What are the advantages and disadvantages of the HTC One Max?
Display – HTC are renowned for producing high quality displays and the One Max is no exception. This LCD 3 panel features full HD resolution (1920×1080) and 367 pixels-per-inch; spread across a stunning 5.9-inch display. Colours are deep and realistic whilst web browsing, gaming and viewing media content are a joy to behold.
Build quality – The same theme has continued throughout the One series, an aluminium build with the curved back coupled with those front facing BoomSound speakers. Yet again HTC have produced another premium handset with the Max. Although slightly heavier than most rival phablets it certainly pips them when it comes to the aesthetics and all round feel of the device.
Expandable storage – This is a welcome feature as a MicroSD card slot was not included on the One; or the One Mini for that matter. With only 16GB of internal storage many of you will be looking to expand at some point. HTC have certainly listened to their consumers by opting to include a MicroSD card slot on this occasion.
Sense 5.5 – The latest version of HTC’s Android skin certainly brings some welcome tweaks. BlinkFeed has received most of the attention resulting in a more refined and customisable news feed. You now have the choice to turn off BlinkFeed amongst other features. For more on Sense 5.5; please check out my review of the HTC One Max here.
Battery life – HTC opted for a mammoth 3300mAh battery which came in bigger than all of its rivals. most average users will get a day-and-a-half out of the Max whereas heavy users will easily see through a day/night without needing a charge.
Size – Phablets were designed to be the meet between your average smartphone and 7-inch tablets. I cannot justify carrying around such a large and weighty device from day-to-day, it just doesn’t work. You’re sure to notice a 10mm thick 217g handset sitting in your pocket; that’s if you can find a pocket big enough to hold the One Max.
Fingerprint scanner – Apple introduced its TouchID sensor on the iPhone5S and HTC have tried following this trend. Although it’s a great concept and the UI looks great it just doesn’t work. Attempting to swipe your finger across the scanner whilst balancing this large handset is a challenge in itself, then you have to contend with the 70% success rate of unlocking the actual screen which is infuriating when in a rush. It comes across as a bit of a gimmick and the actual fingerprint scanner on the back of the device looks ugly and is also placed in the most ridiculous place; right below the camera lens.
Optical image stabilisation - Optical image stabilisation has not been included meaning that you’ll have to take extra care and really ensure you keep a steady hand when shooting, HTC have included ‘Anti-shake’ which helps but has no where near the same affect as OIS did on the original One.
Older processor – The size and speed of the processor is a slight drawback. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra both feature more powerful Snapdragon 800 processors whereas the Max is still on the older Snapdragon 600 processor. On paper this is a negative when compared to its rivals however there isn’t a glaringly obvious difference in all round general performance between these high end phablets.