With the onslaught of top-end Android devices hitting the market it takes a lot to amaze, but as they usually do, HTC have managed to make us pause with their latest superphone. The HTC Amaze 4G is an unofficial response to the Samsung Galaxy S II with specs to match: a 4.3” qHD Super LCD display, dual core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 processor, 8MP camera with 1080p recording, 16GB of internal memory, NFC and 42Mbps HSPA+ data all wrapped up under HTC’s Sense 3.0. Launching side-by-side with the Galaxy S II for T-Mobile does this device have what it takes to stack up?
One look at the HTC Amaze 4G and you know it is an HTC device. The industrial design has softer, rounded corners and the two-tone battery door reminds you of other HTC devices such as the Sensation and Desire. We’ve become accustomed to heavy offerings from HTC, but the Amaze 4G feels heavier than most in the hand. If you have petite hands this phone is going to feel awkward, but despite its size and weight the Amaze 4G felt comfortable in our medium-sized hands.
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4.3” qHD Super LCD display absolutely sparkles and is noticeably better than the good qHD panel found on the HTC EVO 3D. It is very bright with vivid colors that are more natural than the super-saturation of AMOLED displays. We didn’t have any problems reading it in most lighting conditions, but in strong, direct sunlight it did wash out a bit. Still, even when put side-by-side with the Galaxy S II and LG Marquee, HTC’s display looked awful good.
The battery door is actually wraps around the sides and to the front of the phone like it does with the Sensation 4G. Despite the aluminum look, the door is constructed of high quality plastic with soft touch material being used for the black areas. The buttons around the phone offer sufficient feedback, but could have a little more travel or a more satisfying click to them. Not only is there a dedicated camera key, but also a dedicated camcorder key which is a nice addition.
HTC have set the bar so many times for design that we’ve come to expect nothing but the best from them on the hardware front. The Amaze 4G does not disappoint us as the build quality is top notch. The phone feels great in the hand and the materials used are all high quality.