HTC One max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Good call quality is paramount and we’re happy to say that both the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and HTC One max fare well all around. The Galaxy Note 3 however is the one to have a bit cleaner sound in the earpice and loud and hiss-free mic. The HTC One max in comparison sounds a bit tinny to our callers, but on our end of the line the earpiece is loud and clear.
Phablets come with some big compromises in the actual handling, but in exchange all that space is usually put to good use by manufacturers who include huge batteries in such devices. The HTC One max is a perfect example with its gigantic for smartphone standards 3300mAh battery that would easily last two days on average use and even more if you don’t use your phone all that much. The Galaxy Note 3 is not far behind with a 3200mAh juicer and it would withstand a day and a half and even two with scanter use.
We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.
Big, bigger, biggest. That seems to be the tale of phablets that started from the 5.3-inch size on the original Note back three years ago, and now shoot up to the sky. Despite that growth in screen sizes, Samsung has managed to actually make its Note 3 narrower and thinner than the original Note, and more comfortable in the hand, while the HTC One max feels too big.
These are two premium high-priced and well crafted devices. Design is great on both and performance is buttery smooth. However there are a few areas where the One max is lacking - its processor is not future proof and most importantly its camera is underwhelming. It comes with extra large screen, though (5.9” for the One max vs 5.7” for the Note 3), and gorgeous front-facing speakers. The Galaxy Note 3 in contrast doesn't have such premium build, but is smaller and lighter. It ticks all boxes, just works better all around, adds some extra features thanks to its software and S Pen and gets our recommendation here.
HTC One max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Call Quality, Battery and Conclusion