I told you before how I fell in love with the HTC One’s build and design, and now, seeing a giant version with the HTC One Max, I became curious, so I made a lot of readings.
I’ve nothing to take away from HTC, because the Max obviously has that same sophisticated and solid look. However, I felt like it was kind of futile attempt to get in with the phablet crowd. While a good device the Max is, I think it was created more of pressure, so as to steal a chunk from Note loyalists.
Physically speaking, both devices are great, but the Max definitely looks better. No one could resist the impression that metal makes, and this phone is really a stunner.
But when it comes to specs, it’s obviously still way behind the direct competitor which is the Note 3. Compared to the Note 3’s Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.3GHz, the Max is ran by Snapdragon 600 at 1.7GHz. Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely not slow. But let’s face it, buyers look at specs before purchasing, and most will underestimate the device’s performance upon seeing a lesser figure.
The camera is the same 4-ultrapixels used in the HTC One. Without a doubt, it takes similarly great photos, especially in low light situations. Like the HTC One, in my opinion it is one of the great smartphone shooters today.
So there you go, specs wise, if I’m not already in love with my S4 and I have to choose between the One Max and the Note 3, I’d go for the latter. Samsung has gone a long way proving the worth of the Note series, and I think it might take a while for HTC to reach the same level of expertise in creating a phablet.