Performance Summary -
Raw benchmark scores can be misleading since there’s been quite a bit of talk lately about benchmark cheating. The One Max has some stiff competition from another well-liked phablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. In some benchmarks, the One Max earns a better score than the Galaxy Note 3 but the reverse is also true. The One Max especially shines in the battery test, which is a benchmark that will matter most to many users.
The One Max’s camera delivered great images that are in line with what you would expect from HTC’s UltraPixel camera. Although the megapixel count may not be as high as with some cameras, it’s important to remember that quality, at reasonably high resolutions, not quantity of pixels, is what ultimately matters when you’re trying to capture an excellent image.
We’re glad to see HTC included a removable back cover as well as a microSD expansion card slot in the HTC One Max. Flexibility is something we appreciate, and HTC has delivered. We’re fans of the stylus with the Galaxy Note 3, so we wished HTC would have included a stylus with the One Max, but since this is a personal preference more than anything we won’t knock the One Max for its lack of a stylus.
Our overall experience with the design and feel of the One Max was positive. The phone is heavy, but what you trade for weight you make up for in aesthetics and durability with an extra-rigid back cover. We weren’t overly fond of the placement of the fingerprint reader on the back of the phone since this often required us to turn the phone over in order to unlock it. However, the actual functionality of the fingerprint reader was very good, and we had no problem getting an accurate read and unlocking the device once we flipped the phone over.
HTC has an attractive range of smartphones with its One lineup. Although there are a few things we would change with the One Max, it’s a really great smartphone overall. You can find it the HTC One Max for around $149 currently on contract. Users who want a large display, long battery life, and plenty of power should seriously consider the One Max.