The One Max feels like something HTC didn’t genuinely want to make, but one they had to in order to keep up with the Joneses. It comes off as a purely reactionary device, devoid of any meaningful innovation and only around to capitalize on the recent phablet craze. It borrows too many of the HTC One’s ideas to be a bad phone, but it fails to take any advantage of its size, and the few new things it does add are either insignificant or inconvenient.
We can understand picking up the One Max if you want to a relatively luxurious way to watch videos or play games on the go, but even then you’re probably better off settling for a 7-inch tablet with an LTE data plan. If you’re just looking for a good phone, though, you need only remove the ‘Max’ from the One Max’s name to find a more sensible option.
- Zippy performance
- Beautiful display
- Excellent speakers
- Great for gaming and entertainment purposes
- Comically large and unwieldy
- Finicky, useless fingerprint scanner
- Camera downgraded from HTC One
- Cheap build quality for the price