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HTC One Max: Supersized phone with solid performance

The HTC One Max has a monster display, quad-core cpu, and even a fingerprint scanner. Jack Wallen gives you the rundown on this supersized handset.

The Verizon-branded HTC One Max is called Max for a reason -- it's big. If you're not a fan of Gigantor-sized smart phones, then the One Max is not for you. If, however, you prefer your devices on the massive side, the HTC One Max is a special creature.

But is it the large-scale smart phone for discerning Android users? You say want specs? Here they are:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor running at 1.7 GHz
  • 5.9 inch, Full HD 1080p display
  • 16 or 32 GB of storage
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • HTC UltraPixel Camera
  • 3300 mAh batter with up to 25 hours talk time
  • HTC Sense 5
  • Fingerprint scanner

Fingerprint scanner, solid performance

Wait, did I say "Fingerprint scanner"? I did, in fact. If you tend to prefer a lot of security -- as in hard to beat, bio-metric kind of security, the HTC Max One does an outstanding job of keeping would be data thieves out of your device. On the back of the device is the scanner where you slowly slide your right index finger over to gain access. This isn't set up by default, but once you do set it up, someone will have to hack off the tip of your right finger to gain access to your data.

Like most of the HTC line of smartphones, the One Max has yet to get KitKat -- but it's already rolling out in certain countries. Even without KitKat, the One Max is silky smooth. HTC has done a terrific job of revving this phone up to meet and exceed many other flagship smart phones.

Definitely for fans of oversized phones

But even with the super smooth performance, the fingerprint scanner, and the sleek HTC Sense 5 interface, is the Max One the right phone for you? The answer is simple -- if you like the idea of an oversized phone, skip the competition and go directly to HTC. If an oversized phone would totally wreck your sense of ease and mental health, steer clear of this massive beast.

Personally, I'm not a believer in bigger is better. I like my smart phones to fit well in the palm of my hand. But if I were to hop on an oversized smartphone bandwagon, it would certainly be the HTC One Max. It's a beefy device with enough power and luxury to back up the size.

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Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website getjackd.net.

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