The HTC One is great. Months after launch, its aluminum body and incredible display continue to impress. Launched with then-cutting-edge silicon and an innovative, if not universally loved, approach to Android skinning, it made HTC a hot topic, again. Nearly a year after its launch, it still elicits feelings of covetousness and envy whenever you see one. So you might expect similar levels of excitement in the lead up to our review of its successor, the HTC One Max, no? No.
The biggest compliment that can be payed to the One Max is that it is so much like its predecessor. The sophomore effort for the rejuvenated team at HTC takes a great phone, makes it bigger, and lessens it in the process.
The first leaked shots of the One Max looked like a cheap knock-off sold by a Hong Kong street vendor. The overall appearance was right; the HTC logo on the back, the BoomSound (God, help us) speakers up front. But the speakers weren’t lined up properly, and the back was removable. The finger print sensor sat like a wart on the back, and the whole thing just seemed ill-thought. This couldn’t really be the work of the same firm that made us fall in love with HTC all over again? Could it?