HTC One Max Android Smartphone

It was just a few months ago when the leading smartphones include Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, and HTC One, but again, that was months ago. These days, we are already awed with the entrance of the ‘enhanced versions’ of these once-leading smartphones. Though technically the enhancements were almost about sizes and form factor, some actually include some more additions like better specs and seemingly drastic change in build quality. Our goal for today is with HTC’s new One Max, which is a perfect candidate for what we are tackling now.

There are a lot of things notable about HTC One Max, but a few of those negative things as well. However, the HTC One Max, generally, is more like a revision rather than a distinct model with distinct experience. Going along with the name ‘Max,’ this new model is a bigger phone as expected, making the phablet-type HTC One look too petite and young. The HTC One Max has a whopping—and a very ridiculous—display size of 5.9-inches. No, this is not surprising, but when you got a hold of its predecessor before, you’d be largely surprised.

The HTC One Max when compared to its predecessor is very much alike in design and build. However, on the hardware side, the Max already features a removable back cover. The back cover can be easily removed using a quick slider on one side of the phone, but returning can be a mess if you are running in a hurry. Unfortunately, opening the back cover will not feed you its battery pack; you are only allowed to insert the SIM card, and thankfully, an extra memory card of even up to 64GB. That’s a welcome of course, but I would wish a side-loading slot rather than this hassle.

Another big addition and probably the most notable is the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner. The scanner is placed at the back of the phone, just a step under the camera flash. The location can be somewhat interesting, but using it is actually a curve to path along. Unlike what was included in the iPhone 5s, the fingerprint scanner her is somewhat inconvenient that you have to hunt for it when you’re facing the screen of the phone, almost always falling to the trap of touching the camera glass instead. Another thing is that, yes, it works, but it fails to be accurate. I sometimes use another finger to try its being ‘fool-proof,’ but it turns out that somebody with a near-identical print like mine can make the phone work.

Adding more to the scanner, we would actually expect it to be as convenient and as peace offering as that of the iPhone 5s. While the latter incorporates the scanner within the home button itself, in the HTC One Max’s case, you have to tap on the power button first and then scan. This can work, yes, but this does not practically replace the experience of using PIN codes or gesture locks or pattern locks—it’s just another option. The scanner is said by the company to be effective also in gaining access to some apps.

Enough with the scanner, the One Max of HTC still has that great stereo speaker which is overly loud when compared to the other leading smartphones. Thankfully, such deafening loudness does not really destroy audio quality, and the bass and the treble are still clear and punchy enough. Then there’s the display: gorgeous and bright enough to be used under direct sunlight. The bigger display almost perfectly demands two-hand operations, but especially with the keyboard, thankfully the screen is responsive and convenient to swipe along.

Aside from running on the latest Android 4.3 version, the HTC One Max also comes with its newer Sense 5.5 UI. There’s not much of a change here, but what makes it different in experience is the use of white, minimalistic icons to replace the stock ones. There comes again the Blinkfeed showcasing the latest updates from major social networking sites. Luckily, for this newer version, you have the option to completely shut it off.

Lastly, the HTC One Max runs with a quad-core Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.7GHz—not so new especially when you compare it to the Samsung’s latest Note 3. The specs are complete with connectivity and I/O, and the 2GB of RAM and the optional 16GB or 32GB of storage will do for most usage and purposes. The battery life of the One Max is said to be good for more than 24 hours of talk time, but I cannot fully testify it for now.

The HTC One Max is a solid smartphone almost perfectly worthy of its price at around $600 as retail. It’s actually an enhancement, but some improvements aren’t actually ripe enough to make it a head-turner from those who love its predecessor. A big body, bigger screen, and a reliable performance will still make the One Max marketable to HTC.

HTC One Max Android Smartphone Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 27,000.00

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