The HTC One Max didn't manage to impress us as much as its siblings. While it offers slick performance, we found the device too bulky and the fingerprint sensor glitchy, with the device feeling somewhat unfinished.
Smooth performance, premium casing, vibrant display, expandable storage
Far too big, fingerprint sensor is temperamental, camera is disappointing
Processor: Quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
Display: 5.9inin 1920x1080 Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen
Storage: 32GB internal storage, microSD slot, 2GB RAM
Camera: 4MP rear-facing and 1.6MP front-facing cameras
Connectivity: 3G, LTE and WiFi connectivity
Operating system: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, HTC Sense 5.5
Taiwanese phone maker HTC has already redesigned its flagship HTC One for those who like petite smartphones with the HTC One Mini, and the firm has now made its first foray into the 'phablet' market with the 5.9in HTC One Max smartphone.
Not only is it bigger, HTC is also touting the HTC One Max as better, improving on the original HTC One with its fingerprint scanner - which HTC has rather oddly placed on the rear of the phone - its microSD slot and its bigger battery pack.
There is no denying that the HTC One Max is a huge smartphone. Of course, with a 5.9in screen the device is going to be big - but it's also quite a chunky device by today's standards, measuring 165x83x10.3mm and weighing 219g. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 measures 151x79x8.3mm and tips the scales at 168g.
This means that the HTC One Max is not ideal for those with small hands, and we found our wrists starting to ache while using the device for prolonged periods of time. We also tried fitting the device into a pocket, and perhaps unsurprisingly it was a very tight squeeze.
While in our opinion the HTC One Max is too large and weighty, we do like the way the handset looks, perhaps apart from when we have the handset held up to our face. The device echoes the design of the HTC One and HTC One Mini smartphones, with the HTC One Max clad in the same high-end aluminium casing.
Unlike on its predecessors, the back of the HTC One Max can be removed using a switch on the left-hand side of the phone. This is good news for those who like to have access to their phone's battery, and those who would want to expand on the handset's 16GB or 32GB storage, although it also caused some issues during our weekend with the handset. We often struggled to get the backplate securely back onto the phone after removing it, although HTC told us that this is an issue isolated to pre-release models.
Like the HTC One Mini, the HTC One Max features a plastic band around its edges, which as we said in our review of the pint-sized smartphone detracts from the handset's high-end look.
Beyond its built-in fingerprint sensor, perhaps the HTC One Max's most notable feature its its 5.9in HD 1080p Super LCD touchscreen display.
Thanks to its Super LCD technology and its 1080x1920 resolution at 373ppi, the display is, despite its size, just as impressive as that of the flagship HTC One. Although the pixel density doesn't quite match, colours are vibrant and blacks are deep on the HTC One Max, and the 5.9in real estate makes for a pleasant browsing and gaming experience. It's also great for things like Netflix, making our iPhone 5C look petite in comparison.
Of course, given the size of the screen, it's almost impossible to operate one handed, but for those after a giant smartphone for watching films and playing games, the compromise is probably worth it.
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