One Max - £540
Why this smartphone is built for you
The HTC One Max
The HTC One Max is a top-end smart phone running a version of Android KitKat that has been augmented with HTC's 'Sense' UI. It is the bigger brother of the HTC One and is designed with watching films, playing games and reading eBooks in mind. It also adds a removable storage card into what was already an impressive feature list.
This phone has a 5.9 inch HD touchscreen that displays in 373PPI (Pixels Per Inch). The average PPI for a modern smartphone is 255.
The HTC One Max has a 4UP (UltraPixel) camera. UltraPixel cameras are designed to work better in low light than Megapixel cameras. To the naked eye, a 4 UltraPixel camera will produce images of roughly a similar quality to a 13 MP camera. The Max can also record video in up to 1080p and has a 2.1MP front facing camera for taking selfies and making video calls.
Performance is provided by a 1.7GHz quad core processor and 2GB RAM. Based upon its processor speed and memory, this phone receives an unmudlr performance rating of 83 out of 100.
The One Max has an estimated battery life of around 25 hours. The average smartphone battery life is around 10 hours. It has a battery capacity of 3300mAh (MilliAmp hours). The average battery capacity is 1950mAh.
1GB (Gigabyte) is equal to roughly 500 pictures or 250 songs. The One Max comes with 16 or 32GB internal storage (depending upon the model) and an expandable memory card slot which makes it possible for you to add a further 64GB external storage. It also comes with Google Drive installed which gives you an additional 15GB of free cloud storage.
The One Max comes 4G ready so can take advantage of high speed mobile Internet in locations where it is available. It has Bluetooth which enables it to communicate with other Bluetooth devices (such as a Bluetooth handsfree kit). It has Wi-Fi which means that it can connect to your home network or public Wi-Fi hotspots such as those available in many coffee shops, cafes or hotels. It has NFC compatibility which allows you to make contactless payments and share files with your friends and it is able to connect to DLNA and Miracast enabled devices (such as a laptop or smart TV) meaning that you can stream content both to and from your phone wirelessly. It is also able to connect to HDMI devices such as a smart TV or projector (requires a microUSB to HDMI adapter).
This phone comes in a dual SIM version (called the HTC One Max Dual that enables you to pop in two SIM cards at once and choose the one you want to use. This comes in handy if you are planning to use your phone abroad extensively or want to keep your business and personal calls separate.
The HTC One Max has an FM radio and an MP3 player with BoomSound provided by Beat Audio. It is able to integrate with social media via designated Facebook and Twitter Apps and comes preloaded with Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and YouTube. Other apps, such as Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Spotify are available to download from the Google Play Store, along with the latest music, films, TV shows and games.
The One Max bridges the gap between tablet and phone. It has an impressive feature list, good battery life and notable build quality. This is a device that is likely to prove attractive to more 'media intensive' users.