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A big phone that doesn't quite live up to the family name

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The One Max isn't much of an upgrade over the One and its features don't warrant the excessive volume or weight. Its screen, speakers and battery life are saving graces, however, and give it some credibility as a media player.

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Critic reviews

7.2
12 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    7.8
  • Display
    9.1
  • Battery life
    8.5
  • Camera
    7.6
  • Ease of use
    6.0
  • Design and form factor
    7.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    5.6
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    7.4
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.7

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User reviews

9.6
14 reviews
7.0
Engadget Oct 15, 2013

The One Max isn't much of an upgrade over the One and its features don't warrant the excessive volume or weight. Its screen, speakers and battery life are saving graces, however, and give it some credibility as a media player.

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7.0
AnandTech Oct 28, 2013

If you want a larger-screened smartphone and liked the One but have been waiting for a long time for the One max, by all means, get it. If you want a larger screened smartphone however, I think it’s easy to make the case that there are better devices out there right now.

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7.0
CNET Nov 21, 2013

The HTC One Max has a display big-screened phone shoppers want, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 3's superior design and display make it a better buy.

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8.0
TechHive Dec 2, 2013

The One Max doesn't have any glaring flaws, except that it's basically a reprise of the HTC One with a few new minor features.

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7.0
Pocket-Lint Oct 14, 2013

The HTC One max won't be for everyone, but if you've got big pockets and want the HTC experience on a bigger phone, then this is the One for you. But we suspect that for many, the original HTC One will be the better option.

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8.0
GSM Arena Oct 14, 2013

Unless HTC delivers a prompt upgrade that makes the fingerprint scanner a real game-changer, it will probably have to drop the One Max pricing a bit to keep the phablet relevant.

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8.0
phoneArena Nov 3, 2013

Seriously, there's quite a lot to like about it: from the outstanding metallic design and the large high-resolution display to the awesome front-facing speakers and the solid battery life.

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8.0
What Hi-Fi May 2, 2014

While it’s a solid effort across the board, we think there are better devices out there that make better use of the larger form factor.

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7.0
TrustedReviews Oct 15, 2013

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

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6.0
TechRadar Oct 14, 2013

Put simply, the HTC One Max is just too large and too feature-poor to be considered as a great device in its own right.

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6.0
T3 Oct 14, 2013

It's not that the One max is a bad phone, in fact all of the specs on the One max are impressive and they perform incredibly well, but ultimately it's the way in which you package these that counts and in this instance the max just isn't practical.

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8.0
HotHardware Jan 27, 2014

HTC has an attractive range of smartphones with its One lineup. Although there are a few things we would change with the One Max, it’s a really great smartphone overall.

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CNET Oct 14, 2013

In the short time I had with the HTC One Max, I admit I wasn't that thrilled by it. Sure, it's big and has pleasing smartphone features, but honestly so do the smaller HTC One and One Mini. Its screen didn't exactly bowl me over either, as does the one on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

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Laptop Magazine Oct 14, 2013

The HTC One Max offers nearly everything we loved about the original One, including excellent audio and a premium design, and adds a much bigger display. But we’re not sure that’s enough.

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PC Mag Oct 14, 2013

For all of its strengths, I just don't understand who will want to buy the HTC One Max. I'm also not sure why HTC went with a fingerprint scanner and not a stylus, which is far more useful on a device this size.

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Laptop Magazine Oct 14, 2013

The HTC One Max offers nearly everything we loved about the original One, including excellent audio and a premium design, and adds a much bigger display. But we’re not sure that’s enough.

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Mashable Oct 14, 2013

It's definitely harder to hold and operate with one hand, but if you're looking for a device that can be both your phone and your tablet, the HTC One max — with its flagship-smartphone specs — has a lot to offer.

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ABC News Oct 14, 2013

When I tested the reader out on a pre-production unit it took a few tries to get logged in and because my hands are on the smaller side it was hard for me to then maneuver to then start using the phone with just one hand.

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phoneArena Oct 14, 2013

On one hand, it’s awesome that it complements HTC’s existing portfolio of One-branded smartphones, but as a whole, it’s not something we’d consider as ground breaking or innovative in the space.

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GSM Arena Oct 14, 2013

The HTC One Max looks, and feels like a bigger HTC One – no surprises there. It’s not the most pocket-friendly size with the addition of the BoomSound speakers above and under the display adding even more to an already pretty large fingerprint.

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The Verge Oct 14, 2013

The One max is HTC's first phone in recent memory with a side-mounted power button, but it still retains the One's IR blaster. What it loses out on, relative to the older handset, is optical image stabilization in the camera.

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IntoMobile Oct 14, 2013

As you’d have guessed, the HTC One Max feels huge in the hand, but we have trouble believing a device with such a large display wouldn’t. In either case, the One Max feels great with its aluminum body and you won’t want to put it down after gazing at the screen.

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pedrofernandes pedrofernandes

The huge screen, the extraordinary sound quality, with stereo speakers and technology Boomsound, Live Galery that makes photos come alive, and we can choose the photos that go in this video, cause this phone is perfect. We can take Zoe's and play with the effects, the news that are always hand...

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9.0
Zordid Zordid

The HTC One max - just a bigger One? Not quite, but almost! :-) The main question I thought one has to answer before getting into any phablet is: "does this fit into my pockets, do I really want to carry a huge mobile phone with me?". But that was just my first thought, once I had this beautiful...

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10
iForce12 iForce12

HTC One Max, this device is aimed at everyone who enjoy phablets while enjoying everything HTC has to offer. The HTC One Max features a 5.9-inch Full HD display, a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and a fingerprint scanner on the back of the device. HTC was kind enough to...

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10
TrooperThorn TrooperThorn

Initially skeptical of super-sized phones (or "phablets," a term I despise), I began using the HTC One max with hesitation. Almost instantly I was a convert, singing its praises and wondering how I could ever live without it. The size of the phone is perfect. Prior to using it, I was convinced it...

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10
gzlolailo gzlolailo

I've been more than happy with this handset from HTC. I already knew the HTC One, but was afraid of his older brother, so big it is (have a 5.9’ screen) and just needed to get him some bigger pockets. ;) On hand at first is hard to hold it, especially, because I had an iPhone 4S. But you get...

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10
shyam299 shyam299

Maximize your HTC One Experience with the HTC One Max. It's 5.9" 1080p Display Looks Stunning and is Breathtaking. With its larger Real Estate even apps like Facebook,Twitter & Instagram have a lot more content to show at a Glance. It's UltraPixel Camera takes some Amazing shots with...

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10
andrdnl andrdnl

This is clearly the smartphone for me! I personally am a battery hog but didn't manage to deplete the Max battery in a day. I use my device for a lot of mailing, browsing, calls, texting etc. The extra real estate got me to dive in to mobile entertainment a lot more and i often spend time...

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10
MommyMentor MommyMentor

The HTC One Max comes with many features that allow you to truly maximize your lifestyle from your smartphone. HTC sent me a unit to test and I have not put it down since. A 5.9 inch screen With an almost 6 inch screen, the HTC One Max is designed to make so many tasks easier on a smartphone....

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8.0
MolMulyono MolMulyono

I’ve been using the device for nearly two months. I also used HTC One for some comparisons on features and experience. First impression after unboxing: it’s gigantic, heavy, but still as gorgeous as the original One. It feels robust and looks very premium. The curved back is there, but being...

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9.0
Lekky Lekky

Look & Feel If you've ever seen the HTC One, you'll have some idea about what the One Max looks like. It's essentially the smaller phones older brother. It resembles the original in almost every way, apart from a few small exceptions. The device rings in at a massive 5.9", suggesting it's...

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10
oce oce

Last month, HTC sent me an HTC One Max for testing. Originally I doubted if I would really like this huge phone because it looked really big, but after using for a few days, I just can't go back to my HTC One -- its screen is now too small! I already get used to the big screen and enjoy reading...

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9.0
nrage23 nrage23

I have used a LG G2 for about 5 months and it is a great phone but I missed Sense from HTC. I started my Android life with a HTC Evo 4g from Sprint And I have never looked back. I have owned several HTC phones and not matter what phones I try I always come back. In order I have used the...

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