HTC One Max Review


The HTC One Max is bigger sibling of the HTC One. It has a 5.9 inch screen and is also one of the smaller giant phones which makes it a bit easier to use. The HTC One Max, still has diluted the design purity of HTC One for it to be considered a smartphone classic.

The HTC One Max looks and feels much like the HTC One and HTC One Mini. However, to enrich the design it has added a few bits and bobs. On the back below the camera lens, there is a square fingerprint scanner and on the rear are little metal contacts to connect to a charging dock and there is a switch on the side to release the back panel.

Unlike the HTC One Mini and HTC One, One Max’s back pops off providing you access to the SIM slot and a microSD memory card slot. The HTC One Max is functionally more versatile than original One.

The case of the One Max is pretty strong. The Max is a plastic phone having metal panels whereas the HTC One is a metal phone with plastic trim. The Max looks similar to its brother but they are different construction wise. It feels like an aluminum phone due to its mostly metal finish and also the rear metal panel is strong enough to avoid any flexing.

Some of the striking nature of HTC One-series design is lost, however, it is far from all bad. It still feels high-end. It belongs to relatively young band of super-large phones that are closer to tablets in size and don’t fit into your pocket. But fortunately unlike Xperia Z Ultra, One Max still feels like a phone.

For its class, it has a slightly smaller than average 5.9 inch screen and feels something closer to 5.7 inch Galaxy Note 3 than 92.2mm wide Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The One Max is still tricky to use in one hand but its saves some ridicule from friends and alarmed looks from strangers.

HTC has made most commonly used physical buttons relatively easy to access. The power button resides right under your right thumb and the soft keys are all within thumb’s reach.

It has same BoonSound speakers as HTC One that make it instantly identifiable as an HTC phone. These stereo front-facing speakers are designed to give a much better movie and gaming experience than most mobiles.

Fingerprint Sensor:

The fingerprint sensor on the back is the most eye-catching feature of the HTS One Max. This is the second super high-profile mobile to use such sensor. The phone uses a capacitive sensor to map out the conductive properties of your digit. Unlike iPhone 5S, you have to run your finger across the sensor. The iPhone’s sensor simply needs you to place your digit onto Home button to unlock the phone. The HTC One Max sensor, more often than not, fails to correctly recognize the finger and after three attempts forces you to enter a pre-determined password. And it is not a finger-friendly password but a keyboard-entered one.

Screen Quality:

The HTC One Max features a 5.9 inch 1080p screen that has the same resolution as the HTC One 4.7 inch screen, stretched over a much, much larger area. Sharpness, however, remains excellent. Currently, the mobile phone market is a bit obsessed with pixels-per-inch rating of screens and the HTC One beats the Max in this sense. But there is a little difference in perceptible sharpness between the two.

The Max uses an LCD type display and it is a good-quality panel. Its black levels are decent, contrast is good and colors are fairly vivid without oversaturating reds the way AMOLED screens often do.

The 5.9 inch screen becomes more of a pest than a bonus in day-to-day use. It makes typing one-handed and navigating a pain but is a blessing while playing games, watching movies and browsing the web. Top brightness is not quite on-par with HTC One. There is a solid anti-reflective coating on One Max’s display however and using it outdoors doesn’t seem much of a problem.

Software and Performance:

The HTC One Max runs the same interface as the HTC One-HTC Sense. It however has a few updates added since the phone’s launch. The phone runs HTC Sense 5.5 and utilizes Android 4.3 which is the latest version of Google’s OS. It is arguably more stylish and much simpler UI than you find of Samsung’s Android phones. It has a jolly and colorful look for better visual intuitiveness and a sharper look.

In HTC Sense, BlinkFeed is placed center stage. It is a widget that gives you control over what’s happening from websites’ news to TV listings and article links culled from Google Plus. It is one of the key upgrades in HTC Sense 5.5 to have control over what goes into BlinkFeed. For the most part, Sense is fast, it looks good and is also simple to use. The HTC One Max uses Snapdragon 600 CPU which clocks at 1,7GHz.


The Max keeps its apps fairly simple. Mostly the additional apps are packed away into folders and essentials like Google Maps and a few HTC headliner apps stay on the top layer of apps menu.


The HTC One Max is the third phone that uses HTC’s UltraPixel camera. What UltraPixel does is that rather than bumping-up the megapixel count in order to produce a more impressive-sounding camera, the phone decreases the number of megapixels to result in larger sensor pixels.


  • Decent speakers
  • Solid camera
  • Great screen for video and gaming


  • Not as eye-catching as HTC One
  • Fingerprint scanner is not reliable enough
  • Awkward to use

HTC’s giant phone tries hard than some to justify its screen size. While it may have a smaller screen than some, the thicker body ensures that it is still a tricky phone to handle day-to-day. The 5.9 inch screen is fantastic for video watching and gaming but for everything else, the HTC One may be the better fit for most people lives.

The HTC One Max is a strong phone that looks less silly in hand than a Sony Xperia Z Ultra but it differs from the HTC One in most of the ways and detract from the phone rather than adding to it.

Almost all the HTC One Max specs were described in this article, for more information, read: Massive-Screened Smartphone-HTC One Max

Last updated on January 11, 2018 8:36 am

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