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HTC One max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3


HTC One max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
HTC One max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Call Quality

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.

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)
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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.


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posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:48 5

1. danwatson (Posts: 117; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)

I just picked up the Note 3 and while it pushes the limits on size for me, it makes up for it in additional functionality with the pen and other features. The HTC One Max is just a big HTC One with really no additional functionality other than a huge screen. I use my Nexus 7 When I want a consumption device and want something a bit more portable in my pocket and was willing to go a bit larger than I would normally for the additional functions and features.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 02:31

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

I prefer the One Max over the Note 3 in any way.
So i upgrade my one to ONE max..
just comparing the screen of One max and note 3..
MAX is a total win over the LEDs...

posted on 29 Dec 2013, 10:17

13. nasznjoka (Posts: 413; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

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posted on 18 Nov 2013, 08:59 9

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Note 3 Note 3 Note 3

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 09:11 6

3. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)

As big of an HTC fan as I am I have to say Note 3 all day. And with the Original note coming out just over 2 years ago your second sentence in the conclusion is wrong. I know its very minor but you'd think someone that writes articles for a living would have an eye for detail. But what ever. Either way NOTE 3!!!!!

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 09:30 2

4. poping (unregistered)

i prefer note 3... it has true slim bezels.. htc one max has fake slim bezels... ends up as the bigger device but smaller screen...wth htc...

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 01:55 1

10. Lifengineer (Posts: 44; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)

Smaller screen?! Are you stupid sir!?

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 21:16

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

Smaller screen ? Sir! are you stupid ?

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 10:02

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

Note 3. But I want the One Max to do well.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 10:16 1

6. Oğuzhan_77 (Posts: 92; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)

note 3 wins!

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 12:25 1

7. papss (unregistered)

Not even close.. Note 3. Also I don't like the one's design when it's big. Doesn't look all that sexy

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 13:53 1

8. wilsong17 (unregistered)

note 3 its all i need

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 23:59

9. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Note 3 anyday...

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 15:59

11. Bioload25 (Posts: 213; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

PA, how the HTC One Max can have a higher pixel density than the Note 3 (considering that both have the same screen resolution but HTC OM having a larger screen)?

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