HTC Amaze 4G ReviewHTC Amaze 4G 9
Interface and Software:
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.
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.
Internet and Connectivity:
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.
HTC Amaze 4G Review - Interface, Software and Internet
|Display||4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) S-LCD|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Scorpion processor
1 GB RAM
|Size||5.12 x 2.58 x 0.46 inches|
(130 x 65.6 x 11.8 mm)
6.10 oz (173 g)
|Battery||1730 mAh, 6 hours talk time|