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HTC Amaze 4G Review

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HTC’s Sense 3.0 is in full effect on the Amaze 4G. We’ve seen this on a few devices now like the Sensation 4G and there is nothing new on the Amaze 4G. Not that it runs poorly on the Sensation or EVO 3D, but it is exceptionally smooth on the Amaze 4G thanks in part to the dual core 1.5GHz processor. HTC continues to lead the way with Android overlays, and HTC Sense is arguably the only skin that actually improves on the stock Android experience. We appreciate the included screenshot function (press power then home) and the new HTC keyboard supports trace writing so Swipe is not included.

The HTC Sense user interface - HTC Amaze 4G Review
The HTC Sense user interface - HTC Amaze 4G Review
The HTC Sense user interface - HTC Amaze 4G Review
The HTC Sense user interface - HTC Amaze 4G Review

The HTC Sense user interface


There is plenty of storage space on the HTC Amaze 4G (over 2GB for app storage) but we still don’t appreciate the amount of bloatware. In fact, there are 16 pre-installed apps not including Adobe Reader, Flash and Facebook (which we’d imagine most people install anyway) or any of the HTC apps. Some of them are useful, like Polaris Office, but because they are not uninstallable you’re going to be stuck with apps like Slacker, Lookout Security, Zinio Reader and Highlight whether you want them or not.

Applications - HTC Amaze 4G Review
Applications - HTC Amaze 4G Review
Applications - HTC Amaze 4G Review

Applications




Internet and Connectivity:

Speed test results - HTC Amaze 4G Review

Speed test results

The HTC Amaze 4G runs on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network and is theoretically capable of speeds up to 42Mbps. In our testing we got anywhere from 3.5-10Mbps, with upload speeds a measly 100-600kbps. Wi-Fi a/b/g/n is also available for local connections, and the Amaze 4G can be turned into its own Wi-Fi hotspot for an extra charge. It uses the same HTC browser we’ve seen for a while now and really like. It is quick and fluid and supports all the gestures you’d expect.

The Amaze 4G is one of the few devices to support NFC (near field communication), the tech behind Google Wallet. Google Wallet, however, does not support the Amaze 4G. Like advanced QR codes, the tech can be used to get information like contact info, a URL or multimedia simply by placing your phone on an NFC tag. The theory is pretty cool, but adoption is going to determine its success. 

Other communication standards such as GPS and Bluetooth are aboard the Amaze 4G. Bluetooth is at version 3.0 with support for the HSP 1.1, HFP 1.5, OPP, FTP, PBA, A2DP 1.2, AVRC and HID profiles.

Internet browser - HTC Amaze 4G Review
Internet browser - HTC Amaze 4G Review

Internet browser



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posted on 17 Oct 2011, 05:46 1

1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2871; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Wasn't one of the major highlights of this phone its camera? Geez

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 06:14

2. daniyo (Posts: 46; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


yea that made me lol

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 06:16

3. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 799; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Yes, the Sensor is said to be better (I guess).

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 03:21

30. itsius1 (Posts: 49; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


yeah, just to show proof that camera is still not HTC strong point...

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 06:57

4. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


On t-mobile website, it says that the phone has a maximum speed of 42 mbps.. and they are bragging it.. but down at the bottom, written in little fonts, it says 42 mbps not available everywhere.. what is that?

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 07:00 2

7. paynekiller (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 May 2010)


I hope you're posting this from your iPhone 4S, or you must already be bored with all it's "new" features.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 07:17

9. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Why did you moderate this comment. Doesn't make sense! Is there favoritism or biasm involved here?

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 08:09

10. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


I've noticed that too..

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 08:16

13. paynekiller (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 May 2010)


I didn't moderate it, I only replied. Dont know who reported.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 09:59

19. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


I'm sorry i meant the author of this article.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 08:27

14. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Perhaps PA is now showing favoritism. Whatever happened to freedom of speech?

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 09:34 8

18. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)


Your post is trolling. If you continue posting this way (and getting moderated) you will get banned.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 11:56 1

21. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


You know what, this is full of crap. I expected nothing less from PA, same ones who love taking subtle potshots in some of the tripe they call articles. Whatever happened to freedom of speech?

It's a known fact that HTC phones are not exactly the "best" Android phones. Course, I'm sure your "sponsors" wouldn't like badmouthing, which is why my innocent comment was moderated.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 19:17

25. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Honestly I'm starting to see this in PA. They were never like this before. Is there such a thing as an unbiased journalist?

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 04:40 4

26. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)


Your comment was moderated because it is just trolling.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 08:27

15. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Actually Android phones are so boringly repetitive.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 09:15 3

16. kshell1 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


well iphones are to think about it all they do is give small incremental improvements over the last iteration of their phone just like android does except androids os actually shows improvement over time unlike ios which has had extremely small changes over the last couple of years

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 08:10 2

11. kshell1 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


if you hate android so much why do you constantly comment on android post?

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 16:54 2

29. GeekMovement (Posts: 1497; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I guess he's interested in the latest technology just as we are interested in the specs of the latest iPhone and such, but his comments are rather worthless and meaningless, so I don't know why he bothers, but yes he is trolling.

Freedom of speech? What kind of dumb reasoning? Each website has its own set of regulations and trolling seems to be out of it, so if he wants to make his own website that allows trolling, go ahead and he can start posting comments on every anti-android article he writes.

-I'm glad that HTC has stuck around with sense 3.0 a little longer before moving all to 3.5. Personally I think I will miss 3.0. The design tends to be somewhat redundant with HTC with minor adjustments which is why I went with the Epic Touch, but nonetheless exciting to see new product from HTC.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 06:59

6. paynekiller (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 May 2010)


come on when is one of these coming to sprint? I don't want the EVO 3D and T Mobile already has 2 Sensations..

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 07:03 4

8. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


this fixes one of the 3 issues HTC phones face

1. Not great screens
2. Battery life
2. Camera performance

This one fixed the screen problem which Is a good start. I was expecting a better camera though.

Oh well, just have to wait for the Rezound 4G

DAMN This thing sure ain't cheap either.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 15:49 1

22. quesoesgrande (Posts: 214; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


I have a sensation and its camera is AMAZING!
My mom has the my touch 4g slide made by htc and its even better!
they are all way to expensive though

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 16:56 1

23. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


So do I the camera is ok at best. Indoor shots suck and outdoor shots are ok. Video is great but screen sunlight legibility could be better.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 08:10

12. muyeco (unregistered)


where is the other guy. i dont trust this guy. many other reviews say htc amaze camera is great.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 09:33 4

17. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)


We've updated the review with additional samples taken in better weather conditions.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 10:18

20. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


This phone was released way too soon. It's simply a "slightly" better Sensation. And the Sensation looks better in my opinion.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 17:22

24. toaster (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)


Hmm, definitely not worth $259 on contract. I'd rather the Sensation XE. It's smaller without sacrificing screen size and has Beats Audio which should please us audiophiles. Too bad it's not making it to this side of the pond D: Truth be told, I'd rather a Moto or a Samsung phone until HTC ditches the horrid Qualcomm S3 chips that can barely power TW4, much less HTC Sense. All the bump in GHz seems to have done is decrease battery life.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 12:11

27. corona (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Cpu isnt better than the one in the EVO3d, Sensation 4g, its just overclocked higher.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 12:12

28. corona (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


And its the same S3 chip they're using as well, its just oc'd higher than the EVO and S4

posted on 13 Jan 2012, 21:56

32. Bxsplicer (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


Great HTC phone... Yes
but it has one major downfall, The bluetooth issues.
Both the sensation and the Amaze have issues when it comes to bluetooth.
It does not matter the brand of BT headset you get they snap crackle pop, drop calls, echo, voice dialing is a pain because it just won't call who you say to call and only when it feels lke it it gets it right.
I miss my Evo w Sprint but not the pricey charges.
To top it off after factory resets and all kinds of call to HTC, their waranty Department suggest that I send them the unit at my expense, if the problem is physical it could cost me from 80-340 dollars.( my unit is only a month old) but what will I use while they attempt to resolve the issue? Don't you have a spare phone lying around?
Really? Send me your phone and deal with it until we maybe resolve your issue.
HTC has dropped the ball on this one. It is rumored that the BT antenae placement is at the cause of all this. I will wait until I can replace it or maybe get a Rezound if it takes the sim card.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 13:51

33. daves1grldawn1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)


I have had this phone for a year. I HATE it. The camera sucks and isn't as good as it was said to be. When my screen blacks out the phone will disconnect from my wireless network.
When I turn my phone back on it can take up to 30 mins before I have signal again. It will also drop calls even when I have signal and I will lost signal where I shouldn't.
Do not buy this phone because it's more of a headache then anything.

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 22:22

34. DeeCunn (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


Awful phone. DO NOT BUY!!!!!!!!! The phone started off just going black and not being able to have signal from about 10-15 min. Now it is cutting off and cutting on. I have replaced the phone once and now expecting my second replacement for the exact same issue after only a month. I was told after the 3rd replacement they may "consider" giving me a different phone, really. Its ok for the customer to be inconvienced but they still expect your payment on the 1st.

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HTC Amaze 4G

HTC Amaze 4G

OS: Android 4.0 2.3.4
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Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) S-LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 APQ8060, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Scorpion processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.12 x 2.58 x 0.46 inches
(130 x 65.6 x 11.8 mm)
6.10 oz  (173 g)
Battery1730 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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