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
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. So getting a plan with the HTC One max for my...
Summary: The HTC One Max is a gorgeous Android device that offers a beautiful 5.9-inch display, powerful speakers and a premium chassis. And, unlike the Galaxy Note 3, this $249 handset delivers faster LTE data via Sprint's Spark network. However, the Max's monstrous dimensions and heft will likely prove too much to handle for most users. The addition of a microSD card slot is welcome, but the fingerprint sensor doesn't add that much value.
Excerpt: The HTC One has been quite the smartphone for HTC as it has sold exceptionally well for the company through the several months that it’s been available. We’ve seen HTC come out with different colored HTC One devices to give you a bit of personalization for the smartphone, while also releasing the HTC One Mini and HTC One Max. The HTC One Mini brought the HTC One in a more manageable 5-inch body.
Excerpt: Big Android phones are nothing new, and if this past year is any indicator they are only going to get bigger. Unfortunately, not everyone seems to understand that the extra size is only worth it if you offer something more to the experience. The HTC One Max is a perfect example of falling into this pit by releasing a huge phone that offers very little in return for its added bulk.