HTC Amaze 4G vs Samsung Galaxy S II
As we stated earlier, both devices have an 8MP main camera capable of recording 1080p video. The HTC Amaze 4G has a dual LED flash whereas the Galaxy S II’s LED flash is solitary. The Amaze is advertised as having zero shutter lag, and it is certainly fast. The limitation is the auto-focus, which can be wonky at times and as you can see a few photos ended up out of focus despite the phone thinking otherwise. Once the auto focus settles down you can snap photos back to back in about a second as compared to around four seconds with the Galaxy S II. The Galaxy beats the Amaze in cold start performance; we were able to launch, focus and snap in 4s. The Amaze grabbed the image in 4s as well, but auto-focus didn’t do its job.
Assuming you take the time to set up the shot the Amaze 4G did a bit better with color reproduction and detail of the focused object. Once you got out of the focus range though the peripheral began to get oddly blurry. This can be best visualized on the image with the pool of water by looking at the mud on the drain as well as the shamrocks in the top right. With the Galaxy S II those parts are very clear, but on the Amaze’s image they are progressively blurrier. The two cameras honestly are very similar, but if given the choice we’d trade the slight drawbacks of the Galaxy S II with the more consistent performance.
HTC Amaze 4G Sample Video:
Samsung Galaxy S II Sample Video:
Both of these devices, when working as they should, are able to replace your everyday point and shoot. We took some sample shots with our Panasonic FZ35 which, not surprisingly, outperformed both of the phones due to both image quality as well as versatility.
Both Samsung and HTC have replaced the stock music player with their own variants. Neither really add anything new to the mix, and there are several other- arguably better- options in the Market. With such large, high quality screens movies look great on both devices. The Amaze 4G has a higher pixel resolution, but both devices were able to smoothly play 720p video in MPEG-4, H.264, DivX and Xvid formats.
1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
These smartphones are no longer stealing the spotlight.
I just can't wait for
Google Galaxy Nexus Review
Motorola DROID RAZR Review
Galaxy Nexus vs Droid Razr!
3. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 799; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
Damn that Razr I'm basically drooling by just merely looking at it. still it pains to live in the Philippines for I wont be seeing it being sold there.
5. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
I think Motorola abandoned the Phil already. Very little moto phones.
The Droid Razr with ICS will destroy any phone anytime.
13. SGS2FTW (Posts: 5; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
REALLY?? I doubt the RAZR can beat the SGS2 running ICS... and a qhd WTF??? It's a new age and it bring HD 720 not qhd
14. quesoesgrande (Posts: 208; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
the razr and nexus aren't they only decent phones available
2. santaclaus (Posts: 52; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)
surprisingly htc camera is better than samsung but still behind nokia and SE
9. remixfa (Posts: 13901; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
actually, they said the opposite, the samsung camera was better over all as it was more consistant and worked properly. if you have to take 3 shots of everything to get one right, the camera sucks.
4. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
yeah...and that's quite strange, what Despite of dual cores and gigs of ram, they still cannot compare to what Nokia and SE have done in camera department.
10. remixfa (Posts: 13901; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
it has nothing to do with dual core, and everything to do with the fact that the N8 uses superior Karl Ziess camera optics over the pinholes that 99% of phones come with, including these 2.
6. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
Ok HTC you fixed the screen and maybe the camera, now you just have to knuckle down on this battery issue.
11. remixfa (Posts: 13901; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
in order for them to do that, they would have to drop those crappy S3 snapdragon chips off at the curb. They would also have to make Sense more battery friendly.
This is the only galaxy2 that uses that crapdragon chip, and amazingly its the only one that gets crap battery life. thats not a coincidence.
7. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
Samsung just needs to work on more original designs.
8. Packer29 (Posts: 56; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)
Another week another high spec Android Super Phone i am so glad i went back to IOS!
16. choupino (Posts: 60; Member since: 28 May 2011)
That is because you're an idiot. It is people like yourself that are scared of choice and options. You believe that having more than one option is something negative and you scurry away from it like a scared child running from the Boogeyman...
You seem somewhat annoyed that each of the device that have been released at least 8 months ago have better and newer texh than your devie released 17 days ago??? Lol
15. quesoesgrande (Posts: 208; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
i just got the sensation 4g in june and i almost fell cheated... the amaze 4g and the gs2 look great!
17. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
I own the EVO 3D and it PIMP SLAPS THE SENSATION SILLY and destroyed the IPHONE 4S. I applaud HTC on the AMAZE 4G IT'S ANOTHER EVO 3D NO DOUBT. The best device that hasn't made it to market yet is going to be the Samsung Galaxy Nexus with ice cream sandwich it will clearly blow away any device. Why try having an optimization of the entire operating system for dualcore devices that has never been done with gingerbread that's for sure... PURE GOOGLE ANDROID OPTIMIZED ON THE GALAXY NEXUS WILL BE BETTER THAN ANY OTHER HANDSET WITH ICE CREAM SANDWICH PLAIN AND SIMPLE. I WILL HAVE ICE BOTH THE EVO 3D AND GALAXY NEXUS NOTHING BUT THE BEST
19. tluv00 (Posts: 134; Member since: 18 Oct 2007)
What I don't get is the review for the Amaze was a 9 and the GS2 was an 8.5.