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HTC One max hands-on

0. phoneArena 14 Oct 2013, 11:58 posted on

It’s crazy to believe it, but the HTC One has been around the block longer than most of the other flagship phones out there for 2013, but it’s just now that we’re seeing a larger sized sibling. Enter the aptly named HTC One max, which just like the HTC One mini before it, is giving HTC’s...

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posted on 14 Oct 2013, 12:05 4

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7326; Member since: 14 May 2012)


That is one big phone...

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 18:04 3

28. Tommy1960i (Posts: 95; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


I think it's one of the best smartphones out there. The difference is : you want a good phone? Get HTC One Max; you want a phablet? Get Note 3.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 12:13 4

2. Gigabinzle (Posts: 37; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)


htc droid eris was my first phone, loved it, maybe il walk into verizon to try this phone out before christmas

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 12:20 6

3. Gigabinzle (Posts: 37; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)


honestly not to upset about the 800 being absent though it just shows htc has less money to be throwing around

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:32 1

11. Beijendorf (Posts: 277; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


They cited the demand for S800 being too high, meaning if they had gone with the S800, this phone would have been delayed even further.

But it can't be discounted that they perhaps made a projection that the demand for a mega-sized One being relatively low, meaning going with cheaper parts gives them lower losses if it flops.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 14:26 1

15. FYLegend (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Sep 2013)


rumours suggest the next high-end HTC phone will have S800 - probably the "Butterfly 2"

They should have at least gone with the 1.9 gHz Snapdragon 600 used on the Butterfly s and Galaxy S4...

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 16:20 10

20. amats69 (Posts: 966; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


HTC one runs smoothly with s600 processor..smoother than its competitor that runs the so called "octacore".so i think this is why htc put the same processor on htc one max, to get an excellent battery life and minimize the overheating issue.they also optimized the sense 5 to match the s600 for a better battery life.They focus on battery life this time...but still im disappointed on the processor for this phone..i have to wait for htc's flagship next year...so im looking forward for a battery test of this phone..let us see if putting an old processor is really a bad move of a good move by htc..

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 16:31 4

23. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1551; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Exactly...thank you! Well said +1

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 21:32 2

35. saffant (Posts: 210; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


Nope. The S800 is A LOT better than the S600. It isn't just faster, but also has a ton of other optimizations including better battery life.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 12:35

4. HalaMadrid (Posts: 92; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


Very bad phone. Same aa One

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 12:45 11

5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5445; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


HTC One is a bad phone???

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 14:48

17. Feanor (Posts: 293; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


It is far from being a bad phone but it is a bit disappointing. There are two let downs, first the inferior processor and second the lack of OIS in a body which is even thicker than the One. Let alone that the One camera hasn't amazed anyone at the first place... Another small gripe is the downgraded design. Like the One mini, there are no diamond cut edges, only a big plastic frame.
But my biggest problem is maybe the lack of any phablet-specific technology, neither a stylus like S-Pen, nor the Z Ultra capability of writing with everything.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 15:07 1

19. Hyperreal (Posts: 126; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


There is capability of writing with anything. Just search for some reviews. And there is scribble aplication to make notes.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 05:02

41. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5445; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"There are two let downs, first the inferior processor and second the lack of OIS in a body which is even thicker than the One."

1. Talking about CPU, you are wrong because when HTC One was released Snapdragon 600 (APQ8064T) at the time was newest SoC which was used in flagship smartphones.

2. Talking about OIS, you are again wrong since HTC One has OIS.

Go get some knowledge.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 05:41

42. amats69 (Posts: 966; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


I think he is refferring to htc one max pau

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 06:18

43. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5445; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Unless he talks about HTC One Max, then he says true.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 12:49 1

6. khmer (Posts: 92; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


Galaxy Note 3 is a better scrap plastic than the scrap metal on One Max. Low spec. on One Max can't beat Note 3 is rebooting in 10 seconds. Not a lot of people listen to loudspeakers in public they are using headphone. Failed One Max another lost profit next quarter for HTC.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 17:37 7

24. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 365; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Rebooting your phone is something you do a lot that it matters? LOL! Loudspeakers are useless now? You must have done some great research to say that. Otherwise you are well trained Samsung marketing machine sheep that makes anything non Samsung seem bad and old. Not to mention that one has fingerprint scanner that note doesn't which makes a big plus as big as the NOTE 3 stylus. Also it looks ten times better than that plasticky crap you have that pretends to be leather and stitches on the back. If and I say if the MAX is priced cheaper than Note 3 it will do well as well ONE did. The only thing that seems you actually know is that HTC is continuing with the negative financial every quarter.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 21:33

36. saffant (Posts: 210; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


Go read verge review. This phone and it's gimmicky implementation of the finger print scanner is a FAIL.

Alas.. the One was such a great phone.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 21:42 3

38. taikucing (unregistered)


Yep, the bloatwares in Samsung makes Note 3 a bit lag. Not a lot of people use the bloatwares.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 12:50 6

7. oister85 (Posts: 392; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Htc one max here I come. Lol

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 12:52

8. EarnYourLeather (Posts: 87; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


So it's a really big HTC One then, but this time with a fingerprint scanner? I guess HTC is to Apple what, people say, LG is to Samsung. But I am excited to see an aluminum device with a removable back–that is a serious gamechanger. If that takes off as a trend, we could start to see Aluminum devices with removable batteries and expandable storage.

I never saw boomsound speakers as practical for the HTC one because of its relatively unenviable screen, but I think they'll be great here. This looks like the first attempt at a mobile fidelity media consumption device. They should've included a premium micro sound card and 24-bit/192kHz playback.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 12:58 1

9. MistB (Posts: 550; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Honestly im not too bothered about the s800 seeing it in live video. Id say theyve done an ok job but the footprint is quite large! If they had a gold or black version count me in!

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:05 3

10. newbey123 (Posts: 378; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


Only thing I don't care for is the plastic around the edges, wish it was like the original one. However, it won't stop me from making it my next phone.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:41 1

12. Taters (Posts: 2584; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Fail hard HTC. A giant mini and an even more giant relative to the competition max.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:54

13. andhraking17 (Posts: 31; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


you are reviewing htc with samsung galaxy gear on your hand

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 14:03 3

14. twens (Posts: 516; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Honestly the phone is beautiful now that I look at it very well.it feels fast also.s600 is not bad all. I still feel the note 3 has a more business and classy look though this looks more beautiful. HTC did well.am giving credit when it's due.
It's a big phone for people who just want a beautiful big screen phone.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 14:44 2

16. greathero1 (Posts: 458; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


I have to say that overall I am very disappointed in this overall package. This was their first introduction into the phablet-sphere and they needed an absolute home run seeing as what Samsung did with the Note 3. This is just a large phone and lacks substance. I don't see any mentioning of software enhancement to compete with the Note 3. It's just an oversized HTC One which I have and I enjoy but their absolutely no reason for me to upgrade to this and choose this over the Note 3. Maybe my expectations were a little high but I just figured they were going to try to dethrone the King Note. Not just rush another big phone to the market that's definitely going to get lost in the sea of other phablet a that bring nothing new to the table other than larger display.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 17:43 1

25. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 365; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


I totally agree with you. They rushed this phone and this is the result. Yes its a great phone but its not WOW to compete with the other giants. I was hoping that cause HTC is in trouble it will actually make even better phones to try and stand on its feet. Instead they are just rushing without even realising that Samsung has tons of cash for marketing that it will crush them. Having cpu that inferior to Note 3 will be great marketing for Samsung and their internet sheeps. I know it runs super smooth with the 600 but everyone will make a huge deal of it and thats just negative marketing for ONE MAX.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 21:35

37. saffant (Posts: 210; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


S800 also has better battery and optimizations with memory and LTE/wifi networking packets.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 14:54

18. Taters (Posts: 2584; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Looks like HTC has maintained the gapfull design. Good news for HTC fans like like to downplay and ignore the glaring flaws. You can downplay the gaps in this phone too!

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 16:31 7

22. amats69 (Posts: 966; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


As if your beloved samsung perfectly release their products without flaws..

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 17:47 7

26. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 365; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


"Samsung Galaxy S3 mainboard failure leading to dead devices?" "Galaxy S3 'sudden death' (mainboard?) issue affecting some owners" One of the many failures I can show you that Sammy did over the past years. But I guess the marketing of Samsung has trained well its sheeps.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 18:08 1

29. Taters (Posts: 2584; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Never experienced a single problem on any Apple or samsung device. My iphone 5 i got from work had a barely noticeable scuff on the chamfered edge but that's it. I am sure problems exist but they are definitely not as widely spread as HTC products.

Every single HTC device I owned and even all the display models I handled had these glaring flaws. It is not a coincidence and no matter how much you HTC idiot fans want to downplay it, they are there and that is why HTC is failing. It has nothing to do with marketing. HTC just sucks.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 18:40 3

31. amats69 (Posts: 966; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Just stop pretending that you owned other phone..based on your every post here in pa (non samsung articles), youre already on the level of worshiping samsung and their products.. well what do we expect if that is where you get money for living..how much per negative post on a non samsung products?

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 18:50 3

32. Owlet (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


I owned every single HTC phone to date, except for One. I also owned Apple and Samsung devices. I'm one of those you refer to as "HTC idiot fans". I'd prefer just a fan. And there's a reason for why I'm an HTC fan. It's from my personal experience with top phone manufacturers, based on real use, not some general constantly repeated phrases.

I never had any glaring flaws on my HTC phones. Every phone I used had some frustrating problems. I was A LOT more satisfied with HTC.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 16:29 8

21. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1551; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Beautiful device, such a BEAST

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 17:53 3

27. NAWF_SIDE (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


.... looks good.... best of luck htc

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 21:21 3

33. phones522 (Posts: 91; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)


Can't wait to get this when it comes out soon.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 00:09

39. Jonathan41 (Posts: 526; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


I'm very disappointed by, choice to go with a S600. Great design but, the spec's are obviously lower than it's main competition.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 00:47

40. Immolate (Posts: 270; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


No stylus. Last generation's processor. Disappointing camera choice. I don't want my phablet to have several design compromises. I can accept an Achilles heel, but this phone fell short. You have to compete with your competition. The high quality, low price phablet role is filled by the Pro.

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