With the growing popularity of smartpads, the line between them and the tablets has been virtually erased. Nevertheless, seven-inch tablets to use as a phone and bring to your ear during a call is not too convenient. Another thing is a gadget with a compromise six-inch display. One such device is Bluboo Maya Max, which allows you to enjoy all the advantages of a large screen, but it remains convenient enough as a smartphone. What is the use of such a device and what it can offer the user - we will understand in the review.
The device is packed in a regular box of unpainted cardboard. The delivery package is very nice: USB Type-A cable <=> USB Type-C, power supply, transparent silicone case, protective film on the display, two disposable wipes for screen wiping, adhesive dusting sticker and documentation set (user manual).
Bluboo Maya Max can be purchased in a golden or silver design. The case of the smartphone is made mainly of glass covering the entire front panel, and the metal from which the frame is made and most of the back panel - it also has two small plastic inserts, underneath are hidden radio antenna modules.
At the top of the back panel is the lens of the main camera, and under it is a dual LED flash and a fingerprint scanner.
There are no touch or mechanical buttons in front, everything is on-screen control. And above the display, as usual, there are a talking speaker, LED indicator and proximity and illumination sensors. The left side of the device is occupied by a combined slot for SIM-cards of micro-SIM format and a microSD memory card, as well as a mechanical switch of a silent mode. On the right there is a power button and a volume rocker.
The upper end is occupied by a 3.5 mm audio jack, into which a special tool for removing the card tray is inserted from the box. At the bottom there is a speaker and a microphone, which are hidden under a symmetrical perforation, as well as a USB Type-C port.
Maya Max is big even by the standards of modern smartpads, which imposes some restrictions on the use of the gadget. It can be kept with one hand, including during a call, or flipping the text while reading, but more complex actions are likely to require both hands. Impressions from the use of a six-inch smartphone will be each individually individual. However, if you previously used devices with a diagonal display of 5.5-5.7 ", then Maya Max will not cause you a cultural shock.
As for the quality of production, the smartphone feels monolithic - no crevices, no creaking details in it. Slightly only backlashes switch silent mode, but the overall impression of use is not affected.
As has been said many times, Bluboo Maya Max is equipped with a six-inch screen. Its matrix is made using IPS technology and has a resolution of 1280x720 pixels (HD). This gives a pixel density of 245 ppi. Of course, on small elements of the image, if desired, you can see the "ladder" of pixels, but with daily use of attention to this do not pay.
The colors are bright and at the same time not acidic, but the maximum brightness of the screen is not enough to use the gadget on a sunny day, and when tilting the image fades slightly. Adaptive brightness adjustment correctly adjusts the backlight level of the display to external conditions. The display of the smartphone is closed with a protective glass Gorilla Glass from Corning (of what generation, the manufacturer does not report) without oleophobic coating.
The gadget runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Intervention in the interface of the operating system manufacturer limited installation of its own launcher. It differs in that there is no application bar (shortcuts of installed programs are added directly to the desktops), but there are several different themes that affect the wallpaper and style of the icons. In addition, you can independently choose the animation of the worksheets.
The interface of the device "out of the box" is not optimized for such a large screen diagonal: the grid of desktops has a size of only 4х5, and the elements in the menu and applications look too large. This can be very useful for people with poor eyesight, but if you want more useful information on the screen, it's better to install a third-party launcher, for example, Nova. Also, you can get more information on the screen only in the launcher, but also in other programs, having the rights of the superuser. The device "thinks" that it has more screen than it actually is, and behaves accordingly. True, it is worth considering that the physical resolution does not disappear anywhere, and the legibility of the "compressed" information leaves much to be desired.
Despite the changed icons, most programs in the smartphone are standard Android applications. In addition to them, several third-party programs are preinstalled on Maya Max, first and foremost, the Office suite of Microsoft Office. The dialer in the shell of the device is left unchanged, but the Google keyboard offers an alternative - the keyboard Hitap. It supports various topics (you can create them yourself) and enter emoticons.
Since Bluboo runs on the sixth version of Android, the smartphone supports the "Google Now Context" feature: hold your finger on the "Home" button a little so that the smart Google assistant shows additional information about any information on the screen.
The processor Mediatek MT6750, which is used in the novelty of Bluboo, the manufacturer positions itself as a solution for budget smartphones. It has eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores, but four of them operate at a frequency of up to 1.5 GHz, and four are limited to 1 GHz. This platform also offers the ARM Mali-T860 MP2 graphics accelerator and 3 GB of LPDDR3 memory.
The internal memory of the smartphone is 32 GB - gradually this size becomes the standard even for low-cost gadgets. "Out of the box" the user is available about 24.5 GB, and if desired, it can be expanded with microSDXC memory cards up to 128 GB using the second slot of the SIM card.
The results of Maya Max in the synthetic tests AnTuTu and 3DMark were quite expected - see the screenshots below.
There were no problems with the games on the smartphone - the use of the HD-display in the device affects the rendering of the image for which the processor is not too heavy. The device was tested in the World of Tanks games: Blitz, Godfire: Rise of Prometheus and Asphalt 8: Airborn - all work smoothly and without lags. Thanks to the large display, it's very convenient to play on the device: the fingers do not obstruct the view, and, compared to the tablets, on Maya Max it's more convenient to manage the characters, since you do not have to reach far to the right buttons.
Of the hardware "chips" Bluboo Maya Max is worth noting just two. The first is the previously mentioned mechanical switch of silent mode. When you switch it in the smartphone, the sound of notifications is completely turned off, but the vibration remains. The volume rocker does not work at this. The switch is convenient to use during meetings and in other similar situations - you can turn off the gadget's sound right in your pocket, which is very convenient.
The second "chip" is a fingerprint scanner on the back panel that gets better year by year even in inexpensive smartphones. First, thanks to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the scanner is supported by the operating system natively, and, therefore, the manufacturer does not need to write for him his software, which often does not work very well. Secondly, to unlock the smartphone you do not need to press any buttons: just put your finger on the scanner, and in less than half a second you will see the desktop.
The main speaker of the smartphone is at the bottom. It's loud enough not to miss a call or a notification, but for listening to music it's better to use headphones or external acoustics.
The Camera app is familiar to all Android users. On the right side of the screen there are buttons for switching modes, from the top - quick settings, and on the right - the shutter and video keys. The camera starts and runs unhurriedly: from svayp on the application shortcut on the lock screen until ready for shooting takes more than two seconds. From the features of the application we note the PIP (picture-in-picture) mode and automatic shooting when recognizing a smile in the frame.
The resolution of the main camera is 13 Mp, but the pictures on it are of medium quality. Even the day's photos lack clarity and detail, the sky almost always gets shone (although the HDR mode helps to correct the situation).
In the premises, it's hard to get good shots, the picture turns out to be either fuzzy or too noisy.
The final resolution of the panoramas with a 360 ° viewing angle of only 3.5 megapixels.
The matrix of the front camera of the device has a resolution of 8 megapixels. With good lighting - quite suitable for selfi.
Bluboo Maya Max can work with two SIM cards at the same time, and, which is nice, LTE is supported in both slots. However, if you decide to install a memory card in the device, one of the SIM cards will have to be discarded. The scheme of working with two SIM-cards is standard for Android - the screenshots will say for themselves.
An unusual feature of the gadget was the ability to transfer data simultaneously over Wi-Fi and cellular networks to accelerate the download of files larger than 20 MB. This mode the manufacturer named Turbo. Of course, at home it is unlikely to be useful, but in public places where the speed of Wi-Fi, as a rule, leaves much to be desired, Turbo will help save time.
Among other wireless networks, the smartphone supports Wi-Fi 802.11 in the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands, Bluetooth 4.0, HotKnot (analogue NFC for smartphones on the MediaTek platform) and FM radio. Problems in the operation of interfaces were not revealed.
The navigation module can work with GPS and GLONASS systems, and the "cold" start with downloaded A-GPS data takes no more than 15 seconds.
The capacity of the non-removable smartphone battery makes up an impressive 4200 mAh. Coupled with a fairly energy-efficient "stuffing", such a battery gives the device a very good battery life. Even with the active use of Maya Max (4-5 hours of operation of the screen), it will not be possible to completely discharge it during a working day. If you reduce the time of using the gadget, it will easily last two days.
The results of testing the device under continuous loads are even more impressive: the novelty lasted for as long as 20 hours when playing HD-video in full-brightness flight mode and more than six hours in mid-brightness games.
Bluboo Maya Max has turned out to be ambiguous in terms of ergonomics, but in general it can be called a gadget with a claim to victory between the fablets and seven-inch tablets. The device copes with "heavy" games and resource-intensive tasks. A large display is perfect for long surfing on the Internet or watching TV shows. And at the same time, its size and appearance make it comfortable to use the gadget as a phone. All this makes May Max an affordable solution for those who are looking for a modern smartphone with a large screen and good performance.