HTC One max vs Samsung Galaxy S4
phone calls. And both the HTC One max and the Samsung Galaxy S4 are ideal for the task. We find the One max slightly louder thanks to its powerful earpiece. Its sound is a bit boomy, but we can still easily understand what the other party is saying. The earpiece on the Galaxy S4 sounds a tad more natural and is sufficiently loud. Both smartphones' microphones deliver loud, albeit slightly digitized, voice tones on the other side of the line.
With its generous, 3300mAh battery, the HTC One max can last through a day of heavy usage, and if it isn't being pushed too much, it should be at least a couple of days until it needs to be recharged. Its cell is rated for 25 hours of continuous talk time on 3G, while stand-by time is quoted as a bit over 24 days. These are great figures indeed, and the result we got after testing the phone's battery ourselves did not disappoint either. Our custom battery benchmark took 7.5 hours to drain it completely, which shoot the One max straight to the number three spot on our chart. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S4 has a smaller, 2600mAh battery rated for 17 hours of 3G talk time or 15 days of stand-by. When tested using our own battery benchmark, the handset died after 5 hours, which was an average result. Of course, if used with moderation, the Samsung Galaxy S4 should last through a day or even two on a single charge.
There's quite a lot that sets the HTC One max and the Samsung Galaxy S4 apart. They're both great Android smartphones, there's no denying that, but they are clearly not meant to appeal to the same type of audience. That's why we can't label one of them as superior to the other – that would be like saying that a Ferrari is better than a Hummer, or vice versa.
The HTC One max is for those few who can really put its extra screen real estate to good use and don't mind its extreme dimensions. These are folks who often find themselves using their phones for web browsing, watching videos, playing video games, and performing other activities that take advantage of a larger screen. The phone's metallic design is impressive as well and perhaps we won't be wrong if we say that the One max is the best-looking phablet money can buy right now. But above all, owning the HTC One max eliminates one's need to have both a smartphone and a small-sized tablet as it effectively combines the functionalities and advantages of both device classes.
On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S4 would be a worthy pick for a buyer demanding a high-end Android phone that can actually fit inside their pocket. With its compact size and 5-inch screen, it is sleek, light, and neither too big, nor too small. And if that is not enough of an advantage, the S4 packs a camera that can easily leave the One max's Ultrapixel cam trailing in the dust.