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Saturday, 2 November 2013

Galaxy Note 3 vs HTC One Max

Phablet devices have continued to gain traction in 2013 with more manufacturers jumping on the big Smartphone bandwagon than ever before.It seems like everyone is making a phablet these days. HTC is the latest to get in on the super-sizing action, with its humongous version of the HTC One, the One max. The phablet segment was dominated by Samsung’s Galaxy Note handsets, but this year the Galaxy Note 3 will have to withstand heavy competition. But which one is better between HTC One Max and Samsung Galaxy Note III we will discuss here.

1 - Design And Build Quality

Which One Delivers The Best: The HTC One Max OR Samsung Galaxy Note III?

The HTC One's build is solid aluminum might not lend itself quite as well to a huge phablet. The Note 3's softer feel in hand, but its faux leather (plastic) builds isn't nearly as high-end as the One's aluminum. The Note 3 is thinner, lighter, and more compact than the HTC One Max. The HTC One Max feels very well made in the hand, the aluminium gives a premium feel and the handset is nice to look at. The Samsung build quality is usually high-standard as there’s no flexing or give when handling the device. The back panel has been treated differently this time. It does provide good grip together with the ridges on the chrome surround for a larger device anything to improve the handling in this way is most welcome. The HTC One is the best-looking Smartphone on the market. And since the HTC One Max phablet is manufactured with the same design lines in mind it’s safe to assume that it’s the best looking phablet on the market. The curved aluminium case looks magnificent. There is no chance the Galaxy Note 3 will steal the design round from the HTC One Max. Another point for the Taiwanese phablet.

2 - Display

Which One Delivers The Best: The HTC One Max OR Samsung Galaxy Note III?

The display is the most important particularity of a phablet. In fact that’s what most phablet customers are chasing: a generous display with high resolution and quality. The Galaxy Note 3 boasts about a 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 388 ppi, while the HTC One Max packs a 5.9-inch unit, also with full HD resolution, but based on a Super LCD3 panel with a pixel density of 373 ppi. The Super AMOLED screen that equips the Galaxy Note 3 has great brightness and contrast, but the Super LCD3 unit of the One Max outmatches the Super AMOLED unit when it comes to color reproduction or performance under direct sunlight. That's why HTC One Max is better than Galaxy Note 3 in display.
But there is one key missing ingredient in the One max. It doesn't ship with a stylus, and its software isn't designed around pen input, as much of the Note's TouchWiz is. One interesting feature HTC threw in is the ability to open different apps depending on which finger you swipe across the sensor. The sensor's primary function, though, is to unlock your phone with your finger, while anyone else requires a passcode.

3 - Camera

Which One Delivers The Best: The HTC One Max OR Samsung Galaxy Note III?

The Note 3's camera wins on paper, but the One's superior low-light photography could potentially give it the victory in actual use. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes with a feature-packed 13 MP primary camera that brings autofocus, LED flash, Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, panorama, and HDR. It also shoots 4K@30fps videos and 1080p@60fps slow-motions.
On the other hand, the One Max brings a 4 MP UltraPixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, 1/3” sensor size, 2µm pixel size, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, and use Dual capture mode which frames personal reactions with picture-in-picture results. One Max’s camera records 1080p@30 and 72p@60fps videos. The Note 3's camera wins on paper, but the One's superior low-light photography could potentially give it the victory in actual use.

4 - CPU

The HTC One Max supports the same Snapdragon 600 chipset of the original One, based on four Krait 300 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz and an Adreno 320 GPU along with 2gb Ram. As you probably know there are two Galaxy Note 3 variants, each underpinned by a different processor: the N9000 packs an Exynos 5420 SoC (quad-core 1.9 Cortex A15 CPU + quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 low-power CPU and Mali-T628 MP6 GPU), while the LTE-friendly N9005 features a Snapdragon 800 chipset (quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU).
Both phones have LTE radios. Well, unless you live in an area that doesn't have LTE, in which case you might get the octa-core (HSPA+) version of the Note 3. If that sounds like Martian to you, then just know that HSPA+ is faster than 3G (and often marketed as 4G), but is usually slower than LTE.

5 - Battery

Which One Delivers The Best: The HTC One Max OR Samsung Galaxy Note III?

The phablets have a reputation for bringing long battery life. The Galaxy Note 3 managed to squeeze about two-days of moderate usage out of the Li-Ion 3,200 mAh battery battery. Well, that’s pretty decent considering that its predecessor had a battery stamina of about a day and a half. The HTC One Max comes with a 3,300 mAh battery. Well the extra 100 mAh shouldn’t make any difference since the display is bigger and the processor is less battery friendlier than Note 3′s. So expect around two days of battery life for HTC’s phablet.

Final Words

The displays on both phones are superb but the Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s excellent camera, S-Pen and multitasking features do set it apart. While performance on each is good, the Snapdragon 800 chip on Samsung’s device should remain relevant for longer as more advanced apps and content emerge. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has won not less than five rounds: Processor, Memory, Dimensions, Operating System, and Camera. When compared to One Max, Samsung handset has faster CPU, higher amounts of storage and RAM, is thinner and lighter, has a better camera, and runs TouchWiz which is one of the most popular UIs.

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Item Reviewed: Galaxy Note 3 vs HTC One Max Description: Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Rab Nawaz
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