HTC Amaze 4G
A powerful smartphone is on the market
HTC have come up with a shiny new toy, which they named Amaze 4G. But our users should be aware that it doesn’t come cheap. But, despite its price, it’s a very good-looking and fast addition to anyone who loves smartphones. Some complained that the pictures its camera took in low-light environments weren’t that impressive; others had only great words about the device. We decided not to listen to any of them and did our own testing. Below you’ll find our impressions and a complete review.
4.3″ qHD Super LCD touchscreen
As mentioned some lines above, the new Amaze 4G phone will definitely attract your attention with its superb design. The body is made of metal and is doubled with soft-touch finishes. When we first took this smartphone into our hands, its weight was definitely something which caught as by surprise. Other than that, the measurements of the HTC Amaze 4G are as follows: 5.12″ x 2.58″ x 0.46″. during our test we even dropped it to the floor to see whether it resisted or not; we are happy to report that it remained unscathed.
Moving on to other aspects of this smartphone, the screen is a 4.3″ qHD Super LCD touchscreen and it offers a resolution of 960 x 540; we found the display very appealing and our first impressions were further awed by the fact that the images were both sharp, crisp and bright. The largeness of the touchscreen was of very good value whenever we surfed the Internet and wanted to watch different content of interest.
Powered by Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread
We experienced very good responsiveness from the display; the latter came with a proximity sensor, built-in accelerometer and pinch-to-zoom support. The new user menu of the HTC 4G Amaze is called Sense 3.0 one; the operating system is Android Gingerbread 2.3.4 version. Apart from standard time, date and so on, we saw something new in the form of shortcuts to four apps that we set as favorites; when we wanted to open one of them, we just dragged the respective icon to the ring at the bottom of the display, so that we didn’t have to unlock the phone first to be able to do that. Another improvement for the interface: the possibility to personalize the screen.
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 1.5GHz processor
The keyboard is virtual and it offers functionality similar to Swype. The usual Android controls sit under the display. On the right side there are keys for the video, camera and volume options and on the left is a microUSB port. The power/lock button is placed on top; 2-megapixel and 8-megapixel cameras are sported above the display, respectively on the rear of the device. And that’s not all; when we tested the smartphone, the mail widget and app offered a preview of each of the messages we received and we were able to quickly flip through the 7 home screens via a 3D carousel.
Now for processor: the HTC Amaze 4G works with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 1.5GHz dual-core and it shows no delays when using it; in the memory department there are 1GB of RAM to consider.
Among its features we’ll enumerate voice dialing, speakerphone, text and multimedia messaging, download speed of 42Mbps, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS and Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n). the device we’re reviewing today boasts the option of using it to read, scan as well as share radio frequency identification tags (RFID in short).
The 8-megapixel camera took very good photos in outdoor situations. Things changed when we took it indoors, where the light wasn’t that good. Videos looked as good as the pictures did.
As for call quality, the HTC Amaze 4G did well enough. What we found annoying was a hiss during conversations; but on the whole, audio was clear and there were no distortions.
The 1730mAh lithium-ion battery offered average talk time life, something around one day when we used the smartphone moderately to heavily.
These being said the review conclusion is that the HTC Amaze 4G provides power and speed, along with an eye-catching exterior. A big downside for many will be its high price.
|General specifications||2G Network||GSM 850 MHZ / 900 MHZ / 1800 MHZ / 1900 MHZ|
|3G Network||HSDPA 1700 / 2100 MHz|
|Official launch||2011, September|
|Device status||Available. Release date 2011, October|
|Dimensions||External dimensions||130 x 65.6 x 11.8 mm|
|Total weight||172.9 g|
|Screen||Type||S-LCD capacitive touch screen, 16M Available Colours|
|Dimensions||540 x 960 pixels, 4.3 inches (~256 ppi pixel density)|
|Multi-touch input method|
|Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate|
|Proximity sensor for auto shut down|
|HTC Sense v3.0 UI|
|Sound||Alert characteristics||Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones|
|SRS sound enhancement|
|Memory||Phone book||Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall|
|Call records||Practically unlimited|
|Internal||16GB storage, 1 GB RAM|
|Memory card slot||microSD card, up to 32GB,|
|Bluetooth||Included, v3.0 with A2DP, EDR|
|Infrared port||Not included|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|3G||HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA|
|USB||Included, microUSB (MHL) v2.0|
|Camera specifications||Primary camera||8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch-focus, face detection, SmartShot, BurstShot, SweepShot, ClearShot|
|Video||Included, 1980×1080 pixel, 1080p|
|Secondary||Included, 2 MP|
|Features||OS||Android OS, v2.3.4 (Gingerbread)|
|PROCESSOR||1.5 GHz Scorpion dual-core processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 chipset|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM|
|Games||Included + downloadable|
|GPS||Included, with A-GPS support|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|Available Colours||Black, White|
|Java||Included, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Active Not includedise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|Google Search, Maps, Gmail|
|YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa integration|
|TV-out (via MHL A/V link)|
|Time management organizer|
|Predictive text input|
|Battery||Standard battery, Li-Ion 1730 mAh|