HTC One Max review

The One gets supersized - but does it impress?

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HTC has always been excellent at providing the best contact management on the market, and it hasn't let anything drop on the One Max. From high resolution pictures to easy to use dial pads, there's a lot to love here, and anyone coming from another manufacturer's handset will be impressed.

The first thing we love is always the contact integration - sign into the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Google+ and HTC's phones are the most intelligent at being able to work out which accounts belong together.

HTC One Max review

This means that when you turn on the phone for the first time, you'll be presented with a number of suggested contacts to link together, and 99%, if not all, will be correct from the outset. This means that things like Facebook photos and social network updates will be on offer from each contact's profile on your phone.

On top of this, HTC makes a real effort to get high resolution pictureas from the social networks to make sure that when you're phoned by your friends, you're greeted with an attractive shot (providing they've actually used on on Facebook or Google+) rather than a pixellated mess.

HTC has even thought about this in terms of data consumption, and allows you to decide whether to download said high-resolution shots over Wi-Fi or mobile data.

If there is no larger picture to had, then the One Max will artistically add some dots to the image to prevent it looking too low-res - it's a nice touch, and means your handset doesn't look amateur when you pick up your handset.

On top of this, the calling is excellent on the HTC One. For example, there smart dialling on offer, which means that you only need to start tapping out the name of your contact on your dial pad (in the same way as T9 text prediction on the phones of old) and the name will appear as if by magic.

HTC One Max review

HTC has had this feature for years now, but now it's baked right into Android 4.3 directly, which means that you're getting a slick system that bypasses the need to open your contacts book most of the phone.

If this isn't your cup of tea, you can move the dial pad to full screen, but we'd imagine this would be for those with sight issues, as the screen on the One Max is large enough to cope with both smart dialling and making the keys visible.

In terms of call quality, the HTC One Max doesn't seem to have a problem - beyond the fact the phone is so large you'll feel foolish holding it to your face.

Actually, this isn't true in some parts of the world, but it will be a real problem for some, so make sure you're OK with having a handset that could dwarf your head when you want to have a chat with your partner.

The larger dimensions of the One Max do mean that it can sometimes be hard to position the earpiece in the best position to hear the person on the other end of the phone, which can irk also, but a little time spent with the phone will invoke enough muscle memory to sort this.

The HTC One Max comes with noise cancelling microphones, which means that call quality is, on the whole, rather decent; we never had a proble with someone on the other end of the handset wondering where we'd gone.

Signal is generally acceptable as well, although it's not always the most robust. We doubt that this is a problem with the aluminium design, but something like the LG G2, with a plastic chassis, does perform ever so slightly better in the low signal zones.

It's not really something to worry about, but if you live in a house with slightly iffy network connectivity, it's something to bear in mind.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported64 GB
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyOne max
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, LTE 800, LTE 900, LTE 1800, LTE 2600
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution4 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourSilver
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time1 Day
Screen Size15 cm (5.9")
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)217 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.3 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density373 ppi
Front Camera Resolution2.1 Megapixel
SIM Size SupportedMicro
Height164.5 mm
Width82.5 mm
Depth10.3 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time585 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameOne max Smartphone
Processor Speed1.70 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon 600
Product LineOne max
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HWN005-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing InformationThis bundle comes with a free car cradle and charger.

Maximise everything. Massive screen and amped speakers for movies that sizzle. Feature-rich camera gives you artistic photo flair and homescreen posts connect you to real-time news. All powered by HTC's biggest battery to fuel the most demanding user. Introducing the HTC One max; more screen size, more camera, more everything.

Key features:

Maximized imaging tools: dual capture mode frames personal reactions with picture-in-picture results and HTC Scribble feature frees your inner artist.

Maximized bass: dual front-facing stereo speakers and built-in amps create louder bass for booming audio.

Maximized convenience: fingerprint Scan unlocks your phone and launches favorite apps with a simple swipe.

Supersized Camera Tools
Don't look at your photos. Relive them. Dual capture mode displays the photographer's reactions with a mirror view picture-in-picture. HTC Scribble function allows you to draw on your pics, and Photo Editor feature lets you create GIFs. Maximize your wow moments and make every day unforgettable.

HTC Zoe™ Photos: Memories that Move
Group up to 20 photos and automatically create a 3-second HD video for a full-motion photo gallery. HTC Zoe photo also features advanced editing tools you can swipe your way to the perfect shot. Plus, Video Highlights feature combines your photo and video footage for mini movies complete with the themes and music you select.

HTC BoomSound™: Unleashed Sound
Unchain your audio with volume blasting toward you, not away. Serve up your movies, videos, and music with the decibels you deserve from dual frontal stereo speakers boosted with built-in amps. Stop stooping toward your phone and put your content onstage with HTC BoomSound™.

Unlocked Convenience
Users unlock their phones over 20 times a day on average. The HTC One max removes this hassle with a rear-side fingerprint scanner that unlocks the phone as well as launches your favorite apps with a single finger swipe. Up to three fingers can be registered. Forget complicated passwords, with the HTC One max, you're just a swipe away.

HTC BlinkFeed™: Social Intelligence
Enhanced HTC BlinkFeed™ gives you news recommendations when you sign into your social networks based on your likes, for breaking news that matters most*. The HTC One max allows you to customize an HTC BlinkFeed from a wide range of global sources, for more personalized updates.

World-Class Engine
The powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor in the HTC One max accelerates performance for lightning-fast apps, downloads, and web surfing. Revved-up graphics processing speed is designed to make gameplay smooth and quick. It enables up to 40% faster battery charging too. With its efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the HTC One max responds faster, games better, and lasts longer

*Supports select social network sites. See your provider for details.
Package Contents
  • One max Smartphone
  • Car Cradle and Charger
Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory2 GB