Galaxy S6 or HTC One M9 – Which did you pre-order?

Galaxy S6

As you’ll undoubtedly know by now, T-Mobile kicked off the pre-sales for its One M9, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge handsets today. And – as usual – T-Mobile’s servers strained under the pressure and still seem to be struggling now. But, if you did manage to get a pre-order completed online, in store or over the phone, we’d like to know which you went for.

For smartphone fans, the One M9 has been something of an anti-climax. While other manufacturers add in QHD displays to their devices and push the boundaries in terms of features, HTC went with an understated upgrade to last year’s model. In fact, it’s almost exactly the same. Some will say that the company improved where it needed to and kept the awesome stuff from previous years. Others will be disappointed.

As for the S6 and S6 Edge we see a huge change for the Galaxy S lineup. Instead of cheap-feeling plastic and swappable batteries and SD cards, we have a more restrictive, but premium setup. We’ve got all glass and metal for the first time. On paper, it looks awesome. But did you order it? Let us know in our poll and be sure to expand in the comments if you want to share your reasons for choosing that phone.


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  • schweddyballs

    Form submission error most of time, but I’ll try again later.

  • Tim O. Towers

    I pre-ordered the M9 early this morning! (7:30am PT) A little slow, but it worked.

  • grapefruit balls

    Neither, waiting for some reviews first

  • Jay Holm

    128GB Standard White S6!

  • GreatNews

    Non waiting for the LG G4

  • Juan Pablo Darquea

    I will like to know what people think about the not removable battery on galaxy phones that was the main complaint with htc phones

  • Sakuraba

    I hope people ordering the M9 know that they’re paying 600-700 dollars for a phone that’s confirmed to be worse than the M8 in many areas such as display and battery life.

    • Deihmos

      How is the display worse when it has the same display technology? Can’t comment on the battery but I am sure software updates could. Improve it. At least it has an SD card unlike Samsung.

      • Sakuraba

        http://www.anandtech.com/show/9102/the-htc-one-m9-review-part-1/3

        “Overall, the display of the M9 is disappointing. At some point, it was clear that HTC was integrating some of the best mobile displays possible into smartphones, but starting with the M8 it seems that we’ve seen HTC slip in this area. The M9 continues this trend, which is somewhat concerning as the display of a slate smartphone tends to be a critical part of the experience:”

    • NOYB

      Proof???

      • Tim O. Towers

        I noticed all the reviews were written with Lollipop 5 on the phone. It has since been upgraded to 5.1, bringing various improvements with it. The camera sofware being one of them. It should be better now.

  • Logan S

    SKIPPING.

    The only worthy upgrade on the S6 over S5 is the Band 12 support, but the trade-off is quite a lot for me (removable battery, SD, and water proofing). The S5 will do just fine until another contender (from any maker) comes into the picture.

    • Chilehead

      I’m looking forward to seeing what the LG G4 has to offer.

  • Edgar

    This site is becoming irrelevant. I have always been a fan of this site but we have seen it’s decline. No inside info, no sources, just the same info that is posted in other places and sometimes late. Tmorocks is doing a better job. It is sad for this site.

    • Joe

      O dang I never heard of Tmorocks but ya they have better news that I like to here like network improvements.

    • Merry Raindrop Brown

      Thanks for the heads up on the new an seemingly better site. How long has that site been around?. Checking out TMOnews use to be something I looked forward to. Now it’s often the place I find news already discussed elsewhere. Things have changed in the past couple years. What happened?

  • Deadeye37

    The Saygus V2. :) Gonna get 2 200 GB micoSD cards when they come out so that I can walk around with 464 GB of data. Can’t wait….

    • Joe

      WTF will you do with 464 GB of data…Put windows on there and all your PC games and movies. Like why would u need that much data.

      • Deadeye37

        Movies, music, pics, etc. I’m a fan of old school games, so ROMs & dos games too.

        • Joe

          Ok still does not explain 464 GB of data. I still have an s2 and it only has 11 GB usable storage and I survive with just that.

        • Deadeye37

          My workout video collection alone is around 100 GB. Music is another ~20 GB. Fam pics & movies is another 10 GB. Etc. The nice thing is that there’s a lot more room to grow. :)

        • SOMEONE

          Funny, becausw that much data worth of stuff usually means it’s all pirated copies….

        • Deadeye37

          Or stuff I’ve collected & ripped myself over the years. And I mean years….

        • WheatShock

          You should seek medical help. Hoarding, no matter the medium is unhealthy. A good shrink could save your life. You should get help.

        • Laststop311

          who cares i fully advocate for piracy. Corporations are greedy they dont deserve anymore money pirate from all the big guys!

        • Bryan Pizzuti

          So I guess you advocate stealing your phone instead of paying money to a corporation for it?

    • Bryan Pizzuti

      What are you gonna do, host frigging SQL DBs off of it? Running your own little vCenter maybe?

  • vinnyjr

    SGS6 with 128 gb of internal storage. That display is just sick and the Freaken camera is best in business, better than my Note 4 camera and that says allot. Just wish some of those other colors, red or green was available. That’s ok, very excited and the accessories are beautifull. Great job Samsung.

    • Joe

      I agree other than the smaller battery that’s my big complaint but I will have to get it cuz i’m still using a s2.

  • Newmexican

    None- I just bought the Xperia Z3 a week ago and I must say that I do not understand why Sony is not getting credit among the top acts in the business. This phone puts all my HTC, Samsung and Nexus phones to shame – and I am on Android since the very first G1 on TMO – so I have enough experience to compare smart phones.

    • Kit Pogi

      That’s all on Sony for not pushing to market their awesome products more in the States…same here, did not would not want any Sammy device. I’ve had my Z3 since it came out on Tmo and not only the Z3 is the ultimate Android device for me but also the best Android by far.

      • Newmexican

        I totally agree on the best Android device ever – too bad that Google is not using them for a Nexus – this put LG on the radar and could do the same for Sony.

        Oh, I do not work for Sony or get any kickback from them – I was simply floored about the quality and features that the Z3 has – If I only would have known earlier …..

        • Kit Pogi

          An Android device worth keeping for a long time. I too have had several Android devices and Z3 just tops all. At least in my own opinion.

    • MemoGB

      I too have bought an xperia Z3 this pass week and I simply can’t believe Sony doesn’t market this phone in the states. It’s simply amazing. (upgraded from HTC One M7)

    • Catz

      Because the xperia is limited to only T mobile and now just opened up to Verizon. I have an I phone but if I went android that was the phone I would of mostly got until I saw it didn’t have it for ATT or Verizon at the time.

  • mreveryphone

    Just got back from best buy and I must say the edge is a beautiful piece of hardware… I compared the note edge to the 6 edge and I think the note edge is better in my opinion. It’s a lot more functional than just being a light for different callers and a info ticker. I may skip the 6 edge and see what Sammy does with the 7… This has to be a beta test to see how the market responds to the new form factor. But I will say the phone feels great and solid in the hand. The edge screen just falls off the edge pun intended. Your fingers fall off the screen when sliding them to the edge, it just feels natural. When moving around in touch wiz everything felt extra snappy… I had to school the Sammy rep a little on some of the specifics and also had to educate him that the first home grown chip that Sammy brought to the states was in the note 2…I say go check it out for yourself you will be pleasantly surprised…

    • Dean Smith

      bestbuy store already has tmobile version of s6 and s6 edge?

      • mreveryphone

        No… They just have the s6… Don’t know what carrier they’re for but it’ll give you a good idea of what your going to get…

      • g

        T-Mobile stores have full working demos of the S6 and edge. Surprised with it being only a pre-order launch day

  • itguy08

    None. My GS5 and Android are a pile of garbage. Holding out for the iPhone 6s with 700a.

    • Jerry Rich

      Are you serious?

      • itguy08

        1000%. The phone is laggy, reboots when it feels like it, and is generally a pile of garbage. Some days before it reboots or I do it because it gets too slow, it’s worse than my old iPhone 4s!

        The only redeeming quality is the nice display.

        Android is a mess and very disconnected even with Lollipop. Maybe the 5.1 upgrade will help if we ever get it. But I will not make the Android Mistake again. The customizability is nice but not worth the unreliability of Android.

        Once the iPhone gets 700a I’m done!

        • Edgardo A. Soto Rodriguez

          Well I have the Nexus 6 and my experience is an awesome one ni lags fast as lightning. 5.1 android and android it self is what makes my phone the customizing beast it is. Sorry to heard you got a lemon of a phone. And that you want to go to a 2011 specs type of phone.

        • itguy08

          What’s so 2011 about the iPhone 6? it wipes the floor with the competition (even the 5s beat out the GS5) and is a rock solid experience. I’m sure the 6s will be a beast as well. For all the hype about the Quad core, 2GB RAM, etc, the GS5 should be a beast. It’s not.

          I could care less about customization if the underlying OS is unreliable.

        • Timbo1

          iPhone doesn’t have proper multitasking, the Note 4 wipes the floor with the 6+, total waste of real estate and that screen size IMO. T-mobile is taking forever in updating the Note 4 to Lollipop which is probably a good thing since it is pretty solid as is. To me iOS is a smartphone OS on training wheels, doesn’t allow for many options and doesn’t tell you when an app crashes, which btw happens a lot more than on android. Samsung has some of the best screens in the industry but they really do have some work to do debloating Touchwiz. I have never had any of these random resets you talk about with the S5 either and it was only laggy when pressing the multitasking button which usually took a fraction of a second longer than my Note 4 does but that lag can be eliminated by disabling the Talkback app in the app manager. In my eyes and usage iOS has a ton of work to do before I even look at an iPhone, hell I would and have purchased a Windows Phone before even thinking about an iPhone. The only real feature I like on the iPhone 6 is the 240fps recording feature.

        • itguy08

          So what does “proper multitasking” do for me? I’ve had iOS and Android and even on iOS music would play in the background, navigation would happen and files would upload/download. I honestly can’t say I’ve ever had a time where I’ve said “Glad Android supports multitasking” or “I wish iOS multitasked”.

          The windowing stuff is a hack Samsung and others add to Android and still doesn’t support all apps. Other than that you must have got the good GS5 as the complaints I’ve said are common over on Android Central. The GS5 has issues and many issues with Lollipop.

          It’s funny the iOS hate from the Android fans. Makes you wonder if there’s some inferiority complex especially when they say things like going to Windows Phone as that ecosystem has similar restrictions as iOS. It’s also telling that Google is starting to “lock down” Android more and more….

        • Timbo1

          Well then iOS seems perfect for you then a dumbed down OS that holds your hand and not much productivity.

        • itguy08

          LOL Thanks. I was 100% productive on my iPad for “real Work” like editing docs, managing servers, etc. But thanks for the concern.

          Only thing I really had issues with was photo editing as I shoot RAW. The 2012 Retina iPad just didn’t have the HP for it. That was the only real reason I went Macbook Air vs another iPad. That and the cost wasn’t much different and I can run Photoshop and Lightroom.

          Funny how Android people always have some juvenile comment about iOS.

        • eanfoso

          Same reasons why I moved from Android to Windows, I felt you man

      • watkins

        This guy is prob trolling. If not he’s retarded.

  • Dean Smith

    if HTCM9 has camera as good as the s6 and has wireless charging, i would have ordered it today but HTC f******ed up again this year.

  • Laststop311

    I can’t believe anyone is buying the m9 with its super throttling cpu. snapdragon 810 is pure garbage and is a placeholder chip till the custom 64 bit cores are ready. I do still have faith that they can keep up the great things they were doing with krait dominating all android soc’s. I think kryo will continue the domination krait had and be the fastest android soc while being incredibly efficient.

    • Everything you said is what you read online lol, stop it. Until you have it, you should not make comments like that.

  • Mark McCoskey

    Neither. Sticking with my Galaxy Note 2 until something catches my eye. Would love for the Huawei MediaPad X2 to come to our carrier.

    • Laststop311

      DO you live in an area that has a 700mhz license? Lots of places are still waiting for channel 51 to get outta the way. If you do live in a 700mhz license area than maybe you should consider a band 12 compatible phone. I know the g note 2 is fast enough for pretty much everything. I had the note 2 but I got the note 4 because cleveland ohio is right in a good band 12 area not because of the speed increase..

  • eanfoso

    Where’s the option for neither?

    • Mike Thaler

      +1 Waiting to see if G4 isn’t emulating Apple w. no replaceable battery and no extra memory

      • eanfoso

        I’m waiting for Microsoft to release their beast so I can get it from at&t then t mobile buys me out of my contract since t mobile sucks at carrying high end Windows phones.

        • Mike Thaler

          Will an ATT phone have all the TM freq? It def. wouldn’t have wifi calling. Would TM support it?

        • eanfoso

          It won’t, but then again American LTE is better than European LTE, Wi-Fi calling isn’t a must, as I can always set my Windows phone in a GSM only frequency and not have to worry about Wi-Fi calling, unless I’m abroad and want to make a phone call, then I’m screwed but WhatsApp and viber have proved quite the Charm

  • Austin

    No thanks… I love my Xperia Z3 too much

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Boo I have a nexus 6

  • Edgardo A. Soto Rodriguez

    None because I have the beast make into a beauty the Nexus 6.

  • Jesus Soto

    the s6 edge that I ordered yesterday gets to my doorstep on 04/01/2015 that’s 9 days before actual release.. excited!!

    • jonathan3579

      Mine too! I went to check it out yesterday and damn the phone is beautiful!

  • Sebastian Bartlett

    Hopefully HTC will at least manage 100,000 pre orders, if they are lucky.

  • Ryanide

    I’ll just stay with my Sony Xperia Z3 for a while.

    If I had to pick either of those 2 phones, I’d go with the HTC M9.
    I love SD cards, and a 20.7MP camera, as well as double tap to wake is all a requirement.
    Almost every Android phone except Samsung has the double tap to wake feature, even my Z3.

    If I wanted a phone with no removable battery, no SD card, and a silly hard press home button to wear out, I’d have stayed with an iPhone. Funny how Samsung is really trying to make iPhone like phones more and more each generation.

  • Bryck

    I’ll stick with the Note4. No SD card is a HUGE deal breaker. If that’s the future of Samsung phones, than GOODBYE !!!

    • watkins

      Ditto here. They’re trying to pull an apple move on android users and we’re not stupid. Crossing my fingers they don’t screw up the next note the way they did here.

    • Sam Steinborn

      I have a note 4 edge and there is no way i am going to switch. No SD card and no removable battery. Here’s apple!!!! I agree with you Bryck. Samsung don’t mess up what you have going. Apple’s Proprietary issues is why this lifelong mac user will never own an iphone. Damn The MAN!!!

  • Shreddie77

    HTC M9 still does not have band 2 or 12. WHY!!!!!

    • Shreddie77

      International
      Quad Band GSM; LTE: 4, 17; UMTS: Band I (2100), Band II (1900), Band IV (1700/2100), Band V (850)

      • Rob

        Not having band 12 is a big mistake… Sometimes I think HTC *wants* to fail… Guess I’m keeping my Nexus 6

    • Kayzee

      It does there’s an article that’s talks about it on the site check it out

  • JB

    I decided to pass on the S6 (edge) and wait to see what the Note 5 has in store. The Note 4 was my very first Note device and I don’t think I could ever go back to a phone with a non-stylus. Besides, they didn’t even have the cool Blue and green colours. The US always get robbed in that regard!

    On another note, what a turn of the last poll before MWC, it had the M9 winning overall. Now it looks as if Samsung won some people over.

    • Acdc1a

      As soon as I can get the Note 4 CPO, I will be all over it.

    • Ne0

      Jeez, you got note 4 and wanted get note 5 already lol. talking about having a lot of cash to burn. I afraid note 5 might suffer same fate as s6 with no removable battery or external storage.

  • jonathan3579

    My S6 Edge will be here on Wednesday. This is the fastest I’ve ever had a preorder ship!

  • Mark

    I just ordered the Gold & Silver M9 (I wish it was the all-gold version, but hey). I really liked my One S until it completely locked up on me and I’m looking forward to getting back on their kit. Customer Care is even crediting the $24.99 shipping fee (as I saw mentioned on one of the other articles).

  • Roger Seeley

    I ordered the S6 Edge and it i should have it monday or tuesday! This is awesome! I went to the store and checked it out and was damn impressed… i was a bit skeptical when i heard no removable battery or memory but damn the sucker is thin and the edge in my opinion feels better in my hand

    now if they could get the accessories in stock that would be awesome as well….

  • Jeff Martinez

    Ordered S6 black sapphire, 64gb

  • Edgar

    So my comment was removed? This site doesn’t take conatructive criticism. I did not offend anyone. Looks like you guys really want to lose some traffic.

  • Keith Barnes

    Neither, my One Plus One does everything I need at a Great price! (350, unlocked). These new phones are way over priced. I am not an early adopter, I can wait for the price to come down. And you know the price will come down. I like the unlocked phone models and my phone works great on T-Mobile 4g LTE!

  • KOLIO

    Ordered the M9 Developer Edition in GunMetal. Orders direct from HTC begin shipping on 3/30/15.

  • tomarone

    I recently purchased a Tab S 10.5; and I’m not sure that Samsung really has their act together, software-wise.

  • Marcus

    GS6 delivery tomorrow! Going to be a long night. Already have a case and wireless charging pad ready.

  • Mr T-Mobile

    The “The T-Mobile Store Broke” and the 111 who voted that are full of…well, you know what. The retail stores have had 0 problems pre-ordering and some CXs even have theirs already.

  • NM

    I’m tossing up between these two..the S6 is undoubtedly the more exciting device and is a bigger upgrade on its predecessor, but I do slightly prefer the look of the M9. Only major concern is the camera on the M9 which is supposed to be average at best…

  • Jim Hungarian

    T-Mobile on the Galaxy S6 talks the talk can’t deliver most prominent phones on backorder since the 1st of April despite promises of early shipping for preregistered pre-orders.