HTC One Max: Hands On With This Large Smartphone, or Phablet, Really

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2013-12-12

HTC rounded out its One smartphone family with the One Max, a smartphone—phablet, really—with a 5.9-inch full-HD display. It joins HTC's flagship One, which has a 4.7-inch full HD, and the One Mini, with a 4.3-inch HD display. The One Max is big—"huge" is the word people use on seeing it. But if big isn't an issue for you—if you have no need to carry your phone in your shirt's front pocket or use it with one hand, and if you really enjoy watching video and performing other online activities on a big, bright display—the HTC One Max is a great option. It has a TouchID-like fingerprint reader on its back that's easy to use; its camera grabs lots of light and performs well in different scenarios (and when it doesn't, there are tons of filters to make up for it); it runs HTC's Sense 5.5 user interface, which includes even easier ways to share instantly made 30-second videos. The Max also has dual front-facing speakers that easily fill a room, a speedy quad-core processor and access to Verizon's and Sprint's Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks. What it doesn't have is a stylus, which, given that its display is even larger than the one on the stylus-equipped Samsung Galaxy Note 3, is something that might lose it some sales.


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