We have seen a lot of devices these days coming with a metal body, finger print scanner, and MediaTek chip, but not many of them stand out as the Bluboo Maya Max. What we have here is a combination of premium look, and great features all in a budget. The phone generally looks more expensive than its price tag. What makes the Bluboo Maya Max special? What do we dislike about this phone? Our review tackles it all.
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Bluboo Maya Max Review: Quick Pros & Cons
|Beautiful design and solid, premium build||Loudspeaker audio quality is unimpressive|
|Big, crisp 6-inch display is great for reading, editing, viewing photos and watching videos.||No network pegging|
|Fingerprint sensor||Occasional stuttering during use|
|Runs pure Android OS, so no bloatware||Slow camera focusing|
Bluboo Maya Max Review: Hardware & Design
The Bluboo Maya Max is made of metal (the rear panel is brushed metal) that gives it a premium aesthetic feel. The phone packs a lot of weight too.
At the top end is a 3.5 mm headphone jack. At the bottom, you will find the microphone, a USB Type-C port, and the speakers – in that order. The speaker grills could make you assume that what is there are dual speakers, but they are not. Located on the left side is the SIM tray. Below it is a slider button for toggling silent mode. Sadly, it cannot be configured for anything else. The SIM tray holds one SIM slot, and a second hybrid SIM slot (can take a SIM or memory card). On the left hand side, you find the power button and volume rockers.
At the front, you find the selfie camera, the sensors and the earpiece. We sincerely love the bezel-body ratio of the Bluboo Maya Max.
Turning to the back of the device, you see the protruding 13 MP lens, a dual LED flash just below it, and a fingerprint sensor.
Bluboo Maya Max Software and Customization
This phone comes with a near stock version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The exceptions are the few bloatware apps pre-installed on it: Android Store, Bingo launcher, Bluboo Beauty, Hitap Keyboard etc. Bingo launcher supports themes, so you can download and change the look of the user interface anytime. There’s one feature we found in the Settings – Turbo Download. Once set up, it combines WiFi and your Mobile data to speed up downloads.
The Bluboo Maya Max has 32 GB internal storage, out of which 25 GB is accessible to the user. We hope Bluboo provides an Android 7.0 Nougat update in the future.
Bluboo Maya Max Review: Network & Telephony
While the Maya Max does not let you pin network to 4G or 3G exclusively, it has a feature that isn’t common on Android devices. When you use a 4G SIM card in one of the SIM slots, the other slot is not automatically pegged to 2G. You are able to switch between 2G and 3G Auto modes on the second SIM.
Browsing is speedy, though there is no option to enable the graphical arrows that indicate data transfer.
We are not forgetting telephone calls either. In-call audio sounds quite hollow but audible. The person at the other end hears you well too.
Bluboo Maya Max Review: Display & Multimedia
The display here is 6 inches with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution. It seems overstretched, but colours come out good and the viewing angles are great. For usage under direct sunlight, you do have to crank up the brightness to see better.
Music playback on the loudspeaker is pretty loud, but with very little bass. On a good pair of earphones, though, audio is superb.
Bluboo Maya Max Review: Photography
Photography is not a strong point of the Maya Max. The cameras are not horrible, but they fall behind the really good ones from competing brands. Camera is slow at focusing on objects. Don’t try using it for fast moving subjects. All the same, shots from the 13 MP rear are decent. In dark environment, the dual-LED flash helps to brighten things up too.
Below are comparison shots with the Infinix Zero 4 Plus (Bluboo shots on top):
Bluboo Maya Max Review: Battery Life
The BluBoo Maya Max features a 4200 mAh battery. paired up with the 720p display, this translates to great battery life. Picture this, at 100% charge I used it for 10 hours straight and had 30% charge left. The 10 hours involved steady internet usage with browsing, chatting, video streaming, as well as two hours of movie watching. Depending on usage, you can grind out 2 days of use or more on this device.
Bluboo Maya Max Review: Performance
Multitasking is great here with the 3 GB of RAM. Apps installed worked smoothly and perfectly. Games played well too, except for a bit of drag on HD games. We observed that the phone stutters occasionally during use.
As we always do to our review devices, we threw our usual set of Benchmark tests at the Maya Max. Below are the benchmark scores it returned:
- AnTuTu: 43,943
- Geekbench: 594 Single-core; 2364 Multi-core
- Quadrant: 20,792
The phone has a small notification light at the top. It continually blinks green during charging only. The fingerprint sensor here works fast. This phone takes close to 3 hours to charge to 100%
Bluboo Maya Max Review: Final Words
Are you into big phones? Are you on a budget? Do you need an affordable 6-inch smartphone? If your answer to these three questions are YES, then the Bluboo Maya Max is fair game. With an awesome battery life, good display and decent camera, this is a very good option for less than $200. You would only have to deal with the slow focusing camera and slow charging.