Pros + Wonderful screen, clear and crisp
+ Thin edges, curved back and generally excellent ergonomics
+ Sense 5.5 is fast, intuitive, and aesthetically very pleasing
+ Clarity of calls
+ Great photo gallery
Cons - It doesn't have Beats sound
- Non for any really cons
Summary This is by far the best phone I have ever had. I also have an HTC One and my husband has an HTC One Mini. I also have tried several Samsung phones over the years and a couple of iPhones. I must say that the HTC One Max beats them all.
Professional reviewers complain that it doesn't have the latest Snapdragon 800 processor, that there is no optical stabilisation for photo taking. Both are true but a) the Snapdragon 600 is more than sufficient: this phone runs even better than the HTC One, and the HTC One is the smoothest phone I have ever had (no lag as with the Samsung Galaxy) and b) a slightly lower speed means that battery use is also lessened. After a full day of heavy use (I spend half my life checking emails, looking at work documents, browsing the internet etc, it seems!) I still had 55%. That has never happened to me before with any phone. And I haven't noticed any difference with photo taking, even in low light.
At the end of the day, what matters most is not technical specs, it is the comfort of use, and for this, the One Max is unbeatable (by contrast, for ex, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 has significantly higher specs, but it stutters, just like the S4 itself). So here are the strong points of the HTC One Max from a heavy user's perspective:
- wonderful screen, clear and crisp, and so much space! It makes reading, browsing, watching films, videos, looking at photos so much easier. Your photos don't look like blown up stamps anymore, you can actually see (and edit) details. It also means that the keyboard is a little bigger, which makes for better typing. The native keyboard is good but do yourself a favour and get Swiftkey...
- size: yes, it takes space, but it is SO worth it. I am a woman and I don't like handbags, so the only way I can carry the Max with me all the time is at my belt (but that's what I did with my HTC One anyway). But if you get a holder with a belt clip (PDair does good ones) and then the size and relative weight are no inconvenient, while the benefits are so significant. You can fit more apps on the larger screen (and so need fewer screens), every thing is more spacious and comfortable. By contrast, even the One (4.7 inches screen) looks crowded.
- Productivity: it is the first time in my life that I don't cringe at the thought of looking at yet another Excel or Word document on a tiny screen. Then are actually legible, comfortably so. If like me you do a lot of work on the fly, it's invaluable. Also the Kindle app now looks like a small book, it's so nice to read and you don't need to turn the pages so often. In case you wonder, I also have a Samsung 7'' tablet, so fairly similar in size. But it is not half as well designed, nor half as fast, and I don't like working with it (plus the slightly bigger size makes a big difference when it comes to carrying the device around: I can still carry the Max on my belt, and my male friends were more than eager to slip it in their jeans pockets (front pockets, though)!)
- design: like the One it fits in the hand very well due to its thin edges, curved back and generally excellent ergonomics. And I have small hands (glove size 6), so if I can hold it comfortably, almost anyone can. And it's beautiful.
- software: Sense 5.5 is fast, intuitive, and aesthetically very pleasing. None of the terrible colours and design of the Samsung TouchWiz. And you can turn off Blinkfeed. Sense is now streamlined and has lots of very helpful little tweaks. For some reason it runs even better on the One Max than on my (updated) One. No bugs, just the pure pleasure of an intuitive and pleasant to look at interface. There is also an incredibly useful transfer tool which allows your old phone to push all its contents to the new (that's true of all HTC One phones). You get everything, contacts, photos, gallery, videos, music (etc) and most importantly system settings, down to the name of your phone, in about 10mn (I have a LOT of stuff on my phone).
- It has a slot for an SD card. Quite rare for HTC phones. It's not a deal breaker because you also get 25GB of free space on Dropbox but it's handy nevertheless.
- smoothness of operation: everything just runs so well in the background you don't notice anything except what you're doing, which is ideal. Nothing interferes with your work or enjoyment.
- sound: it doesn't have Beats but with Poweramp and a few equaliser tweaks you get an even better result (Beats tends to overemphasise the bass). Needless to say it blows any other phone out of the water, it's one of the features that everyone who has listened to it agrees on, even die-hard fans of other brands. That's with serious comparisons, ie same tracks, same headphones (or rather same set connected to both phone).
- clarity of calls: the new technology really work, it dims background noises and emphasises the clarity of voices.
- great photo gallery. Zoes are really useful (3s short films which the software will decompose in 20 frames to allow you to select and save the best pictures). I don't use 'Highlights' so much but it's quite fun.
I could sit here writing for ages but I'm going to stop here. If this doesn't convince you nothing will! In short, the One Max is the best combination of form and function in a phone (or phablet) that I have seen since I started using them, and I still remember the times when these devices were slow and clunky. The weight remains very reasonable (243g) and the plastic edge that reviewers complain so much about actually makes the phone easier to hold. Yes, the One Max is pricey. But it is SO worth it!
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I hope this helps.
Pros 1Huge,beautiful looking screen.
2. Best audio quality ever, loudest phone i've heard, it is still a phone after all.
3.Great Battery life, you could get a couple days with light use, but it's hard to stop looking at the screen.
4. Build Quality
Cons 1.Not for people with small hands.
2. Could've made the battery removable, but when it lasts so long, it doesn't really mattter.
3. Doesn't come with earbuds.
Summary I had an htc one, and it was my favorite phone by far. I just wished it was even bigger with a better battery, so this is perfect. If you have small hands this probably wont work for you. This phone moves very quick, so i don't get how people bash the processor so much, I don't use the fingerprint scanner. I used this phone and all the competitors ( Galaxy Note 3, Mega, LG G2,)at the store and this was an easy choice.
Pros Beautiful screen
BoomSound stereo speakers
amazing battery life
Cons without Beats
big size (for somebody)
Summary I received a HTC One Max from HTC for testing and I've been using it for two months.
HTC One Max is very beautiful because it not only has a big screen up to 5.9 inch but also comes with full metal body. Though the size is bigger, the streamline back cover makes it easy to hold in your palm.
Unlike traditional speakers with limited sound quality, the BoomSound stereo speakers on the front will amplify the music and enlighten you with clear and better sound. You will feel thrilled like personally on the scene especially when watching movies or listening to music on the cellphone. It can never be easier for you to share the music with others even with a group of people or at a party.
The picture quality of UltraPixel camera is very good.Even though there's still a minor difference when compared with professional cameras like DSLR, UltraPixel camera is capable to deal with most daily pictures. UltraPixel camera comes with ZOE (virtual-reality album). Within just a few taps, you will get to produce a Video Highlights short video and turn your pictures into a story. You may also share this video with friends. Videos tell better story than just pictures.
Sometimes you want to get some updates of new information but you don't have much time to stare at the cellphone that long. BlinkFeed is a convenient helper. It will put together all the needed news and updates. All you need to do is to scroll down the screen, and you will get to know what's happening among your friends and the news updates.
Bigger size and bigger screen come with bigger batter capacity. HTC ONE MAX equips with 3300mAh high capacity battery and it can easily standby for more than one or two days. If I need to go out or use my cellphone intensively, all I need to do is to turn on the power-saving mode and the batter will last longer. I don't need to worry about recharging issues any more.
Pros 5.9 inch, Full HD 1080p
HTC UltraPixel Camera
Battery 3300 mAh
Cons You need to know how to use fingerprint sensor
No multi-window multitasking
Hard to attach back cover (must follow instructions that come with phone)
Summary HTC One Max, this device is aimed at everyone who enjoy phablets while enjoying everything HTC has to offer. The HTC One Max features a 5.9-inch Full HD display, a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and a fingerprint scanner on the back of the device. HTC was kind enough to provide me a unit for testing and review.
The HTC One Max has a few changes comapred to the HTC One design, but it's still made out of a premium aluminum material with a few tweaks to the design. The front is pretty much the same with larger 5.9-inch Full HD display. Below the screen you can find two capacitive buttons, HTC logo between them, and dual-stereo speakers even lower. While above the screen you will find second dual-stereo speaker, front-facing camera and sensors.
The only big change on the back panel is the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner, which is located below the camera. On the left side of the camera you still have LED flash, and white plastic that has a hidden microphone. At the back center you can find HTC logo, and on bottom right you will find standard HTC dock pins.
While sides of the phone are now made of white polycarbonate it still provides you with a premium quality. While the Max is 164.5 x 82.5 x 10.29mm in size you can still reach notification with one hand, but keep in mind you need a good grip case and a large hand. Don't try to manage this when you first get the device, because a period of adjustment is expected when handling a larger device.
The HTC One Max is one of the few smartphones that feature a fingerprint scanner, but it's located at the rear of the phone here. When you look at the back of the phone you will see the scanner loacated under the camera. It allows you to unlock the phone, launch apps while providing you with security if you don't want other people unlocking your phone.
When you are setting up the fingerprint scanner, you can choose which finger to use, but it recommends you use your index finger. You can use one finger to unlock your device, second to launch the camera and third any application you want.
An important thing to remember is to use your finger as you would use it to unlock while holding the device. On occasion you will feel little frustrated when using fingerprint scanner, but only until you get how things are handled. This is why it's important to scan your fingerprint while holding your device.
The HTC One Max is the first device to ship with Sense 5.5, and this Sense version includes tweaks and new features. Sense 5.5 looks and feels like Sense 5, but it has been improved and optimized to improve user experience.
You probably already know about BlinkFeed, and how similar it is to Flip Board. Same idea but in my opinion BlinkFeed is much easier to use and setup when you first start your phone. It's baked into Sense, but you can turn it off if you are not a fan.
New version of BlinkFeed supports custom RSS, Instagram and Google+ social network. Great thing is how HTC keeps updating available list of content in BlinkFeed, and now more and more international content is available so be sure to add your favorite local content provider.
The One Max includes Scribble, an app which allows you to write down notes, create documents from templates and just have fun on a big screen. You can write with virtual keyboard, pencil and few other pen tips like paint brush and a marker. Import photos, audio and mix it up with some clip art from the app.
Video playback is something you will enjoy on this device with large screen and BoomSound speakers, but the default video player has only standard options. For full experience you will need a video player like MX Player from Play Store. If you are using local videos, YouTube content or wide variety of streaming services like Hulu or Netflix you will love the experience.
Gaming is also a plus on Max as all games run great on it, and with 5.9-inch screen and BoomSound the games are amazing. I am not a big gamer, but I have played more games on Max then on One just because it's easier on a larger screen.
The camera application on HTC One Max itself did not change from HTC One. The camera app will allow you to use several modes such as the scene, Night mode, HDR, Sweep Panorama, Dual Capture and Anti-Shake. You also have standard settings like timer, crop, video quality, white balance and others.
HTC Zoe is also present on HTC One Max, and if you don't know this feature will allow you to take about 20 photos, with short 3 second video. This will allow you to create sequence shots, draw on photos, crop, rotate and save your best shoot.
In HTC One Max you will find same 4MP Ultrapixel camera included in the HTC One. Even if camera on Max is missing OIS it's still amazing camera with a lot of features. For regular users it's just as on One because OIS on it didn't kick in to allow a longer shutter with reduced ISO and noise. So the images on One and One Max are just as good.
Usually the manufacturers tend to use low cost speakers on phones which don't impress us or even users, but the speakers on the HTC One have impressed us and a lot of users. The Max is here with even better sound thanks to bigger speakers, and it will provide you with a good range of highs, medium and low-level sounds.
The speakers will provide you with perfect video and movie watching experience. When we consider other devices on the market, nothing comes close except perhaps the One. Beats Audio is gone but I don't miss it, and if you want EQ you can still use apps for that.
Headphone output offers nice, clean and vibrant sound while offering good volume it you like to turn it up.
Nothing much has changes with processor since One was released, and this means the One Max is on par with One. You have tested Snapdragon 600 and you won't have any complanint with it, but if you compare it with Snapdragon 800 it's just load times for large applications and games. HTC decided to use Snapdragon 600 which is tested and very powerful, but if they decided to use Snapdragon 800 the price of HTC One Max would probably be higher.
The performance is good, and there is no lag or any problems with the device. Four cores and a 1.7GHz are here to provide good gaming and UI performance while still giving you a lot of life from battery.
The HTC One Max has a larger size batter when compared with HTC One, and this means the battery capacity has increased to 3300mAh. This is something that will make a lot of people happy considering you can get a lot on an HSPA+ network. The battery will provide enough juice for a day of heavy use. For me personally the battery last about 25-30 hours of moderate to heavy use, but this is relevant on how you use the device. For light use it lasted 3 days with few calls, sms, browsing and social channels.
I have been using One Max for almost 2 months now, and I love it. Even today when I use it I am surprised with the screen, battery life and just how much it's easier to use a device if the screen is bigger. When we consider the quality design, screen, battery and KitKat update that should be released soon it's easy to conclude how much you're going to enjoy this device.
HTC One Max is a great phone, and there's a lot of things to like about it like metallic design, 5.9-inch high-resolution display to the awesome BoomSound speakers and great battery life.
If you have enjoyed the hardware on HTC One, but wanted a phablet expirience then HTC One Max is a device you will enjoy.
Pros Bigger screen, Impressive battery life, SD card slot, Sound & build quality
Cons Size is big, not a one-hand phone, weird placement of the fingerprint scanner
Summary I had the chance to test out the HTC One max (thank you HTC!). Let me give you my thoughts about the product. By the way, my point of comparison would be the HTC One (which happens to be my previous phone.)
At first, I found the 5.9 inches screen to be really big. But after a few days of using it - I adopted very well to its size. I must say this phone is the perfect phone for entertainment. I love watching videos and playing games on this phone. The screen size is just perfect. When it comes to resolution, HTC One's screen provides better colors and pixels, but the quality from One max is not far behind. It comes next to the HTC One. It's quite big for the hands - and it would take quite sometime for one to adopt. Also, the One max isn't a one-hand phone. You need to use both of your hands in this phone.
Just like the HTC One, the One max is also made of metal. It's one unique thing I like about HTC phones. I love of it feels in my hand/s. The metal material makes the phone quite heavy but I don't find it an issue. It still gives the user the premium feel it promised. Also, the removable back cover makes way for the SD card slot. One good addition for the phone, specially those who think the 32GB & 64GB storage isn't enough.
Camera isn't an issue for me. I love the ultrapixel technology. The phone produces great images. In terms of sound and sound quality, I kinda miss the Beats Audio feature I had in the HTC One. Yeah, I'm one of the few fans of that feature. Anyway, the One max surprised me with how the loud it's highest volume. Sound quality is still superb despite the absence of Beats.
Sense 5.5 is just amazing. It kept better and added one some better features for BlinkFeed and Video Highlights. BlinkFeed is so useful. It keeps me updated. Video highlights on the other hand is the perfect feature for doing short clips / summaries about the best life events. I love how one can personalize his/her highlight.
The fingerprint scanner is uhmm okay? I do use it everyday, but I think it's oddly placed at the back. Another place would probably make it more appealing, I guess? HTCB Scribble is cool! It takes note-taking into a whole different level. Lastly, the 3,300 mAh battery is superb! My battery lasts an average of 2 days with moderate use (with wifi and mobile data on). I'm really impressed with this phone's battery. Not experiencing lags in this phone. :)
Overall, I think this phone is a beast!!!! All the people who loves using their phone for entertainment must get this phone 100%! Thank you HTC for creating such a beast!!!
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