HTC Amaze 4G Review

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.

You can compare the HTC Amaze 4G with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The 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.

HTC Amaze 4G 360-Degrees View:




Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

2. daniyo

Posts: 46; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

yea that made me lol

3. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

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

30. itsius1

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

4. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 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?

7. paynekiller

Posts: 152; Member since: May 24, 2010

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

9. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

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

10. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

I've noticed that too..

13. paynekiller

Posts: 152; Member since: May 24, 2010

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

19. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

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

14. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

18. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

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

21. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 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.

25. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 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?

26. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

Your comment was moderated because it is just trolling.

15. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Actually Android phones are so boringly repetitive.

16. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 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

11. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

29. GeekMovement unregistered

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.

6. paynekiller

Posts: 152; Member since: May 24, 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..

8. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 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.

22. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 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

23. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 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.

12. muyeco unregistered

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

17. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

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

20. rayjones09

Posts: 149; Member since: Dec 16, 2010

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

24. toaster

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 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.

27. corona

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

28. corona

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

32. Bxsplicer

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 13, 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.

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Amaze 4G
  • Display 4.3" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1730 mAh(6.00h talk time)

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