Call quality

Yup, smartphones are still used for making good old-fashioned 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.

Battery life

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.

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 (Good)
Samsung Galaxy S4
4h 59 min (Poor)


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.



1. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Wasn't it better to compare Nexus5 and Z1 instead of this pointless comparison? Have you forgot that Z1 is among the best phones right now? You have compared Nexus even with Moto X and HTC One but not with Z1. Go get life PA!

5. lifeyourlive

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

Shut up tard, peoole want to know the differences!

7. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

F*ck off assh*le You must be so stupid not to understand the differences between two devices which are from different classes. Educate yourself then come and write bullsh*t. Oh, I see you're hungry for those green thumbs.

9. zzweber

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

Like he said ... Stop being a tard so we can see the differences!

2. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

umm this should be compared to the phbalets out there and of course the iphone 5s since apple has no phablets. Comparing with an "older" phone and a phone that is not in the same category is like someone paid you to make the htc maxx look good... hmmm

3. uvaman

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 14, 2013

PA You are a joke of mobile media. You didn't add proper HTC One max vs. Note 3 but you are doing 4 pages vs. S4. LoL

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Why are you comparing a 6" phone to a 5" phone? Compare it to the Note 3 or the XZU PA...

6. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Well, it appears my point of aluminum vs polycarbonate, was not in vain. My friend had an HTC ONE and it suffered early battery death. Everything he had done on his phone was almost lost and panic set in. He is one of the many consumers that didn't even think about the accessibility when he purchased his phone. He went for anesthetics. Once he got everything ironed out, he received his replacement and then sold it on Craigslist then purchased a Galaxy S4. He has now joined forces in an effort to write congress for examining the practice of the possible anti-consumer motive to slave the consumer into paying top dollar for battery replacement out of warranty. When I showed him this article on build quality of aluminum as being premium, he mimicked my point. "What good is premium if I'm without a phone due to battery issues? I could've repaired the problem myself without worring about all my activities done on my phone being possibly lost." John B.

8. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Htc one already won against the s4 so obviously one max is the clear winner here except for people who don't like a huge phone or want a slightly better camera

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