HTC One Max review: Too cumbersome and expensive to be relevant
27 February 2014
Summary: The official price of the One Max is Rs 56,490 but you can find it online for a little under Rs 50,000. This is a very high price for a phone that’s just a larger version of the HTC One with a fingerprint sensor. Not only that, the Max is also very inconvenient to live with everyday due to its large size and weighty body.
Excerpt: T3 was invited along to take along to take a look at the new phone prior to the official unveiling - here's what we made of it... ه The flagship model features is hewn out of a single block of Aluminium, with no seems or bolts, which conveys a feeling of sturdiness and refinement to the phone. Few of the folks in the Middle East got to examin the HTC J Buterrfly, or it's US cousin the Droid DNA.
Pros: Brilliant Screen (Full HD, Super LCD3, 4.7 inches), Fastest Android processor currently, 2 Gigs of RAM., Full Aluminium sexy design
Cons: comes with Android 4.1 (4.2 is promised, though)
Summary: The One Max feels like something HTC didn't genuinely want to make, but one they had to in order to keep up with the Joneses. It comes off as a purely reactionary device, devoid of any meaningful innovation and only around to capitalize on the recent phablet craze. It borrows too many of the HTC One's ideas to be a bad phone, but it fails to take any advantage of its size, and the few new things it does add are either insignificant or inconvenient.
Excerpt: We all want more from our smartphones. Whether it’s more screen real estate, more battery life, a better camera, or more storage for pictures, videos, and games, it seems there’s always something we could use more of from our phones. Manufacturers are constantly striving to deliver the best device, touting the areas in which they’ve provided “more.” HTC designed its One Max with demanding users in mind.
Pros: Fantastic battery life, Solid design, 5.9 inch, Full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) display
Cons: Heavy (7.65 ounces), No stylus, Fixed battery
Summary: Homer’s two great works, The Iliad and The Odyssey , are technically poems. In the exact same way that an inch-thick tome can be a poem, the HTC One max is a phone. It has all the requisite characteristics: 3G and 4G connectivity, an earpiece and multiple microphones, and a design that invites you to use it like a regular smartphone. And yet, it’s just so big .
Pros: Best speakers in the business, One of the best displays, Epic battery life, Side-mounted power button
Cons: Far too large and awkward, Fingerprint scanner is poorly implemented, Worse fit and finish than the One, Camera lacks optical image stabilization
Summary: The HTC One Max is a case of too much of a good thing. It comes with everything we loved in the original One, including best-in-class audio, a dynamic BlinkFeed interface and an appealing aluminum design. However, while having such a large screen is great, the software isn't optimized for a screen that size, and the design will be too bulky for many users. The rear-mounted fingerprint scanner can also be tough to reach.
Summary: The One Max was supposed to build on the One's good work. But, this is a prime example of a competent phone, ruined by ridiculous pricing. No doubt the display is very good, the phone offers consistent performance and undeniably good build, but you get much better alternatives at lesser price points - namely, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. And if you are willing to consider an alternate OS, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is what I would strongly recommend.
Pros: Good display, Consistent performance
Cons: Ridiculous price, Fingerprint sensor isn't anything more than a show-off feature
Conclusion: HTC isn’t wrong to want to offer a lineup that includes normal sized phones and big phones. And if the One Max had been released, as-is, alongside the One, we’d offer little objection. It wasn't, though. This could have been a result of supply constraints, manufacturing issues, lean design resources, or countless other delays. Regardless, the One Max is, ironically, too little, too late.
Pros: So much like the HTC One, Sturdy plastic body resembles the One's aluminum body, A big gorgeous screen you'll never get tired of looking at, microSD slot, for those that want it, BlinkFeed and Sense 5.5 really aren't bad with Android 4.3 underneath, Great battery life, Compatible with Sprint's tri-band LTE network
Cons: So huge, but with no stylus or UI tweaks to account for it, No updates to the silicon, despite Snapdragon 600 being a bit long in the tooth, The plastic body doesn't feel as nice as aluminum, and the removable back plate never seats properly, BlinkFeed and Sense 5.5 still aren't stock, so if you don't like them, you're hurting, On the Sprint One we sampled, there was so much bloatware!
Conclusion: The HTC One max is certainly out of my price range, given how much I use my phone: I work from home, so I have the internet and a land line, so the only time I do use calls/minutes/texts/internet is when I am on the move, or as I recently did, move house. My current call plan is 300 mins / 300 texts / unlimited (*) internet, but I have only ever hit the limit (2GB internet before it goes slow) when I moved house.