems to deal with practically everything Android has to offer without breaking a sweat. The Note 4 on the other hand can run perfectly fine in most cases, but you may notice some areas where the device starts to slow down.


Yes, the M9 now comes with a 20 megapixel snapper, but HTC have spent too long fussing around with technologies that just don’t deliver high quality results. In the other corner, Samsung has been fine tuning it’s high end smartphone camera offering for years, and the Note 4 still has one of the best smartphone cameras today. The 16 megapixel snapper on the Note 4 easily beats the M9’s 20 MP camera, and there are a few reasons why.

When out in nice, well lit environments, it’s fairly hard to say which camera produces the better results, although if you really want to get down to it, it is noticeable that the Note 4 produces fairly sharper results.

However, when lighting starts to become an issue and the sun goes down, the M9 starts to suffer. Funnily enough, the Note 4 has no issue with the dark at all, and whilst the M9’s camera may be cowering in shame, the Note 4’s camera still produces results that shine bright even in the most low lit environments.

If you love selfies, you may be interested to know that the UltraPixel camera is better than the Note 4’s 3.7 megapixel shooter, but this is really the only area where the M9 can outperform the Note 4 in this category.


So there we have it, both devices are still very decent, but there are a few areas where each handset shines the most. The Note 4 has much more features both inside and out. It’s S-Pen functionality and feature packed TouchWiz overlay make it a great choice for power users all over the world. The Note 4 also has a better camera and a nicer display.

The HTC One M9 on the other hand is more of a looker. It’s beautiful, curved unibody design fits perfectly into your hands, and it looks amazing too. The new HTC Sense 7.0 overla is incredibly easy to get to grips with, and it has even started to include some very useful features to help it contend with other Android overlays. The internal hardware in the M9 also helps it to stay running smoothly 100% of the time.

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