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

by: Andrew GrushNovember 21, 2013


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.

  • MrMagoo

    So last night I went to my local Sprint store. I went just to look around, being that I have an available upgrade, and see, feel, touch and play with all the new goodies. I played with the G2 which I had pretty much convinced myself I was gonna get. I looked at the Note 3 and then I checked out the HTC One Max…. So I’ve been one of those people that has been upset that it didn’t have the S800, and that being said, why would anyone get the One Max over the Note 3? MAN!! that damn thing is beautiful! The Note 3 looks nice and all and I know it’s a lil more powerful. But the TouchWiz just looks cheap to me compaired to Sense. I’ve had HTC phones for years so maybe I’m just spoiled, but damn that’s just a pretty f’n phone!! I think I’m in love :-P

    • smokebomb

      My first and only HTC phone was the Thunderbolt because I was greedy about having 4G. I ended up buying the extended battery because the stock battery life was atrocious. I was generally happy with it. Sense is a little more invasive than I’d like though. I bought it on ebay and should’ve got my money back and returned it because the wifi didn’t work. But with 4G and being one of the few hundred people with 4G initially it wasn’t a deal breaker. I have a nexus 4 now but I plan to get the nexus 5 around May if the price goes down, otherwise I’ll hold out for the nexus 6.

      • MrMagoo

        Well my first HTC was the same phone but just the original version of the Thunderbolt, the EVO 4G, which was out way before the Thunderbolt was. I was just about getting the EVO 3D by the time the Thunderbolt came out. As far as the 4G was concerned, it was always off for me. That’s what killed the phone quickly for me. Otherwise I now have the EVO 4G LTE (HTC ONE X) which has been great phone as far as battery life and all. Can’t say too much bad about HTC, and I’m trying to like the Touch wiz… just can’t. The N5 on the other hand is a beautiful handset and I was impressed by it’s beauty. Just seems so plain in the UI after using Sense for so many years.

    • Patrick

      My Droid DNA by HTC has horrific battery life. I will never again buy HTC. As soon as the Note 3 goes down to $199 for existing Verizon customers on (hoping for Black Friday), the Note 3 will be mine :)

  • Amine Elouakil

    @ 150$ in the US I think that’s the correct price for the device and what it is, I think the temporary 300$ is just to be on pare with the Note 3 as it is an alternative for people that need one of the greatest multimedia devices available right now that doesn’t have as busy as the Note 3 (gimmicks for me but some might find them usefull). This device still doesn’t make sense for my use tho the Normal One is more than enough, but this is a good alternative for people that like big devices and want something that will have support for a couple of years