HTC One Max Review

An excellently crafted design in a premium metal construction, everybody loved the HTC One, and was definitely one of the most desired and most talked-about phones in 2013. However, with the trend leaning towards larger handsets, HTC aims to compensate by coming up with the HTC One Max, the One’s phablet equivalent.

Design and Build

Measuring 163mm long and 82mm wide, the Max is one beast. As expected, it has an almost identical design to its siblings HTC One Mini and the standard One, with the same, premium, metal body, making it equally beautiful as its predecessors. However, while there’s a removable back panel for a microSD card slot, the battery is still irremovable.

Display

Another thing that’s unsurprising is that the One Max packs the same full HD display as the standard One at 1920x1080 resolution. The only difference is that because the pixels are spread to a larger 5.9-inch screen, there’s less density resulting to 373ppi, as opposed to the standard One’s 446ppi. If you aren’t too keen on sharpness though, the difference is barely noticeable.

Performance and Hardware

Just like the HTC One, the One Max is also powered by the same 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. While it’s definitely swift and capable, it’s quite a shame when compared to the direct competitor Note III’s quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. Still, what matters is how it provides a fast and smooth user experience when swiping, launching the camera, or opening apps, and overall, it does work fluidly.

Camera

The biggest headline with the HTC One’s arrival is the 4-MP camera, referred to as ultrapixels, wherein there’s supposedly larger sensor to take in more light. Expectedly, the One Max is armed by the same technology. It can be a let-down for those eyeing the high megapixel shooters such as those found in the Nokia Lumia 1020, 1520, and Sony Xperia Z1, but mind you, the HTC One and the Max has one of the best shooters to date. Just like its sibling, the One Max produces equally great shots, with sharp details, less noise, even exposure, and excellent results in low light conditions compared to other smartphone cameras.

Battery Life

One of the upsides of a larger body is that it can also house a larger, more powerful battery. Though one of the culprits of a fast battery drain is always the screen, the One Max impressively can last a day or two of normal usage, thanks to the older processor.

Pros

  • Decent battery life
  • Powerful and seamless user experience
  • Stunning display
  • User friendly Sense 5 interface
  • Expandable storage

Cons

  • The big size may not be for everyone’s taste
  • Older processor
  • Irremovable battery

The Verdict

As with any other phones of its size, the One Max may not be for everyone’s liking, although it’s undeniably gorgeous. Performance and specs wise, the Note III might still be the better option, but if you love a phone with larger screen estate and which looks premium and sophisticated, then there should be nothing to stop you from buying this device.