HTC One Max review
- Brilliant 1080p screen
- Updated BlinkFeed
- Great build quality
- Too heavy and too thick
- Fingerprint Scan lacks polish
- Non-removable battery
As flagship smartphones like the LG G2 and the Sony Xperia Z1 have proven, screen sizes appear to be increasing across the board, in turn this has resulted in the large feature phones also receiving a bump in the display department.
Whereas before the original Samsung Galaxy Note featured a 5.3-inch display, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 now features a sizable 5.7-inch Full HD display whilst the Sony Xperia Z Ultra takes it even further sporting a massive 6.4-inch Full HD screen.
While it's clear that there's definitely increasing demand for these phones, the added size does come with some added complications, practicality now becomes an issue - something Samsung immediately dealt with by giving the original Galaxy Note a stylus - while battery life and portability also become essential elements of these devices.
HTC, of course, is no stranger to launching large-screen phones with the HTC One X arguably being one of the first to start this trend, which then asks the question, has HTC taken what it's learnt and translated it to the One Max?
HTC One Max: Size and build
The One Max isn't just HTC's largest smartphone it's also one of the largest smartphones available on the market, with a 5.9-inch Full-HD display there's a lot of real-estate which means there's the potential for a lot of bulk.
The aluminium build from the HTC One is carried over while the white plastic bordering that featured in the HTC One Mini is also present, there's also a removable back, though sadly this is only to gain access to the SIM card and Micro SD slot as the battery is non-removeable.
Whereas the HTC One and One Mini gained plus points for their reassuring bulk over the competition it unfortunately doesn't carry over well into the big phone arena, at 217g this is by far one of the heaviest phones we've encountered.
At 10.29mm it's also nowhere near the thinnest being only 0.02mm thinner than the Nokia Lumia 1020 and seems positively brick-like when put next to the Xperia Z Ultra which clocks in at 6.5mm.
If there is one thing to be said of HTC though it's that the build quality has remained excellent throughout the entire range, despite any dimensional shortcomings the One Max is fantasitcally well put together, it is a state-of-the-art piece of technology and its design reflects that.