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HTC Announces the One Max, An Oversized Phone Just to Say “Hey, We Have a Big Phone Too!”

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HTC made the One Max official this morning. Yes, that same One Max that has leaked regularly since June. There are no surprises to be had here, should you have been following this saga from the beginning. It’s like the HTC One, though much less premium, so maybe the One Mini? It’s the One Mini Max! Or…why does this phone exist? Oh, because big phones are a thing, and HTC finally decided to join in on the party. 

We are looking at a phone with a 5.9-inch 1080p display, 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, a 4MP camera (or UltraPixel if you are into marketing gimmicks), BoomSound front speakers, 3300mAh battery, 16GB or 32GB internal storage, and HTC’s new Sense 5.5, which is a slightly enhanced version of Sense 5. The back panel is removable so that you can toss in a SIM card or microSD card. The battery on the other hand, cannot be removed. You have a mix of plastic with metal, all sorts of bezels, and oh yeah, a fingerprint scanner.

According to those who have used the One Max for a decent period of time, the fingerprint scanner on the backside of the One Max is probably not something you’ll use regularly as it will cause more frustration than enjoyment. Unlike Apple’s fingerprint scanner which hides itself in the home button and works incredibly well, HTC’s One Max fingerprint scanner presents itself on the backside of the device as a giant square that requires a vertical swipe to activate. Oh, that’s also after you have already pressed the lock switch to first wake the phone. You can setup three different fingers, a couple of which can launch applications from the lock screen. This just sounds to me like the Atrix approach (a failure) to fingerprint scanners rather than what Apple did (actually innovate).

The HTC One Max will be available in October internationally, more than likely on Verizon and Sprint before the end of the year.

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Press Release

The HTC One® gets superised with the HTC One max

World’s best smartphone now in 5.9″ with new and improved HTC Sense 5.5 ® experience

Taipei, Taiwan, October 14, 2013 – HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today announced the HTC One max, a super-sized smartphone that brings the award-winning design, functionality and performance of the HTC One to fans of larger handsets. A new Fingerprint Scan feature takes convenience to a new level while acclaimed features including HTC BlinkFeed™, HTC Zoe™ and HTC BoomSound™, combined with the new HTC Sense 5.5, which are all enhanced to continue to deliver the best overall smartphone experience, now on a larger screen.

“The addition of the HTC One max means that we now have an HTC One phone for everyone. The family has been built on quality and game-changing innovations and the HTC One max is certainly no exception,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “The upgrade to HTC Sense 5.5 will provide our most amazing mobile experience yet, with the HTC One max delivering the size and power required to do everything you want, and more, without compromise.”

Big and powerful
The HTC One max’s 5.9″ full HD1080p display is perfect for enjoying photos, videos and movies on the go. Smooth and efficient performance comes courtesy of a quad-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 processor featuring a quad-core 1.7 GHz CPU enabling jaw-dropping performance, ultra vivid videos and booming sound. Whether you’re watching videos in stunning HD, playing games or checking out what’s hot online, the HTC One max sounds amazing, looks sharp and keeps working when you need it.

The 16GB or 32GB onboard memory can be expanded thanks to a microSD™ card slot, with a massive 50GB of additional free Google Drive online storage being offered exclusively to HTC One max owners.

The large 3300mAh embedded battery means that this level of performance will last and last. Even the most intensive users will find the HTC One max is up to the challenge thanks to the optional HTC Power Flip Case, a stylish 1150mAh battery expansion for your HTC One max which offers both protection and extra juice when you need it most.

Maximum convenience at your fingertips
The average person checks their phone multiple times a day, so the HTC One max welcomes a new era of convenience and advanced functionality thanks to a built-in Fingerprint Scan feature. Located on the back of the device, the fingerprint scanner allows users to lock or unlock the screen and quickly launch up to three favourite applications by assigning an individual finger to each.

More content than ever before
The HTC One max’s Sense 5.5 upgrade comes with a more social, personalised HTC BlinkFeed that can be further refined by customisable topic categories and new integration with premium content providers including Instagram and Google+. Up to 120 articles can also be downloaded for offline viewing, making BlinkFeed even better for snacking on information wherever and whenever you are.

Ultimate imaging
Featuring HTC’s UltraPixel camera technology, HTC Zoe mode, that brings your photos to life, and a 2.1MP front-facing camera, the HTC One max will capture stunning photos and full HD 1080p videos whether you’re the photographer, the subject or both. Dual Capture means you can now snap memorable moments and your reaction to them in one extraordinary photo or video by simultaneously shooting with the front and rear cameras.

Improved imaging is also introduced through Video Highlights, which combines your photos and videos to create a mini movie complete with the soundtrack and visual theme of your choice. And with the HTC One max, your Video Highlights can now be any length you want.

Design at its Best
Available in Glacial Silver, the HTC One max shares the same premium design credentials as the rest of the HTC One family, providing an all round exceptional experience.

Global Availability
The HTC One max will begin rolling out across the globe from mid – end October. See specific regions for details.

About HTC
Founded in 1997, HTC Founded in 1997, HTC Corp. (HTC) is the creator of many award-winning mobile devices and industry firsts. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC pushes the boundaries of design and technology to create innovative and personal experiences for consumers around the globe. HTC’s portfolio includes smartphones and tablets powered by the HTC Sense® user experience. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). For more information, please visit www.htc.com.

  • Michel Saade

    such a bad unprofessional review ! disappointing !!

  • imHOWIE

    Did Apple really innovate with their fingerprint scanner? I have had a laptop with a fingerprint scanner that unlocks the computer, allows you to switch users and you can use to input a saved passwords. Computers have had this capability for years.

  • Destroythanet

    I wonder how practical that rear mounted fingerprint sensor will be.

  • Patrick Bateman

    too small

  • TechGuy22

    i have the HTC ONE ATT version no ATT = me not being more interested. i’d like to unlock my phone and have a pre paid account on it. HTC ONE is still better.

  • pbolton70

    wow lack of AT&T confirmation that they are caring it is baffling. They usually care all HTC stuff and Verizon is usually the picky one. Wow must have taken the red pill today…haha

  • LionStone

    Incredible display, great speakers, great build, HUUGE battery AND SD card slot and flip case to add more juice (1150 mAh) and yet, people still complain even after having 2 things geeks complain about the most…battery and SD card! Never happy…

  • deskjob

    Disappointed, but it was somewhat expected from the all the earlier leaks.

    One way to look at this is this is an improved HTC One – it finally has the microSD slot AND a huge ass battery. Maybe this is a hint for the next One? Now, just make that battery replaceable. Hell, just make it accessible – remove a few screws and have the motherboard fixed to the removable backplate?

    I really hope the decision to go with the Snapdragon 600 was one that was forced onto them by Qualcomm/Samsung choking the 800 supplies. If it was a voluntary decision by HTC to save a few bucks on material cost, then all hope is lost. I still think this was something so easy to get right, HTC can’t be THAT dumb. Gotta be Qualcomm/Samsung. Right?

  • Ron_Swanson

    What’s up with the title on this article? That’s a little silly, no?

    • LionStone

      Right, as if all 5″+ displays have to come with a stylus… and, as if all Note users actually use the stylus. Some folks don’t want a tablet so they get something like this. Good to have choices.

      • http://www.gorecording.com/ Nicholassss

        Right? I never use my stylus, I just love a big display!

  • RicoDelicioso

    I was eagerly anticipating this phone for a while. Color me disappoint. I wanted to help HTC out and get this phone but, alas, maybe next time.

  • CHRIS42060

    I may actually purchase this phone just so I can associate Facebook with my middle finger.

  • Knlegend1

    Missed opportunity!!!

  • A.J.

    LG’s back button placement at least makes some sense when you are holding the phone to your ear and when you are holding it in landscape. The finger scanner location on the One Max doesn’t make any sense at all to me. For as big as the phone is and the location of the camera, you would think putting it more toward the middle of the phone would make more sense, especially if you have to actually swipe your finger.

  • ARP

    On one hand, consumers may see this, compare it to a Note 3, and go with the obviously better built device (One Max). On the other, I think the Note 3 is different than the S4 in that it draws a lot more power users who care primarily about specs. Hmmm..

  • Kristine

    Sad day t there was more to this phone, but again HTC gives the consumer nothing. What a fail.

  • Such

    Kellen did they announce the physical dimensions anywhere?

    • LionStone

      That’d be helpful huh? :-)

      164.5 x 82.5 x 10.29 mm

      • Such

        Haha yeah thanks man. I looked up the Engadget article & they had them there. I gave the one max consideration but I’m just going to keep my N3, the max is gonna feel huuuge compared to the N3

  • NOTE3_unbeatableNOW

    it’s awesome how all these me-too phablets DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT GALAXY NOTE 3 is NOTE, NOTE, NOTE! not just a bigger Galaxy S4!

    Galaxy NOTE 3 is a big, powerful, finger & S-pen touch NOTE.

    One was an awful name. Mini is a disaster. One Max name sounds pathetically cheap.
    One Mini
    One
    One Max
    3. It’s 3 already. 3!

    For HTC +-1.2″ in size is enough to create another product?
    Chapter 11 is waiting for HTC.
    Or will it be Lenovo?

  • Alexander

    Stupid Phone

  • TooBigToFit

    All that bezel, still no room for a multitask, or better yet, a menu button?

  • Tomek G

    I have phone with non-removable battery, NEVER again. Battery degrades and I am left with continuously less and less usable phone.

    So far Note3 FTW

    • Justin W

      What device is it? I had a HTC One and Nexus 4, and while the battery always lasted me the day, I couldn’t use it on an overnight trip without a USB cable (which I usually had in my vehicle anyway). I’d say pick up a Droid Maxx or something with a bigger battery, but I don’t think removable battery is the only way to go.

      • Tomek G

        Droid 4

    • Chris

      2010 called. it wants you back

      • Tomek G

        Seems like I missed the point

  • Pierito

    I’m loving the attitude of DL’s posts today lol

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    So disappointed it’s not a Snapdragon 800, like everyone else. Definitely off the radar. Sorry HTC, but had you put a microSD in the One you might not have even needed to introduce this phone, since you literally want to just put out a larger One instead of upgrading it and differentiating it SOMEHOW from the One.

  • RoninX

    Fingerprint scanners are useless, but why all of the hate for the rest of the phone?

    If a Snapdragon 600 is a joke, then the Galaxy S4 is a joke. If less than entirely metal construction is a disappointment, then anything that Samsung makes is a travesty.

    Seriously, I’m still on the fence between this, the Note 3 (which has the stylus and an S800, but less appealing design), and the Nexus 5 (which has an S800 and is a Nexus, but lacks a micro-SD slot and has a smaller screen).

    • Defenestratus

      FYI if you’re complaining about the build quality of the Note 3, then you haven’t held it yet. Its the first samsung phone that I’ve picked up that doesn’t creak or flex or feel cheap.

      • RoninX

        That’s fair. I still need to try it out in person.

        I have a visceral reaction to idea of a not-even-pleather rear cover with fake stitching, but I’d have to see it person to make a final judgment.

      • Kristine

        Yeah I actually was VERY surprised by the feeling of the back. I actually liked it better than the S series, I have the S3.

      • Justin W

        I’m surprised by how it feels, but it’s still plastic, and I dislike the “grainy” look on the front. I want something supersized and super-premium. HTC One styling, Note 3 features (multi-window, stylus, massive screen, S800, battery), Moto X software.

      • angermeans

        I was also surprised by the back and it did feel better than the glossy back of other s series phones, but I wouldn’t say that the phone didn’t creak as it still felt extremely cheap especially when using it next to the one (or even this max although the max wasn’t anywhere near the quality of the one). Samsung needs to step up their game I’m starting to think they can’t make a high quality device and giving them an out is only going to keep this ugly trend going.

    • hkklife

      A Nexus with expandable storage will never happen. Heck, we may never even see a Nexus anything with more than 32GB internal. On the other points, I agree completely. The N5 looks to be a huge step in the right direction but to make it a “perfect” device it needs 2x the storage, a bigger battery, and at least .3″ larger screen. I’d LOVE to have a Nexus 5 “Maxx” made by HTC or Moto.

      • RoninX

        Yeah, you’re probably right, but that’s one of Goggle’s decisions I just don’t get. The Nexus is supposed to be a phone for enthusiasts. I get that the average consumer may get confused about internal storage vs. a micro-SD card, but I would expect the average Nexus buyer to know the difference.

        I’ve heard it argued that Google did this because they want to sell more cloud storage, but the amount of money they make from Nexus owners buying cloud storage is almost certainly trivial compared to their overall Android revenues, so I’m not sure I buy that theory.

    • angermeans

      I had the chance to use both the Max and Note 3 today at work. Despite the Note having the 800 I have to say the Max felt like a much snappier phone. Then again I’ve always felt sense was better than touchwiz (although I prefer vanilla and wouldn’t buy either not to mention in don’t want a giant phone). What good does the 800 do you when it is bogged down with gimmicky features no one uses. There was a lot of lag on the note especially when using the stylus when opening the little menu. So yes, I agree with you. People are all about specs, but I refuse to buy a plastic phone running Touchwiz. With that said, the note did run a little better than I thought it would.

  • DJyoSNOW

    Its the camera that is a deal breaker….

    • RoninX

      For some people that may be the case. Personally, I’m more interested in how the music sound quality (through headphones) compares between the One Max and the Note 3.

  • rthvk

    Halt the crap!

  • Tweekex

    “The HTC One® gets superised” <– Uhh

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Yeah, I couldn’t tell if that was a type-o for “supersized” or just them trying to be nifty.

      • Weber

        That isn’t the British way of spelling it? I work for an international company that always sends out emails/announcements with an s instead of a z. So, naturally, I read it with an accent.

        • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

          It’s missing an “s” :P

          • Weber

            Dammit. Totally didn’t see that.

        • Chris

          the sites not british

      • Knlegend1

        Probably makes sense if spelled like “ized”

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    They botched the scanner. I love everything else. You must get really into playing games with the screen size and speakers.

    • Maxim∑

      No they botched everything… Samsung is a clear winner in the phablet space still

  • Ben Murphy

    “Superised”?

  • xzombiex66

    Clearly the fingerprint scanner was rushed and was a last minute stupid decision.

    • Tim242

      No it wasn’t. It has been in every leak since May.

      • Joseph A. Yager

        I believe he means “last minute” in the sense of not putting enough planning into it before rushing it to production. Takes a while from concept to final product, even on last minute decisions.

        • xzombiex66

          Yes, exactly.

      • xzombiex66

        the placement of the scanner and the use of it was rushed. it looks like crap. Its a very nice looking device besides the plastic tinted square that no one will use after the first 2 weeks.

        • Chris

          the back cover is removable. depending if its the whole cover or part like the HTC EVO LTE, someone will make a cover that hides it.

  • Joshua Bailey

    So Verizon carries this DOA device, but won’t be adding the Nexus 5 to their lineup? AiO here I come. Pretty decent LTE coverage here in Atlanta and $70/month for 7GB. More than enough for now.

    • Chris

      because only the nerds want the nexus and Verizon doesn’t want nerds. they figure the nerds will buy the phone online and not brother coming out of the basement to check it out in person.

      /s

      • Joshua Bailey

        All of this may be true…HOWEVER…never mind, I got nothing. LOL

    • Cael

      Verizon only lets Apple update whenever it wants. No one else. So how can a Nexus on Verizon be a Nexus?

  • Open1Your1Eyes0

    Lack of Snapdragon 800 and no change in rear camera (example 4MP > 8MP) is most disappointing :(

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Eric Rees

      But..but a fingerprint scanner!

      • Open1Your1Eyes0

        Probably the only thing at least worth checking out to see how they implement it (compared to Motorola and Apple). Other than that seeing as all specs are identical to HTC One this device will actually be worse (larger display with same resolution = less PPI).

        • EdubE24

          The fingerprint scanner on my 5S works incredibly well. I thought maybe it would be a gimmick, but it is really easy to set up and use. Not trolling, just commenting.

          • Dominick White

            What else can you use the scanner for other than unlocking your phone?

          • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

            up to 3 prints for unlocking or opening certain assigned apps.

          • Dominick White

            That seems a bit more useful

          • EdubE24

            App Purchases!!

          • angermeans

            What else would you want it to do? It’s nothing more than an easier way to unlock your phone or store your App Store passwords. Yes, it would be nice to have an API for 3rd party apps (maybe in the future it’s only a couple weeks old give it a chance), but for what it is supposed to do it does it extremely well. Even Kellex can admit that. I’m sure android OEMs will do it well in time as well and in sure your opinion will then change as with a lot of other apple tech that is borrowed (and this goes both ways as apple has “borrowed” as well).

        • RoninX

          Wait. So you’re saying a 3″ screen with 1080p would be better, because greater PPI?

          • Open1Your1Eyes0

            Well higher PPI does mean more detail packed into the same size display but there’s obviously a point of diminishing return as well. :P

    • Chris

      +1 for just being open to use different platforms. some get real but hurt if you use apple or if you use android. its funny.

    • Richard Yarrell

      Plain and simple nothing beats Samsung period. The Htc One Max is nothing more than a big phone with NO PURPOSE. Galaxy Note 3 pimp slaps this so easily it’s comical. Verizon and Sprint can have it.

      • squiddy20

        “The Htc One Max is nothing more than a big phone with NO PURPOSE.” They all said virtually the same thing about the OG Note too. Idiot.

  • Defenestratus

    HTC just needs to die already.

    • Chris

      they need new management. Not die… We need more then one player in the android world.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      We definitely don’t want them to die, but a shake-up up top is probably needed before this situation gets even more out of hand. HTC has proven it can do some really nice things, the original One being one of them. Plus, do you really want a world of just Samsung, LG, and Motorola?

      • Chris

        what makes android, android is choice. Google could end it all and pull an apple move and have Motorola only make devices. Sure some may love that but why copy apple? CHOICE is good.

      • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

        How awkward is it to hold the device in one hand and scan the middle or ring finger? pointer is in good position while holding, but not any other finger really (up to 3 fingerprints) i guess you got pointer on other hand to use. i see some droppage coming on trying to scan a finger print. I love Android, but i’m ashamed that this is to be seen as the Android response to the Apple fingerprint competition. must turn on screen first and then scan? Must be a vertical swipe? it can’t just rest there and detect the finger print? Any idea if it can be used to buy things in the play store?

      • Defenestratus

        When a company dies – its assets are sold off to the highest bidders – including its IP. I not making a stretch to state that there are companies out there that could make much better use of HTC’s IP than HTC can – as they’ve demonstrated.

        As for shakeups, that company is so stuck in the past, its never going to be able to change. Peter Chou said he’d leave if the One wasn’t successful. Its a nice phone but unfortunately, its not a success commercially.

        He should have resigned this past summer IMO if they were serious about making changes.

    • EdubE24

      Sure people losing job’s is always a good thing…

  • Joshua Bailey

    Worthless device. Without the extras the Note incorporates in to differentiate it from its other Galaxy devices, the One Max is pointless.

  • Edward Germanotta

    They still cant get it right

  • MikeCiggy

    Struggling company looks to be struggling.

  • Chris

    Got to love the sarcastic attitude in this article. Don’t like it. Don’t buy it. Simple…. I would have expect this attitude from an international blogger. from someone other then the guy in Portland.

    • gambit07

      Agreed actually, not sure where all the snark is coming from. All manufacturers seem to follow others designs when they have a certain type of device selling well

      • Chris

        well we all knew this phone was coming, so it not really a surprise….

    • Appleanche

      They were so high on the Moto X it made me suspicious, the fact that they constantly discredit anything that isn’t the Moto X is sort of worrying.

      • Chris

        (almost) Everyone in the android world was so excited over the moto X and when it came out, it wasn’t that too exciting. maybe its biggest thing is the hardware customizations. Specs are nothing to write home about.

        • chaoslimits

          People are still going on about specs? Who cares about specs when the user experience is terrible? I sure don’t.

          • Dominick White

            It seems only times people don’t care about specs is when it’s a moto phone.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        Moto X is phone of the year, why not compare everything to the best?

        • Dominick White

          That phone is far from the phone of the year …

          • Guest

            my 1 upvote says different.

          • Booyah

            Use it before making such a statement.

          • Dominick White

            Have tested and my statement stays the same

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            Motorola made the first cell phone, shook the android world with the og droids industrial design and new android experience, and now they are back to reclaim their title. Using my voice to set an alarm at night without blinding myself, ask for the weather when my hands are tied up in the morning, asking for calculator functions, general questions that I think will come in a card, and playing music from a distance are the some of the best things I’ve come to like. Leaving myself reminders has never been so easy. Gone are the days that I am too lazy to write something down or have to open my phone to tap it out. I don’t use touch less control everyday, but when I do, I’m glad I have it. It didn’t take long to get used not having to press the power button when I take my phone out. Active display and the tech behind it is in a league of its own. I have no idea where my camera icon is. Once you know you have the wrist flick, that’s the only way to take a pic. Multiwindow is the only software I want, but I didn’t use it too much on the note 2. Boomsound is the only hardware I want, but the moto x speaker is no slouch.
            Pretty much by the time you take out your pen, draw a square and tap what’s needed, I’ve already said “OK Google now …” And accomplished what I wanted. Excluding things like trusted devices for no password when its connected to my pebble, assist to help me out when I’m driving and the plethora of skins available and rumored, the moto x leads the smartphone pack in innovative ideas(we’ve never seen the x8 before). Its garuntee for the latest updates in a timely manner and its ability to tame any task or game I throw at it leads me to name it the 2013 smartphone to beat.

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            …and it doesn’t scratch like aluminum nor feels cheap and looks glossy with mass fingerprints.Water repellent coated guts so we even have a little Sony in this bitch. If your not comparing the camera shots to the g2 or 5s the photos look good. The lack of an SD card slot doesn’t hurt me because I don’t like having to.pop it out of my phone then having to put it my computer or tablet. Drive syncs across the board. I pin my music until I’m bored of it (stream over WiFi only is a godsend). I don’t watch movies or shows more than once so I’m not walking with blu rays. But some game files are huge, that’s where it hurts. The battery last from wake to sleep so that removable battery talk is dead.

        • Booyah

          Exactly.

      • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

        Feel free to read our LG G2 and Galaxy Note 3 reviews where we did nothing but rave about them left and right. :)

        Note 3: http://www.droid-life.com/2013/10/01/samsung-galaxy-note-3-review/

        G2: http://www.droid-life.com/2013/09/16/lg-g2-review/

        • RoninX

          Yeah, but why slam the One Max for having an S600, and yet defend the Moto X for having an even slower S4?

          • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

            Who slammed the Snapdragon? All I did was mention it. :P

            What I did slam, was the fingerprint scanner which apparently doesn’t even work, ridiculous size of the device, and 4MP camera. :)

          • RoninX

            Fair enough, but you can simply not use the fingerprint scanner. While it’s not a reason to buy the One Max, it’s not a reason to avoid it either…

            Ridiculous is in the eye of the beholder. There were a lot of people who called the 5.5″ screen on the original Note or even the 5″ screen on the Streak ridiculous.

            Who knows? Two years from now, it may be considered normal to have a phablet with a 7″ screen. :)

          • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

            Don’t say that hah! #smallphonecult

          • Booyah

            Because the S4 has the S600 and my Moto X runs circles around it. Doesn’t do much when the software doesn’t utilize it correctly.

          • RoninX

            That’s my point. It’s possible that a phone running an S600 and Sense will be less laggy than one running an S800 with TouchWiz.

            Given the earlier comparisons between the smooth performance of the HTC One and the stuttering on the S4, I’d go so far as to say it’s likely.

          • Booyah

            That’s valid. I agree that the One is much more fluid than any TouchWiz phone, but as Kellen said below, he wasn’t bashing that aspect. It’s more of the “me too” mentality and pumping out an unnecessary and rushed device.

          • Richard Yarrell

            This Htc One Max is just as useless as the Motorola X. They both equally suck. Note 3 destroys all android handsets period. Bring on that useless Nexus 5 now.

          • squiddy20

            Says the dope who has claimed repeatedly that he’d never touch the Moto X “with a 10 foot pole”. So riddle me this, if you’ve never even touched it, how do you know it’s “useless”? What a moron.

          • angermeans

            I posted this above but I did have the chance to use both and your absolutely right. Even the people at work that don’t care much about what’s in the phones and certainly didn’t know they ran different processors mentioned aloud how the HTC one max was faster than the note 3. It was very noticeable and there is no real world use for having a faster processor if your software bogs it down. Plus the 600 is no slouch.

          • grumpyfuzz

            The Moto X is plenty fast… Just because it doesn’t perform great on paper doesn’t mean it’s slower in real world performance. You’d be surprised if you owned one.

          • Milind Shah

            the moto x has its x8 chip that is optimized to run flawlessly, and it has a 720p display which obviously needs less power and processing power! and it also is plenty fast which the htc one will also be!

    • Time

      Hey its not the moto x, so to them everything about it is bad or a gimmick

    • Sirx

      Stupid product is stupid *shrug*. I don’t mind it being called out as stupid. This is, from an objective standpoint, completely point/use-less.

  • htowngtr

    To me, the funniest thing is that they completely mailed in the R&D on this phone much like Samsung.

    “Take the existing phone and increase size by 50%, everything scales to fit, that should do it!”

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Don’t forget that they first shrunk it to be the One Mini, then went “Wait, make it big too!”

      • Chris

        I don’t see the big fuss. some like small phones and some want them big. i think its good HTc is giving people a choice. its just not the right way of doing it. (ie; announcing new colors every two months, adding micro SDs and finger prints to one and not the other)

        hopefully HTC fixes this next year and has the same features across the board.

        • Adrynalyne

          I don’t see a big fuss, but what I do see is that people are amused, Kellex included, that they are just shrinking and growing things with little other changes. Changing for the sake of change is silly.

          • calvin35

            Not trying to be funny here when I say that change for the sake of change is literally what HTC does best.

          • Adrynalyne

            And that is part of HTC’s failing business plan. They need to change it to either market it to show people why they need this, or add something spectacular as well (which probably still needs marketing to explain why someone needs it).

          • hkklife

            This is too much (size), too little (specs) and too late.
            What they Should have done was released something along the lines of a One refresh—-take the existing One, give it a Snapdragon 800, a bigger battery, a microSD slot and nudge the screen up to 5″ while minimizing the increase in body size.
            The biggest gripes I’ve heard about the One are, aside from the capacitive buttons and Sense, related to battery life and lack of expandable storage. The Max addresses these somewhat but goes overboard on expanding the screen size all while adding a bolted-on fingerprint sensor that no one was requesting.

    • uzo ufondu

      Isn’t that what most companies do, though? Even Apple with the iPad and iPad mini, they just shrank the device to scale. Although, unlike Samsung and the Note series, they only scaled their devices up and down with minimal additions. The S-Pen and software enhancements on the Note 2/Note 3 are huge upgrades from their S3/S4 counterparts

      • Chris

        HTc had HTC Scribe with the flyer/jetstream. HTc should have brought that back with the max.

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    • Tim242

      Your iPhone screen is so small, you probably can’t see the light.

      • Chris

        are you sure?