TEST: One Max is an overgrown HTC One, which, unfortunately, is not nearly as useful as the critically acclaimed predecessor.

First came the HTC One, so a One Mini, and now, according to contemporary trends, have HTC One Max hit the stores. We are talking about a phone that lives on on the award-winning One-design, only maximized to the extreme.

Unfortunately, it is not at all points to One Max provides the maximum, but, of course, HTC also have a phablet in its product portfolio, particularly because both Samsung, Sony, LG and Huawei also offers such product variants.

One Max weighs 217 grams, which is a nice increase compared to HTC One, who had a weight of 143 grams. The size is increased from 137.4 x 42.4 x 9.3 mm to 164.5 x 82.5 x 10.3 mm.

When faced with the product in your hand, is no doubt that, on the one hand, in the case of a product design in high quality, and on the other a great phone that requires plenty of space in your pocket.

Power button sits fine placed next to the thumb in the product’s right side, while the headset plug is located at the top. The USB connector is positioned exactly right, so at the bottom.

The best design has been greater

HTC One is, in my opinion, one of the absolutely best designs on the Android platform, and One Mini ever was on the design portion, a natural follow-up. Although One Max looks like the other two, maximising not dressed designed, there now appears a little clumsy.

The aluminum back can be taken by phone, which allows to mount the microSD memory cards up to 64 GB, as well as put your SIM card in your phone, where the SIM card now has got space.


Unfortunately fit the back plate is not one hundred percent on, once it has been removed. Therefore, it is not recommended to open and close the back many times. When your finger glides across the transitions on the back, clearly labelled crevices, where things are not quite in line. It’s real sin.

Nice screen and good performance

HTC One Max has a screen of 5.9 inches, a big jump up from 4.7 inch on HTC One. Display type is still Super LCD3 with Full HD resolution (1080 x 1920 pixels), but the figure has fallen from 469-PPI to 373.

In daily life we experience One Max ‘ screen performance as approved, without over leveraged colors and with fine viewing angle. So I think certainly not HTC drawers at this point.

The offal is controlled by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor at 600 1.7 GHz (quad-core) with graphics chip Adreno 320. So the overall performance matches the One Max fine One. With the benchmark software Antutu ends the result on 25,171, so above average among top models, but not in the vicinity of URf.eks. LG G2.

For comparison we have measured 24,287 on HTC One and 11,127 to HTC One Mini.

The other specifications belongs in the top of the market. You get GPS, Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0, 2.1 MP front camera, 4 g LTE, NFC, Wi-Fi connection, infrared port and many other things well.

You need to be aware of the fact that this phone has 16 GB of built-in memory, but as mentioned earlier in the test, more can be added via a memory card.

The operating system is Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with interface HTC Sense loaded on. Since HTC Sense One is now updated to version 5.5, which means adjusted properties to the good side.


Once again, tells the story of their Ultrapixels HTC camera. Basically we are talking about a different way of thinking about the camera on.

HTC claims that with 4 megapixels (or 4 Ultrapixels) can deliver images with less noise and better light at low light conditions.

One Ultrapixel covers twice the area, as it exists in a typical 8 megapixel phone. Compared with a 13 megapixel camera, 300 percent more light comes in through the HTC’s sensor that uses an aperture of F2.0.

In everyday use are you experiencing reasonable images, which are approved, but not “breath-taking”.

But! HTC One Max does not have optical beetle destabilisation, and that is a huge short supply on images as well as video. On the video portion will be shaky at the poor way the result.

When this stabilization is missing, it also becomes more difficult to get good sharp photos, especially when darkness falls.

The overall performance of the camera is therefore a step downwards, unfortunately.

The gallery looks like himself, and brings together the local photos with them you still have Google Drive, Dropbox Facebook, Flickr and Picasa.

In addition, the phone can automatically create so-called Zoe Highlights how pictures and videos are combined into small creative movie clips. You can even adjust the length, as well as add their own music. Zoe is a delicious way to create interesting clip, from the events on. It looks professional, and your phone is doing all the work for you.

Good software-experience

I think the latest version of HTC Sense is a major step forward. Many irritated stuff is removed, and the whole experience is more checked and simple.

Blow number is Blinkfeed, which compiles news list HTC news from selected media, and presents them in a nice graphical layout. With Blinkfeed do I read the news, I never even would seek, when the POPs forward every time I switch on the phone.

In HTC Sense 5.5 can Blinkfeed be removed, unless you wish to use it.

Blinkfeed has also been much better to recognize your interests, and there has come the opportunity to add their own news sources, if a website has an RSS feed available.

The phone can also retrieve the contents down, so you don’t have to be online to read it – a welcome and smart detail.

HTC continues to have Android-platform’s best mail experience on Microsoft Exchange, but, of course, are services such as Gmail continues to be supported. It followed good up of calendar and contact list, which gives a good overview. The calendar can display both, for example, daily, weekly and monthly calendar, as well as similar agreements in agenda form.

While many of HTC’s competitors loader more and more on the Android, HTC started to go otherwise, and make it more simple, something I certainly welcome.

Fingerprints opens the phone

HTC One Max comes with fingerprint reader, who can learn three different fingers to know.

This means that you can have a finger to unlock with, and a second finger, in which the camera is activated when the iron over the finger sensor.

One Max is a great phone, and it requires a big hand to get the phone, so one’s finger is positioned correctly in relation to the reader, that is located on the back just below the camera.

I found out that you have to register the fingerprints in the angle that is natural when One Max lies in the hand, which does not necessarily mean you must swipe your finger straight down.

When I found out it went better with this little trick to unlock the phone up in this way.

The technique, which HTC user is significantly different from what Apple uses in the iPhone 5S. On One finger over the reader, Max must be ironed while it on the iPhone just has to be kept.

HTC has an accuracy of 9 out of 10, but the location of the reader is not optimal, because you have to have the phone in your hand, to unlock it.

HTC announces that one’s fingerprints are stored locally on the device, and will not be transferred to the grid or cloud services.

Large battery and fine operating time

Battery for HTC One Max is at 3,300 mAh, and it really is a decent case that delivers so much operating time.

My absolute subjective experience is that working the day easily implemented without the use of extra charge, and a day I have 63 percent power back, after 18 hours of operation, and where there had been spoken quite a lot on the phone.

HTC promises up to 25 hours of talk-time (via 3 g) and 585 hours of standby time, which is something more than the 18 hours and 480 hours, that the specification on the HTC One talks about.

But overall delivers HTC One Max with my usage of absolute maximum battery life.

Although the tailgate can be detached, can you continue to not even take the battery out of the phone.

If you need more battery, there will be also a flip case cover for One Max with additional 1,300 mAh battery built-in. And on the other hand, there is also a companion Boombass subwoofer and a carkit available.

No more than a big screen

If a smartphone should have a giant screen at almost 6 inches (or more), the product for me, provide something extra than just being a big screen.

Here have HTC One Max and Sony Xperia Z Ultra the disadvantages that are so-so, what you get extra, other than just something that fills a whole lot extra in your pocket.

One Max fails nothing about the user experience, and the sound from the speakers is top notch. The concept really makes anything good, sound Boom and the good sound continues over in the interview portion.

That being said, is simply a Max max big screen, which basically just is HTC One in an enlarged version.

I think the other producers could learn something from Samsung, with Note-series, has managed to bring the product extra functionality.

Conclusion: is it necessary?

I’m not quite up to call over HTC One Max, and I find it difficult to see what it gives me extra that I didn’t get on HTC One – in addition to a larger screen.

The total user experience hangs fine together, but the fingerprint reader is in between more irritated than beneficial.

The price of the phone is at the high end. Without subscription we are about 5,300 dollars. You must bear in mind that HTC One can currently be bought down to approximately 4,100 Crowns.

HTC One Max is a One that has been a little too big, without there actually is a reason for it. Personally, I on the other hand, give my warmest recommendations for HTC One.

Overall: 4 out of 6 stars.




+ Option for microSD card
+ Clear and Fluent user experience with good sound
+ Blinkfeed has been even better.


-No optical billedestabilisator
-Only 16 GB of memory
-One design has been lumbering


HTC One Max-Eneren’ve Got Growing Pains (Mobile Test)
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