HTC One Max 6-Inch Android Smartphone Review

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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. This smartphone boasts “more screen size, more camera, more everything” according to the company. With its 5.9-inch screen and 3300mAh battery, the One Max is in line to compete with other phablet devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which features a 5.7-inch screen and a 3200 mAh battery.

In addition to a large screen and battery, HTC also focused on the camera and audio experience with this phone. You’ll find dual front-facing stereo speakers with built-in amps and HTC BoomSound as well as HTC’s Ultrapixel camera with Zoe.

Another unique feature of the HTC One is the integrated fingerprint reader which unlocks the phone. It’s located on the back of the device just below the camera. On the software side, HTC included its BlinkFeed home screen to keep you updated with the information and updates you want to see.

Before we dive into the full hands-on review, let’s take a closer look at the specifications of the HTC One Max:

HTC One Max
Specifications & Features

Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor
1.7GHz quad-core CPUs

Total storage: 32GB, approximately 25GB storage available for user content
Expansion card slot supports microSD memory card for up to 64GB additional storage (card not included)
Size & Weight
6.48 (H) x 3.25 (W) x 0.41 (D) inches
7.65 ounces
5.9 inch, Full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080)
Android with HTC Sense 5.5 and HTC BlinkFeed
SIM Card Type
micro SIM
2G/ 2.5G - GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G - UMTS/ HSPA (Verizon): 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 14.4 Mbps
3G - CDMA: 800/1900 MHz (Sprint and Verizon)
4G - LTE (Verizon): 700 MHz
Gyro sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Fingerprint scanner
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX enabled
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n
HTC Connect
Support consumer infrared remote control
micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL)
Sound Enhancement
HTC BoomSound
Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers
Sense Voice
HTC UltraPixel Camera
BSI sensor, Pixel size 2.0 µm, Sensor size 1/3'
Dedicated HTC ImageChip 2
f/2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens
Smart Flash: Five levels of flash automatically set by distance to subject
1080p Full HD video recording with HDR video
Front Camera: 2.1 MP, 88° wide angle lens with HDR capability
Front Camera: 1080p Full HD video recording
3300 mAh Embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery
Talk time: Up to 25 hours for 3G
Standby time: Up to 585 hours for 3G
Verizon Wireless $149.99 with discounts and contract
Sprint $249.99 with discounts and contract

Despite its large size, the HTC One Max's specs don't group it with the highest-end smartphones currently available. The Snapdragon 600 at the heart of this device, while potent, isn't as powerful as the Snapdragon 800, which is offered in phones like the Note 3 or Nexus 5.

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sevags 10 months ago

SOOO.... what is the purpose of the removable back if the battery is not user replaceable? The back is just to get to the microSD card? Sounds like added weight and weaker overall structure just for that one purpose. I really like the HTC One lineup far better than the Samsung Galaxy lineup. I wish HTC went with the snapdragon 800 but they are trying not to focus on the high end of the market anymore so I suppose the 600 is good enough and offers better battery life without sacrificing too much performance. A removable back though is a big BIG no-no for me even when battery can be swapped but this makes even less sense.

Dave_HH 10 months ago

I disagree about the removable back casing, as long as the battery can be removed and swapped out, or even for a hard reset situation. But a removable back just for SIM card access or whatever and no removable battery is a big let down for me.

HaleemaKhan 10 months ago

I’d prefer Snapdragon 800, but as its featuring 4G LTE and Fingerprint Scanner, so it's OK. Under $249.99 price I think HTC One Max will hit. My friend is using it and I really adore it as it can run many High-Quality games, so no problem with it.

damien90 9 months ago

it is more elegant, beautiful, has a camera further than the galaxy note 3, pity its battery is not removable

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