Mobile Review: HTC One Max

Mobile Review: HTC One Max

According to PC Magazine, Phablets—smartphones with a screen size between 5 and 6.9 inches—have actually been around since 1993. That fact put egg on my face; I’d thought they’d were a new development. Who knew?

Capitalising on the success of their flagship HTC One, HTC, a Taiwanese manufacturer, have taken their first step into the phablet market with the HTC One Max. Smack in the middle of phablet screen sizes at 5.9 inches, the HTC One Max offers many additional features over its predecessor, including a microSD slot fingerprint scanner and more.

The HTC One Max delivers many of the same features that were on the HTC One, including the UltraPixel camera and the metal body,  but there’s tons more under the hood too.

The HTC One Max offers tons of power, with a quad-core,  1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, which brings with it an impressive 2GB of RAM. It Runs on Andoird 4.3, with an upgrade to Android 4.4 on the horizon, and Sense 5.5.



The HTC One Max makes games, videos and graphics look amazing with HTC’s LCD 3 display, which outputs at Full HD 1080p. The huge screen also provides plenty of room for playing games with on-screen controls.

The HTC One and HTC One Max are presented with pleasing aesthetics. Both feature a sleek and sexy metallic body, with white trim and nice bevel. The only discernible differences between the two, excluding their size, are the right-side power button, the left-side door switch and the fingerprint scanner on the back.

Now I know what you’re thinking: “Left-side door switch?” It’s a removable back door on the HTC One Max that provides access to the microSD slot, which is a truly nice addition, much nicer than the fingerprint scanner, which fails to impress. The scanner recognises up to 3 fingers which can be from the same or different people. The problem with the scanner is its position along the upper middle half of the HTC One Max. It’s right under the camera and is virtually impossible to use singlehandedly.  Though you’ll enjoy the novelty of the new scanner for a few days, you’ll soon grow tired of it.

There’s one bizarre omission to the HTC One Max. Being so huge you’d expect a precision stylus. There isn’t one, making it much more difficult to use the note-taking app that comes bundled with the phone.


Perhaps the star piece of the HTC One Max is the 33000 mAH battery which will last for around 40 hours on a single charge.  Turn the brightness of the phone down and it will last you for a very long time.

Overall, the HTC One Max is one of the best phablets we’ve seen. It looks beautiful with a sleek metal casing and stylish design; it has tons of excellent features, and the battery life is to die for. A truly impressive phablet.

OVERALL: 4.5 out of 5
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Paul Harrison

Paul M Harrison is an entertainment journalist, novelist, and blogger, and a specialist in the theory of storytelling. Paul Harrison can be contacted via his personal website or on Twitter or Facebook.

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