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Call Quality

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.

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.

hours Higher is better
HTC One max
7h 27 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy Note3
6h 8 min (Poor)
6h 48 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy S4
4h 59 min (Poor)


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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