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Why HTC One Max Won’t Win Against Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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With reports surfacing that HTC is set to unleash a 6-inch device purportedly dubbed the ‘One Max’ that’s intended to rival Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 3 phablet, enthusiasts are bracing themselves for an all-out war that looks like a continuation of the HTC One’s struggle against the Galaxy S4. The current available information on the One Max makes it look like a solid option at this point, but no matter what it packs inside, we don’t see it beating the latest incarnation of the proud Note line.

The Note is a proven contender

The first two Galaxy Note models truly defined the phablet category of devices, thanks to solid feature sets, high product quality, and great balance in terms of the form factor and usability. Call the Samsung skin what you want, but there are some nifty features on the Note 2 that people really liked. The Note is great for scribbling notes and even for doodling and drawing, and a lot of consumers value these conveniences.

The Galaxy Note made the phablet segment popular, but that wasn’t just because it was manufactured and marketed by the Korean tech giant. For example, the Note makes use of a stylus, which really helps users get around and make the most out of the device. If the HTC One Max won’t come with a defining feature that really helps maximize the screen real estate, it’ll just be another blown-up phone.

All in all, the Note 3 is the better device if you’re after developer support and subsidies from phone service providers. Samsung’s flagships are easier to package and, even with a minor drop in sales, they still look like the products to beat in the mobile device arena.

Market prospects

While most reviewers had great praise for the HTC One flagship smartphone, it still wasn’t able to beat the Galaxy S4 in terms of sales. Let’s face it—the figures matter, especially when you’re trying to launch a product that’s based off of an existing model. If the Max ends up as only a bigger version of the One, then it won’t stand out the way that the One didn’t stand out (apart from its industrial design).

That’s not a good thing for HTC; and when you consider that Sony is also set to release its own phablet, the Xperia Z Ultra, there’s going to be more competition in this field. It’s definitely an uphill battle for flagship phablets not named Note, and the One Max can’t just live off its smartphone precursor if it wants to take the crown.

At the moment, we can only speculate over the specs of the upcoming HTC device, which, by the way, could also launch with a Mini version. However, it’s very likely that we’ll see a 6-inch display on the One Max, and you have to wonder just how well the handset handles, considering all the bezels and the speaker grill. That’s assuming the One Max closely follows the form factor of the One. Pocketability and user experience aside, it’s going to be an interesting device—but merely being ‘interesting’ just won’t cut it these days.

You have to wonder if taking the Samsung approach to making mobile devices is the best way for HTC to get out of its slump. The Taiwanese tech company has managed to come up with superb hardware these past couple of years, but you’d never know it based on how much HTC has struggled recently. Still, if the hardware proves to be good and the specs are comparable to the upcoming Note 3’s, then we might have a battle. Right now, though, HTC doesn’t seem to be giving the One Max anything special to make all those people eagerly anticipating the Note 3 think twice.

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The author juggles being a wife to an engineer and a mother to a witty toddler. In her spare time, she involves herself in getting the word out about the RingCentral office phone system. Find Monique on Google+.

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. steve sharkman

    July 29, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    i would never buy another htc product after the horrible experience I had with the htc resound.
    I hope htc goes under.

  2. Monique Jones

    July 30, 2013 at 4:29 am

    What kinds of problems did you encounter with the HTC Rezound?

  3. Naser

    July 30, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    HTC unveiled One Max! When and where? Any link to its specifications would help Monique.

  4. Ronald Henderson

    July 30, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I own a Samsung Galaxy S2 and have always been a fan of Samsung smartphones,which is why I wholeheartedly agree with you 🙂 Also the kind of specs the Note 3 is expected have is really kickass.

  5. harshi

    July 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    i persnally have experienced HTC one Getting heated while gaming subway surfers !

  6. Valeria

    August 5, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Why not HTC? I have a very good experience about HTC. I am using my HTC phone from last 3 years and I have no problem at all. Even I am thinking to upgrade my phone to a newer version of the HTC phone.

  7. John

    August 13, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I think at the end of the day it would be about user preference, if they want one aluminum unibody or plastic look. Ofcourse the specifications of Note 3 would be much better than HTC One Max.. but many people do see the looks also. Same goes for HTC One versus Galaxy S4.

  8. jrivera

    January 17, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    I have to respectfully disagree with a lot of you guys. In my personal opinon the HTC One is superior to the Galaxy S4. Galaxy S4 uses AMOLED display, and the HTC One uses IPS display which display colors and viewing angles way better then AMOLED. HTC One use Beats Audio intregrated audio technology and it has stereo speakers. The Galaxy S4 uses mono speakers. The structure of the HTC One is metallic unibody and has no gaps between screen and casing.
    I haven’t heard of any over heating or easy case breaks. My only thing thats bad with the HTC One is that there is no MicroSD slot.
    But hey just my opinion

  9. Mark Ray

    January 26, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    The note 3 is wonderful powerhouse indeed, big screen, power CPU and intelligent stylus, what more do we really need?

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