HTC One Max-giant to rescue HTC

HTC’s first phablet is an ambitious package with fingerprint reader, 5.9-inch display and Ultrapixel camera. But despite the fact that both the software and the screen is great reaches One Max is not all the way.

HTC is sitting in a tight position. The big sales success with the flagship HTC One has failed to materialize, despite enthusiastic reviews and awards. To key in on large competitors Samsung and Apple, htc has focused on broadening the One series. We have already seen One Mini, and now concluded, therefore, the circle with the HTC One Max. The name of the battle, commits, and because we are in a trend of increasingly large screens seems logical that One Max is a real giant.

For the phone is great, and I mean properly large. The screen measures the entire 5.9 inches across the diagonal. It allows One Max placed approximately midway between the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (5.7 inch) and Sony Xperia z Ultra (6.4 inch).

Well designed that few

In terms of design is the HTC One Max pretty much designed with the same design as the HTC One. Here we’re talking a sleek front with stereo speakers located in the phone’s bottom and top. The back is in aluminium with a detachable rear piece. Buttons and edges are made of some kind of harder plastic, which pulls down a bit on the luxury feeling. HTC One Max still feels like a well-designed handset. But a telephone on 5.9 inches is not for everyone. My hands are relatively small, and I have a hard time reaching all over the screen. The phone is also relatively heavy (217 grams). This, combined with the dimensions (82.5 x 164.5 x 10.3 mm) allows One Max can be experienced as somewhat clumsy.

One, Max has – like One – a lcd3 display with full hd resolution. The screen is in the absolute top class. What I love is above all the sharpness and color fidelity. The brightness is also excellent, and Max is a perfect buddy to watch video, surf and play mobile games with. The processing power of phableten is taken from a Snapdragon 600-systemchip-the same kind as in the HTC One. Big Daddy One Max do well in our benchmark suite, but is not a powerhouse in comparison with Xperia Z Ultra and Note 3, both with Snapdragon 800. Important to note is that most users will not experience One Max as slow. Handset still has 2 gigabytes of ram and very good battery life. Our hard test of battery landed on 7 hours and 9 minutes. It is a great result-but One Max still gets out, defeated by Note 3 (10 hrs, 6 mins).

Ingenious software

We’ll move on to the software. One Max running Android 4.3, but it is the interface Sense 5.5 that make your phone truly unique. Interface from other manufacturers can be cluttered and unwieldy, but the Sense is light, easy to use and really neat with a minimalist approach to how menus and icons look like.

The Crown Jewel of Sense 5.5 is Blinkfeed. It is a kind of tailored news feed that retrieves content from Facebook, Instagram, and other selected news services. Blinkfeed-flow has replaced the traditional boot screen, and is therefore the first thing you see when you unlock the handset.

What makes Blinkfeed ingenious is that its contents are based entirely on you. After a while, I have completely stopped to open the apps for Facebook and Instagram. Blinkfeed was introduced in Sense 5 but has been updated to version 5.5. Among the news include that you can now add rss subscriptions in your Blinkfeed feed, and use a special Read Later button to save articles. We have also added a special Blinkfeed menu where you can easily add new content to be displayed, or filter so that the flow rate only shows posts from Facebook. Stylish, smart and easy to use.

HTC One has received much criticism for his camera. Just as One has One Max a 4-camera with» ultrapixlar «, which focused on the use of a larger sensor with better natural light, rather than Chin on megapixel rejset.

But how well do the camera compared to the competition? Not very good, sorry. The sharpness and detail is great – but only as long as you’re shooting at fairly close range and in good light.

Camera example 1: Image taken with the HTC One maximum under good light conditions.

Do you take an image that covers a larger motifs, such as a street, we notice the direct loss of detail as regards the parts of the image that are far in the background.

Camera example 2: Image taken with the HTC One Max to show a greater motive.

Even worse is when we’re shooting in dark environments. Some inside the HTC One Max in plenty of light, but the result is often that the images are very noisy and grainy with pitted colors. The tests also show that the camera has difficulty handling the back light. HTC needs to get to the collar. It feels unfair that such a pricey phone will not be able to perform better when it comes to the camera.

Camera example 3: Image taken with the HTC One Max during evening time.

Rebuff for fingerprint sensor

Now it’s time to talk about the elephant in the room – the fingerprint reader. On HTC One, Max is the biometric sensor located on the back of the unit, just below the camera’s image sensor. It’s a simple process to get the HTC One Max to read your fingerprint. The big problem is that the reading works only in five of the ten cases, at most. This becomes particularly critical for HTC when Apple also released a phone with fingerprint readers recently.

The functionality of the Apple is far from perfect, but their technique works in all cases, most of the time – which it does not do at HTC.

In summary: HTC One Max is amazing when it comes to both the screen and the software. But the shoddy camera and mess with the fingerprint reader means that the overall impression is pulled down. It is also sad that HTC has not made more of the phablet concept, when large competitor Samsung are betting very hard at taking advantage of the larger screen area for notes and other features, which allow you to run two apps in Windows next to each other.

“On the other hand”

Elias Nordling: HTC interface Sense is something of a watershed. It differs significantly from the standard Android, HTC shall have praise for, but could probably be perceived as well», «technical and confusing for beginners. Blinkfeed is a concept that works for me who prefer reading from a news source at a time, not Twitter and BBC helter-skelter.