HTC Amaze 4g (T-Mobile) Review

Is HTC getting a bit too cocky? Not at all. At least, not more than they deserve to be. The Amaze 4g really does live up to its’ name.

Camera

This phone is a flagship device. Not only for HTC, but for Android in general. It rivals the Galaxy S II, and in some aspects, completely surpasses it. The camera is one of those aspects. This is truly the mother of all cameraphones. Now, the fact that cameraphones are just that, camera phones, you can’t really expect DSLR-quality photos. Unless that cameraphone is the Amaze 4g.

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Yep. Believe it or not, that was taken by my Amaze. Bask in the 8MP, macro glory.

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Another picture. The focus feature on the camera is stupendous. Not to mention the TWO dedicated camera buttons; one for video and one for photos.

There are many different settings that can be tweaked within the camera app, such as the exposure level, effects, etc.. There are also a bunch of camera modes, such as night mode, which allows you to take better photos in dimly lit places. My favorite is the macro mode, which allows you to take pictures up close, without losing focus.

The phone can also shoot 1080p video, which is also pretty good. The sound quality could use some work by HTC, but overall, videos turn out great.

Design

It’s almost as if HTC has a trademark on industrial, bulk-ily designed smart phones. The Amaze follows this same trend, and it does it with style. This thing is thick and meaty. At almost half an inch thick, it might feel a bit awkward if you have small hands, but the aluminum/plastic design is as high of quality as you can get. It is also pretty tall, but how else could they fit that huge, 4.3-inch screen into this little machine? It is also heavier than most run-of-the-mill smartphones, weighing about 173g. Definately bigger than the Galaxy S II, and that’s not a bad thing.

Screen

As mentioned earlier, The screen is 4.3 inches diagonally; pretty big for a phone. Being a qHD screen, it has resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, giving it an edge against the GSII’s 480 x 800 screen. Also, the Super LCD display is very vivid and bright, however it doesn’t have the best viewing angles, and bright lights tend to wash out the color a bit.

Hardware

Talk about powerful. With a dual-core, 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor, and 1GB of RAM, you’re going to have a hard time finding something that this phone can’t do. Even the most graphically-intense games will play smoothly, so forget about lag. There is also 16GB of ROM storage, and a micro-SD card slot that supports up to a 32GB SDHC. The only drawback to such a powerful machine, is the sheer amount of power needed to keep the device operating. And the battery won’t last you long.

Battery

It would be foolish to expect good battery life out of such a power hog. Although it does do well on the power management field, the battery life is still less than adequate. You’ll get about six hours if you just talk on the phone, and while using processor-intensive apps, expect less than three hours. At 1730 mAh, the battery is huge, but that still isn’t enough to keep this power-house running all day. Turn your GPS and Bluetooth off while your not using them, and crank your brightness way down.

Software

The Amaze is running Android Gingerbread 2.3.4, and is expected to receive an update to ICS sometime after this March. I am personally a big fan of HTC’s Sence UI, which is basically a pretty overlay that makes Android more user-friendly. The Amaze is still running Sense 3.0, while some of HTC’s other Android devices are on 3.5. It is expected to receive that update with the update to ICS.

The Amaze 4g

I am absolutely in love with this phone. Even with some of the flaws, such as the battery life, this phone really did meet my expectations, and beyond. If you are looking for a powerhouse, that can still boast about its’ beauty, than the Amaze is for you.

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