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HTC One max Review

HTC One max

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Call Quality

HTC One max Review
HTC One max Review
Phone calls made with the HTC One max are loud and clear. Its earpiece has plenty of power output and we didn't have to set its volume to the maximum in order to enjoy the conversation. On the other side of the line, there's sufficient volume to our voice, allowing to other party to understand us without any problems. Voices aren't perfectly natural, but the digital distortions introduced by the device are so faint that we can't describe them as disturbing or anything like that.

Battery Life

One of the benefits of having a large phone is that there's plenty of space for a massive battery to be tucked inside. That's also the case with the HTC One max. It comes with a 3300mAh battery cell, which is rated for 25 hours of continuous talk time on 3G. Stand-by time is quoted as a bit over 24 days. Our own custom battery benchmark required 7 hours and 27 minutes to drain the One max's battery completely out of juice,which is a great result, surpassing rivals like the Note 3 by a considerable margin.

Battery life

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.

Higher is better
HTC One max
7h 27 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
6h 8 min (Average)
6h 48 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy S4
4h 59 min (Poor)
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As the HTC One and the HTC One mini before it, the HTC One max is a well-made phone. Seriously, there's quite a lot to like about it: from the outstanding metallic design and the large high-resolution display to the awesome front-facing speakers and the solid battery life. But being an HTC One max user is not all roses. We are pretty underwhelmed by the performance of its UltraPixel camera – with its average-looking photos, it can't be taken seriously when compared to its rivals. Then there's the fingerprint scanner on the phone's back – a seemingly cool security feature that only a few other handsets offer, but in reality, a gimmick that can be frustrating to use. Having these and many other minor imperfections in mind, we can't rank the HTC One max as the ultimate phablet. Is it still one of the best smartphones in this class? You betcha!

For those who don't feel like the HTC One max is the right choice for them, we have a few alternatives to recommend. One if them is the 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which is definitely more capable in the hardware department with its Snapdragon 800 SoC and 3GB of RAM. An option that impresses with both performance and design is the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, which is, on top of it all, resistant to dust and water damage. And in case your budget can't handle any of these, the 6.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is a great handset that offers plenty of bang for its buck. Last but not least, the 5.2-inch LG G2 is for those who need a high-end smartphone that can still fit in a regular pocket.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android version: 4.3
HTC Sense version: 5.5
Software number: 1.19.401.2


  • Large display is ideal for games and videos
  • Outstanding metallic design
  • Great front-facing stereo speakers
  • Solid battery life
  • Good call quality


  • Underwhelming camera experience
  • Fingerprint scanner uncomfortable to use
  • Could have used the faster Snapdragon 800 processor
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posted on 04 Nov 2013, 09:21 9

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Trying to figure out how did HTC manage to mess up this one. No SD800, no OIS or a better camera sensor, actually worse build than the HTC One and really, really big and not so comfortable design.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 20:13

14. chocolaking (Posts: 495; Member since: 22 May 2012)

i WANT this bad boy to by my new show off gadget!!!
the most acurate and amazing screen ever for 5+ inches!!

yes, my htc one is gerat. but this beast is on steroid!!!

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 02:32

25. chocolaking (Posts: 495; Member since: 22 May 2012)

Yes, as i said i want it.
then I got it on Friday...

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 09:32 8

2. proto (Posts: 59; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)

HTC One max...everyone who thought this will be killer of Note series...must be disappointed. It is just a big phone with big screen. no added functionality to take advantage of it. That fingerprint scanner...what the ****? why they didn't do it way like apple did? why they removed OIS? why they still think that ultrapixel gimmick is great? why not to use S800? oh damn..HTC why?!
When we will have competition to Note series?

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 10:06 3

4. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

LG couldn't get the heat dissipation and battery life to a desirable level using the S800 on the pad 8.3 and that is much MUCH more well designed than this monstrosity. LG is also a much MUCH better manufacturer and engineering company than HTC.

So there was no chance in hell that HTC could use the S800 even if they wanted to. Unless they made it soft touch like the HTC 8x and dumped the all aluminium heat sink.

Apple had to use two large pieces of glass for 1.2 ghz A7.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 10:11 2

5. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

I think you forgot a "MUCH" in there somewhere.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 10:01 5

3. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

How did this get an 8.3? It is so undesirable that it is at Nokia and WP8 level of undesirability. Not a chance it should get an 8.3.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 10:12 2

6. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Right? HTC's CEO should've been dumped on the spot for green-lighting this thing. It's like they're not even trying any more.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 10:19 6

7. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1311; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

htc one max is almost a downgrade from HTC ONE, no OIS, no S800, too big and heavy, lazy programming on the fingerprint scanner, and basically no software difference, no beats audio, no equalizer, bad colour reproduction... only good thing about it is the audio position and battery, i would give it a rating of 7.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 15:09

10. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)

Audio positioning? The top and bottom speakers don't even line up in the first photo.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 10:37 2

8. csoulr666 (Posts: 116; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)

I don't see how having a Snapdragon 600 processor is a disadvantage. A normal end user wouldn't even know the difference between them, plus people usually change phones in about 2-3 years nowadays, even in that time these processors will have the juice to perform extremely well.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 15:12

12. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)

Yeah, but for the price you expect something better. Paying for less is just like buying an iPhone (or a Moto X, for that matter...)

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 01:33 1

17. stealthd (unregistered)

Paying for less specs, but getting an overall better phone, more like.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 06:17

22. batman888 (Posts: 37; Member since: 06 Dec 2012)


posted on 04 Nov 2013, 20:26 1

15. scsa852k (Posts: 331; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)

You're right. Snapdragon 600 would still get the job done for most users. But the fact that all of its competitors already released phablets with Snapdragon 800 makes it a disadvantage for One Max.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 11:02 3

9. fouadqr (Posts: 326; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)

Nokia Lumia 1520 ..

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 15:11

11. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)

Why they didn't include a Snapdragon 800 and 8mp camera is beyond me. Instead the design team chose to be lazy, and blow up the One.

I doubt HTC will sell many of these...

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 18:14 1

13. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 709; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)

Decent high end phablet. But I still chuckle at the posts a while back like "screw this note 3 i'm getting the max" or "the max is gonna destroy the note 3". How's that working out for you guys.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 16:38

19. Doakie (Posts: 2227; Member since: 06 May 2009)

I would laugh along with you, but I was one of those people hoping the Max would be a better phone. In the end I bought a Note 3 because of the overall size of the Max being a monster, the Snapdragon 600, and the lack of OIS. But in the end my Note 3 takes blurry pictures because it has trouble focusing. I'll tap the screen and it'll focus up then pop out of focus. I'm still unsure how to get it to improve on this.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 17:45

20. orielwindow (Posts: 109; Member since: 23 Sep 2010)

Ditto. I was much happier with my Note 2 camera, it "just worked". But I'm struggling with the higher pixel Note 3 camera.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 22:50

16. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

Iquite a few will get this because one thing I dont likr what manufactures are doing is dropping sd cards atleast in my its a quad core and its still a smartphone with descent specs.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 21:43 1

21. zhangyamysaga (Posts: 6; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)

HTC one, My friend buy it. He told me this smartphone is very perfect ! But for me, yesterday. I bought MYSAGA M2 .But next month, i want to buy HTC one too.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 09:52

23. Sondae (Posts: 291; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)

I sure hope HTC will work more of there camera and making the battery accessible since you can open the back cover. Finally i have seen Nick T he's cute hehehehe :).

posted on 08 Nov 2013, 03:49

24. aerowild (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)

Nothing to say more as so mush has already been said, just one thing...
"Why HTC couldn't go with a fingerprint sensor that doesn't require swiping"...Probably to stop accidental misuse of FR.

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 12:11

26. hasank94 (Posts: 4; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)

I'm using my HTC One Max since a month and I've to say that this is the phone, I was always looking for. The design is beautiful like the user interface, the HTC Sense 5.5. I love the highlight features like HTC BlinkFeed, which helps me to get all important news because of my school. My gallery lives thanks to HTC Zoe. It's great to capture in Zoe Mode. I don't need to mention HTC BoomSound! It's just fantastic! I love the sound. No smartphone has such an amazing sound quality and it's also very loud. The battery life suprises my every time. Its 3300mAh battery allows me to use my Max 2 to 3 days. That's just brilliant. HTC, I want to thank you for this amazing phablet! It's the ultimate phone for me. I love my Max! :)

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 10:04

27. usman14 (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)

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HTC One max

HTC One max

OS: Android 4.4.2 4.4 4.3
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Display5.9 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (373 ppi) S-LCD 3
Camera4 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300 processor
Size6.48 x 3.25 x 0.41 inches
(164.5 x 82.5 x 10.29 mm)
7.65 oz  (217 g)
Battery3300 mAh, 28 hours talk time

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