71
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Score
71

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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HTC One Max review

Summary

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.

from $320+
Pros
  • Decent battery life
  • Great 1080p display
  • Fantastic audio quality
Cons
  • Thick, heavy and bulky
  • Fingerprint scanner can be tricky
  • Camera is low-res and lacks OIS
HTC One Max review

The debate around giant smartphones is over. Manufacturers like Samsung, Sony and LG have amply demonstrated that it's possible to build a pocketable, phone-like device with a screen bigger than five inches. Now it's HTC's turn. But instead of re-imagining the much-praised One for this new category of device, HTC's designers have mostly just cloned it, while adding a drop of Miracle-Gro to produce a 1080p panel that measures 5.9 inches diagonally, versus the One's 4.7 inches.

The result is the One Max, a product that carries over some good things from the One while also finding room for a few notable extras like a fingerprint scanner and expandable storage. At the same time, it also introduces some major snags -- not least of which are the its intimidating size and weight. The job ahead of us is to somehow find the upper body strength to weigh it all up.

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Scores

Engadget

71
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
8.0
Display
9.0
Battery life
8.6
Camera
7.7
Ease of use
6.0
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Specs

One

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
5.9 inches
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Specs

One

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
5.9 inches
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