htc one max

It was bound to happen. You knew that once the iPhone 5s debuted with a fingerprint sensor, other manufacturers would follow suit. No, Apple wasn’t the first to implement such a feature, but it has a way of mainstreaming stuff like this.

Today, HTC unveiled the ‘HTC One max,’ a 5.9-inch smartphone that includes a dedicated fingerprint sensor. Located on the rear of the device, the feature is activated via a swipe and can be programmed to recognize 3 different fingers…

It’s kind of cool actually—each finger can be tied to a different action or shortcut, offering users near-instant access to their most frequently used apps. So you could use one finger to unlock the phone, and another to launch the camera app.

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But that’s where the compliments end. Some outlets were given review units of the Max, and they didn’t have many good things to say. The Verge called it an ‘exercise in frustration,’ noting that the sensor is in ‘exactly the wrong place.’

“Sitting immediately below the camera lens and requiring a swipe, it pretty much compels you to smudge the lens every time you want to identify yourself. The need for a vertical swipe is also problematic, since your hand’s natural position is at an angle to the sensor, demanding an unnatural and uncomfortable motion to activate it. Inevitably, that leads to regular failures to recognize your epidermic signature.

…As it is, the fingerprint scanner implementation here is clumsy, awkward, and comfortably in line with the long history of failed attempts at making this technology work.”

While other sites agree with The Verge’s frustration, most of them do say the fingerprint feature ‘has a lot of potential.’ There are other complaints though—particularly the phone’s size, which reviewers say dwarfs even the 5.7-inch Note 3.

But the rest of the phone is impressive: it has a 1.7 quad-core processor, 16 to 32GB of expandable storage, a 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera with an f/2.0 aperture, and a gigantic 3300 mAh battery that’s good for up to 25 hours of talk time.

The bottom line: the consensus seems to be that the HTC One max’s larger display and fingerprint sensor don’t make it any more desirable than the original One. But if you must have it, it launches on Sprint and Verizon later this month.

What do you think of HTC’s One max?

  • Modest

    What a surprise.

    • Charlie Val

      That’s what I thought when Apple showed Touch ID.

      • M R

        Yeah, they are so similar. LOL
        APPLE FTW

      • Cesar D

        1st comment: Sarcasm on
        2nd comment: sarcasm off

        😀

  • LAGISSUEZ

    Apple 1, competitors 0. Who’s next?

    • Amir Maki

      Hey the nexus 5 announcement is tomorrow it sure is going to be a competitor with the 5S.

      • chumawumba

        So is the iPad invites

    • Maxim∑

      Samsung

  • brandon

    Why must every screen size be compared to the Note 3? For one the Note 3 is huge, so practically 3 out of 4 phones aren’t even going to compare to its size. And two, you make it sound like the Note 3’s screen size is the “ideal” size, when it isn’t. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE iDownloadblog (i point others to your website when I’m to lazy to explain stuff to them), I just thought I’d point that out.

    • Anthony Antunez

      Because the Note 3 has the biggest screen on a handheld phone? All smaller phones will be compared to the biggest to see where it stands before reaching tablet size.

      • Juan Herrera

        No,it’s not when clearly this one is .2″ larger and there’s already phones stepping over 6″.. the Samsung Galaxy Mega is a 6.3″ phone and has another version just under 6″ but above the Note 3 at 5.8″ to name a few

      • Anthony Antunez

        Well I meant before this phone which just came out and the Mega while it is bigger isn’t as popular as the Note 3. I didn’t even know it existed until you mentioned it. You are correct but the Note 3 is just popular to compare to since more people seem to have it as opposed to the other bigger phablets.

      • Juan Herrera

        Lol yea i heard about the mega a while back but that’s the thing. The GS line caught on and so did the Note, having provided a stylus like accessory which a lot of people still love to use and a pretty big screen each Note model. They’ve both had series of phones that already did well.. The Mega’s new but was probably overshadowed by the GS line which was already an established name

      • Juan Herrera

        Strange, so our comments were deleted? But yeah i heard about it a while back.. There will be others also.. I just hate that in less than 2 years we’ve been pushed to walk that fine phone/ tablet line.. We pretty much hit the wall. Samsung (since the GS3 i’d say) heard the small cries for a bigger screen and ran with it, and most android manufacturers followed suit right away. Now we’ve hit this wall where most can’t proceed without their devices becoming considered actual tablets.. In that sense they forced Apple’s hand to increase screen size slightly to keep up, but most iOS users prefer a smaller screen.. i’d be completely fine with a 5″ screen.. so it wouldn’t take much to make users happy and you could still keep smaller screen devices in the product lineup if they chose to do so.. best of both worlds for iphone users.. Those that want more get more while the users who would like to keep things the same can have more of that which they like.. It’s a win-win

  • Timothy

    They tried to compete with Apple too soon… Technology hasn’t caught up yet.

  • Cameron Chao

    like i said, fingerprint sensor aint easy to copy.

    • Vitaliy Anonymous

      Yep, that’s why Apple had to really try hard to not look like they copied. Because back in 2011, Motorola Atrix made a phone with a fingerprint sensor.

      • Chindavon

        And failed miserably.

      • arsenal6

        If it was relevant motorola would have kept it 😉 apple made it useful.

      • Pasilius85

        Useful how?

      • Cameron Chao

        what he meant was ‘Apple made it work well’. Fingerprint sensor on the iphone actually works, unlike others where it doesnt read properly or takes too long. Like this HTC phone, poorly positioned, requires a swipe gesture, it just doesnt work.

      • xSeriouSx

        You sure are good at what you do best; BSing…

      • Cameron Chao

        i think the upvotes speak otherwise.

      • M R

        Fandroids wont get it because of their forced brains shutdowns. 😀

      • hkgsulphate

        only apple can make something popular and easy to use lulz
        they never invent anything new

      • Juan Herrera

        really bro? Cuz every fingerprint sensor before the Touch ID sucked horribly, not just on phones but on laptops as well.. It has nothing to do with copying.. Biometrics is a great form of security and has long existed.. So, by your logic, Motorola didn’t copy anyone either, right?

      • xSeriouSx

        ‘Cause they required a swipe it implies they sucked? Such dingbat mindset you’ve developed. I still have a Laptop (that I barely ever use) which has a FingerPrint scanner, still works flawlessly for logging into Windows since I got it in 2008. Apple just advanced on it and removed the requirement to swipe…

      • M R

        Wow you are stupid.

  • Dan

    What’s the point of this article, it feels like you just wanted to gloat at the fact that the fingerprint sensor wasn’t well implemented.

    • M R

      Yes, so?

    • xSeriouSx

      That’s a subpart of the iDB scene; finding little reasons to bash competitors….

      • Cameron Chao

        I think its like that everywhere. iDB, though Apple fanpage has praised Android against apple at times, especially what Google is doing, they are the only ones outdoing Apple in some aspects.

      • xSeriouSx

        Nope, there are actually reasonable and unbiased reviewers on earth. One of them is Lisa at MobileTech Review.

      • Cameron Chao

        then walk your ass off to Lisa at MobileTech.

      • xSeriouSx

        I do that for every hardware review (Apple or non Apple), I come here for just the jailbreak news and some Apple news. Every now and then, I bump into biased yet flamboyant competitor reviews like this one when just looking for jailbreak news.

    • Juan Herrera

      It’s evidence of the fact that no one is is prepared to offer fingerprint sensors.. like stated above, Apple has a way of mainstreaming this kind of stuff

      • Hwang Lee

        Samsung will probably add more to the fingerprint sensor (let’s not start a war here), probably add different left right swipe gestures (that’d be pretty cool)

      • Juan Herrera

        Nah, no wars here.. i’ve had devices on both OS..I prefer iOS myself. I’m simply saying Apple’s competitor’s had no intention of diving into fingerprint technology at this point in time.. Apple has forced the hands of competitors to a point because after so many fails trying to implement fingerprint sensors into mobile devices, Apple makes it first attempt at it and for the most part does pretty well, and now it’s something others care to look into further.

      • Hwang Lee

        It’s works so well because it’s simple (not a bad thing). It merely just serves 2 functions. HTC tried, the sensor probably isn’t bad, it’s just they put it in such a bad place. I think Samsung will place it in a good place (probably bottom front like Apple), but they’ll add a lot of features too it, and they probably won’t work well and be called gimmicks.

        Like if Air Gestures actually worked, who knows, I may actually use them. They’re not that bad of idea.

      • Juan Herrera

        No not bad ideas at all, though I called air gestures and eye scrolling being problematic the minute those features were rumored.. They are creative, but not necessary imo.. Had they perfected the features before implementing them, then they would deserve a standing ovation for innovation, but instead it’s more like a few lonely claps for effort. I’m no fan of air gestures just for the fact that it seems to be promoting pure laziness.. you wave your hand over the screen to answer the phone, yet in the process of waving, you’re waving over the answer button which is right there beneath your palm and would probably be faster than the actual wave itself.. i can see rare situations where it can help like having your hands full if the phone picks the wave up with an item in your hand, but my phone is a physical device meant to be used in hand, by my hands. these things that we create to make life simpler sometimes just makes us more lazy.. For example, before driving i walked everywhere.. Then, later, bikes made that easier… when i was old enough to drive, biking and walking both became a thing of the past.. But not doing those physical activities regularly anymore helped to gain some pounds.. When too many pounds are put on, suddenly walking and biking start sounding great again..

      • Hwang Lee

        Yeah, I know what you mean. Sometimes you can’t help but think to yourself “Is this really necessary? Have we gotten THIS lazy?”. I mean, it’s nice to have air gestures in the scenarios where you need them (dirty fingers from eating food, etc), but I don’t think we should ever use them for everyday use.

    • Chindavon

      That’s because it wasn’t.

    • mehrab

      Are you butthurt? 🙁

      • Dan

        butthurt? Can’t express yourself line an adult? Stay classy.

  • chumawumba

    Android sucks in general

    • Shadowlink

      Nice logic there Einstein.

    • Amir Maki

      Some phones suck having a bad software with android but not all android software and devices “suck”.

    • Hwang Lee

      Stock Android is fantastic.

      • chumawumba

        I like stock too, but what I don’t like is all the bloatware most devices come with like Touchwiz and sense.

      • Hwang Lee

        Agreed, I will say though, there are some enhancements that come with those skins (more camera functionality, etc)

  • Rowan09

    After using the touch id it’s going to be hard for other companies because the standard is now the touch id scanner. While I understand the HTC Max putting the scanner on the back, I would only use it with my index finger, all the other fingers would be uncomfortable. I’m going to watch some reviews later.

  • M R

    iPhone won here 😉

  • marco1993

    Go home HTC and re-evaluate the fingerprint sensors

  • n0ahcruz3

    Gorgeous display with ergonomic design feels good in the hand 3300 mah battery with 25 hrs talk time expandable memory, it all meets my criteria except for the camera.

  • Amir Maki

    I know this is the wrong website I used to have ios and go to this site but I wanted to see what ios users think about this: What do you think about the nexus 5? Do you think it will actually be faster than the 5s. Rumors say they are same in benchmarks.

    • xSeriouSx

      Personally, the 4S is fast enough for me with iOS 6, so all this “it’s faster” talk is just useless and shouldn’t be the basis of which device you get. If you like the looks of the hardware and you prefer Android, go for it, it sure will provide the best experience of Android.

      • Amir Maki

        I had a 4S it was great but I tried android(stock) and I liked it better.

      • M R

        I have an iPhone 4S, an iPad and a nexus 7 with stock android. Stock android sucks in front of iOS.

      • A Skylit [S]unjay

        Were you banned from TechnoBuffalo?

      • M R

        No idea. Why?

      • A Skylit [S]unjay

        Your comments on the bent iPhone article were all deleted then a user said that he thinks you were banned.

      • M R

        They might have deleted my comments but I didn’t visit that page again. I don’t think I was banned. I can still comment there.

      • A Skylit [S]unjay

        Oh, I see. Thanks for clearing that up 🙂

    • Hwang Lee

      The Nexus is going to be fantastic, can’t wait for it. Not only the phone itself, I can’t wait to hear the price (keeping fingers crossed it’s the same as the Nexus 4’s original price), and Android 4.4.

      The best part of Nexus though is that it plays a different role in the industry, more for less. More of the best hardware and software, less money. That’s why alot of people really love the Nexus 7.

    • CryptoCoin420

      didn’t you read the article where Android devices spoof their benchmarks specs? yeah they have been caught cheating so benchmarks are kinda pointless.

    • mehrab

      My 4s got blown away by my nexus 4 in geekbench 2 but in reality when opening web pages games apps everytime it was slower had little frame drops andcgad horrible gaming graphics theres this guy on idb his name is maxim has a nexus 4 and ipod touch 5 (a5 chip same as 4s) he says the sam thing. Android is not very much as highly optimized as apple is. So yeah benchmarks dont matter apple ALWAYS lost benchmarks by a lotof digits but in real world usage it was always smoother and faster see youtube vids if you dont believe me. And now apple beefed it up and the a7 beats the note 3″s snapdragon 800 in benchmarks and in real world usage it”ll beat it to bits.

  • moofer

    All those companies had the chance to license Authentec’s wares over a year ago but passed. Then Apple bought them, and all of a sudden, everyone else was forced to play catchup with already-obsolete tech. Hilarious. It gets clearer and clearer who does the copying in the industry.

    • Vitaliy Anonymous

      Funny thing, it actually does get clearer who is copying the industry – I sorta expected this thing to happen: where people give credit to Apple to being “innovative”. Reason I am saying this – one of my friends has this crappy quality Android phone that has a fingerprint sensor, and it was released waayy before Apple released iPhone 5s.

      • Ignacio Irigoyen

        So where cell phones, some Android user can’t let Apple win even once. Ignoring the difference in usability, application and technology use in general.

        Tablets also existed before iPad, but the difference is revolutionary, is not a step is a leap, if it was not you would not have Android & Windows playing the same game.

        You can like and use what you wish, but stop using the same argument, becouse it is invalid.

  • Hwang Lee

    The problem with this phone is that they made a bigger phone, well, just to make it bigger. The HTC One is a fantastic phone, but with this larger one, there’s no change, it’s just bigger, no internal improvements, and sadly no camera improvements. It’s a shame, really. This phone could have been great. The fingerprint gestures is a great idea, Samsung will probably do that too, but as the Verge said, the placement is poor.

    PS, to all you users talking about copying, no one copies straight from one company. Obviously companies have to keep up with standards. The iPhone will eventually have to get a bigger screen to keep up with standards. All companies build off each other.

  • felixtaf

    After all the hype and teasers, they came with last years specs plus a fingerprint sensor. If they want to compete with Samsung, they need to throw in specs like Samsung do. Not everybody will fall for built quality. 4mp (Ultrapixels???) sucks. Most of us wont print posters, but everyone will zoom n see their photos. Its a good sensor, but 4mp is not enuf!
    Am disappointed. I thought of getting the One mini and its overpriced. Considered this one and its not better than my Optimus G Pro…

    • Hwang Lee

      Yeah, the camera is such a disappointment.

  • Anonomous.TECH.man

    I love idownloadblog because they give very unbiased opinions and Mabey should review stuff besides apple only the have been kinda doing it anyway good review.

    • David Soto

      Well, well, well. Look what we got here boys! We got ourselves a live blind sheep.

    • Dan

      Sarcasm?

  • CryptoCoin420

    Wow, if you want a tablet, buy one…Holy crap is that phone HUGE.

  • jameskatt

    Hah hah hah hah. Nice try HTC not.

    • blastingbigairs

      Still a way better build than anything Samstunk has ever made. Ya gotta give them that much 🙂

  • anonymous

    Once Jb is available for IOS7; I believe some tweaks will be there on cydia to use the fingerprint other than unlockin’ the phone and bayin’ apps .

  • omrishtam

    5.9″……phablet

  • David Soto

    I have the HTC One and I have had every iPhone under the sun because of my line of work. There is no doubt Android/Sense OS is far more superior and advance then Apple’s iOS. An iPhone is something I would buy for my mom, or Helen Keller. But at the end it comes down to what makes you happy. Big screens are my sweetspot.