The 5.9-inch HTC One Max Smartphone Reviewed

The HTC One Max is HTC’s entry into the oversized smartphone market going head on with phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The phone’s display measures in at 5.9 inches, making it one of the largest smartphones in the market. The screen has a 1080 x 1920 resolution that translates to about 373 in pixel density.

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Design

I have always been a big fan of designs of HTC phones due to their solid construction and utilitarian looks. These trademark traits can be seen on the HTC One Max. It sports a full aluminum back, surrounded by a white plastic border. It measures in at 6.48 x 3.25 x 0.41 inches in dimensions, which isn’t exactly the smallest size compared to its competitors, to say the least. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 measures just 0.33 inches in thickness while the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is even thinner at 0.26 inches.

Features

On the back you will the 4MP camera, LED flash and a biometric fingerprint scanner than can be use to unlock your phone. The biometric software can store up to three fingerprints. You can also customize the fingerprint-scanning feature to launch selected applications by swiping your finger on the scanner. The feature was very easy to set up, but like the fingerprint scanning feature on the iPhone 5S, is far from perfect when in use. There were times where the scanner failed to recognize the fingerprint where we had to resort to keying in the pass code to unlock the phone.

The HTC One Max runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system that works together with HTC’s proprietary Sense 5.5 user interface. The 5.9-inch screen is absolutely gorgeous, displaying crisp and vibrant images with good color accuracy. The spacious screen is excellent for viewing photos and watching movies. On both sides of the screen, you will find a set of BoomSound stereo speakers that further enhances your movie watching experience.

The 4MP camera takes excellent images under good lighting but there is plenty of room of improvement for photos taken under less than ideal lighting conditions. Photos taken under poor lighting conditions without flash were a little grainy, not as good as some of the other smartphones out there.

Under the hood, the HTC One Max is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16 or 32 GB for storage. It also comes with a micro SD slot that can add another 64GB of storage to the phone. This powerful set of specs allows for a buttery smooth performance even when running the most resource-hungry of applications.

Overall

While the HTC One Max proves to be a very competent, good-looking phone, there is a stark lack of any standout features to set it apart from its competitors. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for instance comes with a stylus and a set of stylus-exclusive features while the Sony Xperia Z ultra is super slim and is waterproof. With that said, the One Max is enough to satiate the appetites of HTC fans or anyone who is attracted to its looks and design.

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