HTC One Max comes to Verizon for $299, or $149.99 from Wirefly [update]

November 21, 2013
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Last week the HTC One Max arrived to Sprint’s network, and now it is Verizon’s turn. As expected, the One Max is priced at a hefty $299 on contract, $599 outright or $25.22 a month with Verizon’s edge plan.

The HTC One Max specs aren’t nearly as bleeding edge as the Galaxy Note 3, though they are still pretty solid. The device is powered by a1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 CPU with 2GB of RAM. Other specs include a 5.9-inch full HD display, 32GB storage, 3300 mAh battery, a fingerprint reader, 4MP UltraPixel camera, BoomSound audio, microSD and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Sense 5.5.

Although the HTC One Max enjoys the same durable and attractive aesthetics as the HTC One, that’s about the only real advantage the handset has over the similarly priced Galaxy Note 3. There’s also a fingerprint reader, though that feature alone is probably not enough to win over any new fans to the device.

So is the HTC One Max worth buying? If you like the idea of a bigger display than the Note 3 and are a fan of the HTC One’s aesthetics, sure. If you want a stylus or the beefiest specs available, you’re best looking elsewhere.

For those looking to say a little money, it’s worth pointing out that Sprint’s HTC One Max is $50 cheaper. Of course Verizon’s network is a lot stronger in most areas, so it might be worth the extra cash.

What do you think, is the HTC One Max a worthy alternative to the Note 3, or will the lack of a Snapdragon 800 CPU and a stylus turn out to be a deal-breaker for most consumers?

Update: We’ve now learned that Wirefly is offering the Verizon HTC One Max for just $149.99 with contract, for both new and existing Verizon customers. At $149.99, the HTC One Max certainly looks a heck of a lot more appealing. Keep in mind that this is likely a limited time offer, so we’d recommend jumping on the deal as soon as possible.

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