HTC One Max Review


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HTC has made a name for itself this year, with its gorgeous piece of art the HTC One, a smartphone with which the Taiwanese mobile maker won three important awards at T3, including a special design prize awarded by the organizers of the event, and of course, phone of the year (2013).

Following on the award-winning HTC One design, HTC announced this autumn its first phablet-sized device called HTC One Max. Whats so special about it? We will find out from our full review in the following minutes.


The design of the HTC One Max is as beautiful as its little brother, the HTC One. In fact, other than it’s size, the HTC One Max is almost a carbon copy of it’s smaller siblings, except for some very nifty features. As we haven’t reviewed any of the HTC One line, I will treat this as a full review and point out the differences in the line as necessary.

The Design of the HTC One Max is very stylish and minimalist. The front of the device is taken up by its massiveĀ 5.9′ screen (HTC One / HTC One Mini – 4.7’/4.3′ 720p playback) which is available to show full 1080p HD video. It’s so sharp, you have to see it to believe it. Top and tailing the screen are the two forward facing speakers, which really do make a difference when watching video or playing games. In the top right hand corner, a 2.1MP camera (1.6MP for the Mini) allows video calling and also has the ability to take a picture of the user when taking photo’s with the rear UltraPixel camera (more on that later).

HTC One Max Review

There are no physical buttons on the front, just touch buttons for home and back. The only push buttons are on the right hand side. The volume rocker is on top of the power button, which is strange having come from a Samsung and Nexus line where the lay out is the opposite way round.

The bottom is plain apart from the Micro USB 2.0 port which can be used to charge the device and connect to a HDMI cable via accessories (not supplied as standard).

The Top of the device has the 3.5mm audio jack on the left, whilst the right is taken up with an infrared sensor (more on this feature later too).

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