Measuring 6.5 inches tall by 3.25 inches wide by 0.4 inches thick, the Boost Max is a behemoth of a device. Don't expect to be able to navigate this one easily with one hand, or to have it sit comfortably inside your jean pockets.
On the left are a volume rocker, a Micro-USB port, and a microSD card tray that you can access by inserting a small pin that's included. Up top is a 3.5mm headphone jack, and on the right are keys to power off the phone and to launch the camera app.
The back is made out of an attractive all-aluminum plate letterboxed between grey matte panels. The top half houses the 8-megapixel lens and flash. The paneling also can be removed so users can access the SIM card.
The Max's 5.7-inch HD IPS display is topped with Corning Gorilla Glass. Its 1,280x720-pixel resolution is a disappointment for a screen this size, which would benefit most from the standard 1080p resolution of top-tiered devices. However, the display itself is responsive and sensitive, and high definition videos still looked smooth.
Additional features include 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, Bluetooth 4.0, and Dolby Digital Plus, which is a useful software goodie that improves the quality and clarity of audio.
The camera holds a slew of editing options, including 11 Instagram-esque filters, and three shooting modes: Pro, Basic, or Scenes. Each mode then has six more editing options underneath it. For instance, Basic gives you all your standard photo features like Auto, HDR shooting, panorama, and low-light.